Monday, July 19, 2010

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV sunscreen vs. Shiseido ultimate Sun Protection Cream

These two sunscreens are both SPF 50 PA+++. However, the texture and results are different.

Anessa Perfect:

When I purchased the Anessa Gold sunscreen, the sale told me that it was the most popular sunscreen among the Sheseido line. I wanted to get this because two people had recommended this to me because they said that they didn't get one bit darker after using this sunscreen. (They used the white bottle version, which is not as water-resistent I think) This one is formulated for people who play sports, meaning that it's waterproof. However, you should still reapply after swimming.

The texture is a lot more watery than the Shiseido ultimate sunscreen. It feels much more lighter when applied onto the skin. It also absorbs quite well, leaving your skin feeling fresh.

For some reason, this product actually helps control my oil and I feel that it controls my oil better than the Shiseido ultimate sunscreen.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream:

This sunscreen claims that it is "very water resistant" and you should apply this 20 mins befoer sun exposure. Although the texture of this sunscreen feels thicker, it absorbs quite well too. It doesn't make my skin more oily if not less. I've heard from other people that it actually helps them control their oil so I guess it's different for everyone. I have oily-combination skin so I get super oily on my T-zone. I use this sunscreen when I know I won't be sweating too much, but when I'm going to the beach or swimming then I'd wear the Anessa. Also, if you have dry skin, you may better off be using this sunscreen instead of the Anessa in my opinion.

When to apply sunscreen?

- I apply this after my moisturizer and before my foundation. However, wait for your sunscreen to absorb at least for 5 mins before applying your foundation.

Why not use Neutrogena or other cheaper brands?

- Even though you may find other cheaper brands with equivalent or even higher SPF, you may not get the same results. According to my cousin, she wore the Neutrogena sunscreen when she went on her fishing trip. She got super tanned and it didn't prevent her from darkening. But when she tried using the Anessa sunscreen, surprisingly she didn't get any darker. I know people tell me that sunscreen doesn't prevent you from darkening, but I think if you use very high SPF, it does do the job.


  1. hi there. i have a question. does the anessa in a way blurs imperfections such as pores? beac i have been using the ultimate and it does blurs the pores a bit but i find the smell weird. i want to try anessa. does it gives off a bit of translucent radiance like the ultimate?

    which one is better in your opinion? i want to try anessa.

  2. whoah I didnt' notice the comment sorry... dont know if it's too late haha.
    ANyway Anessa smells more like sunscreen to me whereas the Ultimate smells like fragrances. [I actually like how it smells haha]
    As for blurring imperfections..I don't really notice a difference in my pores after I apply them so I can't comment on that. But they both even out my skin tone a little bit.
    Anessa is more waterproof than the Ultimate so the consistency is not creamy AT ALL. So it ends up looking more matte and not as radiant as the Ultimate.

    Btw, I don't know if you want to try the white Anessa or the Gold Anessa because the Gold one is for people who play sports. So I'm not sure if the white Anessa is really different than the gold one or not. I think you should try Anessa though because a few people recommended it to me. :)

  3. Hello! I have a lot of friends who loves Anessa too. I would like to try one. Where can I purchase this?? ive never seen it in sheseido store.