My favorite moisturizer so far!
It's runny, which I prefer because it's easier to blend in so I can layer my makeup.
Not to mention, it's high in SPF! (The higher the better!)
I tend to have rather oily skin, so every couple of hours I need to blot, but besides that, all is well.
I really wanted to like this product, it seemed promising with its high SPF. But sadly, I hate it. I have dry/combo/sensitive skin and I break out easily, and this product broke me out terribly just after one application! It has a very bad white cast, so its impossible to wear it on its own, you must put foundation or at least powder if you want to use it. The smell doesnt bug me, but it did dry my skin pretty bad as well, so I had dry patches on my T zone :\
The only pro side is that I got it during a sale haha.
Anyways, wont buy this again. OH! And its also pretty thick so the application isn't so smooth. But I guess most sunscreens are like that.
This product is runny and has a STRONG sunscreen scent. It also broke me out. I generally like Shiseido products, so this was a big disappointment.
This sunscreen was the first of Shisedo's that I tried, and it has worked very well for me. It's texture is quite runny, which I like, because it smooths on easily and looks great under makeup. It doesn't seem to dry out my skin like some of the more mattifying ones do, but it doesn't make my skin look or feel greasy either. I do notice that it makes my face a bit white while I'm applying it, but it disappears as you work it in. I'm quite fair though, so if you have deeper skin you may have to be more careful about blending it.
It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and I've had no issue with breakouts. It has kind of a floral a scent to it, but it goes away pretty quickly after you apply it.Overall, I'm very happy with this sunscreen's performance, and would repurchase. If you're looking for sunscreen with mattifying properties though, this may not be the one for you.
I am one of the ones who used to use the previous SPF 55 formula and loved it. It was super mattifying on my oily skin. This new SPF 60 formula is definitely not as mattifying, and while that is a little sad, it is still a killer sunscreen. I wear this to prevent melasma - my biggest problem - and it does the job. I go to the beach and put this on my face, and put some other brand of sunscreen on my body like Coppertone or Banana Boat whatever in a high SPF. Well, my body still gets tan, but my face does not! And it keeps the melasma under control. I put this on my kids' faces sometimes to help keep the sun exposure under control - none of the usual drugstore brands have the staying power.
So what I did to make this new formula work for me on a daily basis is: mix it half and half with Biore Perfect Face Milk SPF 50++. I discovered the Biore thanks to MUA reviews. The Biore has good staying power and the milky consistency that I love and is VERY mattifying. I found that after wearing the Biore alone for a few days in a row that my skin was getting dried out. So.....mix them, and now I have something that works great for my skin. More matte than the Shiseido and not as drying as the Biore. (When I go to the beach or other outdoor activity, I just use the Shiseido)
I still remove this with cleansing oil.
I love this sunscreen. Unlike other people who comment that this sunscreen is too runny, I buy this because of the consistency. It blends so easily and it's easy to wear under foundation. I've had problems with other sunscreens in that it was hard to blend foundation over them, making my makeup look cakey. This sunscreen works great in that respect. I only wish it had a matte finish because I have oily skin. However, putting loose powder over my foundation solves that issue. I will continue purchasing this product.
The BEST sunscreen for my face. I have extremely oily skin and this product keeps me from oiling up for several hours and makeup goes on very smoothly over it. It is very water resistant and I like that this has physical blockers.
I am NC50-ish and I have noticed that this formula gives a whitish cast, but I rub it in well and make sure to give it a few mintures before adding primer and foundation, and I have not had a problem with photographing white or anythig like that.
This product gives excellent protection. I had noticed a few sun/age spots on my skin and since I have been back to faithfully using this, I have not had any more appear. The scent does not linger nor does it conflict with any frangrance I might wear. People call this product pricy but it performs very well and lasts a long time since a little goes a long way. I find it worth the price and I don't like to overpay for skincare.
I'm a huge Shiseido suncare buff! I've used all of the sunscreen creams, lotions, and foundation. I miss the old SPF 55 and I thought that this one could replace it but I find that this one leaves a white cast compared to all the other other Shiseido sunscreen. However, it's the only one high enough to protect my skin. Skin dullness doesn't come back anymore but I'm tired of friends and family asking me why I'm so pale when I use this product. Not to mention, this lotion doesn't have much oil control as much as the creams. I kind of have mixed feelings about this product.
I find this an entirely effective sunscreen. I wore this to the Boston Marathon this year (as an observer, not a runner), and it was one of the hottest, sunniest days in Boston Marathon history. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun was beating down, and I came home without any red or even browning on my hands or arms.
I never used Shiseido sunscreen before this, unlike most of the reviewers who have previous experience with other formulations. I love the way it sinks into my skin quickly, and I love how it seems to be a very effective shield, given my experience thus far.
However, I hate how runny it is, and the bottle gives little control over how much product comes out.
Also, I think it's responsible for some whiteheads, pore clogging, and minor breakout issues.
This bottle will serve me well this season, but I probably won't repurchase this particular formula; perhaps Shiseido will revamp this yet again.
p.s. I learned the hard way that you must shake this product thoroughly before applying. If you don't, you simply get a river of oil in your hand ...
I have been using the shiseido sun protection line for five years and never questioned my decision on using it. They say "you can't hit'em all" when it comes to makeup and skincare products, but this is THE holy grail sunscreen for me. You may not like it due to personal preferences but definitely test it out at a shiseido counter if the PROs and CONs you see at the bottom meet your requirements!! =)
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCT:
-very light, incredibly smooth when applying
-watery texture and leaves a minimal amount of white cast
-my skin has not broken out NOT EVEN ONCE using this product
-high spf protection
-has a pleasant scent (I don't hate it, very tolerable)
-quite waterproof and sweatproof (which means you must cleanse with some sort of oil cleanser to remove it off completely)
-because it is very light and sheer, it's perfect to use under makeup. Some of the thicker cream-like texture of sunscreens I tend to have a huge problem with the foundation moving around my face because sunscreens do not get absorbed into your skin unlike a lotion or a moisturizer. The sunscreen sits on the surface of your skin so if it's a heavy cream-like texture, the foundation almost always moves around the face. THIS SUNSCREEN MINIMIZES ALL OF THAT!
When it comes to the cons, it is quite pricy for a sunscreen for 100ml. Shiseido is not a drug store brand (of course), but it really is worth the price in my opinion. You really can't find a sunscreen at the level of this quality for $20 at a drug store. Also, there is no marked expiration date on the bottle for this sunscreen. From my years of using this product, it's usually two years from the day you open it OR once the scent has diminished sigificantly inside the bottle, it's time to chuck it and buy another one.
Lastly, I want to mention the difference between Shiseido sunscreens sold in Asia (Anessa) and the ones sold in the U.S. and Canada. They are different products and some ladies prefer to use Shiseido Anessa sunscreens because it is literally 'like-water' and leaves NO white cast (even less than the product I'm reviewing now). The watery fluid gets absorbed into the skin very nicely, can be used as a makeup base under foundation, matte finish, etc. BUT - Shiseido Anessa sunscreen is a CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN, not a PHYSICAL SUNSCREEN. There is a difference and there are pros and cons in using a chemical sunscreen.
The ingredient in sunscreens that leaves the white case is zinc oxide which is a physical ingredient that protects your skin from the UVA&UVB rays. Since a chemical sunscreen doesn't contain any zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, it does not leave a white cast. Also, chemical filters in chemical sunscreens are a better protection against FULL SPECTRUM UVA rays whereas physical ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide does not provide protection against full spectrum UVA rays. It provides partial UVA protection but just not full spectrum. UVA protection is so so SO important because the damage it causes to your skin isn't immediately visible to the eye and it is a slowly and gradual damage deep inside your skin, destroying collagen and elastin which will cause ageing. So it's not the redness that you can visibly see on your skin after going out in the sun so it's more disguised and hidden damage which will show up one day. And chemical filters are a better protection against such full spectrum UVA rays.
HOWEVER! There is almost twice as MUCH chemical ingredients replacing the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in a chemical sunscreen that may cause irritations, allergic reactions, breakouts, etc. Also chemical sunscreens almost always has alcohol as an ingredient (check the box), used as a solvent to thin-out the solution to achieve that watery consistency for easier and smooth application.
Personally, I am not allergic to any ingredients in chemical sunscreens and tolerate it very well but I prefer to use physical sunscreens with minimal white casts. Only because I don't think anyone in this world has used chemical sunscreens long enough (30-40 years) to really know what side effects those chemicals bring to an individual. Short term, yes - chemical sunscreens may sound like the answer to all our prayers (no white cast, easy application, full UVA/UVB protection) but I don't want to risk any additional complications further down my life (30-40 years later) by introducing a greater range of chemicals to my skin. That's just my personal opinion and preference. I cannot possibly protect my skin 100% of the time from the sun so I don't even bother being picky about full spectrum UVA protection that the chemical sunscreens offer. For me, the UVA protection that the physical sunscreen offers is plenty and will live on in peace :) continued >>