This review is going to be on the Shiseido Sports BB Sunscreen in the shade medium. To give you an idea of my skin tone, I am usually in between the shade 21 and 23 in Korean compact cushions. 23 is slightly too dark and 21 is slghtly too pale.
The following review is of my personal opinion and what I experienced may not be what you experience since everyone is different.
This is more of a sunscreen than a bb cream. It has a very liquidity consistency. If you are familiar with the Shiseido sunscreens, you will know what I mean. It is very runny and watery. Direct opposite of creamy. I actually prefer this type of sunscreen over the cream sunscreens as I find it more pleasant to apply. However, normally this kind of sunscreen is also not recommended for me since my skin type is dry.
I do not like applying sunscreen. I do not like the feeling of sunscreen on my face cause it is normally very sticky feeling. I also do not like the sunscreen smell. This sunscreen neither feels sticky nor does it smell like sunscreen. It does have an initial fragrance that is similar to the fragrance found in Shiseido products but that quickly disappears after a while.
This is how the sunscreen looks like dispensed from the bottle. This is in the shade medium. I want to say I would of normally bought the shade in light. I bought the shade in medium because I received a free sample of the product when I purchased my Mac lipsticks from Nordstrom online. The product came in the shade medium and I was really surprised that it is actually a shade very close to my natural skin color. This bottle I purchased with my own money after trying out the sample and really liked it.
Here I’ve only applied the sunscreen to the bottom half of my hand. It looks like it has a dewy finish but it really has a matte finish. The sheen is typical of when you wear sunscreen and it can be just a little bit sticky feeling on your face. However, it feels very lightweight so I don’t really remember I have sunscreen on. This sunscreen dries really quick upon application so you must work quickly.
I have dry skin so after about 15 minutes, my cheeks started to feel tight. There are two ways I address the tightness (though if too much hassle for you, it may be better to skip this sunscreen and try another). I have a face mist on my desk and spray it on my face whenever my skin feels tight. The other method is I apply an oil under my moisturizer and then my cheeks will not feel tight at all during the day when I have this sunscreen on. For me, it’s really hard to find a sunscreen that I like (I don’t like putting on sunscreen on) so I’m willing to go the extra step for the right sunscreen.
I treat this sunscreen as skincare rather than makeup. Because of the bb component, it does have light coverage. It evens out my skin tone nicely and it looks very natural. It really looks like you have nothing on. It also does not accentuate the fine lines under my eyes. I would recommend this sunscreen for users of all skin type with the caution that if you have very dry skin, you may want to use a face mist or oil. If you do neither of the above because you are too busy so choose to ignore the tightness, as the day goes on, your natural skin oil will start to make the stinging subside. Maybe it’ll be better for dry skin in the summer than in the Autumn and winter?
Regardless, for someone who doesn’t like sunscreens, this one is definitely one of my favorites. Have you’ve tried this sunscreen? What are your thoughts?