UPDATE! I’m revising my view. This one has been relegated to No. 3 after this other one 😉
I go through sunscreens like water. I’ve gone through 2 or is it 3 bottles of my favourite Shiseido Perfect Protector sunscreen and my wallet was killing me! So, when a friend told me to help her pick up a bottle of the Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N on my last trip to Hong Kong (where it was cheaper than locally) I picked up a bottle for myself.
I’d heard a lot about the Kose Sekkisei range which I hear is terribly popular, but I’d only used their cleansing oil which I don’t remember being very impressed with. I believe its the lotion that gets lots of raves but this is the first time I’m trying anything from the brand.
What I like is the high SPF50+ PA+++ rating. I rarely use anything below SPF50 but that’s my personal choice. I know of people who can’t tolerate SPF sunscreens or who just don’t believe in anything over SPF30. I’ve had people tell me that SPF15 is more than sufficient but all I’d say is I’ll agree to disagree on this 🙂
After about 2 months of using this Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N, would I replace my Shiseido sunscreen with this one?
Well, lets just say that I’m not ready to give up the Shiseido one just yet, although I’m prepared to alternate the two 🙂 I’d call this my back up sunscreen.
Its not to say that this is a bad product. I in fact think its pretty good. You get a 60ml compact bottle of product which is pretty generous. Like many Japanese brand sunscreens, you do have to shake up the bottle before squeezing it out from the handy nozzle.
However, unlike many Japanese sunscreens the product squeezes out a rather creamy milky lotion that is quite hydrating on my skin and I like how that feels.
I like that because it makes it very easy to spread and importantly, it does not leave a dry papery feel on my skin. My beef with Japanese sunscreen. It in fact, almost feels like I’m applying a moisturiser on skin which makes it feel very comfortable, and it isn’t drying at all.
Apparently, this product also has whitening effects and helps prevent uneven skintone etc but if I’m to be perfectly honest, my skin looks the same as it did 2 months before I started using this. So in terms of efficacy for skintone correction, I’d say this doesn’t hit the mark. As sun protection, as I can’t measure it, I’d just have to assume that its working if my dark spots don’t get any darker.
However, I also find that it does not give me as good a base for makeup as the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector does. It takes a little while to absorb into skin and while comfortable, just doesn’t perform well as a makeup base. So, if I want to have my makeup looking better for longer without using a primer/base, I still have to use the Shiseido Perfect UV.
Its compact and easy to tote about and 60ml is generous especially when I’m as generous with my use of it. So, if I can get this at the price I did in HK (it cost me under RM100 there) I can consider using this as my backup sunscreen. But my primary one will still be the one from Shiseido for ticking the right boxes, even if it ticks my wallet off 😛
In a nutshell
The Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N SPF50+ PA+++ is a sunscreen with high UVA and UVB protection factor which is useful for our hot weather. The product comes in a generous sized 60ml bottle and the texture is a creamy milky lotion which is very comfortable on skin. You do have to shake it up before use to ensure the product is mixed up properly. I had no problems using this – no breakouts or white casts, but I did not find it giving me as good a base under makeup as it did the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector. I will use this as an alternate product but I will go back to the Shiseido as my primary sunscreen.
Pros: Light textured and easily absorbed, High UVA and UVB protection
Cons: Does not make a good enough base for makeup, Did not work to even out skintone or whiten as alleged
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a milky lotion textured sunscreen with high UVA and UVB protection
I picked this up from Hong Kong where I’ve found this range to be cheaper there. Sasa and Bonjour stores have it but its among the pricier items in the store so if you don’t see it, ask the SA. However, it sometimes comes in a pack with a mask or a lotion which makes it better value than if you buy it on its own. I think mine came with a lotion but I can’t, for the life of me, find it now 😛 Also, there’s no ingredient list because I can’t find my box anymore 😛
Have you tried anything from the Kose Sekkisei range? Have you tried this sunscreen before?
I’ve always been rather curious about the Kose Sekkisei range but I’ve never really tried anything from it because I tend to over look it. Its not a cheap brand, but neither is it a very expensive product range so if you have recommendations on any must trys, please share! 🙂
Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector N SPF50+ PA+++ Price: RM110/60ml Availability: Kose counters