Average Rating 3.9/5
Review by olelala
Oh dear. As a beloved fan of the classic Shiseido SPF 55 lotion, here goes...
I was initially extremely excited about this new product, since I figured more protection could only be better. Unlike other users, the texture of the product has not changed THAT MUCH in my opinion. The old 55 was very thin and milky - and this one is too. The old one absorbs right into the skin and 1 minute later creates a nice matte invisible canvas - this one does too. The only difference texture-wise is the new formula might be slightly lighter (a positive) due to the new ingredient Ensulizole.
Before I continue, more about this new ingredient: According to Wikipedia, ensulizole is mainly a UVB protecting agent that provides only minor UVA protection. For better protection, it must be combined with avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide; or Mexoryl/Tinosorb. (it's combined with zinc in this case). It is water soluble and leaves a light, non-greasy finish which is why it's very popular nowadays.
Back to the new formulation - for all it's lovely higher protection, non-greasy, (relatively) lighter finish, my skin HATES it. Within a week of using it, my acne-prone but now clear skin was breaking out again. I gave it another week, and I just broke out more. Not only that, but I feel like it didn't hold onto my make-up as well, and I got oilier much faster in the day too. It was the only product I changed in my routine... needless to say since stopping SPF 60 I've gone back to clear skin. I returned my SPF 60.
Try it if you're not acne-prone or oily-skinned, but definitely keep that receipt.