Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture SPF50+ PA++++

I started using this 30mL bottle of Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture SPF50+ PA++++ over last December, when my family was here to visit. Along with Heroine Make and several others, Sunkiller is a sub-brand of Kiss Me, which is under the Isehan umbrella (also owns Kiss Cosmetics, Susie N.Y., etc.). This is my very first Sunkiller item!

As always, I was totally crazy for taking something brand new to try while on a trip (we took my folks to an onsen). Fortunately, the results wasn't disastrous, but I didn't like this sunscreen at all. It wasn't quite what I'd expected. This is marketed as an alcohol-free, waterproof milk that doesn't require a special cleanser to remove, which I took to mean less drying and less fussy.

I was actually taken aback when I first saw the milk. Despite the rigorous shaking as instructed, it comes out of the bottle a thin liquid that's translucent, barely a skim milk. And it was runnier than Mentholatum Skin Aqua SaraFit UV Sara Sara Milk even (what a mouthful)! The active ingredients are all chemical filters: octinoxate (メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル), octocrylene (オクトクリレン) and Uvinul A+ (ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル), which totally explains the translucency and runny consistency. It's the mineral filters that bring opacity and texture, so this sunscreen is invisible once set.

The very problem is that this sunscreen never really set, at least not on my skin :( This milk goes to the extreme end on the non-drying scale and turns out to be quite oily. Because it doesn't set, I end up with a nasty shiny and sticky film that just won't go away. I have tried blotting and the shine just comes right back. I have tried powdering and it just cakes up my sunscreen powder. Yuck! So I had to stop using it. I thought about demoting it to decolletage and arms, but it's so tacky and shiny it'll probably feel ten times worse on my body! Will not repurchase and wouldn't recommend. If your skin can't deal with alcohol, I guess you could try this, but don't expect too much.


kuri said...

I tried a sunkiller sunscreen once but wasn't wowed and never returned.

D. said...

Yeah, I'm not repurchasing either. Ever. There are simply too many better choices to put up with crappy ones.


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