|Would buy this product again.||56%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
i really love this ss, it doesn't break me out. at first i thought oh my so liquidy. but then it doesn't make my face oily at the end of the day like it usually is. so I'm very happy and it is the best match to my shiseido serum without breaking out my face :) the only thing I'm cringing at s the price... omg... $59 for 100 ml... ok i hope it last for a while
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I bought this last year when the lady recommended this for me. I now use it everyday in the summer. At first I loved it, it sinks in quickly, leaves a white cast but I like it, purely physical sunscreen and not greasy at all! It provides good oil-control for the face but I rather use a bb cream with spf in it. It is REALLY hard to get off the face. Use an oil-based cleanser. NEVER use this for the body. I used it for a month or so everyday and I noticed my skin was getting paler and paler. After I get out of the shower, my legs skin were peeling. I wanted to cry. In the shower, if you look at your skin at a certain angle there is a white cast on it and if you rub it, some white stuff like eraser bits come out... I think the sunscreen is causing it. It is too water-resistant. I am never using this again.If you have to same drying issue, use vaseline clinical therapy intensive rescue. NEVER USE THIS ON THE BODY!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
At first I thought this was great - very liquid and lightweight, it seemed to sink right in and not whiten my skin too much, and it was non-irritating. But after a few days I found I was getting whiter and whiter, and I realised that it wasn't washing off at the end of the day. It says it's water-resistant - they're not kidding! You need a cleansing oil or makeup remover to get this off, which is a deal-breaker for me. I wear minimal makeup, and I don't want to have to use an oily remover every single day on my face. It also seemed to dry out my skin by the end of the day, so that the fine lines around my eyes became more obvious.
EDIT: I gave this product another chance as a chest/neck sunscreen this summer, but it's still no good. It didn't protect me from burning, and after a week or so the skin around my collarbones was so dry it started peeling off! I've also been doing some research on physical sunscreens and I'm pretty sure Shiseido use the nano-sized zinc, because it's barely whitening for the amount of zinc they use, which means that it is much less effective as a UVA blocker.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Brown
Ok, so i love love love this sunscreen. It's amazing, so smooth, so easy to apply. I use it after my moisturiser and before my makeup, and it helps my foundation sit nicely (bare escentuals)- haven't tried this under any liquid foundations as I only just dug this out of my makeup drawer again recently. It is slightly oily, but after I cleanse/tone/moisturize and then apply sunscreen i just let it absorb while i brush my teeth/have breakfast & it seems to sink in well.
this doesn't break me out at all, which makes it definitely HG status for me!!
The bottle sucks though, the top gets the lotion everyyyyywhere around the outside... seems really wasteful. But i will buy again, one bottle has lasted me a long time though!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
I don't understand why the rating for this sunscreen is lower than the "Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion". The sunscreen ingredients in this version is all physical and are not carcinogenic like the other version. There is a slight white cast on the skin when this sunscreen is applied, but it is so slight that it's totally acceptable. I've never gotten a sunburn when I use this sunscreen. It is very water resistant and it stays on for extended amount of time. It is not greasy and it sits well under makeup. However, I have to use a cleansing oil or a really good cleanser to wash this off at night because it is so water resistant. This is definitely HG material.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I found that it actually caused pigmentation - little dark spots - on my face.
It does leave a white cast on your face, which I don't mind, for it just looks as though I have fairer skin. Actually helps to cover up some red blemishes.
It does protect your face from the sun - in the sense that i was was out in the sun for days and did not have sunburn. And I burn quite easily.
However, the pigmentation leaves me a very very unhappy customer and means only a rating of 3/5.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone who has sensitive skin. It was highly effective. I applied it once in the morning around 9:00 am and only had to touch up a few spots that had direct sun exposure( over a six hour period) My skin never burned or even colored. A few people commented that I must of been using a real good sunscreen because i stayed pale in the hot Arizona sun. It is true about the spout.. a bit messy as it comes out too quickly.. they should redesign the bottle and this product would be 100% perfect.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
My mom got me this sunscreen by accident, I actually wanted the Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion instead. I don't have sensitive skin so I can't say whether it works well for that purpose. As a sunscreen, I think it works fine. Application is easy and quick. I'm very careful with removing sunscreen with make up remover so I haven't had any clogged pores or bad reactions. I have oily skin so I probably wouldn't purchase this sunscreen again as it does leave the skin with a slightly oily film. It never feels like it's "sunk in" all the way. With that said, I'm going to purchase the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion to use for the remainder of the summer and would probably use this gentle version during the winter time when I'm slightly more dry.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
My skin is oily, acne-prone and sensitive.
Liquid formula applies very easily.
Did not develop skin rash allergy.
Makes oily skin shiny, sticky and icky after a couple of hours.
Exacerbates the flakiness of dry patches.
Can only be properly removed with an oil cleanser.
Clogs pores and causes little bumps and pimples.
At first I was very happy to find a sunscreen with such a friendly formula (purely physical sunscreen, no alcohol), but eventually realised that a shiny sticky congested face was causing me breakouts and not worth it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Fine Eyes: Green
UPDATE: back to the cheaper and more reliable (no irritation or clogging or anything else, ever) Vanicream and Cliniderm for face, and Blue Lizard for body.
Full name on bottle: "Gentle Sun Protection Lotion SPF 33. For sensitive skin and babies 6 months of age or over. For face/body."
THE PROS: Very nice. Elegant lightweight fluid sunscreen "veil", all-physical, mainly zinc oxide (13.9% ZnO, 3.3% TiO2), unscented, silicone-based but no -anes.
This is very liquid - milky, even - and dead easy to apply. The finish is smooth, matte without being drying, skin moist without being greasy. On the skin, it feels very like Shiseido 50 or 55 Lotion (differences - not discernible to the touch: lack of scent and being all-physical). A bit like Clarins UV Plus SPF 40 or Dermalogica Super Sensitive FaceBock SPF 30 but resolving their minor downsides: the Clarins' price, scent, and being TiO2-only; and the Dermalogica's occasional scent-irritation issues. Seems to be protecting skin. Less drying than my usual, Glycolix Elite SPF 30 (17% ZnO), and with a more luscious feel and finish. 3.5 rather than 4 (rounding up to be kind) as it isn't as good on, and to, my skin as the Clarins; but better than available alternatives. Decent but not perfect.
The price is a major deciding factor. CAN $ 42.00 for 100 ml; compared to higher prices for other sunscreens in bottles 1/3 the size. Fun, interesting bottle too - I tend to go for minimalist and white/clear, but rather like this one, and its irregular but curvy feel in the hand. The cap works, so far.
I first tried this in the summer, and it was not good. Fine everywhere except the face, though. Some irritation in tell-tale areas (thinner skin round the nose), some clogging. Am using up the bottle, but wouldn't repurchase: I'd rather stick with a face sunscreen that is more reliable as regards not irritating me. Alternating use of this with my old love, Clarins UV Plus 40, for more regular face use on less sunny days (this being Vancouver, that's not uncommon). I do prefer the Clarins for feel and zero effect on skin - with the Shiseido, I do have to make absolutely sure to have cleaned it off properly or I get spots by the next day; and this can feel a bit rough on my skin (yes, even when cleaning with the right stuff i.e. cleansing oil, then regular cleanser after).
Needs cleansing oil for proper removal. Used DHC DCO at first (in the summer)--worked, but some issues. Changed over to GoW and much happier with it, no irritation, better cleansing, the lighter oil mix has a finer feel on the skin (not just olive, but includes sweet almond and hazelnut, and uses a different emulsifier).
zinc oxide 13.9% w/w
titanium dioxide 3.3% w/w
cyclomethicone - water - butylene glycol - dimethicone - hydrogenated c6-14 olefin polymers - pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate - glycerin - polybutylene glycol/ppg-9/1 copolymer - polymethacrylate - dimethicone copolyol - dextrin palmitate - xylitol - methyl gluceth-10 - trimethylsiloxysilicate - dipotassium glycyrrhizate - scutellaria baicalensis extract - zinc myristate - thiotaurine - ectoin - disteardimonium hectorite - aluminum distearate - aluminum hydroxide - isostearic acid - silica - trisodium edta - tocopherol - phenoxyethanol
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Great sun block all year around. Works very well for me as I stay in office all day long, and not overly exposed to sun shine on weekends either. It gets absorbed instantly and lightens my skin a bit like a primer, with a very natural glow. Very gentle, does not blog pores, and does not peal. Would absolutely buy again. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is I could never finish the whole bottle before it expires and I hate to waste.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is the first sunscreen I've ever used that I'm not allergic to and I'm so glad that I can finally have some sun protection and slow the wrinkles that I'm already starting to see on my face.
It's not perfect -- it is slightly sticky, but not unbearably so, and it does leave a slight white cast on my skin (I'm East Indian with fairly light skin, NC40 for reference). I put my concealer on top of it and find that a little MAC blotting powder will tone down both the white cast and the shine. I've tried my Alima satin matte mineral foundation overtop, but it doesn't really sit smoothly for some reason. No big deal in the summer, however -- sun protection is more important than wearing foundation.
I don't find this drying -- by the end of the day my face is a little greasy.
I do think it blocks my pores a little bit -- or maybe it's the oil-based remover I use to get it off -- but not too badly. Generally I think the zinc is calming my skin and resulting in smaller pimples at least.
One thing -- a few people have said this has a rating of PA+++, but it's actually only PA++ from what I can find, so it provides moderate UVA protection with a PPD factor of 4-8.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I have very sensitive, sun reactive skin. I bought this because it was supposed to be for sensitive skins, and it is a physical block which is what I need. HA! This is awful. Everytime I put it on, my right cheek and eye (that's the sensitive side - go figure) are all bothered, I get itchy and, believe it or not, I get hives. I am fine until I put this on, and then I get worse and worse until I remove it. The last time I put it on I was going for a long walk downtown and it was very sunny outside. I ended up with a huge itchy hive on the right side of my face, then I scratched till I bled. Not a good thing at all. I didn't put it on again for a couple of weeks because I wasn't going outside much, then again today I put it on and voila two hives, my eye and cheeks are acting up something awful. I have never had a problem with PTR sunblock, or virtually any other purely physical blockers. Also, it does have a whitish cast to it, and leaves my skin sticky and powdery dry. My makeup looks awful on top. I really thought it was me or other products, but now I know it is this. I understand it is being or has been discontinued, and if true, yuck, that explains the reviews! Well, $40 wasted - may I will try to find my bill and ask for an exchange. I am staying away from anything that says sensitive anymore.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I had high hopes for this product, the makeup artist at the counter said it worked very well and protected brilliantly against sunburn etc ....the day i had planned to be outside all day i put on 2 layers and gave it 45 minutes to sink in and went outside, my face didnt feel hot or anything! however when i got back inside and my face dried off I felt like my face was burning, and to my amazement when i looked in the mirror, my face was as red as a lobster.....i do not recommend this as a sunscreen!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This was actually the first sunscreen product I used and I have been using it for all these years since high school. It is made for sensitive skin, so it is very safe and it never caused breakout on me. The price is reasonable given its volume and its SPF30 with PA+++. The only thing I have with this sunscreen is that my skin feels a little bit dry after I wear it for 6 hours. But I have come up with some ways to overcome it, e.g. to use a mineral water spray and reapply it to my face if need. All in all, it is a great product, and I recommend it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
*Update: I've since went back to this product after stopping to use it for some time. I was facing the problem of dehydrated skin so I thought this oilier sunscreen would work better and I was right.*
I used this for the first time very recently, and the follows are some of my observations-
(1) The texture is liquidy, but not as light as textures from Sunkiller and Sunplay's sunscreens. Its more towards a thick liquidy texture as opposed to a light runny texture. However, because its quite a thick liquid, it covers the required areas with lesser layers of applications.
(2) Application (I apply about 3 layers)- one must be careful to apply a light layer and layer on quickly so as not to let the initial layer dry off and cause problems with application of layers above the initial one.
(3) I do find the sunscreen quite heavy feeling on the skin, as well as quite sticky. What I do is I apply my undereye concealer first while leaving the sunscreen to be absorbed and then taking a tissue paper afterwards to blot off any excess so the product won't feel as sticky on the skin.
(4) This is my favourite part- Power foundation applies surprising well on this product. The powder looks *very* natural and light on the skin, making it look as if its a second skin as opposed to a put on foundation. I'm not sure for liquid foundations as I have yet to try.
(5) It also controls oil on the face well, which I like. I wore it for 7-8 hrs, spending considerable time walking under humid weather, and my makeup held up quite well.
(6) I blotted around the 6th hour of wearing the product, and I noticed my nose is not as oily as usual, I think I see a decrease of up to 65% in oil reduction.
(7) Makeup's staying power- A little of the foundation on my nose did come off. The worse hit areas of makeup being dissolved by the oils on my face are the upper lip and chin. Other than that, I think the foundation stayed on well on the face, even on the forehead, an area that can get very oily for me, so I'm quite satisfied.
(8) Removal- Having read the concerns of removal of this product on the reviews here, I took special note of this. When I purchased this item, the SA told me that this can be removed by regular makeup remover and would not require an oil based one, which is the reason why I bought it. I first removed the product using Kiss Me cleansing gel, a sunscreen and makeup remover. However, I don't think the product was completely taken off, so I used my oil based Loreal eye makeup remover, and with three tries, I think I removed the product as best as I can. My conclusion on removal is that an oil based product needs to be used to remove this product although the SAs claim otherwise.
(9) After effects- I can't be sure yet if this product will break me out. I'll update if it does. But for now, I'm happy with this as it helps my foundation apply much better, as well as reduce the oiliness on my face well.
UPDATE: After several times of having used this product, I have other comments I would like to add on to what I've said.
- I felt most of the observations made when I used the product for the first time were inaccurate judgments of it. Below's comments are directed to what is already written above, the same no. bullet will indicate the same points that I've elaborated on earlier and my most recent thoughts about the points I've made.
2) Application: I find application of the product much harder than I first thought it to be. The sunscreen is sticky, so you need to work it in very carefully and it takes me some good 15-20mins to apply it, I nearly gave up on some mornings. Even with careful application, I have sometimes screwed up and that results with my makeup applying badly on top of the sunscreen.
3) Absorption of product: This product does not absorb at all, it just sits on the skin feeling sticky. More annoyingly, even after trying to blot of the stickiness, its still quite sticky feeling and makes my fringe quite icky, this is a real big pet peeve of my.
4) I have no idea what happened to it after my first time using the product. After that first time, my makeup doesn't apply as smoothly and it even appears cakey on top of the sunscreen sometimes.
5) Oil control- It wasen't as good as I first thought it was either. My face basically felt sticky and oily with the sunscreen on, it didn't help with controlling oiliness much.
9) After effects- It did break me out in the end.
Conclusion: I think the sunscreen performed so well the first time I used it was because my skin really was just having a good day, and that the sunscreen itself doesn't deserve much praising as after several times of usage now, I know the product much better.
As for the sun protection factor, I highly doubt its performance as well. When using it, I was generally indoors whole day, with the exception of two 10mins walk under the afternoon hot sun each day, and the sunscreen didn't seem to offer much benefit, making me darker even with limited sun exposure. I will not be repurchasing.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have very sensitive and acne skin type. Since it is alcohol free, fragrance free, PABA free, chemical free, I decided to give it a try.
bad thing is the texture is fluid type, very runny, difficult apply onto face, and, it take about 10 minutes to dry.
The second day after I applied the sunscreen, there are few pimples appear on my cheeks. I am horrified by this result and throw it into dustbin
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Red, Straight Eyes: Blue
This product is absolutely great. It did not cause break outs, is not greasy, and I found it really good for my sensitive skin. I bought it ages ago and use it pretty much everyday and it has not run out.
It also makes my complexion appear more even and luminous. I am definitely buying it again :-) The only downside is the price, but its worth it for me because it lasts for months and months.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I love the fact that this sunscreen is very mattifying and great for oily skin, it helps my makeup stay much longer and i don't even have to use 2-3 blotting papers everyday now lol :D
Plus it's alcohol free so it doesn't dry out my skin (my skin is oily but dehydrated) Actually the sales assistant suggested Shiseido Anessa for me but it contains alcohol! so it's a big no-no for me.
The only con is that it leaves a slight white cast and needs longer time to blend evenly. but i dun mind since i use a pressed powder over it so it's not obvious at all (:
UPDATE: okay i find it hard to remove with my normal makeup remover, and has caused me to have slight breakout esp on my forehead. Think i'll have to buy a cleansing oil for this. will update again.
LATEST UPDATE: Broke out badly from this even after removing with cleansing oil, think it's due to the high dimethicone content :(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is the best sunscreen I have EVER used! I seriously don't understand all these bad ratings...
First off, the reason why I went looking for a sunscreen for my face in the first place was because of two reasons:
1. My doctor gave me a retinoid spot treatment for my acne.
2. I suddenly realized (like it came to me totally out of nowhere) that the box on my Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection was only protecting me against UVB rays...while I love Shiseido...they certainly have their slipups...at least, they don't use any harmful ingredients (that's my biggest pet peeve).
This sunscreen is purely physical (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, so there is UVA and UVB protection) with none of those horrible sunscreens, although, the chemical sunscreens Shiseido uses are okay. But there's like only one sunscreen in the entire Canadian market that doesn't have oxybezone...but I'm straying. This one is recommended for sensitive skin, children and babies and has an SPF of 33.
The product comes in a really pretty blue and golden yellow-lidded bottle that fits quite nicely in your hand--hold it in your right hand and your index finger is in the right position to hold down the lid when you shake it. The bottle has one of those metal ball things that you can hear when you shake it. It's a very runny white liquid that goes on very smoothly without the characteristic stickiness of a normal, drugstore, chemically-ridden sunscreen. I think it gives a very slight white cast, but I like it. I downplays the red patches on my face from my retinoid very well and I'm a cross between a light-medium to medium skintoned Asian and I don't mind being a very tiny bit whiter. It also certainly has mattifying properties (there's silica in this sunscreen)--I don't think I get the oilies as much as I used to. It also has no scent whatsoever.
For some people, though, it may be a good idea to put on a moisturizer under it. But my face is fairly oily and this is pretty good for a moisturizer to boot with the sunscreens. I think though, that in winter, if I ever still need to use my sunscreen on those rare non-dark, non-raining days, I'll have to put on my night moisturizer on first and then top it off with this. I don't understand what all the complaints about it being hard to remove--it's not waterproof or oil-based. The first ingredient listed is WATER...I just use my normal cleanser to get this off my face just fine...(I use Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam).
A little goes a long way with this product. You don't need much at all. It will probably last me all the way until the nearly-two-years expiry date if I use this strictly for my face. Will definitely repurchase this when I run out.
Medicinal Ingredients: zinc oxide 13.9% w/w, titanium dioxide 3.3% w/w
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, dimethicone, hydrogenated C6-14 olefin polymers, pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate, glycerin, polybutylene glycol/PPG-9/1 copolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, dimethicone copolyl, dextrin palmitate, xylitol, methyl gluceth-10, trimethylsiloxysilicate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Scutellaria baicalensis extract, zinc myristate, thiotaurine, ectoin, disteardimonium hectorite, aluminum distearate, aluminum hydroxide, isostearic acid, silica, trisodium EDTA, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol.