Product Discovery Friday: ANESSA Whitening UV Protector

2011 version

Is it fair to review Anessa’s latest release for Product Discovery Friday? Probably not—many know how I feel about Anessa past releases already. Truth be told, this landed on my desk a few month ago and I tossed it aside after taking a look at its ingredients.

I have come to a conclusion already,  and I haven’t even open the box yet. End of review.

[Read media release and ponder whether I should skip or try the product]

ANESSA Whitening UV Protector, 60ml milky sunscreen for the face and body featuring m-Tranexamic Acid. Nice sturdy bottle with a narrow pour spout. Typical Anessa packaging.

Squeeze out some product… hmm this is interesting! The milk has more congealed consistency than past releases. Thicker like a cream? No. Gooey like a gel? No. It’s a cross between a watery gel and an oil-in-water emulsion (a.k.a. milk). Tiny specks of shimmers. Interesting citrus-floral scent. Not my cup of tea but I’ll take that over that sunscreen-y smell some fragrance-free formulations have.

It applies much lighter than Anessa previous releases  — dare I say watery and hydrating? Not what I would personally consider to be ‘lightweight’ or ‘fresh’–but still, pleasant to use.  It feels quite moisturising and smooth.

How does it look? Hmm. No white cast (no surprise there) but slight sheen. It’s from the tiny shimmers. It doesn’t look sparkly but far from being a natural radiant glow. I think without the shimmers added, it would give a semi-matte finish.

M-Tranexamic Acid. That’s the selling point isn’t it? Does it make a real difference? Hard to say. Actives like this needs to be as close to the skin as possible to be effective. I’m using this as the last step of my skin care routine. That’s 2–3 products between my bare skin and the active already. The effects of the active is going to be very minimal if any.

[Look at media release again in attempt to stall for time]

Oxybenzone. (ugh) The reason why I tossed this product aside after receiving this. Can I turn a blind eye to this? Hmm… I think not. This filter is quite controversial due to many studies showing the myriad of potentially harmful effects. It has been used for decades now without much issues but it is something to consider. Without the Oxybenzone, the UVA protection is next to nothing. Why can’t Shiseido just use the same UV filters as the current Anessa lineup?

UV protection? Abysmal. Texture is a definite improvement. It looks to be quite promising if future Anessa formulations are going to be similar.

Retails for 3,150 Japanese Yen at drugstores and supermarkets across Japan.

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