Review – Shiseido Annessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF 50+ PA ++++
I must admit that when it comes to beauty and skincare products, I’ve got a roving eye. I’m always on the constant lookout for the latest products with interesting ingredients or textures. I guess that’s why my cupboard is full of unopened products. I’ve only got one face and a limited amount of space to slather all of them at once. However the only and I really mean THE ONLY ONE product that has stayed constant with me throughout the years is the Shiseido Annessa UV Perfect Sunscreen. It’s got my heart firmly with it in the sunscreen category and I’ll always come back to it even when I try other products. In my case, I think that the biggest affirmation of a product is that I would repurchase it over and over again and have backups of it just in case it’s discontinued. That’s how much I love this sunscreen. As per normal, the ingredients list is below.
Dimethicone , Water, Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isopropyl Myristate,Talc, Isododecane, Octocrylene, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dextrin Palmitate, Xylitol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Isostearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicon, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance
How does the Shiseido Annessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster fare?
By now after reading the above paragraph, you should know that I love this product and actually I do have a story behind the reason why. If you had read an excerpt of me under “About Me”, you would know that I’m working as a civil engineer. Civil engineers design, plan and construct all manner of things such as buildings, roads, bridges, land reclamation, railways etc. Many people are surprised when I told them that I work as a civil engineer as they would always exclaim “Why are you so fair?! Ain’t civil engineers supposed to be very tanned because they are working on construction sites under the hot sun all the time?” Ladies and Gentlemen, this product is the reason why I didn’t burn to a crisp or tanned when I need to go out into the hot sun for site inspections. Even though nowadays, I don’t really need to be constantly on site for quality inspections or monitoring, in the early years of my career, I was on the construction site everyday. I was noticing that my pigmentation problems were getting worse and my skin tone was looking more and more uneven even though I do use sunscreen everyday. I wasn’t using the Shiseido Annessa sunscreen at that time yet. Somehow I went looking online for strong sunscreen to help to combat my working conditions and I came across recommendations for this product. And the rest, as they say, is history.
When it comes to sunscreen, I must recommend that you also use the appropriate amount everyday. The common directions is to apply sunscreen “liberally”. But how much is “liberally”? For me, I try my best to use around 0.5 teaspoon (equivalent to around 2.5ml) for my face and neck alone. Hence, one bottle (60ml sized) of this sunscreen usually lasts me for around one month based on my own rate of usage. As the texture of the Shiseido Annessa sunscreen is quite fluid, my face doesn’t feel sticky or suffocated even when I use that much. In fact, it dries quite nicely to a matt finish ready for makeup. It also doesn’t leave a very strong white cast to the face, it’s more of a gentle glow.
However, I must caution that this is a very water resistant sunscreen which, in my opinion, cannot be completely washed away by just a normal gentle cleanser. In fact, if you believe it, the latest formulation of this product states that with the Aqua Booster Technology, the UV protection veil becomes even more effective when bonded with sweat or water. I always use either a cleansing oil or balm as the first cleanse to remove sunscreen and makeup before I use another cleanser to wash the skin itself. I’m just paranoid like that as I’m very prone to clogged pores.
Where can you find it?
The Anessa range is actually not available in Shiseido counters in Singapore. That is why I usually stock up at the Shilla duty free shops in Changi Airport where they are selling it. It retails at S$33 (60ml sized) and S$43.80 (90ml sized).
Update: Anessa is now available at Watsons store in Singapore! It retails for S$39.90!
Or if you have friends visiting Japan, you can beg them to buy it for you. It retails at 2678 Yen (around S$33.68) the last time I bought it from Tokyo.
Thank you for reading!