It's that time of year again when we think about sunscreen protection even though we should think of it all year round! I've been looking for one product I can put on in the morning to give me a little color, protect me from harmful uv rays and help keep oiliness at bay. During my search I came across a new BB cream from Shiseido. I have never used their products although I am aware of their great reputation and they are one of the oldest skincare companies. As I was buying this, I was telling the sales clerk about my issues and she said she used the Urban Environment Protector because it was water resistant and helped control oil. Unfortunately I had already made my purchase and decided to do ahead since I had read some good reviews. It is a decent product and not exorbitantly priced. It only comes in two colors (but I think a lot of products limit their selection during the "first release" phase). The color was a little dark for me and it didn't spread very smoothly so I had to be careful to blend it into my neck so I didn't have "kabuki face." It gave decent coverage and seemed to last but alas, it did not control my oil well enough.
I returned it and was looking at some other products when a saleslady offered me a sample of the Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector. I bought something else and took both home. This one comes in three colors and the medium was a nice match. It spread a little better than the BB Cream but other than that I had the same problem. I don't feel it had any better oil control than the other. In the end, if I were to recommend one, I would say try the BB Cream. Even though it was a little harder to apply I think it gave better coverage and a nicer finish. And I would recommend trying it if you don't have oily skin. Keep in mind that it is all about what you are looking for. If you are using a BB Cream to replace moisturizer and primer, you have a lot more choices. But, if you're like me and want one product to provide those things plus sunscreen and color that gives a matte finish, you have to look a little harder. And I will!