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