This was very much an impulse purchase, out of the curiosity to try a product offering both complete UV coverage (SPF 50+ PA++++) and the slight pinkish glowing tint of a makeup base.
Admittedly, I also had a strong desire to purchase something from the ebay seller Maco of Fictif-Nook. She is a Japanese-born expat (living out of the country) who has a rather unique selection compared to other Japanese goods sellers on eBay– but most importantly, makes it of the utmost importance to state her support for and desire to help those with disabilities and special needs. I was so touched and grateful (especially given the fact that in Japan, the stigma towards disability is exponentially worse than where I live in the US already, so she’s really unique in that regard!), that since I wanted to buy one cheap thing from her already, I threw this item and a tsubaki konjac sponge along in the order, too!
Even the exterior box of this item is pleasant and cute– at least in my opinion– so go ahead and follow the cut if you’d like to see how the product itself matches up to that presumption~
🌸SANA Maikohan UV Shitaji Base🌸
[I N G R E D I E N T S]
UV Filters: Titanium Dioxide, Octinoxate, Ensulizole, Zinc Oxide
Water, cyclopentasiloxane, diphenylsiloxyphenyl trimethicone, titanium oxide, triethylhexanoin, pentylene glycol, PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, talc, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, diethylaminohydroxybenzoylbenzoic acid Hexyl cetyl PEG / PPG-10/1 dimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, sodium chloride, (vinyl dimethicone / methicone silsesquioxane) crosspolymer, Satzakura flower extract, soy isoflavone, camellia seed oil, ascorbyl glucoside, extract, silica, hydroxyapatite, zinc oxide, silk, cyanocobalamin, (dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone) crosspolymer, BG, ascorbic acid, ethanol, shea Oil, dimethicone, stearic acid, tocopherol, tribehenin, trimethylsiloxy silicic acid, polysorbate 80, mica, methicone, malic acid, lecithin, hydroxide Al, hydroxide Na, phenoxyethanol, perfume
[P A C K A G I N G]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The actual little tube for this product is quite standard for Japanese cosmetics– a squeeze tube with an oval-shaped screw-off cap, revealing a little tipped dropper, allowing you to squeeze out a precise amount of product while remaining sanitary. The cap screws on securely, and I give the packaging bonus points for being quite beautiful to look at, for a run-of-the-mill squeeze tube.
[T E X T U R E]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hands down, this is one of the nicest feeling products I’ve applied to my face in a long time. It feels very silky and creamy, and sinks in leaving your face feeling soft– as a good makeup base should, I suppose! I’m not sure how to describe what sets it apart from all of the other products I’ve called ‘silky’ upon application in the past, but this one really takes the cake in terms of feeling moist, without being sticky or wet-feeling whatsoever.
Such, SUCH wonderful texture, I wish I could find more products with a similar one!!
[F R A G R A N C E]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I came into this knowing that the product would be sakura/cherry blossom scented– which made me slightly nervous, because my past experiences with “cherry blossom” scents have all been either sickeningly sweet/artificial, or like grandma’s perfume (here’s looking at you, Bath and Bodyworks ‘Japanese Cherry Blossom’). This is more like I’d always dreamed that cherry blossom fragrance would/could smell like– I absolutely adore the aroma of this product on my face.
That being said, it is rather strongly perfumed, and I can smell it on my own face for almost an hour after applying, I’d say, so I would definitely avoid this product if you’re sensitive to heavy fragrancing.
[P I G M E N T A T I O N / E F F E C T I V E N E S S]
★ ★ ★ ⋆ ☆
[Left: bare face | Right: wearing Maikohan UV Shitaji Base]
I think I might have accidentally used a higher lense exposure on the ‘before’, hence you can’t tell the brightening effects of the base as well, but it’s nicely effective at brightening and evening out my skintone a little. It didn’t magically cover my many blemishes and give me perfect skin, but I wasn’t expecting that, as that wasn’t even the advertised effect of the product to begin with. For its intended purpose– brightening and UV protection– I think it does a decent job~
[O V E R A L L]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This is a delightful option for daily UV protection– amazing texture, feels wonderful on the skin, has several SPF components, not to mention beautiful packaging– with the added bonus of a nice brightening tint and cherry blossom aroma~ I can definitely foresee myself using up this bottle in due time, because of how pleasant my trial of it was.
[R E P U R C H A S E ?]
Y / N
[Probably not, given the price, difficulty to find, and the array of other sunscreens I already know and love.]