REVIEW: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++

Sticking with my love and need for good sun protection year-round, I decided it was necessary to talk about what I use a non-daily basis – more specifically, when I’m participating in outdoor recreational activities.

Please keep in mind that all the other previous sunscreen reviews I’ve written about have strictly been for my face and daily use.

The Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion contains SPF 60 and is the highest amount of protection level I currently own/use. I reserve this specific product for days when I’m outside for activities such as swimming or for when I’m outside for a long period of time.

It’s considered to be safe for the face and body and is labeled to be “very water resistant.” Realistically, no sunscreen can technically be waterproof – however, Shiseido’s sun protection products have been known to be “sweat-resistant,” “very water resistant,” and “sand proof.”

Compared to my current Shisiedo sunscreen I use daily (underneath makeup), this one is huge at 3.3 oz., while my daily sunscreen is only 1 oz. When I’m outside for longer periods of time, I slather on sunscreen liberally all over and re-apply frequently – so, perhaps the bigger container is an advantage.

As “a highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body,” this product is excellent at “prevent[ing] sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging.” Considered to be a “skincare essential,” the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion protects against both UVA/UVB rays. It is “formulated with rose apple leaf extract [to] deliver excellent antioxidant [benefits] and fortifies skin against UV-caused DNA damage.”

Shake the bottle well before applying since this is a sunscreen that is watery and runny. Compared to the Chanel UV Essentiel, Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion is more runny and thin in consistency. It does not leave a white cast nor does it have a filmy texture. The product dries matte and absorbs instantly into the skin; it blends easily and is lightweight. Again, it’s great to layer underneath makeup, but when I’m out at the pool, I usually forego all face makeup anyway.

Even after repeated application, it doesn’t get cakey or thick. I also apply this to my ears and around my neck and chest because it isn’t thick and sticky like most traditional sunscreens out on the market. For the rest of my body, I’ll use Neutrogena or Copperstone sunscreen since I don’t want to waste my Shiseido one. :)

Ingredients:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1 Copolymer, Dimethicone Copolyol, Dextrin Palmitate, Xylitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glutathione, Zinc Myristate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Thiotaurine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Ectoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isostearic Acid, Stearic Acid Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Alcohol, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide.

3.3 fl. oz.
Retails for $39.00.
Made in USA.
Formulated in Japan.
Container made in Japan.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

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CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50

Other than my trusty Shiseido and Asian brand sunscreens, the CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 sunscreen has been a long time favorite of mine. Recently, I re-purchased my third bottle and was reminded that I hadn’t posted a review for it yet. Because I know that there are so many other sunscreens that get the job done, I realize this may not be something that interests everyone. However, I’ve decided to go ahead with the post for those who are researching and curious.

On Chanel’s website, the UV Essentiel sunscreen is described as “skin’s guardian angel [that] shields skin safely beyond the reach of aggressive UVA/UVB rays.” I especially like that the promo picture is light and bright because it fits the description so well. Also, please make note that the title – UV Essentiel – is spelled correctly in French; and, yes, the American spelling for the word is “essential.”

As always, Chanel’s packaging is beautifully done. The white squeeze bottle is one that you need to shake since the formula of this sunscreen is the runny kind that is watery and thin. I’ve tossed this bottle around in my makeup bag numerous times and it’s held up well despite its white hue. It’s compact and travel friendly, which is always a plus for portability and convenience.

There is a floral fragrance that takes some getting used to if you’re not used to Chanel’s products. The scent is light and fluffy, but it does linger on the skin after application. The formula is great for underneath makeup – cream, gel, liquid, and powder makeup alike – this sunscreen wells wear underneath it all.

The formula is slightly thicker than the Shiseido formulations and I find it to be more moisturizing. I’ve also noticed that this product takes longer to dry on the skin than other liquid sunscreens I’ve tried. The finish is not matte like Shiseido’s, so that may turn some of you off from this product.

As you can see, the texture of this sunscreen is not as runny. It blends well into the skin and does not leave a white cast. Because the finish is a bit more slick, I cannot immediately apply my face makeup over this – in fact, I need to wait a good 10-15 minutes. This is why this particular sunscreen is not my #1 go-to product. Also, nowhere does it claim to be water-resistant or sweat-resistant (like Shiseido’s), so I wouldn’t suggest wearing this to go swimming or to be outside for hours sweating.

Chanel’s website also explains that this sunscreen is “a free-radical and anti-pollution shield with a Vitamin E derivative and plant extracts.” It moisturizes the skin well and is very soothing. The “oil-free, lightweight formula safeguard[s] [the] skin against environmental pollutants.” Other ingredients in this product like “licorice root extract and a highly effective combination of UVA and UVB filters help diminish and prevent the appearance of dark spots and signs of premature aging.”

I enjoy using this sunscreen and will continue to re-purchase it when I run out. As with many of my products, I rotate sunscreen as well from time to time. At the moment, I’m in the process of finishing up my Shiseido sunscreen and will probably move onto my new bottle of Chanel’s UV Essentiel afterwards. It’s nice to use but it’s not necessary; in fact, using Clarins or Shiseido sunscreens have proved to be just as effective with a friendlier price point. However, using Neutrogena on your face works just the same for about $10 – so all this is based on personal preference and budget.

As I’ve stated previously in other sunscreen posts, I prefer the runnier and watery formulations for my face because it’s lightweight, non-oily, and non-sticky. It’s also better for makeup application and every day wear as well because it’s just easier to use. Using this formulation in sunscreens has not affected the amount of coverage or protection for me – I know that many people are concerned about not using “enough” for their face for adequate sun protection, since this style of sunscreen is not thick and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this product even though it is a luxury item. Is a high-end sunscreen going to protect you more from the sun than other brands? Definitely not. But it’s nice to use and that’s the only excuse I’ve got. :)

1 fl. oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $54.00.

Active ingredients: octinoxate 7.5%, titanium dioxide 2%, zinc oxide 17.1%
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Sunscreen Rave: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector For Face SPF 42 PA +++

As promised, I’m here to bring you my review on Shiseido’s newest sunscreen: the Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA +++. Before I begin my review, let me just start off by stating a few general background information.

First of all, I use a separate sunscreen for my face that is different from the one I use on my body. There is no scientific reason for this; it’s just that I prefer a specific “for face” sunscreen for my face because I have sensitive and reactive skin. I use thicker creams and lotions for my body when I’m indulging in water-activities. Also, this Shiseido sunscreen is my “daily sunscreen,” which is what I use under my makeup every single day. For days I’m out in the sun for water-activities, I use a stronger and more water resistant formula so I will not use my daily sunscreen for that occasion.

Because my daily sunscreen is worn under makeup every day, I have specific requirements that need to be met:
1. The texture must be thin.
2. It must not disturb makeup application and wear.
3. The formula needs to be matte and fast drying.
4. It must not leave a white cast on my face (since makeup will be applied over it).
5. It must be easy to remove (along with my makeup) at the end of the day.

With all that said, this sunscreen meets all my expectations. And, with that, I can simply end my review here, lol. If you want more in-depth information, you may read on, of course.

Sephora describes this sunscreen as “an oil-free daily formulation that protects against three major causes of skin cell damage: UV rays, oxidation, and overproduction of sebum.”

The product claims to be an “ultra-light formulation [that] contains mineral powders and herbal extracts to help it spread smoothly while creating a pore-free and shine-free finish.” This sunscreen is “formulated with Shiseido’s highly effective multi-defense sun protection system and advanced skincare ingredients, it prevents skin damage and free radical production.”

After moisturizing, I shake the bottle and apply it evenly onto my face. There’s a typical Shiseido scent, which is light and flowery; it’s nothing too overpowering, and after application you don’t notice it. Within a few seconds, the product will “set” and become matte and smooth. For me, this doubles as a primer because makeup applies wonderfully afterwards. At night, I remove everything on my face (sunscreen + makeup I’m wearing that day) with cleansing oil.

The texture is very thin and watery. In fact, it’s so watery it will run off your hand/finger if you’re not careful. This texture allows the product to blend easily onto the skin and then dry instantly. The best part is that it doesn’t disturb the makeup you will end up applying onto the skin afterwards. Liquid, cream, and powder products apply equally beautifully. Other sunscreens will ball up and peel off the skin when you try to add anything else; this does not. HOORAY!

A possible compaint may be that this product provides questionable coverage because it’s so thin. To some people, the texture may seem like you’re not applying enough sunscreen or any product at all. Before liquid sunscreens came onto the Western market, Asian cosmetic companies were distributing them years and years before. I’ve been using liquid sunscreens daily for a decade – and have not had one sunburn on my face; and I’ve maintained my fair skin tone straight through summer. In fact, I have never re-purchased a foundation because my color didn’t match anymore.

Liquid sunscreens are best for the face because it’s not thick, heavy, and oily. I hope that by using an easy product like this, more people will add an extra 15 seconds in their morning routines to protect their skin from premature aging (and skin cancer). Perhaps that’s the whole point in developing such a product.

Item retails for $30 for 30 mL/1 fl.oz.
Made in USA
Container made in Japan.

Octinoxate 7.4%; Octocrylene 3.0%; Zinc Oxide 8.6%

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

And the Hauling Continues…

I present to you yet another modest haul. I wish I could say that I accumulated these items over time to make it seem more practical, but I didn’t, lol. What can I say? YouTube made me do it.

1. MAC – Duo Fibre Blending/Tapered Brush 286
2. Revlon – Colorburst Lipstick 006 “Pink Sugar”
3. Josie Maran – Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40+ (not full size)
4. Kat Von D – Painted Love Lipstick in “Agatha”
5. Bare Minerals – Matte Mineral Foundation in “Golden Fair”
6. MAC – Mineralize Concealer in NW 15
7. Fresh – Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (white tube)

All items purchased were based on stellar reviews online either via YouTube, blogs, and various review sites. None were items that I needed – as all hauls seem to be this way, haha. However, I was curious about everything I got apart from the Bare Minerals matte foundation.

Side note –> I have a love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals. When I was much younger, and before the time of using liquid foundations, I only used mineral ones. At that time, BM was the option that every one was raving about simply because nothing else was available yet (in my opinion). When the matte formula was first released, the shade “Golden Fair” wasn’t available, so I used “Fairly Light” which was too neutral-toned for me. Because of the unsuccessful color match, I gave up and moved onto bigger and better things – only to forget about BM for years. Recently, I got re-interested in BM’s matte foundation because of the shade “Golden Fair.” Just by looking at the loose powder particles I could tell this would be more of a suitable match for me.

I’ve decided to give BM another try because:
1. The shade “Golden Fair”;
2. the “click, lock, go” thing that makes everything less messy;
3. the introduction of the matte formula;
4. and, because Houston’s nearly year long heat wave is rapidly approaching, and I know liquid foundation will begin to slip and slide all over my face.

Having said all these things, I hope to report back to you soon.

What are you hauling? Anything you would recommend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)