My Top 5 SPF50+ PA++++ Japanese Sunscreens for 2015

Only New 2015 Launches Need Apply!

It is the 5th annual Japanese sunscreens ranking here on RatzillaCosme. I’ve done one every year since 2011, but this year I’ve managed to get my act together, and wrote it a month earlier than last year! I have to say that I felt quite pleased with myself.

This year I’ve chosen a variety of formulas to keep the run-down fresh and interesting. Details of each of the products (including ingredients and prices) are linked below. I hope that this is helpful for people who feel a little lost when confronted with myriad of different new Japanese sunscreens. Many sunscreens that I liked but not featured in this list have been reviewed in-depth here on RatzillaCosme, so do have a little explore in the site as well.

Here’s the run-down of my top five newly released SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreens of 2015 (in no particular order). If you missed last year’s top picks, you can check it out here.

1) SUNKILLER Perfect Strong Moisture

A nice sunscreen milk for everyday wear that can withstand a little bit of sweating and splashing. True to its claims, this feels more than a lightweight moisturiser fluid that leaves the skin soft and smooth than a proper waterproof sunscreen.

SUNKILLER Perfect Strong Moisture

2) Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

I wrote about this gem in my Best Pick review in March, so this will come as absolutely no surprise to most of you. It’s one of my favourite sunscreens this year and it’s perfect for everyday wear!

Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel

3) Shigaisen Yohou UV Cream 4+

Perhaps a little cheating as this was released last year, but it is newly repackaged. This cream doesn’t have the most beautiful texture or finish, but it’s one of the very few sunscreens suitable for both everyday wear and the outdoors that is free of alcohol, fragrance, and chemical filters! If you’ve dry, sensitive skin, then this would do quite nicely!

2015 version

4) ALLIE Extra UV Gel (Mineral Moist NEO)

I’ve always really liked Allie sunscreens and this newly reformulated gel is no exception! It feels just as moisturising and lightweight, but this revamped version is now super outdoor-friendly.

ALLIE Extra UV Gel (Mineral Moist NEO)

5) PRIVACY UV Face Mist SPF50+

If you enjoy using hydrating face mist during the day, then you’ll like this handy non-aerosol mist as it kills two birds with one stone. It freshens and hydrates the skin while touching up your sun protection without disturbing makeup (as long as your don’t over spray!).

PRIVACY UV Face Mist SPF50+

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Katie A
Katie A
4 years ago

I noticed Shigaisen applies well when it’s not fall/winter/cold.. but when fall comes it applies dry and gives my face a noticeable white cast, doesn’t absorb very well. Do you know why that would be?

Saif Chowdhury
Saif Chowdhury
4 years ago

Are there any sunscreen that are a 2in1 moisturiser/sunscreen and not just sunscreen.

Saif Chowdhury
Saif Chowdhury
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I see thank you, I have the biore watery essence and really interested in the Innisfree Eco friendly sunblock, I assumed they were all just sunscreens on its own as no one mentioned it being moisturising as well lol

Jeannine Crouse Hagadorn
Jeannine Crouse Hagadorn
4 years ago

Are there any long lasting formulas? My son often forgets to reapply at camp, so I’m looking for something to offer some level of continued protection if he ignores my note in his lunchbox.

Shenanigans
Shenanigans
4 years ago

my only concern is, how do I know i’m getting the real thing? Sellers are notorious for selling fake products, especially on Amazon.

Sara
Sara
5 years ago

Hi, how are you? I am a huge fan of Bioré’s Perfect Face Milk (for hot humid days outside) and Anessa’s Perfect Essence (for dry warm days spent indoors), how would you say they compare to #3 on your list, ALLIE Extra UV Gel (Mineral Moist NEO)? For reference, I have sensitive combination skin (with very mild rosacea). Do you think Allie’s sunscreen is more greasy than Anessa’s? TBH, Anessa’s Perfect Essence can feel a little bit heavy (and slightly greasy) on my skin sometimes (when I use primer + foundation), would say Allie’s is significantly more lightweight? Thank you… Read more »

Sara
Sara
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to reply to me! 🙂 oh, you praised the new Anessa in one of your other posts but I didn’t realise you only used it on your body. If I may ask, is there any particular reason(s) why you don’t use those two (Anessa and Allie) on your face? And, how do you feel about Biore’s Perfect Face vs Biore’s UV Aqua Rich? I also have two other options: RMK UV Face Protector and Orbis UV Cut. Have you ever used either one of them? I look forward to hearing from you again.… Read more »

Sara
Sara
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi, once again – thanks for replying! So, if I understand correctly, you have combination skin (face) and dry skin (body)? So do I… but I assume you live in Japan, which has a very humid climate; I currently live in a very dry environment (humidity is almost always below 50%) and even though I also have combination skin my face feels thirsty a lot of the time (and my body does too, especially my arms…) I use Biore Perfect Face which is good for me as long as I use primer, otherwise my face feels too dry sometimes. That… Read more »

Sarah Jane Lewis
Sarah Jane Lewis
5 years ago

Hello! I love your sunscreen reviews. I am very pale and actively protect myself from the sun, so I am always looking for the best sunscreens. That being said, can you recommend a sunscreen for the body that is sweat, water, and sebum resistant? Thank you in advance!

Sarah Jane Lewis
Sarah Jane Lewis
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you! I will look at the sunscreen section, as well as your suggestions.

Gerardo Martinez
Gerardo Martinez
5 years ago

Which one do you recommend for oily, heavy acne prone skin?

Rita L
Rita L
5 years ago

Many thanks to you for taking the time to do these sunscreen posts, and I appreciate that it’s early this year! Could you comment on the finishes of these? Which are proper matte, and which are more moist?

Ade
Ade
5 years ago

Hi, I’m an NC42 skinned girl with oily & hyperhidrosis problem, could you suggest which sunscreen that will suits my skin?
I used to love Biore UV Perfect Face Milk, but now it’s too ashy on me (and less oil controlling compared to the old ≤ 2013 version one). Thanks in advance!

Nessa
Nessa
5 years ago

For the Rohto Skin Aqua, what is the difference between the moisture milk and the moisture gel? Also do you think those are suitable for use in the hot African sun? Looking for something light and effective if I’m probably going to have to reapply a lot anyways. Thanks for your help! And thank you for putting such a great informative site together!

Nessa
Nessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Not even the ones with SPF? Thank you for your advice 🙂

Stacy
Stacy
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Looks like I’ll have to try it! Thanks again for your help!

Stacy
Stacy
5 years ago

Are there any sunscreens out there with a matte finish that are alcohol-free? I am able to wear Sunplay Super Block as long as I powder my t-zone, if you’re familiar with that sunscreen’s finish. (It doesn’t sit very nicely under makeup and tends to emphasize pores, which is why I’m looking for an alternative)

Alternately, do you have a good suggestion for a primer or other product that might be helpful for mattifying a sunscreen? Thanks a ton for any help or guidance, I love your website ^_^

Phi
Phi
5 years ago

Thank you so much for compiling this list! I have been using the Allie UV gel mineral moist based on your previous recommendations. I love it because it doesn’t break me out or make my skin extra oily. However, I have this issue where when I wear makeup, this sunscreen unfortunately makes my foundation melt away and break up into uneven patches. I’m really sad about this as if it wasn’t for this problem, this would’ve definitely been my HG sunscreen :'( Would you be able to please recommend a sunscreen for daily-wear that is suitable for acne-prone, oily/dehydrated skin… Read more »

S@ki6
5 years ago

Was there any reason you didn’t like the 2015 Rohto Hadalabo sunscreens?

S@ki6
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Ah, i understand now why you don’t like them. My skin is dehydrated, so I’ve not had a problem with hado labo being hard to absorb.

Okay, I thought perhaps they didn’t otherwise work well.

Karen Han
Karen Han
5 years ago

Do you have any recs for an economical daily use sunscreen for body? I was looking at the new Allie one, but was hoping for something a bit cheaper… Thanks for much for the sunscreen roundup as aways!

dainty
dainty
5 years ago

Hi Ratz! Thanks so much for this post. Out of curiosity, how would you compare the Biore UV Aquarich Watery Gel to the now discontinued Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel SPF 35 PA +++ (other than strength in sun protection). I am used to using Nivea’s sunscreens but I always hear good things about Biore’s sunscreens as well. I really appreciate the pumps and texture of the Nivea sunscreens so I am wondering how Biore compares in it’s formula.

S@ki6
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Does the Biore have silicone in it? I just ordered it based on your recommendation.

Linda
Linda
5 years ago

I’ve been anxiously awaiting your top sunscreen picks for 2015 as I have found your recommendations have been spot on, thanks for posting early! I was going to repurchase the Allie UV Protector (Perfect Alpha) but now that the Extra UV gel (Mineral Moist Neo) is more outdoor friendly, would you say that the main difference is in the texture- gel versus milk? I also like the idea that #3 is without chemical filters, but when you mentioned the texture and finsh, were you referring to it being thick and leaving a white cast (like the zinc based sunscreens we… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

Thanks Ratzilla! I look forward to your top sunscreen list every year, and kudos to you for posting it a month early. Good job! Thanks to you, I discovered Allie Extra UV Gel, and I’m already on my fourth bottle. Do you mind providing a shopping link for the new version, the Mineral Moist NEO? Thanks. Have you try the 50 Megumi Morning UV Protection Cream? As I am getting older, I’m hoping to add more anti aging benefits (antioxidants, moisture..etc) into my sun protection products. Do you have personal favorites? I’m also interested in learning about your current favorite… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for you reply! Actually, I don’t see the shopping link for the new Allie Mineral Moist NEO. Sorry, am I missing something? There are links to the old version. I ordered multiple times from that seller, but those are broken now as well. Oh my god, I want to try that Rimmel CC cream! I long to find a good BB/CC cream with a PA++++ rating. The only one I’ve tried is the Fasio one, but that one is slightly too mattifying for me and the finish is a little flat. Too bad this Rimmel one is a Japan… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for adding the shopping link. This is the same seller as the old version. Unfortunately, they only ship via EMS. For those who are curious, my last order from a year ago consisted of two tubes (90g each), and the shipping was 1500 yen to USA (East coast). I can’t remember how much the shipping of one tube was, but I remember it being not that much less, and that’s why I decided to go with two tubes. Hope that helps. Thanks again, Ratzilla!

If you have any more new BB/CC cream recommendations, I’m all ears!

Joslynn
Joslynn
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi there, is there a shop on Rakuten selling the Rimmel CC cream? Does it only come in one shade? I prefer to use BB/CC creams with high SPF/PA ratings as I can’t layer too many products on my clog prone facial skin :/

A. Larasati
A. Larasati
5 years ago

Just like everyone else, I always look forward to your annual Top 5 Sunscreen List. Too bad that most on the list has cyclopentasiloxane/cyclohexasiloxane. It’s notorious for my SD. I’d be fine with some sun, but I’ll still see some crust forming, and not to mention, my PD, too.

Biore one seems to be the only without the dreaded cyclo-xanes. It still has some triggers but they’re still not concluded as it depends on the formulation. I’m actually more wary about the orange and lemon extracts. Why should companies put them in everything?? *sigh*

angelanrenee
angelanrenee
5 years ago

Yes! Thank you for this. I always look forward to your top picks of the year. The Privacy Mist is intriguing. I just bought a similar product from Supergoop (American brand), but of course there’s no PA rating on that. –Angela

mariana
mariana
5 years ago

So, is #4 the best one for outdoors usage? Or #3? Or none? haha

Living near the equator I sometimes need some very good outdoor sunscreen and I wish I could find one that wasn’t terribly sticky…

Ticiane Lana Souza
Ticiane Lana Souza
5 years ago

Have u tried the kanebo ururi essence uv gel?
http://www.ichibankao.com/Pages/Kanebo_Ururi.aspx

Ticiane Lana Souza
Ticiane Lana Souza
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

thanks for ur feedback! I almost bought this one ><''

i am looking for resistant sunscreen (every day use, resistant because my city is too hot) suitable for combination/acne prone skin but removable with ordinary soap.

Sunkiller perfect strong/biore uv perfect milk/solanoveil watery are good options?

Alysha Johnson
Alysha Johnson
5 years ago

Usually (not always) milk sunscreen are sweat resistant; essence or gel is less so. Just check the sunscreen if she stated it’s sweat-resistant or for outdoor.

As for easily removed by ordinary soap, it depends on your soap. If you use makeup then makeup remover are usually efficient to remove the sweat-resistant sunscreen.

Ticiane Lana Souza
Ticiane Lana Souza
5 years ago
Reply to  Alysha Johnson

thanks!

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