I have extremely sensitive skin and used to have problems with cystic acne. This is the ONLY sunscreen that I use that does not break me out. Yes, it is a bit pricey but it is light and you do not have to use a lot. It makes your skin feel silky and is also a really nice base before your foundation. There was a worker at Sephora that recommended it and his skin looked pretty moist and healthy, I am glad I went with it! I will definitely continue to purchase this product, my husband even uses it now (of course, he bought his own!) :)
I bought this for use on my face and I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. I love Shiseido, so I bought this off Sephora. There is a very faint scent, but it isn't bothersome to me. It dries quickly and leaves behind no white cast. Then again, I'm extremely pale, even so, I can't detect anything. I feel I am doing something good for my skin when I use this, by protecting it from the sun's harmful rays (skin cancer runs in my family), but also because this is marketed as an anti-aging skincare product as well. I will repurchase, but this may be overpriced. I guess I might be a sucker, but since this works for me, and my skin is highly sensitive, I don't think I will switch for any other product.
Additionally, in comparison to Coppertone Sensitive Skin formula, I would say this is quite similar. I would recommend that to anyone who is unwilling to purchase this but is looking for a less expensive alternative.
Again, I'm pretty loyal to Shisiedo. What else can I say?
I'm absolutely shocked that this is "too greasy" for some people, but then again, what works for someone of a certain skin type won't work for someone else of a different skin type. I have normal/ oily skin, and this has been a miracle in a bottle for me. After I let my moisturizer sink in, I shake the bottle and apply this. It looks shiny when I first apply it, but it sinks in in less than a minute and it doesn't look or feel like I have anything on at all. The most amazing thing about this sunscreen is that it's actually what has been keeping my foundation looking shine-free and fresh ALL. DAY. LONG. No seriously, the times I've used this, my foundation looks matte for AT LEAST 12 hours, with maybe a couple of blots, and this is in Miami weather. I'm ecstatic. Even though this has a lot of negative reviews from people saying it's too greasy, if you have oily skin and struggle with keeping foundations looking fresh, I suggest you AT LEAST try it.
I love this sunscreen. Being extremely pale with freckles, I have to wear sunscreen everyday and this is the only one yet to break me out. I used to use Neutrogeona Ultra-Sheer, and like every other sunscreen it felt like I had liquid saran-wrap on my face. This sinks right in and I can't even feel it at all. Perfect sunscreen!
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 16.3%, Octinoxate 7.4%, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid 2.0%
Major fragrance overload! Most people don't know that fragrance itself is not a very strong irritant per se but the solvents that are required for adding fragrance prove to be the most detrimental to the skin. So anyone, sensitive to smell or not, should avoid fragranced products altogether to avoid getting in contact with the harmful solvents.
This lotion dries to a somewhat matte finish compared to common US sunscreens on the market, but no way is it topnotch. It still leaves an obvious white cast which can be misinterpreted as having a buttload of makeup on (I've had it said to my face and I'm male), at least for someone who isn't Tilda Swinton pale. It is very water-resistant - I'll give it that, but that's about its only merit. I much prefer the Gentle Sun Protection Lotion for Sensitive Skin and Babies in the same range (pure physical, fragrance-free, same amount of content but less expensive).
Greasy and sticky I can handle. That's what loose powders are for, not to mention that powder is a very powerful physical sunscreen in and of itself. I actually get genuinely disappointed if a sunscreen dries too matte which inhibits me from coating my face with a large amount of loose powder. But white casts are unacceptable for me, any given day, greasy or matte.
I do not get what all the hype is about. If you happen to live in Asia and are surrounded by numerous Japanese sunscreens that are 100000000000 times more cosmetically elegant than this pasty white lotion than you wouldn't even have glanced at it in the first place.
1) SHISEIDO's best-selling Asian exclusive sunscreen line ANESSA has some of the best sunscreens on the market, even surpassing the much overrated Sofina which does not provide adequate enough protection.
2) KOSE has a fabulous line called RESOA which contains 19.88% Zinc Oxide yet still dries 100% transparent. I can put 3 layers on in the morning and it is still undetectable. Now THAT is what I call sunscreen technology.
3) KANEBO has its own ALLIE line that shares the same patent from the Kao Group as Sofina's, but the protection ALLIE offers is far superior to Sofina's.
There you go, the 3 major Japanese brands with their own sunscreen lines that are selling like hot cakes here in Asia. I have used sunscreens from all over the world including those nasty glue-like high PPD European ones. And all I can say is the Asian sunscreen technology/market/awareness are light years ahead of its western counterpart.
Sorry folks but American sunscreens are total BS though. I always cringe at the thought of having to purchase sunscreens imported from the USA, because they are almost always pure chemical which is basically like setting fire to one's face and contributing to further melasma. Luckily I don't have to given the variety of options I have. America is the land of plenty but certainly lacking in the sunscreen department. One of my favorite quotes from someone on this topic is "What are you gonna do? Wait for the FDA to get real?"
I have sensitive pale skin and sunscreen is a MUST
It was really hard to find a sunscreen that didn't feel gross, leave a white film, or make me breakout. My skin is very oily in the summer and some products would just slide off.
This sunscreen is very thin and absorbs easily into my skin. The high SPF is great and I don't get burned.
LOVE this line of suncare. (in the dry winter I switch to the cream)
My favorite sunscreen. It's light and non-greasy formula makes it a breeze to put on before makeup. I use it after moisturizer and before primer. The scent is light and pleasant. Best of all, I've definitely noticed a reduction in expression lines now that I use sunscreens daily.
Definitely the best sunscreen I've ever used. The protection is just about the best you can get. SPF 60+++. It has a high percentage of zinc but does not give off a whitish cast to your face at all. In the past few years, I've been getting an outbreak of freckles on my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. This product, along with my AHA cream, has helped combat this problem.
It has an extremely milky consistency but I actually like this, because I have very dry skin and can layer this over my moisturizer in the morning. It spreads easily and although is goes on slightly greasy at first, it eventually turns into a matte-like finish after about half an hour (maybe less). **Be sure to shake the bottle well before use as the product separates if you don't.
The only issue I might have is that it is quite expensive. I paid $40.00 + tax for 3.3 fluid oz. Because of this, I only use is on my face and neck. However, I'm a firm believer in sunscreen being one of the most important items in your beauty regimen, so I am willing to pay that price for what it does. Also, it's very water resistant and can be difficult to remove. I don't feel that your average cleanser would do the job to remove all traces of this on your face. Shiseido recommends using their oil based cleanser but I think any oil based cleanser will do. I would suggest finding one that suits your skin - I recommend DHC.
I just started to use this product since my moisturizer did not have any SPF protection, and this is certainly my HG product for my face. Not only does it protect against harmful rays for my body AND my face, it also prevents my face from getting oily throughout the day. I have very oily skin and something in this sunscreen just soaks up all the oil and I never get shiny since using this product! The consistency is not thick or greasy at all. It's a bit runny but it blends into the skin well and doesn't leave a white overcast like how other sunblocks do when applied. The only downside to the product is that sunscreen starts to leak out and settle where the dispenser is and it gets a bit messy. Other than that, if you have super oily skin and need a good sunscreen, I definitely recommend this product!
I have been wearing sunblock for abut 15 years, and this is my favorite, by far. I apply this over a vitamin C serum, and then a heavy moisturizing cream, as it is rather watery. It doesn't make me look pale, and it doesn't irritate my skin like other sunblocks have in the past. I have recommended this product to family and friends and they now all use it everyday. It has also done a great job protecting my skin. It lasts about 5 months, so the price doesn't bother me so much. I apply a teaspoon of sunblock to my face and neck every morning. I tried their SPF 52 lotion and I really didn't like it. That stuff made me look like a ghost, but the liquid is brilliant and I never leave the house without applying it first.