I'm reviewing this product after one use to add to the growing evidence that this product is indeed drying (and therefore mattifying). Unfortunately, since I do not have oily skin this product did not work at all well for me. My skin felt tight and uncomfortable all day. I was actually aware of it alot of the time and wanted to wash it off. It also had a smell I found unpleasant and chemically.
Now having said all this, for those of you oily gals out there, this review should be taken as positive for you!!! I just can't give it a high rating because it really does not work for me.
Got a sample of this and while I am going to go with the Clarins UV Dayscreen SPF 40 I do really like the feel of this. I think it is a bit less greasy than the Neutrogena Dry-Touch sunscreens and it only has one chemical agent of concern (possibly) for pregnant women whereas the Neutrogena has a much more in the way of chemical blocks. I wouldn't wear a moisturizer under this in the summer, just apply to a fresh face and wait to sink in before applying makeup.
Comparing this to the Clarins Dayscreen is almost like comparing apples to oranges since they are quite different in texture and Clarins is all-physical agents while this has chemical agents but in the end since I'm pregnant and want to stay away from possibly scary chemicals (though from what I've read the octinoxate is only possibly bad for children or pregnant women) I'm going with a simple moisturizer under the dryer feeling Clarins. I would consider this in the future though if I end up not liking the Clarins for some reason.
HOLY GRAIL SUNSCREEN. (This is a review of the US version... I hope they don't reformulate.) I have never found a sunscreen for my face that I liked until now. They all made my face greasy, clogged my pores, and caused breakouts. This Shiseido sunscreen doesn't do any of that. It feels smooth, not greasy, has good SPF and UVA/UVB protection. Am using this on my face and Neutrogena Dry Touch on the body. Will definitely repurchase.
This is a review for new reformulated EU version!!
Just as the reviewer before me, I had the worst experience with this product.
I was using this sunscreen for many years and loved it (HG), but it was usually the US version. So while in Europe I bought a new bottle and couldn't believe what I saw after I applied it to my face: I looked like a ghost as it had left a white cast and white flakes all over. I just hope they don't reformulate the US version.
The reformulated EU version is HORRIBLE.
It leaves an extreme white cast which doesnt dissapear.
Even when I made sure that I applied it to the WHOLE face,it ended up lookin blotchy and uneven
After less then 2 hours,makes my skin look even more blotchy,like the ss has dissapeared in places.
It has a strong smell. Im not usually the one to care about fragrance in ss's but this smelly yuck.
I think the worst thing about this ss is that I keep getting sunburnt,even tho I apply liberaly(im very anal about not getting sunburnt). I wear a wide brimmed,close knitted sunhat at ALL times,and I still got sunburnt.Now Im getting sunsports which I havent had before. GRR!
Basically,the reformulated EU version that I bought in London is crap. I dont understand why they reformulated it??
The Australian and US versions are fantastic tho.
Oh, how I hate falling in love with expensive products. I asked for a sample of this at Sephora, and they gave me a really generous sample, so I've been test-driving it for almost a week now. I love that it sinks in and dries quickly and matte, yet isn't drying like the Neutrogena I usually use is. In fact, if I'm in a hurry and don't have time to let moisturizer sink in before I apply sunscreen, this stuff is okay on my skin even without moisturizer under it. I don't love the scent, but I don't hate it either. I do love that it feels like I'm putting some kind of nice cream on my face every morning instead of slathering it with hard to spread goop, which is how sunscreens usually make me feel.
I'm not thrilled about the price. But still, this is the kind of product that makes me willing to spend more than I normally would.
I so badly wanted to love this sunscreen. I loved the fact that the SPF was high and that it was formulated with zinc oxide. The packaging was great. However, whenever I applied this product, it was so difficult to apply and it never did seem to sink in. Plus, I think it broke me out :(
My mom swears by this sunscreen so I decided to give it a try and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I put on my MAC Concealer and Pressed Powder at 10:00 this morning and now at 4:00 my skin is beautifully matte and looks flawless. I generally have oil breakthrough but none here and my makeup hasnt oxidized and turned that weird orange color. For me this is HG status!!! I <3 it!!! For the results the price is worth it and the packaging is way cute :-)
I succumbed to this because of the raves here but this stuff just did not work for me. I seldom return makeup but this went back because I knew I would never, ever reach for it and it was expensive. It did not have a mattifying effect like so many people here enjoy, and my skin got surface and below-surface zits. I much prefer Clinique City Block Sheer or La Roche Posay.
I got the cream as a small sample and, WOW, I can see why folks rave about this as the sunscreen holy grail! It absorbs quickly, no white sheen, and makes my skin feel like SKIN - not sandpaper and not an oil-slick. Even better, it never turns into an oil slick later in the day. I also agree with one of the earlier reviewers - this could easily be used as a primer. My makeup (a little powder bronzer that day) lasted all day. I have a full bottle of the lotion - but I think this will be my next purchase.