ANESSA Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Review

Having heard a ton of rave reviews about the ANESSA sunscreen series, I decided to get a bottle of the Shiseido ANESSA Essence UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF50+ PA++++ when it was on sale. I chose the sliver bottle for essence type as the gold bottle ranks high on waterproof properties and I felt no need to complicate the wash off process when I was simply using it for daily sun protection.

The sunscreen offers both physical (zinc oxide) and chemical protection (Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, etc), and comes in a runny, whitish emulsion. I usually take a teaspoon full of sunscreen for my face, and spread it outwards from the center of the face. Due to several silicon and polymer components, the emulsion created a glossy though smooth finish on the skin upon application. In this aspect, it does its job well as it does not leave a heavy finish or whitish cast on the face. Nevertheless, it is not sufficiently matt for a primer and you will need a second step before getting to your foundation.

As the day passes however, I noticed that the sunscreen seemed to melt off and created this high-shine look on the face. The feeling was sticky and slightly uncomfortable. Hoping that the effects might be a transition period, I used this over a week and to my horror, there seems to be more whiteheads on my chin as well!

I have since stop using this on my face, resorting to application on the body instead. As I prefer a lighter, weightless sunscreen, this sticky, oily feeling did not sit well with me. It also seemed like the various chemical components are comedogenic. It might be suitable for dry skin types, but I would advise you to stay away if you are a combination skin type like me!

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