May 082013

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As much as I love a new color palette or bronzer, at the beginning of every day I also think about protecting my skin. Lately I’ve been considering summer options for base makeup. I live in Northern California, and the climate can be dry and bright. I have combination skin that is warm and light (Chanel Ivoire/Cameo and around a MAC NC15). I decided to try Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protection SPF 43 ($30/ 1 oz.) (available in 3 shades, I’m using #2). This one is easy to miss, it’s a quiet product that is worth a look.

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This is a tinted sunscreen in a cosmetically elegant makeup base that feels lightweight and a touch moisturizing. On application, I do not detect any strong scent. The coverage is on the lightweight side of medium, but far closer to the medium category. It covers about as well as many foundations, slightly more than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (the Shiseido feels more moisturizing than Chanel).  The Shiseido is very comfortable when applied.

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It’s notable that Shiseido is offering this level of sun protection in a cosmetically elegant makeup base for $30, when the prices of other lines are pushing $40-90. Shiseido’s Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector looks like a true foundation, particularly when compared to the Elta MD Physical Sunscreen which feels and looks much heavier and drier. Shiseido’s has a pretty, natural sheen. This Shiseido Tinted Sun Protector does have dimethicones listed in the ingredients, is advertised as “oil free,” and has not shown any signs of pore clogging or breakouts (your mileage may vary, of course).

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Shiseido’s Tinted UV Protector takes a few minutes to dry down.  I usually wait and do my eyes/hair in the meantime, because applying blush over a wet foundation can be a one-way ticket to patchy-town. If I’m in a real hurry, I grab my duo-fibre brush and apply a quick dusting of Nars Light Reflecting Powder (loose), which settles everything down. I really like the SPF 43 features of the product, although to be safe I use a layer of sunscreen underneath as the sun can be quite unforgiving where I live. According to Shiseido:

  • Contains SuperVeil-UV 360™ offering comprehensive protection of the skin’s surface and Profense CEL™ protects cells and DNA and helps inhibit enzyme activity, which are the causes of wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
  • Thiotaurine and Rose Apple Leaf Extract are effective in inhibiting oxidation caused by external environmental factors.
  • Water resistant (40 min) but easily removable with regular cleanser.

My experience with Shiseido sun care products in the past has been quite good–they seem to know their business quite well in the sun protection area. Active ingredients:

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Inactive ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Let’s talk about stability. Shiseido Tinted UV Protector seems like a really good option for skin that leans a bit dry. I have combination skin, and on days when the temperatures are in the moderate range (the 70’s), the foundation was very stable. I got a good 10 hours without any shifting or fading. Note that I’m wearing Nars Light Reflecting Powder, which acts as a setting powder and does help. On very warm days (into the ’90’s, or 30’s Celsius), I start to get a “glow” on my forehead about 3-4 hours application (this also happens with Diorsnow BB Cream). Still, Shiseido Tinted UV Protector gives me stable coverage despite the glow–it doesn’t shift or fade, but I do have to powder down. Even with my combination skin, I love it because the texture looks nice, natural, and has a pretty finish. This one’s going to get used up.

Here are some swatch comparisons with some other foundations that I have on hand–Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Chanel Pro Lumiere in Cameo, and MAC Pro Longwear in NC15.

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 If you are looking for something similar with a broader shade range, has more coverage, and that stays matte longer in the day (and doesn’t feel quite as moisturizing), I’d go with Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation. (I’m planning to do a “foundations for hot, humid weather” overview soon–spoiler alert, this Shiseido foundation makes the cut).  By comparison, the Shiseido Tinted UV Protector has slightly less coverage, feels more comfortable, and has more a more luminous, natural sheen. Here’s a picture so you can see it blending into the skin:

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Available at Nordstrom and at all other Shiseido counters. Like this Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, the Tinted UV Protector is found on the sun/skin care display, not with the standard Shiseido foundations/BB Cream.

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  21 Responses to “Some Thoughts About Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted Sun Protector SPF 43”

  1. I had been curious about this one since it came out–I just love Shiseido’s sunscreens and a tinted one would be even better! But maybe I will try the sunscreen foundation, after all. I have super oily skin and I think that one would probably be much better suited for me. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, too 🙂

    • Agree-the foundation is really good on my combo skin, my forehead stays really stable all day (it does not get nearly as glowy as this one).

  2. Thank you for this thorough review! This product sounds like a winner to me!! I’ve been looking for a decent SPF coverage, tinted is better, for somewhat dry skin, and I think this ticks every single one of my requirement. I will get this pronto (and the shade sounds like a good match for my skin as well).

  3. P.S. Sorry forgot to ask: is Shade #3 = Medium shade? When I click the link to, the shade comes in “light,” “medium,” and “dark,” not number 1, 2, 3. Please advise & thanks in advance!

    • “3” is dark–the “1” was missing from the display where I bought my 2, but yes, the “3” was dark.

  4. It looks very much like the Shiseido BB cream and has the same sunscreen ingredients.

  5. Thanks so much for the review! I’ve been looking into summer alternative too, and now I have to look into Shiseido! For some reason it remains a brand I don’t know a lot about, but I for sure know how popular their sunscreens are back home (in Taiwan, or let’s just say Asia in general)! I hope I’ll be able to find a shade match here!

  6. Thank you for your review. I just have one question: does it have UVA protection? And if so, at which level? I couldn’t find this info on shiseido’s website. Thank you for your help

    • titanium dioxide and octinoxate are physical protectors and are broad spectrum (UVA/UVB). I personally prefer products with these ingredients over avobenzene by itself which is a chemical protectant. I find it is more stable, lasts longer.

  7. The Sun Protection Liquid Foundation sounds good to me – I look forward to your comments in the hot/humid weather overview. I’m curious, what shade do you use in the foundation? Thanks.

  8. This product sounds great. I have had terrific experience with Shiseido’s sunscreens and foundations. I love their foundation stick spf 17 and the bullet proof spf 35 stick for sport. Set with powder and they uniformly do not budge even in the heat/humidity of southwest Florida!

  9. Thanks for the review! I’m really looking forward to your review of foundations for hot/humid weather. I’m in Texas and it’s often 100+ for weeks on end and can be quite humid, too. I go for weeks in the summer with no foundation on at all because of the weather.

  10. This sounds like a very nice option for summer. I live in California as well, and summer here can definitely get quite dry and warm.

  11. This is not yet available where I live but I’ll make sure I grab it once it’s sold here. I’m currently using the Shiseido Sun Protection Stick and have had good experience with their other sun protection products. I just have they have a shade available for yellowish skin.

  12. Thanks for the review, I was looking for a tinted moisturizer with high SPF and since reading your review, I went out and bought this today. It’s a little sheerer than I expected, but you can’t do much better than Shiseido for sun protection, so I’m happy with it overall.

  13. Great review! I think I am going to try this one out. It seems like a great product to try out. We really need a great product that have great sun protection and I think this is worth a try.

  14. I am surprised Shiseido does not make a BB cream. I am sure the color would be perfect for us lighter skin tones!

    • They have just introduced one, Sarah.

      • Interestingly enough, the Shiseido BB cream in the lightest color is not very light. This tinted UV protector in shade #1 is a terrific color for the fairest of us, and the texture is much nicer than the Shiseido BB cream. Thank you for this review Amy – I found a great product!

  15. My skin is subjected to the sun often as I spend a lot of time outside. It’s really important for certain products to contain a sunscreen element such as this Shiseido product. Don’t know much about this brand though, I may need to do a little more research myself.

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