Makeup Wars: The Best Sunscreens

This week our bloggers at Makeup Wars are focusing on the best sunscreens. Please, please wear sunscreen and save your skin– you won’t regret it. Click on the logos at the end of this post to see what the other bloggers chose as their favorite.

Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, we all need to start thinking about sunscreen. You should be using sunscreen year-round. I grew up in Southern California  drenching myself in baby oil chasing after that elusive golden tan and now I’m suffering the consequences–dark spots, crow’s feet and uneven skin tone. I used to have freckles and now I have brown blobs–not pretty. For this post, I’m going to concentrate on my favorite sunscreen for the face.

Part of the reason I don’t like wearing sunscreen on my face and neck is:

1. it always feels greasy and sometimes causes breakouts
2. most leave a white cast to my skin
3. most are too thick and goopy
4. most moisturizers that have sunscreen in them don’t have enough protection–usually only an SPF of 15. If they have more protection…well, see #1-3.

I know, I know, not an excuse but I bet you’ve felt the same way. I do use a separate sunscreen on my body– we go boating and swimming a lot in the summer and I make sure to use at least a 30-40 SPF and re-apply every 30 minutes.

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I had the good fortune to be introduced to Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 +++ last summer. This oil-free daily sunscreen protects against 3 major causes of skin cell damage: UV Rays, oxidation and over production of sebum. The ultra-light formulation spreads smoothly and contains mineral powders and herbal extracts to maintain a pore-free and shine-free finish. I wouldn’t normally use an oil-free product but still having combination skin, my oil production increases in the summertime and my foundation tends to slide off. This is perfect for keeping me shine free throughout the day.

The texture is not like anything else I’ve experienced in sunscreens and like Martha Stewart would say “that’s a good thing.” It is extremely lightweight–to the point of being runny. I shake the bottle and put a dab in the palm of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face. It’s takes very little product and absorbs immediately leaving my skin feeling silky NOT sticky. This, beauties is a multi-tasking product at it’s best–sunscreen and almost a primer in one. It wears incredibly well under my foundation, keeping me oil free with a satiny finish all day.


I’m not so sure if you have dry skin this is the product for you, however Shiseido makes this product in a regular formula too as well as 14 different types of sunscreen!

I love the super lightweight feel and powerful protection. Helloooooo new HG sunscreen!!!
Bottom Line: THE perfect sunscreen for combination or oily skin

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  1. Ohh! I agree with you, I hate the greasy feeling of sunscreen on my face! I’ve never tried this one before!

  2. WOW that is seriously the smallest drop ever. It sounds amazing, too!

  3. I’ve always heard these Shiseido ones are fab, I’ll need to try it!

  4. I love, love, love multi-tasking products. A sunscreen and primer in one? Yes, please!

  5. Love that this is oil free. I too avoid sunscreens because they can make me feel greasy

  6. I love the high spf! Makes it sound like a great product.

  7. I have never tried the Shiseido sunscreens before! I must check that out as I really do adore the brand.

  8. Shiseido has always had a great reputation for sunscreen and now technology seems to have made it even better. Put it on your face!!!

  9. This looks nice! I haven’t used Shiseido in some time, even though I have always loved them as a brand.

  10. Shiseido was one of the first brands to make an SPF 55–used that for years! Will need to check this one out, too!