Remember my first week in Japan? I was so freaking excited to find Shiseido’s Anessa BB cream. It seemed perfect! It was a darker shade, had SPF 50, and it was SHISEIDO! I was raised to love this brand.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be. :(
So where to start. The basics, I guess.
- Retails for about 2100Y (roughly $26 US)
- Comes in two shades–Light and Natural (Darker)
- Comes in a 30g tube
- SPF 50+, PA+++
I was really excited, but this product totally didn’t live up to my expectations. I didn’t really like the consistency–it’s kind of thick, more like a foundation. It doesn’t blend as well as I’d like, even on top of a moisturizer.
Once I blended it in as much as I could, I thought Anessa BB made my skin look very ashy. It’s sheer enough, but it felt almost like it was stealing away my color. :( This is probably due to the fact that I’m darker then 90% of Japanese girls, so fair skinned ladies might have more luck with this product. After letting it sit for a while, my skin still felt kind of waxy and sticky. Combined with the ashy-ness, I was totally not feeling this product.
After reading a few other blogs, it seems like the general consensus is that Shiseido’s Anessa BB isn’t really…a BB cream. I think it’s more of a super sheer foundation with an extremely high SPF. For that price and for what I got, I would definitely not purchase this again. There are a lot of other products on the market that do a much better job, and a good portion of them are cheaper. Sorry Shiseido, loved the high SPF rating but I am not a fan. Overall, 4/10.