REVIEW: Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50

What is this Product? (What it claims)

A highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body that defends against powerful UVA/UVB rays that cause sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging. Smoothes on evenly with no sticky or filmy feeling. Invisible on skin even after repeated applications.
• Gives concentrated protection against harmful conditions of UV exposure including beach, boating, and high altitudes.
• Provides excellent hydrating benefits to fight dryness and maintain skin's optimal moisture.
• Formulated with the retexturizing ingredient Xylitol to counteract roughness and keep skin looking soft and healthy.
• Contains non-medicinal Thiotaurine to help combat environmental factors.
• Applies easily and absorbs quickly, leaving no visible white residue.
• Very water-resistant.
• Perspiration-resistant.
• Sandproof
• PABA-free.
• Non-comedogenic.
• Dermatologist-tested. (Formulated to minimize the risk of allergy).
(From the Info-Pamphlet Inside Box)

Directions of Use:
• Shake well before use.
• Apply a generous amount of lotion evenly to face and body.

• After swimming in salt water, first rinse face with fresh water and towel dry before reapplying sunscreen.
• For complete removal of sunscreen, use of a special Shiseido suncare cleanser is recommended.

Sun Safety Tips:
• Apply evenly 20 minutes before sun exposure.
• Reapply regularly as needed, particularly after swimming or towel-drying skin.
• Sun exposure should be avoided during the hottest hours of the day, especially by children.
• Seek shade and cover up.
• Tee shirts, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses should be worn.
(From the Info-Pamphlet Inside Box)

Medicinal Ingredients:
Zinc Oxide 13.9% w/w, Octinoxate 7.4% w/w.

I'm really glad that the product is made with zinc oxide because it has proven ability to stay on the surface of your skin to protect skin from damage due to ultraviolet radiation. Zinc oxide is particularly valuable also because of its ability to filter UVA as well as UVB light, giving broad protection from damaging sunlight. Other sunscreens also has this ingredient in their formulas but it may not be nanoparticles.

$49 CAD in Sephora stores in Toronto.
On the Sephora website, it only listed Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++ for $39USD. No mention of this product. So assuming it should be a bit more due to the exchange rate (CDN and USD are quite close). It surprisingly came out to be a $10 difference.

Once my boyfriend and I confirmed our flights for the Cuba trip, I knew my # 1 worry would be to protect my fair, pale and to some, my vampire skin. I was using Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 in Toronto for my face and neck (review on this later). It was a surprise git from Jack and since it had sentimental value, I didn't want to use it up quickly for Cuba. I asked friends via Facebook status (haha, only my personal account since I'm not popular in the Blogging world to have a fan page), and almost all of their suggestion was the Shiseido sunscreen. Since it was a popular choice, I gave it a try.

Although I was caught slightly off guard in terms of the price when I arrived at the store, I still thought it would be a reasonable compared to the price of the Chanel. In the past, I had very bad experiences with drugstore brands' sunscreens (ex/ Aveeno, Neutrogena), their face sunscreen formulas for my face caused me to itch, sting, and later bleed and shredded skin. (SCARY!!!) I had to go to the doctor for medicine to heal my face and prevent scarring. So yeah, if I can save the money I would =(.

Thankfully, the Shiseido product was worth its dollars. A small amount is enough for the entire face and it is very easy to blend evenly. There are no white streaks left on the face after application. This has to do with the fact that the Zinc Oxide is in the form of nanoparticles, where it cannot be seen on the skin but still retain its sun-screening properties. Usually Zinc Oxide is white if it's coarse. (You can compare to an Aveeno sunscreen SPF55, it takes FOREVER to blend). Anyways enough bio-chem here, moving on! =P

If I know I will spend the day at the beach, I will reapply every 1-2 hrs although it can last up to 6 hours without reapplying. On days where I need to put make up on, the products works perfectly as a make up base because it gives off a matte finish. (I have dry/combination skin, may be different for oily/combination skin). It is non greasy and I don't feel sticky even after sweat. When I was swimming, the product got into my eyes and there was no sting to my eyes, I was happy especially because I had my contacts in. It would ruin my day entirely to take out my contacts and be blind for the rest of the day.

The product is oil-based, so I used cleansing oil to remove the product along with the make up. After 4 days of using the product, I started breaking out in my T-zone area (my somewhat oily area), I panicked a bit, but it was very minor. Again, if you are oily/combination, ask for a sample to see if it works for you.

The product is quite watery. I had no problem with that but the design of the packaging allows the product to spill easily though. I would really like the packaging to change because I hate to waste any of it. Although it's only 100ml, it's enough to use for a while. Only face and neck, 7 days, reapply about 3 times a day in Caribbean Sun; only used up 1/3 of the bottle which honestly isn't bad at all.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
Product: 4.5/5 ♥ Fits with description perfectly, took 0.5 off for minor breakouts.
Packaging: 5/5 ♥ Easy to Spill, but if you are careful, it shouldn't be a problem.
Price: 5/5 ♥ When compared to Chanel, I think the price is great. I know it's quite expensive but it's a lifesaver for me plus its already double (or triple) the size for Chanel. But I did find someone in Toronto to sell this for $17.99 + $10 shipping on eBay. Now, I'm starting to feel ripped off. haha

I had some sweet, fellow bloggers asking to see pictures from my trip since they live in USA and I hear they have certain restrictions on traveling to Cuba. So I do plan on having a few Cuba posts. =))  I think the trip was quite romantic, relaxing, enlightening, and meaningful. I learned so much about their history and culture through this trip, it's amazing! I had one photoshoot day with my boyfriend on the beach during sunset, it was beautiful. Right now, I'm having holiday withdrawl, hence my laziness of not posting. I should be better soon though. Upcoming are the Cuba posts, more reviews, more OOTD, Fur details, shoes collection, and will update my blog sale. Stay tuned!

xoxo, thanks for dropping by!