If you’re looking for a sunscreen that will not only protect the skin regardless of what activities you’re doing but help it look brighter then this should be on your to-try list. The Nuance Change UV Gel in 01 Bright White from Allie is a water-based sunscreen gel that feels refreshing to apply but doesn’t leave skin tight or dry. It smells of jasmine and peaches, which I actually quite enjoy — the scent dissipates.
This hydrating, subtly green gel gives a nice even glow that makes bare skin realistically brighter. This is not one of those sunscreens that leave your skin feeling silicone-y smooth or as though you have nothing on. It feels like you’re wearing something protective — which you are (it’s suitable for both day-to-day and outdoor activities). It’s by no means heavy or greasy; just not entirely weightless. You may have used moisturisers that make your skin feel all juicy and plump; the Nuance Change UV Gel is of a similar ilk.
Who is this best for? Anyone with non-oily skin who wants a protective sunscreen will absorb quickly, sit well beneath makeup, and add a touch of cosmetic radiance at the same time. Those with oily/combination skins might find it veering into the overly shiny territory, especially for an oily T-zone during the summer. There is a fine line between bright luminosity and looking as though you’ve been trapped in an elevator for 5 hours during the summer, praying for the air conditioning to come back on.
The PR blurb says this sunscreen gel uses Kanebo’s third-generation “Super Friction-Proof Technology” that forms an ultra-flexible, protective barrier that stays in place and will not rub off onto your clothes or purse. I’d say this does what it says: once it’s completely absorbed, it doesn’t transfer and leave any sort of unsightly stain or residue on clothes.
You can find the ALLIE Nuance Change UV Gel (01 Bright White) SPF50+ PA++++ at major drugstores across Japan — RRP is ¥1,800 for a 60g tube. It’s also available online with worldwide shipping at Amazon Japan and YesStyle.