I know the Save & Splurge category here is one of your favorites but you may also realise that I haven’t had many updates in this category. The reason is simple. I haven’t found many or any, for that matter, that’s worth talking about. You’d think it’s easy eh? It isn’t. I don’t look for “dupes” but I look for similar items in different price categories that perform similar functions effectively based on my trials, and I’m fussy. Yeah LOL!
But I was reading the exchange between Isabel and Sandra in one of our recent posts (I love it when you guys interact with each other in the comment box!) and I was reminded of a very worthy save and splurge category which I’d overlooked – Sunscreen!
It so happens that in this category of products which I feel strongly about, there are 2 products from 2 different price spectrums that I find worthy to use daily, and to replenish. I’d mentioned them separately, but didn’t make the connection till now, so thanks Sandra and Isabel! :)
Save: Hada Labo UV Whitening Emulsion SPF50+ PA+++ – RM49.90/38ml (Click for Review)
This one, you may recall quickly positioned itself as my No. 2 sunscreen after the Shiseido. It is easily found in most pharmacies and has a very wallet friendly price tag. When it goes on sale, it’s a good time to stock up, but don’t buy too many because sunscreen has a shelf life.
You may also notice I am particular that is has to be THIS one. The UV Whitening Emulsion in the blue bottle. I find the texture better than the one in the white bottle which tends to be a bit too creamy. This one dries more matte and makes a better base for makeup. There is no white cast, it isn’t drying, it feels comfortable, and I don’t feel bad about using generous amounts of it because my wallet can handle the strain. A very worthy save option. You can read more in the full review together with the ingredient list.
Splurge: Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++ – RM130/50ml (Click for review)
Ah, what accolades can I heap on this little wonder that I haven’t already heaped on it before? Once I tried it, I knew there was no turning back for me. It quickly wormed its way into my affections and made it to my Top 5 Skincare Picks in a category where it is an obvious standout. I just tossed bottle #3 and am waiting to open up bottle #4 so I think that sums it all.
The finish is absolutely lovely as it is matte without being dry. It does not break me out, it protects my skin well (I tested this by the beach and it was stellar!) and it makes an excellent makeup base! Who needs a primer? Not me that’s for certain. You can read the full review to know more but most of you have already heard me rave on quite enough ;)
I think you know my answer. I will go for the Shiseido Perfect UV Protector. It is pricey and my wallet weeps every time I have to replenish, but I like it better. The Hada Labo UV Whitening Emulsion is a worthy substitute if I did not have a choice or if I want to encourage someone to wear a sunscreen. It’s incredible how many people still don’t.
Have you tried either and do you have a preference? Do you have other suggestions for this save and splurge category?
There are many other drugstore/pharmacy brand sunscreens available in our local market but I can’t use many of them. This isn’t a category of skincare I mess about much in anymore so if I find something to like, you can bet I think it’s pretty awesome! If you have a suggestion for a save & splurge category you’d like to see, holler. I may not always think of the obvious and I’ll try to oblige where I can :)
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++ Price: RM130/50ml Availability: All Shiseido counters | Hada Labo UV Whitening Emulsion Price: RM49.90/38ml (Watch out for sales) Availability: Most major pharmacies
Save and Splurge is where I show you similar items by different brands that I have tried. They may not work quite the same way, but it’ll offer you options for your wallet for a similar effect/product. Do note however, that it is based on products I have tried, so whilst there are many save and splurge options out there, these are my views and choices. You can find more under the category of Save & Splurge