Last year, when I managed to purchase one of the exclusive Sephora Favourites Sun Safety Set ($38, available here) I recalled being drawn to it because of one particular product. Despite the collection of high-end sunscreen available in that set, one stood out so much so that I ended up purchasing the full-size version at full price. I rarely do that, especially when there are equally impressive drugstore version are available.
That was the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Cream ($27, available here). I’m not normally a fan of splurging money on high-end beauty products if there’s an equally effective drugstore version already available that I am in love with. For years, I have been using the Neutrogena Face Sunscreen one which I thought was quite alright, especially given the price point. Earlier this year, I gave myself an excuse to splurge a little bit and bought the full-sized version of the sunscreen I was impressed by the sample from the Sun Safety collection.
The sunscreen is a little more liquidy in texture but that tends to be common among the more higher end sunscreen. What I like about it though is how quickly it absorbs and since it doesn’t leave greasy residue on the skin prior to makeup application. It applies and feels like a moisturizer, so much so that you don’t really feel the sunscreen on your face at all. I hate applying any extra products on my skin because it tends to feel heavy. When I come across a product that adds value to my routine without feeling too much, it’s immediately a winner in my book.
I’m also a fan of the slim, bright blue and compact packaging makes it a handy one to throw in your beach bag or your travel makeup bag too!