Shiseido Anessa Face Sunscreen BB SPF 50+ PA+++ is a very welcome addition to the Anessa Sunscreen Collection in my opinion. Being such a big fan of Shiseido Anessa for Summer protection, I was very excited they decided to release a high level protection sunscreen with a tint.
This hybrid formula offers a whooping SPF 50 as well as coverage.
Let’s take a look!
I think they might toss “BB” around a little too loosely here. It’s more of a tinted moisturizer with a beefier formula rather than a full fledged BB Cream. You stare at the name and BB starts morphing into BB Cream…it’s a little misleading.
The lightweight coverage is incredibly comfortable and the added benefit of the SPF 50 just makes it all the more enjoyable. It absorbs easily into skin with a sheer finish that corrects minor issues and evens out skin tone.
For better coverage, I’d highly suggest a BB Cream from Skin79, BRTC, or any number of other brands which will give you a better color pay off as well as higher sun protection.
I’ve noticed Japanese BB Creams are a fair imitation of Korean ones. I don’t particularly like them and find they act much like what we are seeing here in the US. I do prefer Korean based brands for my BB Cream needs.
That being said….
The joy here is the lighter formula that’s virtually weightless while offering sun protection. Products containing high levels of sun protection are typically heavy and leave a white, pasty finish. This has no such issues. The light, creamy texture delicately hydrates skin while offering very basic coverage that perfects skin but doesn’t necessarily conceal problems.
It’s available in two shade selections:
- Light: fair to light
- Natural: light to medium
Both Light (which I’ve seen swatched courtesy my friend) and Natural (which I have here) both have a strong yellow undertone. The natural seemed to fit me fine but isn’t a spot on match for my tone. The sheer finish of the product is what allows most anyone to wear the natural shade (even olive skin tones) as pigment is very, very sheer.
Shiseido Anessa Face Sunscreen BB SPF 50+ PA+++ is a great product for what it is but it can be deceiving, misleading, and confusing when words like “BB” are thrown into the name of the product.
I liked this a lot so long as you aren’t reading into as a BB Cream, because that, it is not.
Muse Approved for purchase.
AlphabeautyUK on E-bay sells this at a fairly reasonable price.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the seller mentioned in this post.