Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel
Protection? SPF 50+ PA ++++
Filters? Zinc Oxide; Octinoxate; Uvinul T 150; Tinosorb S
Country of Origin? Japan
Water resistant?Yes, 40 minutes.
Who is it for?
Skin types? Fine for all.
Works for all skin tones? Yes, there is basically no white cast.
What is it like?
Texture? A rich, dense gel. Like the Rohto Super Moisture Essence, but more dense.
Filmy, sticky, or heavy? No, none of the above.
Flashback / White cast? In spite of the zinc in the formula: no, not really. I suppose if one was an inch from my face, they may see a very minor pale shade, but I wouldn’t call it a cast: it’s basically imperceptible unless I am looking for it. There is some minor reflective flashback.
Greasy? No, it’s not greasy.
Finish? Natural / natural-to-matte.
I actually really like this sunscreen. I don’t find it drying or sensitizing, and I like how it wears: it’s very comfortable. The sunscreen is water resistant, and Kanebo markets how this product has some sort of anti-friction technology which makes it harder to accidentally rub off. I do feel this sense when this sunscreen has dried down: you can feel it on the skin, but it somehow also doesn’t feel filmy. It feels nourishing and replenishing. It is also fragrance free and pretty affordable per gram.
I find this product’s formulation to be of particular interest. It’s a combination screen, with two broad spectrum filters (Zinc & Tinosorb S) and two UVB filters (Octinoxate and Uvinul T 150), so, there are no exclusive UVA filters. If it wasn’t marked as PA++++, I would likely have been lead, wrongly, to believe the UVA coverage is mediocre, as the zinc isn’t casty, and the bulk of the SPF could easily be carried by the UVB filters. However, we can have confidence in its UVA protection since it is PA++++. This is why having transparency around the UVA protection of a product is critical. I do wish the FDA would take note.
Any bad news?
I do find the texture of this sunscreen to be quite idiosyncratic. It is the most heavy, dense gel I’ve ever encountered. I don’t dislike it, but it is different. The density of the gel doesn’t make it as much of a pleasure to apply as other sunscreen gels, which go more liquid with friction and feel more ~fun~. Beyond that, no real complaints.
Price varies. Somewhere around: $25 / 90 g | $0.28 / g
Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?
My love for this sunscreen cannot be understated (9/10).
The Kanebo reminds me a lot of the Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence, which I fear has been discontinued. The Rohto is all synthetic filters. It is a lighter gel, and imparts a bouncy hydration. The Kanebo is more occlusive. If one doesn’t like the wet slippiness of the Rohto, the Kanebo lacks that. They are pretty similar, though.