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Is this broad spectrum? And pa ?
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Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face

What it is:An oil-free daily formulation that protects against three major causes of skin cell damage: UV rays, oxidation, and overproduction of sebum. What it is formulated to do: This ultra-light formulation contains mineral powders and herbal extracts to help it spread smoothly while creating a pore-free and shine-free finish. Formulated with Shiseido's highly effective multi-defense sun protection system and advanced skin care ingredients, it prevents skin damage and free radical production. What else you need to know: This product is suitable for oily skin types.
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Questions & Answers for Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face

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Does it leave a white residue?
I can't find a sun screen that doesn't make me look like I'm dead....so I've been using tinted moisturizers but Im always and forever looking for a sun screen which is just a sun screen that doesn't look or smell like one...
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
toodoodles
(Ny, ny)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
Sure it can, especially upon initial application, but then you pat it into your skin until it's fully absorbed and you look natural.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
Dc213
(Arlington, VA)
answer 2
I'm a much darker skin tone and this is one of the few sunscreens that does not leave a white hue.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bluefedora
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
This claims to absorbs oil and leaves the skin matte. I think it's more of a soft matte which i like, and helps control my t-zone.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
4sheer
(los angeles, CA)
answer 4
No white residue at all! But I'm pale. I had my girlfriend try it on her much darker skin and she didn't have any issues either though.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
tessacardenas
(Washington, DC)
answer 5
I tried this in store and it did not. It is very thin and does not leave an oily feel. I really liked it.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
koki1
(Honolulu, HI)
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watery texture
I recently ordered this product. I used it for the first time this morning. It was very watery and ran down my arm. I did shake it well. Is the product supposed to have this consistancy?
asked 3 years ago
esthetic
(pittsburgh,Pa)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
This product is a liquid. I usually carefully pour a small amount on the back of my hand to apply.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
nheer
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
Yup! That's normal :)
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Krissy33
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
Mine is watery, too. So I think it's supposed to be that way. While it's runny it's extremely light and fast-absorbing so it works very well in the end.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Avior
answer 4
yes, it is very runny, and i shake it a whole lot before using it. it's supposed to be very lightweight and thin, so i find a little bit (i squeeze out a line of it along 2/3 of my middle finger) easily covers my entire face. the primer and makeup i'm currently using also have spf in them, so i figure if i miss a spot with the sunscreen, i'm still pretty well covered.

you mentioned the product was running down your arm - are you using on your body? this particular formula is intended for use on your face, so the runny texture is great for layering under makeup. there is this version: http://www.sephora.com/urban-enviroment-uv-protection-cream-broad-spectrum-spf-40-for-face-body-P282022, which can be used on the body and is a bit thicker in consistency.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
tbm226
(san francisco, ca)
answer 5
This product is light but not as the way you described, I think you didn't shake it enough.
answered 3 years ago
Q8DunDush
(San Gabriel, CA)
Question
a little ball inside?
When I shake the product, it feels like there's something tiny (may be a li'l ball but hard) ball inside it. Anyone else experiencing the same?
asked 4 years ago
lolita23
(New York)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
haha yeah, that just helps to mix the product as you shake it :)
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
kiko29
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
Yes, there's a mixing bead inside the bottle to help mix the lotion up when you shake it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Avior
answer 3
Yes, that's meant to be there.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
TheGreatRaeRae
(Dover, DE)
answer 4
Yes, mine is the same. I assume it is similar to how spray paints cans make noise when you shake them and that it is to help mix the contents when you shake the bottle.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
shubajung
(Ann Arbor, MI)
answer 5
It's to help mix the product when you shake it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bluefedora
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
Under make-up?
I have delayed buying a face sunscreen for the longest time, because I was worried about adding yet another layer of product to my face! I use moisturizer, eye cream, primer, concealer, foundation, setting spray, pressed powder, blush, bronzer, and mattifying powder. If I buy this sunscreen, I would apply it right before the concealer and foundation. Has anyone else had good experiences layering this under a ton of make-up? I already have oily skin and don't want it to look worse.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
AuAuLynn
(Angwin, CA)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
I know this isn't technically a moisturizer, but since you said you have oily skin you may want to try using it as a replacement for your moisturizer, rather than using it on top of it. It does moisturize a little, and I liked using it that way because it is lightweight and since I also have oily skin, most regular moisturizers feel too heavy in the summer.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
shubajung
answer 2
Hey, I have no problem with this under my make up, its a really light formula and it blends quickly, and no movement of my make ups, hope that helps.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
flywitstyle
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I had similar reservations, but this has been great (in my experience) for wearing under makeup. It's a little watery when you first put it on (make sure you shake the bottle first), but when you rub it in it spreads very thin and absorbs fast so it feels like nothing at all. I put it on after my moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Avior
answer 4
It's totally fine. Using a separate sunscreen everyday -makeup or no makeup- is a must. I am generous when I apply this sunscreen. I recommend doing the following: cleanse--tone--moisturize--sunscreen--makeup.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
Dc213
answer 5
Hello, I use this under my makeup and it gives a lovely finish and doesn't make my skin look like an oil slick at all. I have used bothe the original urban SPF and this oil free version. To me this is the better one for wearing under makeup for my skin. I do not use another moisturizer on the days I wear this under my makeup.
I love that it doesn't look ghostly either if you have pictures taken such as when you are on vacation.
I hope this helps :)
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
lovemakeupca
(CA)
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Is this the right consistency?
I got a small deluxe sample of this in the 2013 Sun Safety kit. I'm just now getting around to using it, and I notice it's very liquidy, almost like water. Is this how it's supposed to be?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
frickxgirl
(Saint Marys, GA)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
Yes.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
riax87
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 2
yup, that way it absorbs into your skin faster, without that greasy texture.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
didi777
(Saskatoon, Canada)
answer 3
Yes, this is very light, very liquid.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
hollyliz
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
Yes, this product comes as a very thin, white liquid, which is probably part of the reason why it feels so light-weight.
I have oily skin, so in the summer I sometimes use it instead of a regular moisturizer since it doesn't feel as heavy.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
shubajung
answer 5
This product is supposed to have a creamy consistency.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kevinbt
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How many drops for face application?
The pamphlet that comes with it states:

"Reducing the quantity of application will lower the level of protection significantly"

I've seen answers on here where people say things like "a little goes a long way", but how much should I apply to ensure I'm getting the full protection.. but not applying TOO much so I run out of this pricy little bottle faster?
asked 11 months ago
MissssCasey
(San Francisco, CA)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
5 answers
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answer 1
Like most sunscreens, you will see a white cast. I feel like as long as you can see a white cast (a visible difference between your neck and face) you should be ok, that is as much as you need. I don't think piling it on would be of any benefit either because regardless, it will wear off at the same time. I hope this helps.
answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
riax87
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 2
I apply about 2 generous squirts onto my palm and apply it all over my face and neck.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
didi777
(Saskatoon, Canada)
answer 3
apply generously- so that your entire face receives a proper layer. when you have used too much, your skin will be mildly greasy.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
kiko29
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
It depends on your needs. For me, only two drops is enough since I stay in room most of time.
answered 11 months ago
neolovesephora
(Pleasantville, NY)
answer 5
I use 4-5 drops for each cheek, 6 for forehead/temple area, 1 for nose, and 2 around mouth.
answered 11 months ago
Angela0986
(California)
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will it be enough for a 2 wks vacation?
hi, i'm very sensilble to the sun and i was wondering if is good enough for a beach vacation in the South as a main sunscreen or do i need something heavier, and also if the 1 oz bottle is enough for 2 weeks if i apply 2 to 3 times a day. thank you
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
michele1984
(montreal,qc)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
Definitely, and at least a 3 months after too :)
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
wasabii
(Tampa, FL)
answer 2
this is fine for the face but if you want something for your arms/chest/neck I would buy the SP 50 product they make. It is heavier. This should last you for two weeks.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
hollyliz
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
I use this as an everyday sunscreen underneath my makeup. I'm not sure if I would rely on this as my only sunscreen for a beach/swimming day, because other sunscreens are meant to be more durable in that context. But I have very sensitive skin, so that kind of makes a difference as well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
megan1211
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
I'm not sure if it's enough for your vacation as far as strength. But I've had my bottle for a while; a little goes a long way. It'll definitely last.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
JennaFoo
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cleanser
Do i need to remove this with an oil based cleanser or is any kind ok?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
I dont think you absolutely have to, but i always use bioderma's makeup remover at the end of the day, whether or not i am wearing makeup.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
sandyreview
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 2
it would be wisest to use a light, oil-based cleanser, followed by a mild foaming when... give or take for your skin type.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
kiko29
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
Any kind should work. This product goes on very light.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
hollyliz
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
Any sort of cleanser should be effective in removing this sunscreen.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
RandeeBT
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Will this product create a 'white cast or gray shadow' on someone with medium to dark skintone?
I have been able to get away with relying on suncreens in my skincare products and moisturizers for the past few years. However as I age, I realize that I need better protection from the effects of sun exposure. It's very difficult to avoid the white/gray film that so many products leave on dark skin. I am very skeptical about using an Asian line for this reason. Any favorable reviews from someone with medium to dark skin?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
nolagirlincali
(San Francisco, CA)
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
It blends in immediately and is super light so it doesn't leave any white cast. I have pretty tan skin.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
applemint33
(NJ)
answer 2
I have very, very fair skin, and I notice a white cast when I first put it on, but it fades after about 10 minutes. It may last longer on darker complexions. In my experience, this is a feature of all physical sunblocks (zinc or titanium based), versus chemical sunblocks.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Justjayj
answer 3
I'm brown skinned and hate the white film sunscreen leaves, absolutely hate it! This works! A little goes a long way and it definitely blends in!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
courtneyjane
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Maybe a little bit but nothing major...
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
ingrid43
(Canada)
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Do I need to use a moisturizer too?
I have oily skin and this sounds like a perfect sunscreen for me. But, will I need to use a moisturizer before putting on the sunscreen?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
seraphou
on Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
4 answers
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answer 1
Since this is product is primarily a sunscreen, you do need to use a moisturizer. I use Kate Somerville oil free moisturizer or ReVive sensitive oil free lotion.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
lolaz007
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
I'm super oily and use Caudalie's S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum underneath this for hydration. It feels like nothing on my skin and then this sunscreen on top and I still feel like I have 'naked' skin. Highly recommend the combination.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bluefedora
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I have combination skin and I use my regular moisturizer before I put this on. It feels more like a primer.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
tessacardenas
(Washington, DC)
answer 4
Yes. I recommend applying a moisturizer as well since this isn't as hydrating even for an oily skin type. I suggest a lightweight moisturizer after cleansing then follow with this UV Protector. I hope that helps!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
tiffanybt
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