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A Multitasker After My Heart (with SPF 45 to Boot!)

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Something to know about me: if we go out to eat together, I’ll assume we are sharing everything and that your dinner is communal. And in the same way that I’m notorious for swiping forkfuls of baked rigatoni or apple crisp, I’m also known for pattering over to Birchbox editors’ desks and idly playing with whatever new products might be laying around. Luckily, my team knows how to share.

Recently, I picked Shiseido’s new Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector off of Candice’s desk. (I asked first!) I was intrigued because the formula seemed too good to be true: oil-free, sheer coverage, antiaging ingredients that undo existing damage, and water-resistant SPF 43. Not to mention the fact that I love all manner of tinted moisturizers and BB Creams. Motto: the fewer makeup steps in the morning, the better!

The formula is more liquidy than most of my other BB Creams—definitely closer to a tinted moisturizer in consistency—and blends in almost immediately to a matte finish. Despite the whopping SPF coverage, it feels completely weightless (really!) and doesn’t have any noticeable scent. I’ve been wearing Shade 2, a light-medium tan, and it evens out my skin without masking my freckles—a plus in my book. And if you haven’t already guessed just yet, Candice isn’t getting this product back.

—Mollie

Another fun fact: I’m a lifelong fan of mousse. My latest obsession: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ample Angora (great name, right?). 

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