The products below are higher-priced luxury sunscreens that you can find at the cosmetics counter at luxury department stores like Mitsukoshi. Packed with moisturizing ingredients, they are are excellent choices for those looking to care for dry or damaged skin. These brands are staples among beauty professionals and have many loyal fans. Once you try them it’s hard to go back to the cheaper brands! They also offer excellent performance as a makeup base.
These luxury sunscreen brands feature high SPF and PA values and are gentle enough for everyday use, but are not waterproof, so they’re not a good choice for heavy exercise or a day at the pool.
SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream
Packed with luxurious beauty ingredients, SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Cream is perfect as a face-only sunscreen for people who emphasize skin care. Thanks to its rub-resistant features, you can layer foundation on top of it with no cracking.
This sunscreen is expensive and non-waterproof, so it’s intended for daily use on the face only, not as a full-body sunscreen for the beach or pool. But don’t worry, it offers full UV protection (SPF 50+ and PA++++).
The usability is fantastic, probably the best of all the products we tested. It feels moist on contact, elegant but not heavy in texture, and spreads evenly and easily, leaving your skin feeling smooth and glossy. The fragrance is subtle and elegant.
Cosme Decorté Sun Shelter Multi Protection
Cosme Decorté’s “Sun Shelter Multi Protection” not only blocks UV rays, but also fine (PM2.5) air pollutants (hence the “multi protection.”) Even when you are indoors, this product heals and moisturizes skin that has been dried out by air conditioning.
You can see the luxurious texture of the Cosme Decorté in the photo below. The slightly yellowish, hard emulsion spreads very well even in small amounts. A little goes a long way!
The Cosme Decorté feels very comfortable and smooth going on the skin and keeps your skin is well moisturized and supple to the touch. It’s not sticky and doesn’t turn your skin white. Even when used as a cosmetic base, it won’t dry out your skin or crack your makeup.
The Cosme Decorté features an elegant floral scent and luscious texture that makes it feel more like applying a body cream than a sunscreen.
Clé de Peau Beauté Crème UV
Clé de Peau Beauté is the most luxurious line among Shiseido’s cosmetic brands. This is the most expensive of all the sunscreens we tested. It’s incredibly rich in skincare ingredients, which is why it’s used by professional make-up artists and for photo shoots.
This pale pink cream spreads very well on the skin. Even a small amount will cover a large area, so it’s better to use a little at a time.
As soon as you apply the cream to your skin it feels like a skin care regimen. Your skin will immediately feel softer and moisturized, with no unpleasant stickiness at all. Because it improves the condition of the skin, it works perfectly as a makeup base. Just what you’d expect from a luxury cosmetics product.
The Clé de Peau Beauté Crème UV is recommended for those who are concerned about dry skin and signs of aging and want to pamper their skin. Expensive but worth it!