fc lab: Shiseido Sun Protection

We’re back at it, continuing our reviews of all the sample products offered in the now sold out Sephora Sun Safety Kit.  Beth and I have been taking turns smearing, powdering, and applying the products that were contained within, and are available at Sephora.com.  And this week I’m tackling two forms of sun protection from heritage company Shiseido:


Urban Environment Oil–Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA+++ – $30

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An oil free daily sunscreen that protects from three major causes of skin cell damage: UV rays, oxidation, and overproduction of sebum.  It’s formulated with mineral powders and herbal extracts to created a shine free finish.


Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++ – $39

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This highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body prevents sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging.  Sand and perspiration proof, and water resistant.

So right off the bat, I’m not really down with the fragrance Shiseido uses for their lotions.  It smells like the fragrance department of a department store, which is a little overwhelming for me.  There’s nothing wrong with one fine fragrance on it’s own, but smelling like several fragrances detracts from the product.  I made the mistake of putting the Urban Environment on my face right before a hike, and it was hard not to be bothered by the smell the entire length of my hike.  If you like fragrance, I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it.  But if you’re sensitive to it, go with something else.

The consistency of both of these lotions is interesting; very thin and watery.  If you shake the bottle you can hear the lotion sloshing around like liquid.  But unlike a cheap, thin lotion, these actually feel like they’re hydrating your skin.  They do leave behind a bit of an oily feel at first, but that seems to dissipate.  Reviews on Sephora’s site differ on the grease factor.

Now onto the cost.  For me, it’s not worth it.  I’d rather spend my money on a fragrance free sun protector like one of the sunscreens mentioned in my last fc laboratory write up.  When a sunscreen is expensive, you might feel the need to apply it sparingly in order to make it last, but that’s exactly what you should not do.  You really need to make sure you apply a good amount to benefit from a sunscreen.

My final word:  If Shiseido offered these products fragrance free, or even with a more natural smelling fragrance, I’d be willing to give them a much longer test run.  As it is though, I’ll be sticking to other products already reviewed.

Have you used either of these products from Shiseido?  What do you think about them?  Tell us in the comments, and read more from the fc lab series here


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