Best Pick: ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

Best Pick Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

I‘m knee-deep in some proper sunscreen testing. I’ve tested budget ones and ones that require a bank loan; moisturising ones, matte ones, and ones that are perfect for afternoon top-up.

You might be asking how can I possibly try that many sunscreens and remember what the first one was like? How can I possibly tell one from another? You see, there’s a method to this. I do a split test. I cover half my face or one of my arms with a control sunscreen and then the other half tests the new stuff. It helps me to rule out isolated conditions that might affect the outcome. If I don’t wear a familiar sunscreen alongside the new one, I find it quite difficult to make objective observations about it and draw comparisons with the other products I’ve tested.

The sunscreen that I’m the most familiar is the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++ from Shiseido. This is a lightweight, silky smooth-finish sunscreen fluid, and it’s virtually bulletproof. The gold-bottled Anessa has a long-standing reputation in Japan as the gold standard of sunscreens for outdoorsy activities, even after multiple reformulations over the years. I prefer it to other products in Anessa line because it sits the most smoothly and invisibly beneath makeup.

Best Pick: ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

It does speak volumes that I’ve repurchased this sunscreen (and its predecessors) countless times, almost as my “default” sunscreen. This is the one I always rely on to protect my skin (that tans easily but rarely burns) if prolonged direct sun exposure is going to be unavoidable. It has reliable protection with great durability that sets quickly into a satin finish (no matter what I have on underneath) and is reasonably priced, which is why I tend to reach for this sunscreen over other options, especially when I’m testing. I use it on both my face and body — lightweight and with no sticky or greasy residue. It is a bit OTT for just sitting in the office, but if you have combination/oily skin that is more sensitive to the sun then it’s a dream. The no-frills, flat bottle is also perfect portable packaging.

If you’re in Japan, Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++ is readily available in drugstores. RRP for 60ml is ¥3,000 and it’s always 20–30% off at one place or other. If you’re lucky, you might even find the limited edition 90ml size for the same price. Outside of Japan, you can find it online at Amazon USA or eBay starting from $26.50+ — but be very wary of fakes. This is one Japanese drugstore product with a lot of Chinese counterfeits!

Review Overview
4.40
Overall Score
Ease of Application
Speed of Absorption
Cosmetic Elegance
Transfer Resistance
Performance to Claims

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Jerry
Jerry

Hi Ratzilla I want to ask if water resistant and sebum resistant are regulated words in Japanese sunscreens. Do they have to follow some sort of water immersion test for 20 or 40 minutes that the EU and US sunscreens have to go through to be labeled as ‘water resistant’. Also do they run any tests for the sebum resistant claim or is it an unregulated word that doesn’t need any tests backing it. I’m also quite curious about the UVA protection of Japanese sunscreens. Sometimes I wonder how some sunscreens like the Skin Aqua Sarafit gets a PA++++ rating… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle

Do you know what’s the difference between Aqua Booster EX Technology and Aqua Booster Technology? What’s the EX for? According to Anessa’s website, this gold bottle is the only one with EX Technology. The other Anessa sunscreens just has Aqua Booster Technology.

Julie
Julie

This is sold on YesStyle. Is that reputable enough?

Salina Singh
Salina Singh

How can I be sure that I am using a reputable Amazon seller, I am scared of purchasing a fake product.

Misha
Misha

How much do you apply this SPF?

Jerry
Jerry

This is by far the best sunscreen in the current Anessa lineup. The mild SPF50 is far too oily and doesn’t really set if you apply enough to get the stated spf. I wonder why the mild spf 50 can’t just be an alcohol and fragrance free version of the Perfect Skincare milk, perhaps because alcohol acts as a solvent and stabiliser or marketing decision?

stavroskay
stavroskay

Thank you very much for the review. Does this leave any
white cast? How is its finish compared to the Skin Aqua UV super moisture milk?
Having dimethicone as the first ingredient, it makes me feel like it will be
similar to the mild version which I have tried that never really sets and remains
silicone-y all day long sliding around and transferring to whatever touches my
face.

Jerry
Jerry

Yeah that product feels like spreading facial oil over skin that never really sets. The Perfect Skincare milk feels a lot nicer as it sets to a slightly shiny transfer resistant primer like finish. If you don’t like the feel of dimethicone or cyclopentasiloxane I think the Allie gels are better. They have similar UV filters and feel more like moisturising cream that sets to a transfer proof semi matte finish.

Mia
Mia

Did
This sunscreen stop
You from tanning?

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