The search is over. I’ve found my holy grail everyday sunscreen.
- What is it
- Contains Kanebo’s original advance technology to give deep UV barrier protection whilst being light and comfortable to use. Includes hyaluronic acid and collagen to moisturize skin. Strong SPF50+ PA++++ power but comfortable for everyday use on face and body.
- How I use it
- Every morning after my moisturizer. I apply 4 pea sized amounts on my cheeks, forehead, and chin, then spread the sunscreen evenly across my face. The initial white cast helps determine an even application. Add 2 pea sized drops for the neck.
- Best suited for
- All skin types, except the super dry and sensitive, as this does contain alcohol. My dry skin had no issues though.
- Things to note
- While it’s fragrance free, there’s about 7-11% alcohol in this. For me the alcohol here is mostly beneficial as it helps keep the formula elegant and I do not experience any dryness, but ymmv.
- A plastic tube with geometric embossing on the lid and doesn’t track finger prints! A step up from your usual sunscreen tube.
- Fragrance free but smells strongly of alcohol initially!
- A light cream-gel that feels like water once you start rubbing it in. Extremely elegant and comfortable on the skin.
- Natural with a bit of dewiness. There is a noticeably tackiness when you touch your face, but otherwise you won’t feel a thing. There’s also an initial white cast but is gone after about a minute.
- Available For
- $28/90g on Amazon; $30 on eBay; $34 on StyleVana;
full ingredient analysis
When it comes to sunscreen, I like to see strong and stable filters, and the Allie UV Gel features 4:
- Zinc Oxide – A physical filter that protects against UVB + UVA rays, very gentle and non-irritating. Can leave a slight white cast depending on the formula.
- Octinoxate – An elegant chemical filter that protects against UVB rays. Not very stable when used alone but pairing it with Tinosorb S helps tremendously.
- Tinosorb S – A next generation UVA/UVB chemical filter that’s non-irritating and extremely stable. A 2007 test on 18 different sunscreen filters found Tinosorb S to provide the best UV protection! Available everywhere except in the US :(
- Uvinul T 150 – A next generation UVB filter and one of the best of all UVB filters available today. Again, not available in the US :(
As with most Japanese sunscreens, this is high in alcohol, which helps keep the formula elegant. Lab Muffin goes into all the details about alcohol in skincare, but tl;dr: it’s really not that bad for you. I’d rather use a sunscreen with better UV protection + alcohol than one that’s got weaker filters + no alcohol, but ymmv.
While other beneficial ingredients like hyaluronic acid (which this does contain) are nice, I don’t really care for them in sunscreens. I’m wearing this mainly to protect my skin against UV rays, and that’s what I want the formula to focus on. So props to Allie for focusing on what matters.
It was love at first application.
✅ Lighter than even the Klairs and Purito sunscreen which I previously shared, I can really layer this on to get the full 1/4 tsp amount for my face and not end up super oily or shiny. It’s just the right amount of moisture and dewiness. *chef’s kiss*
✅ It doesn’t pill, layers beautifully under makeup and actually helps my base last longer!
✅ It’s incredibly budge-proof, thanks to Allie’s exclusive anti-friction technology. You can check my Instagram quick review for a video of me trying (and failing) to rub it off!
✅ Water/sweat resistant! I did the spritz test and you can see how the water droplets form on the sunscreen.
Allie UV Gel vs other sunscreens
While I liked the formula and filters of the Klairs and Purito ones, I did have concerns about how good its UV protection actually was, especially since it’s been proven that not all SPF50 PA++++ sunscreens are made equal. So what about Allie?
A 2019 and 2020 test done in China compared the efficacy of 90+ sunscreens after 4 hours under the sun in 34℃ heat. The skin was then checked to assess the UV damage (burns and tans).
Not the most scientific study, but for comparison’s sake it works. It’s also a good projection of how these sunscreens will perform in real life. Either way, Allie is a clear winner here, and I’m happy to see my other fave LRP perform well too.
Allie Extra UV Gel N
A flawless sunscreen in my book, maybe even more so than the La Roche-Posay Anthelios which is my outdoors hg sunscreen. It checks off everything you could ask for in a sunscreen and has been proven to work! I know the initial white cast and alcohol content might make some hesitant to try it, but for me it's 1000% worth it. Buy it now, you won't regret it.