Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector for Face SPF 42 PA+++

Shiseido  Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector for Face SPF 42 PA+++


51 reviews

70% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$



on 10/6/2016 9:56:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

For years I've used Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection lotion -- the one in the blue and orange bottle - and thought it was great. But when they took the SPF down to 38 (I have melasma and need at least 40) I started looking for alternatives.

I am in my 50s with dry/combination skin. This sunscreen is PERFECTION. It melts into your face, doesn't mess up foundation and even provides a (slight) matifying effect - perfect for my shiny nose. I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS STUFF! The only issue is it's literally more than 3x the price of my former Shiseido product - $32 for one ounce! And yes this bottle is tiny. (Of course, it's beautiful yet practical packaging like all Shiseido products.)

I'm going to have to figure out where else to cut back so I can put this in my budget permanently, because I don't think I can live without it. The only downside is I sometimes feel myself skimping on application because it is so pricey - not a good thing with sunscreen!

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I like this sunscreen, shiseido really nails the sunscreen game a thin milky consistency that needs to be shaken before pouring out light semi matte finish, strong alcohol scent so dry skinned, beware. you can use moisturizer before this and this can work for you, which is something I actually do myself be sure to really rub it in well because there is a slight white cast, and whether or not that goes away depends on what type of lotion you used before and also how well you massage into your skin I really like the small bottle that makes it easy to throw into your purse to take with you and also is soo good for traveling

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on 7/8/2016 2:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I love the packaging because it is easy to travel with. It absorbs quickly to the skin and it really does protect my face from the sun.

on 5/22/2016 11:18:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this to replace my beloved CeraVe SPF that just continued to clog my pores.

The consistency for this is fantastic. It's almost runny. No extra oil or sheen.

I gave it 4 stars because there's really no additional skincare properties like other in the category. But, I do like this to do just what it is, provide sun protection.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

See my review for the Shiseido Urban Environment Cream...

All I can say is WHITE FACE PAINT (and I am pale). I tried a sample of this after I used the thick cream version of this, and I hated it just as much.

I am sensitive to many face sunscreens but want good moisture so I had high hopes for this product. Unfortunately I was severely disappointed (how does this have such high reviews?)

It was runny in consistency, so I was shocked when I had trouble rubbing it in. Everywhere I put it was stark white and appeared to have a film over it. I tried to make it work, but rubbing it in further only gave me weird red and white splotches from touching my face and the product.

It didn't feel very moisturizing, and my it felt weird to put makeup on top of. I have dry/combination skin, but it did this all over my face.

I definitely will not purchase, and will stick to my garden variety Olay, which is worlds better than this. I am utterly disappointed.

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on 9/27/2015 9:02:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Liking this a lot so far. Been trying to find a replacement for the older version of MAC prep & prime spf 50. Eventually everything either else breaks me out or turns me into a greaseball by mid day. A week in, and this seems to be working well and does a good job keeping the oilies at bay.

Fingers crossed!

on 7/7/2015 12:21:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I'm pretty sure I had an allergic reaction to this product -- I'm not sure what caused it, but I would guess the fragrance. This product has a very strong powdery-floral fragrance, which I do not think belongs in a sunscreen (or any face product, really!), and as soon as I applied it, my face started to itch and burn, terribly. I washed it off immediately, popped a Benadryl, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch. I wouldn't describe my skin as sensitive at all, but apparently it really disagrees with perfumed products! I am returning this product to Sephora today. I'm having a devil of a time finding a good sunscreen for face, this is my third fail in four tries! :(

$32 at Sephora for 1 oz in a small plastic bottle with a screw-off cap.

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on 4/29/2015 12:34:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My favorite sunscreen for many years was the Clarins UV Plus HP. The only downside to that one is that it offers no oil control. So I decided to give this Shiseido one to try since it is FINALLY available in Canada.

Like the Clarins, this sunscreen isn't greasy, doesn't dry up my skin or clog pores, and is good for sensitive skin. The formula is a very thin liquid and it doesn't have that typical sunscreen smell. It does have a little bit of a white cast when you apply it but goes away when you rub it in. It has silicones in it and it dries down completely matte so it works well as a base. It also dries pretty quickly. It does have better oil control compared to the Clarins one - I would be a complete greaseball after 8 hours with the Clarins, but with this Shiseido I can go pretty much all day. I have had sunscreens irritate the skin around my eyes in the past but this one does not do that.

The packaging is nice and small so its perfect for purses and travel. This costs 35$ CAD which at first glance is cheaper than the Clarins one (42$) however you only get 30 ml vs 50 ml so it is actually more expensive. I will probably try some other sunscreens from the Shiseido line but I would recommend and repurchase this particular one.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I adore this one. It's lightweight, liquid, easy to spread on, doesn't leave a white cast, it's not greasy, it's perfect primer and keeps my shine at bay for very long time, does not break me out, packaging is very practical. Would buy it again (if I run into it, because it seems that in Europe it's impossible to find).

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on 4/12/2015 6:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I normally try to avoid wearing sunscreen even though I know it's important because I find sunscreen either breaks me out because it's too heavy (especially during the hot weather months when Im sweating etc) but also because I find most sunscreen makes my combination- oily t zone super oily and I feel gross out when my skin becomes oily and shiny. I have tried Clarins Day Screen Protection and it's pretty good. I have also tried Shesido older sunscreens in the light blue packaging ( It clogged my pores). I have been using this sunscreen under my Maybelline Matte & Poreless foundation and it's a great combination!

I finally found a sunscreen that is:
- lightweight
- does not break me out (I have very sensitive skin that prone to irritation and redness)
- non greasy
- good oil control/matifying
- does not leave a white cast/film on the face
- gives a smooth finish when applying foundation on top
- I wear it everyday (I no longer use a face primer) it acts as a sunscreen AND a makeup base (I don't need to layer so many products on my face).
- you have to get a sample and give this a try at your nearest sephora!
- packaging is good- does not create a mess.

- lesser products than their sunscreen in the light blue bottle

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