I’m a fanatic about suncare; This post explains it all. Therefore sunscreens are a staple product for my skin. I can go out without makeup, but I will NEVER step out of the house without sunscreen.
Unless it’s at night la.
Although… lately I’ve been contemplating… the moon reflects light from the sun… which means it’s still sunlight!
Should I also apply sunscreen at night?
Too crazy? Haha.
I’ve been wanting to write this review forever, but keep forgetting. I remember every time I use them (which is almost everyday), but uh. Yeah.
Without further dillydallying, let’s get into the review proper!
Kanebo Allie UV Long Keep Gel
I bought this mainly because it was advertised as being able to be worn as a makeup base.
I’ve watched a bajillion makeup tutorials and sometimes they will mention what moisturizer, etc they use before applying their makeup, but no one, I swear, NO ONE ever mentions what sunscreen is good to wear under makeup without your makeup flaking and going all wonky.
Hello, what is beauty if you have sun-damaged skin?!
Please don’t even bother mentioning the SPF in cosmetics. That will serve no purpose except to induce laughter. And maybe a few snorts.
For the record, La Roche Posay Anthelios is an excellent sunscreen, but terrible to wear under makeup.
Did this Allie live up to expectation?
I’m happy to report that YES!!!
Makeup sits on it perfectly fine :D No flaking, clumping or smudging!!!
I FINALLY found a sunscreen that doesn’t fight makeup! I’m a happy camper!
I like that it’s SPF 50. In fact, I wouldn’t use a sunscreen with a factor less than that.
I’m kiasu like that.
It’s also PA++++. Do you know what that means?
It’s a sunscreen rating system used by Asian brands (particularly Japanese). PA is short for The Protection Grade of UVA.
Basically, the more + the better. It used to be only up to 3 +, but this year, they revised it to 4 +, and this sunscreen falls happily in that category.
All you need to know: It’s good.
This is a physical sunscreen (main UV filter: Zinc Oxide), which is what I prefer, over chemical sunscreens.
Simple screw cap. It would be nice if it was a flip-top cap, but I’m not too fussed about it.
Overall a very simple, no-frills design.
Texture / Swatch
It’s a gel, so it’s quite light. Definitely not heavy like a cream, but not watery like the moisture-type sunscreens (e.g. Moisture Gel). Something like an in-between.
You can see for yourself that Long Keep Gel is less runny than Moisture Gel.
Upon application, I can hardly feel anything on my face, which is great!
Ah, yes. The smell.
I don’t know if it’s because it’s the summer heat, but the moment the sunscreen touches my face, my nose is hit with the stinging smell of alcohol. I don’t remember it being this bad when I used it during spring… Will test out the theory now that autumn is almost here.
The alcohol smell goes away after a while (either that, or my nose is drunk and can’t smell anymore), but if you particularly dislike the smell of alcohol or allergic to it, best to stay away from this one.
Apart from the alcohol, there is a certain smell to it. There isn’t really anything that smells like it, so it’s quite difficult to describe. Not a typical sunscreen smell, and not super unpleasant, but it dissipates very quickly so not much of an issue.
I bought this at a departmental store for 2,280yen. I thought it was quite reasonable for a 60ml tube.
Until I saw it on sale in drugstores for 1,980yen. Grrrr.
The thing I love most about this sunscreen is absolutely the makeup base function! Overall, it’s quite a good sunscreen for me as it fulfils all the criteria I look for in a sunscreen.
Only thing that I feel can be improved is the smell.
But until I find a sunscreen like this + better smell, this will probably be one of my staple sunscreens!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Kanebo Allie UV Moisture Gel
I bought this after I bought Long Keep Gel (LKG) above. Why did I need another after raving so much about LKG?
- There was a #1 rank @cosme sticker on it (@cosme is a popular Japanese site for cosmetics, skincare. Something like the Asian version of Makeupalley). I’m a sucker for them #1 products.
- It costs the same as LKG, but has 50% more — 90ml!
- It was on sale!
- Good for days when I don’t apply makeup (read: value for $$$)
As Moisture Gel is very similar to LKG, so I will only cover the differences below.
Moisture Gel DEFINITELY. CANNOT. be worn under makeup.
Do not do it.
I tried, and ended up with small balls of makeup scattered all over my face after applying foundation and powder -_-
Refer to LKG’s above.
Similar to LKG’s. But I find the alcohol smell slightly stronger for Moisture Gel.
No idea why.
Texture / Swatch
Lighter than LKG, which makes sense, because it’s “Moisture” Gel. If you like watery-type textures, you will probably like this one.
I bought it on sale at 1,780yen. Usually, I think drugstores sell it for 2,280yen.
This is only good for days when I don’t wear makeup.
Compared to LKG, I get more mileage for my yen. Other than that, there are lots of sunscreens with similar “specifications” and there is nothing particularly special about this sunscreen, unless you count the overwhelmingly strong alcohol smell.
I will most likely try other brands when I finish this tube. Most likely one that doesn’t make me feel like I’m smearing whisky all over my face.
Rating: 3 / 5