Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock Review

As a pale lady, I've always been a fan of a good sunblock. Especially one you could wear on your face that was light and non-greasy. For years the East Asian market has led the way with facial sunblock. When I was a student studying in Japan before the turn of the century (yikes!) I can remember stocking up on SPF 100. Thankfully the good people at Neutrogena heard my prayers and answered all my wishes with their Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock available in SPF 70 and 55. I've not yet tried the SPF 55, but I've gone through quite a few bottles of SPF 70 to recommend this product.

If you're accustomed to Japanese or Korean brands of facial sunblock, Ultra Sheer Liquid will be no surprise. It's a liquid which you shake before using and goes on light, smooth, blends into skin and leaves your skin feeling moist. Unlike some Japanese brands I've tried, which leave my face dry and tight, I find the Neutrogena formula moisturizing. I do have dry skin, so I moisturize, then apply this sunblock, and then foundation, but I still don't find my face getting greasy. I'm not sure how this would fare on greasy skin. Any of you out there tried it?  Honestly, it's not so light I don't notice it. Of course, I notice it but honestly after 5 minutes I can't even tell I've put it on. Although there is a slight sunblock lotion smell it's not strong. It's the best sunblock I've used, and with it widely available at drug stores in the US, it's much more accessible than the Japanese brands. It usually retails for $12.49 US. The only downside to this product is that it's not been released in the UK. Maybe Neutrogena don't think we get enough sun exposure to warrant a release here,  so in the meantime, I will continue to buy it from the US!

Do you use any facial sunblock?


  1. LOL--absolutely not. I wear sunscreen if I will be outside for an extended period of time. I love some natural color to my skin, especially in the summer. But I never put any sunscreen or sunblock on my face. I seem to be allergic to every one I've ever tried--including the "baby faces" and "sensitive skin" ones. So, I just have to be careful with my exposure.

    BTW--This is Susie. It won't let me post under any of my accounts? Weird. I just posted on Cissy's just fine. :/

  2. I rarely use separate sunscreens other than what's built into my foundation but I might grab some of this to try for naked-face days. I am not in the sun alot (I live in Florida but I do try to avoid sun. I swear that's why my skin stays nice.) but when I am out I don't have protection save for being at the beach and using intense sunscreen. I'll give this stuff a try and see how I like it!

  3. Susie, thanks for visiting! I always wear something on my face as even when it's cloudy out UV rays get damage your skin. My mom has lovely olive skin, but I'm deathly pale, so I freckle and burn. I'm sorry to hear that you're allergic to so many! That must be difficult. I've found Neutrogena's products to be okay, but I think my skin might be pretty hardy or something!

    DJ, this is perfect for naked-face days! I avoid the sun as well, but some sun is healthy, which is why I always wear something on my face. I think it's more common in Asia for people to wear these kinds of facial sunblock, especially where being tan isn't as fasionable as being pale (which is a trend I can work with!). Let me know how it works for you if you do try it!

  4. Hi,

    Where do you buy this from? I cant find anyone who will ship to the UK.


  5. Hi! I've got family in the US, so I usually pick it up when visiting or ask them to bring me some/send me some. That's probably not much help! >_< If you can't find anyone, I can bring an extra back at xmas, send me an email at isolde(dot)beauty(at)gmail(dot)com.

  6. Oh, actually, just saw some on ebay! That's probably easier!

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for your reply. I will look on ebay!


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