[The Face Shop] Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++ Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of my first ever sun stick! When I started my journey with k-beauty not only were k-beauty products largely unavailable in the part of the world where I live, that is, Europe, but there was no sight of face sunscreen in any other form than a cream. I’ve been keeping an eye on sunscreen in a stick for quite a while but I decided to purchase one only fairly recently. Why? The sun sticks have been relatively expensive in comparison to many sun creams and they have largely been made with chemical sun filters which don’t work very well with my skin- that’s why I always opt for sunscreens with physical filters (I ordered a few new physical sunscreens this week so keep an eye on this space as I’ll post reviews of them this month). But! I finally found a sunscreen stick that contains only physical filters (The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++) and I’m just about to share my thoughts on it with you. ❤

 

About the product

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The simplest way to describe this product is to say that it’s a sunscreen that comes in a stick (wow). And I could actually stop here. But, according to the packaging in which my sunscreen came, this The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick not only ”features inorganic [that is, physical] UV filters but also Calamine powder which helps to calm the skin” and ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil (for moisturization, I suppose). It doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients, parabens and was dermatologically tested. But that’s pretty all about the product.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ceresin, Synthetic Wax, Triethylhexanoin, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Alumina, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calamine, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Parfum/Fragrance

 

In terms of the ingredients, the matter is more complicated. To this post, I usually approached the ingredients lists of the products I bought in the way that I would approach any other European food/beauty product where the ingredients are placed in the order of their predominance in a product. So when I saw something as a fourth/fifth/sixth ingredient, I would think that there’s quite a bit of it in the product. However, recently I came across a few posts, fanserviced-b.com and theklog.co among them, that talk about the differences between the US and Korean ingredients lists. I’m not going to go deeper into that topic now, because that’s not what the post is about, but the key takeaway is that anything in 1% or below in a Korean skincare/beauty product can be listed on the ingredients list in ANY order. Which means that, although the first three or four ingredients (probably) may predominate in the product, anything from half down to the bottom of the list may come in various amounts and if something is higher up on it doesn’t mean there’s more of it in the cosmetic. This is something I learnt only quite recently and it makes me feel like a fool, to be honest with you. There were so many times when I bought a Korean skincare product only because the ingredients list looked really well. I suppose, those products’ formulations weren’t something I thought they were. But, there we go- we can only learn from our mistakes (PS. European skincare/beauty products have to list all the ingredients in a descending order of their concentration in a product- so what’s the last is the least (source here)).

But getting back to the ingredients of The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick- I can only be partially certain that the first few ingredients at the beginning are in the highest concentration in the sun stick and those are: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide. The last two are physical UV filters that effectively deal with both types of UV rays- UVA and UVB. The rest of the ingredients may be placed in any order and God only knows how much of each ingredient in the stick- including the ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil and Calamine powder. So even though the product’s description stresses the product contains those two ingredients, it’s certainly possible that there’s less than 1% of each of them in the sunscreen, making me think that whether or not the sun stick contains them, doesn’t really matter- their ”positive” effect on my skin would be so minuscule that I would see no difference. (◔_◔)

According to CosDna and Skincarisma, the ingredients list as the whole is relatively clean and safe. There’s one silicone (Dimethicone) and Butylene Glycol that have a comedogenic rating of 1 (quite low) and there’s also Fragrance in it. Skincarisma also adds that the Sunflower Seed Oil can trigger fungal acne so I’m really not convinced that this ingredient should be so praised in the product’s description. (〜 ̄ △ ̄)〜

 

 

 

The sunscreen’s texture is interesting, though. It’s white and very solid with a kind of floral scent. The sun stick is quite small (20g half of which is probably the weight of the packaging itself) but very convenient to hold. To get it out there’s a thingy at the bottom (for the lack of a better word for it) to turn. The stick’s surface is rectangular with rounded corners, relatively wide. The surface’s shape, however, makes it quite difficult to apply the sunscreen in places where precision is needed such as around the eyes. And the texture of the sun stick makes it really difficult to glide at the beginning- once there’s one layer of it the stick rolls easily but to get there, you have to be careful not to stretch the skin too much (again, especially around the eyes). Upon application, the sunscreen leaves only a slight white cast but it does have a shiny finish which drove me crazy- my face shined as if it’d produced tons of sebum. But, but, all of the ranting in the section below.

 

My thoughts

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And now, finally, here comes the time for my ranting. Let’s start off with the positives, though, because I feel like this The Face Shop Sunscreen Stick deserves that. What I liked about it is the hands-off experience you get with it. No need to make your hands dirty with the sunscreen (or a beauty sponge if you’re like me and apply a sun cream with it most of the time) and no need to make your hands clean before you can make them dirty. Which saves time, water (you have to wash your hands before and after the application) and doesn’t put you off when it comes to the sunscreen re-application. I loved that aspect of this product. I could just grab the stick, roll it out and put it on my face. What I also liked about it was that it contained ONLY physical/inorganic UV filters. Which meant broad and solid UV protection and my eyes didn’t sting which often happens when the chemical filters start to come off my face when I use chemical sunscreens. However! That’s where the good ends.

The bad. Oh, the bad. First, let me say that the ingredients list wasn’t anything impressive. Although it doesn’t reflect the ingredient concentration, it does reflect what’s in the product. And apart from the two UV filters and the Calamine powder, there’s really nothing skin-enhancing in it (I don’t think the Sunflower Seed Oil is good, especially not for my sensitive skin). I’ve tried much better sunscreens in that respect.

Another thing, the application process, although partly extremely convenient, was at the same time nightmarish. The stick didn’t want to glide easily at the beginning so I had to put multiple layers of it to be sure I spread it properly- I didn’t want to stretch my skin too much so every time I started the application process very gently and always thought I didn’t cover my face with it evenly. After the first application in the morning, there’s wasn’t much of a white cast left and no white streaks either. Just the shiny effect (which, by the way, made my skin imperfections more prominent). But upon first, second, third re-application my face looked worse and worse. Whiter, with more shine and more and more streaks with every re-application, so that at the end of the day I look as if I saw a ghost and sweat like a pig. Sorry for such a comparison, but that’s the only one that came to my mind. To add to all of that, I love the idea of a having a sunscreen in a stick, but I don’t think it’s very hygienic unless you wash your face before every application- I noticed a variety of pollutants stuck on my stick (nothing major but visible nonetheless) which I think, in the long run, would break me out. But that long run probably won’t happen since after 1.5 I used quite a lot of it. I stopped using it for a while but as I return to it, in the next one or two weeks I should be run out of it.

Those would all my thoughts (at the moment) on this innovative The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick. I liked some aspects of it but I disliked the rest which, to be honest, were in the majority. I certainly won’t repurchase this particular sunscreen stick but I’m in love with the idea of using a sun stick in general, so I’ll keep looking for a better sunscreen in this form. Till next time!

 

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[Missha] Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++ Review

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My dear beauties! Here I come with the first review of a sun cushion. I never tried sun protection in any other form than a sun cream (you can see the review of my favourite one here) so I’m super excited to share with you anything and everything about this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++  which I got from RoseRoseShop.

 

About the product

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So what the packaging and the RoseRoseShop website have to say about this cushion? First, let’s start with the website, according to which this Missha cushion is

Formulated with carefully chosen ingredients for sensitive skin.
Infused with mild physical sunscreen ingredients.
Provides a cooling sensation to the skin as it contains 38% Centella Asiatica Extract in place of water.

The cushion’s packaging provides the same information so I’m not gonna repeat it. The fact that it’s got a cooling effect (38% Centella Asiatica Extract) and that it contains physical filters were the main reasons why I went for that cushion in the first place. I was looking for something that would make sunscreen re-application easy but effective, skin-friendly (my skin can hardly tolerate chemical sunscreens so I always need to opt for physical ones and I wanted to get something that doesn’t have any unsafe or irritating ingredients) and which wouldn’t leave me look like a monster (white streaks are my worst nightmare). This Missha cushion turned out to be the best option out there withing the affordable price range.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Propyheptyl Caprylate, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Titanium(IV) Oxide, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Propanediol, Glycerol, Silica, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Eggplant Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Holy BasilMoringa Oleifera, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyurethane-11, Ethylhexylglycerin, Guaiazulene, Amber Powder, Calamine, Madecassoside, Chlorella Vulgaris Powder

 

Because the ingredients list on the cushion’s packaging is in Korean (and I’m not sure if there’s the full ingredients list on it anyway), I took this ingredients list above from CosDna. I also resorted to it before I actually purchased the cushion to avoid any disappointment in a form of irritation that would make me have to stop using it. So.

 

The good:

  • Centella Asiatica Extract instead of water so loads of it (supposedly 38%)- has potent antioxidant properties and contains amino acids and Madecassoside (there’s also additional Madecassoside added, towards the end of the ingredients list). It has soothing and hydrating effects so it’s good for upset skin. Also, it mitigates some of the visible effects of sun damage thus it’s a perfect ingredient for a sun cushion!
  • two physical sunscreen ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that provide  broad sun protection against UVA (responsible for aging) and UVB rays (responsible for tanning) while being safer and largely non-irritant for skin than most chemical sunscreens
  • contains quite a few botanical extracts providing the skin with a variety of antioxidant benefits
  • almost all of the ingredients are super safe and non-irritant apart from Stearic Acid that has the acne rating of 2

 

The bad:

  • contains Lavender Oil which can lead to skin’s oversensitivity and make it irritated (although CosDna doesn’t rate it as either irritant or unsafe, weird)
  • contains Stearic Acid that has an acne rating of 2 and which can trigger fungal acne (Zinc Oxide has a rating of 1 so it might also cause acne for some people but it’s never caused me any issues)
  • Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, that can also be found in the ingredients list, may trigger fungal acne as well

 

The cushion seems to have a pretty decent ingredients list when compared to so many sunscreen cushions in a similar price range (about $14). Because I never tried a cushion until this very one, I thought I shouldn’t be overly picky and went for it to test how it works for me.

 

 

 

 

The cushion comes in a, well, cushion compact form, with a puff that rests on the inner lid of the compact. As you can see, when I opened the product for the first time, I had to peel off a plastic protector that was separating the inner lid and the contents on the cushion. The cushion contents itself was of a very washed-off green colour with a white cross in the middle. When applied on the face, the contents had a texture of a watery cream of the same washed-off green. However, when patted evenly over the face, it blended in well leaving my face a bit paler but with no white streaks. The cushion’s packaging also contained a mirror which was really handy as I didn’t have to carry around my own mini-mirror to apply and re-apply it onto my face throughout the day. The puff, however, was waaay too big for my face and I struggled with it quite a bit. I must admit, even though the cushion’s name says it’s ”Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion” I didn’t expect it to be so big.

 

 

My thoughts

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I can say I really liked this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion. Why?

  • it really soothed my skin. It gave a nice cooling sensation and my skin never broke out while using it.
  • the coverage was really well (although it’s not a makeup cushion) as it hid small imperfections on my skin. It also made my skin paler but that’s something common for physical sunscreens and, because it spread incredibly evenly, it didn’t bother me
  • it left no white streaks. After using the cushion for the first time, I’ve become a fan of applying a sunscreen with a puff and after I ran out of the cushion, I’ve been using my makeup sponge to apply and re-apply my other sun creams
  • the application and re-application process was so easy- I didn’t have to touch the sunscreen (good for hygiene… and laziness reasons) and there was also a mirror inside it so I could re-apply it anywhere at any time
  • the cushion provides a broad and long sun protection against UVA and UVB rays (the maximum I’d say) which is something I always look for in sun protection products

 

But there were also things I didn’t quite like about this cushion:

  • as already mentioned, the compact was waaay too big and it was a bit of a challenge to apply the sunscreen with such a big puff, especially around my eyes
  • it lasted me only for about 2 weeks while a normal sun cream usually lasts me for 3. I’m quite money-conscious so when  I buy something I want it to last me as long as possible. Next time I might invest in a cushion that I can re-fill.
  • the puff rests on the inner lid of the cushion and it’s not washable which I find very unhygienic. I didn’t get any breakouts from using it but I fear if I’d been using it for longer, I’d have got some kind of irritation from it
  • the cushion’s packaging didn’t have the ingredients list in English so I couldn’t compare it to the one on CosDna. I always need to know what I’m applying on my face in case something bad happens so no ingredients list is a big disappointment for me
  • it has a very strong medical scent, most likely due to the high concentration of Centella Asiatica Extract. But I got used to it after a few days so it wasn’t that bad in the end

 

Overall, I enjoyed using this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion as its positives outweigh negatives. The cushion’s performance was amazing and I just wish it’d lasted me longer and had been a little bit smaller. However, although I liked it a lot, I don’t think I’m going to repurchase this cushion anytime soon. I’m venturing out to explore the sun protection products a bit more- recently I’ve been trying a sun stick (another sunscreen form in addition to creams and cushions) so watch out for my review of it!

Have you ever tried sunscreen in cushion?

[goodal] Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream Review

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I bought and used this goodal Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream quite a long time ago (over a year ago). I also wrote a review of it but back then I was posting on a different blog and never actually shared the review here. In all honesty, I was waiting until I could use this sunscreen again and update the review to make it more detailed. And I even found the sun cream being sold again at one of my favourite shops (it was discontinued for some time and reappeared relatively recently) at a decent price. But somehow, at the time when I noticed it being sold again I couldn’t place an order. I came back to the website a few days later only to see it’s been sold out. But because I still wanted to share the review with you, guys, I thought I’d post the old review here and update it when I finally get a chance to try the sunscreen again. ❤ Which I’m hoping to be soon.

 

Ingredients and Texture

I will start straight away with ingredients and texture because I didn’t save the packaging and don’t really know what the sun cream’s claims are (so sorry about that!).

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mineral Water, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Soluble Collagen, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Oxygen, Methicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

 

Okay, then jumping straight to the ingredients list, what is really noticeable is how many botanical extracts and other active ingredients this goodal sun cream has! It’s not just a lot for a cream but a lot for a sunscreen in particular. Even though I used this sun cream over three years ago, I still haven’t come across a sunscreen that has such a high SPF/PA and such a long list of plant extracts plus things like collagen, Aloe Vera Juice, oils and a probiotic (all those ingredients are in bold green colour above).

The goodal Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream doesn’t have many moisturizing ingredients- just Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate (in bold navy) but it’s not drying at all (more about that below).

On the less happy side, the sun cream has three relatively unsafe ingredients which I put in bold yellow as they also have a yellow rating on CosDna, and three of them (put in red) might cause acne. It also contains Fragrance and Phenoxyethanol and I know some people don’t like those so I thought I’d point them out as well.

 

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The sunscreen is all over my face except for the right (your right) cheek. You can see a clear difference in colour between areas where I applied the sunscreen and the right cheek. The contrast is especially noticeable around my mouth and on my chin.

 

The sunscreen itself is white and easy to spread. It has a subtle scent which isn’t irritating. As the sunscreen is white and many physical sunscreens don’t want to blend in well, I was expecting visible white streaks after spreading it onto my face. However, although it did make my face whiter (or paler if you wish; you can see in the picture above, excuse my ugly face), there were no white streaks as was the case in most physical sunscreens I’ve tried to date.

 

My thoughts

 

Let me break my thoughts down into pros and cons of this sun cream:

 

Pros:

* It didn’t irritate my skin which is a big big plus. The ingredients list is truly amazing although there are a few ingredients that might cause acne (more about that in cons below). And the UV protection is guaranteed by the physical filters- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide- that are much less skin irritating than chemical filters.

* Have I mentioned how amazing the ingredients list is? Not only it has a lot of skin-friendly plant extracts- Mistletoe Extract, Licorice, Opuntia and so on, but also contains a probiotic which balances the skin’s pH, Sodium Hyaluronate, collagen, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (in case you wondered what it is, it’s a microorganism from the depths of the ocean, rich in amino acids, enzymes and peptides) and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice that soothes the skin. It’s a really impressive ingredients list for a sunscreen, wouldn’t you agree?

* It provides a broad, high and long protection- high because it’s SPF 50+ PA +++ and long and broad because it’s a physical sunscreen and lasts longer than chemical ones. Plus, it doesn’t make your face shiny that fast.

* As I already mentioned, it did blend in well leaving no white streaks.

* It didn’t dry out my skin. Many physical sunscreens I’ve used tended to make my face feel like a piece of paper after application due to the fact that they contained Zinc Oxide which is an astringent, meaning it dries up the skin (which is not too good for my skin as it’s naturally dry). That’s why I would always put a thick layer of a moisturizer before applying a sunscreen to minimize that drying effect. But with this goodal sun cream I didn’t have to put a drop of any moisturizer before application. And that’s something I value because in the morning I’m usually in a hurry and don’t have time to wait till the moisturizer absorbs into the skin.

 

Cons:

* It was expensive, at least when I bought it some time ago. In comparison to the sunscreens I normally buy this one was far the most expensive. I purchased it for about $20 from RoseRose Shop. I suppose you can actually buy it cheaper on eBay, but I’d be very careful as you never know if you can trust that the seller sells genuine products. It always seems fishy to me when I find something really cheap. I would never be able to tell if a product I bought is fake or not so I’m trying to stay away from eBay. But of course, there are amazing sellers out there and maybe you already have some that you trust.

* There are a few ingredients that have a yellow safety rating (Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane) and a few that might cause acne (especially Stearic Acid that has a rating 2).

* It’s not waterproof which was quite annoying for me because in the place where I live (North West England) you never know when it’s going to rain. I’ve been caught up without an umbrella so many times that now I wear one with me everywhere, no matter whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside. Better safe than sorry.

 

I got to like this Mild Protect Natural Filter Sun Cream quite a lot. I would’ve given it 10/10 but it was way too expensive for me when I bought it. Also, there are days when I just don’t like looking paler than I already am and this sun cream does whiten the skin (not significantly, but it does nevertheless).

But I have to say I noticed the difference in my skin’s condition after using this sunscreen- it didn’t feel that dry and seemed to have become more bouncy. And I loved the feeling that when applying it I was actually doing something really good to my skin- protecting it from the UV radiation while nurturing it with all those plant extracts and other goodies. ❤

I will repurchase it again in the future when I have a chance. It’s definitely worth it!

 

[Klairs] Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ Review

AUTHOR: Wan

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE IN October 2018.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author.

If you’d like to have your review of a k-beauty product/store featured on the website as well, just send me an email on email.kbeauty.reviews@gmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to publish it here. ^.^


 

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ Review


 

**Disclaimer: PR gift from Wishtrend, but all thoughts and opinions provided in this review are my own and not influenced by the company in any way.**

 

KLAIRS Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++

 

PRODUCT INFO:

The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast.

This sunscreen from Klairs is also cruelty free and vegan friendly. It retails on Wishtrend for USD23 for 80ml. 


 

PACKAGING:

The silver foil design on the tube does start to fade and rub off

 

This is part of the Klairs Freshly Juiced Line of skincare so the packaging is in line with the other products such as the Vitamin E Mask – reviewed here. I love the silver holographic packaging which catches the light in beautiful ways and makes it fun to take pictures of! The sunscreen itself comes in a nice big squeezy tube with a minimalist white design. What I wish Klairs would change on their packaging is the silver parts of the design – it always comes off very easily with the slightest rub and transfers onto your hands.

Regardless, I appreciate the soft tube packaging which makes it travel friendly. The tube is so squishy I would just be careful that you don’t press down on it too hard when unscrewing the cap because it will end up squeezing out way too much and make a mess.


 

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients

Klairs prides itself on its clean, safe ingredients that are gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. The ingredients in this sunscreen are all EWG green level approved and notably include niacinamide (brightening), adenosine (anti-aging), panthenol and beta-glucan (wound-healing) and sea buckthorn oil (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory).

The sun protection ingredients used in this are diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate and ethylhexyl triazone. These are chemical UV filters thus making it a chemical sunscreen (you can read the difference between chemical vs mineral here). Essentially this means the UV filters are absorbed into your skin which in turn absorb the harmful UV rays, convert it into heat and release it from your body.


 

APPLICATION:

Pointed applicator tip gives good control of dispensing product

As with all sunscreen application, this should be applied as the last step in your skincare routine and before you apply makeup. This means after moisturiser but before your primer or foundation.

As all chemical suncreens take time to absorb into your skin and provide the optimal protection against UV rays, you should ideally be applying this 15-30 minutes before you leave the house and are exposed to the sun. If you wear makeup I would wait at least 5 minutes after sunscreen before going in with your base.

Make sure you use a liberal amount to cover your entire face and neck. Dermatologists say we should be using 1/4 of a teaspoon to get the most effective protection and while I don’t measure the amount I use every day, I do try to be liberal and judge it based on how much my skin can take without it starting to feel too suffocated.

 

 

This sunscreen is recommended as one that you can re-apply over makeup (as we should be topping up every 2-3 hours with sun exposure). To be honest I haven’t tested this out because I never re-apply any liquid sunscreen over my makeup. I rarely am exposed to long periods of sun in the UK, so I have to admit on a day to day work basis, I never top up my sunscreen after the initial application. If I did though, I’d be more likely to use a sunscreen powder or cushion over my makeup.


 

CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE:

 

 

As the name suggests, this is soft and airy which makes it a pleasure to use. It isn’t really that essence-like in my opinion though and I’ve tried other essence sunscreens (both mineral and chemical) that are more lightweight and milky. This one leans slightly on the creamier side and reminds me of a light lotion or emulsion. However, it does apply really nicely. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling greasy. It leaves no dreaded white cast (even though it comes out the tube very white, it imparts no colour), which makes it great for every skin tone. If I do apply too much though, it can feel a teeny bit heavy and tacky so you do need to be careful to ensure your previous skincare products have sufficiently absorbed into your skin before you apply a big dollop of this. (Which I can be guilty of if I’m in a rush in the mornings). Likewise, make sure you leave enough time for the suncreen to settle and dry down on your skin before going in with your foundation base.

 

 

 

What I do love about this though, is that even when you apply a lot of this water-based sunscreen you never look overly dewy or oily. This is a problem I have with chemical sunscreens like the Make P:rem Blue Ray sun gel where you can get very shiny and oily if you apply liberally. This Klairs UV essence simply makes you look hydrated with a natural semi-matte finish.


 

SCENT:

This is aimed for sensitive skin so as with all Klairs products, there is no strong added fragrance. There is a very light chemical scent which comes naturally from the ingredients including a couple of essential oils.


 

THOUGHTS:

 

I’m always hesitant to try out new sunscreens and tend to stick to good ones that I’m familiar with. For me, having the right formulation (combined with high UV protection) is the key part of why I’m able to wear sun protection every day. I don’t like ones that are difficult to apply, alter my skin condition and disrupt how my makeup wears on top of it. (Check out my post here on why we should wear sunscreen all year round).

I’m extremely happy with the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence in this respect as it meets my expectations – it’s very hydrating, blends smoothly, absorbs and dries down quickly and leaves no white cast. This is the perfect type of broad-spectrum sunscreen I will appreciate in the colder months because it won’t dry me out like some mineral sunscreens tend to do in Winter when my skin gets more dehydrated. My makeup sits well over this without pilling, and does not affect its longevity nor increase my oil production during the day. This would be well suited for all skin types and especially if you have sensitive or dry skin and have avoided sunscreens for being heavy, drying, unblendable and thick.

I’m not sure if this would be my go-to sunscreen in summer though just because I do prefer a more milky, watery consistency for the hot weather like the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish. I also tend to prefer mineral sunscreens during that time of year just because I like to know I have immediate protection right after application and that my makeup won’t disrupt the efficacy if I don’t leave a long enough wait time after sunscreen application. Mineral ones also tend to last longer as they sit on your skin, while chemical filters are absorbed and break down after a couple hours due to its process of converting UV rays into heat. If you read my sunscreen 101 post you can find more details about why I prefer a well-formulated mineral sunscreen. This is entirely my personal preference and nothing against the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence. I do really enjoy using the Klairs one and will definitely be using this for the rest of the year and repurchasing for the colder months.


 

To grab yours, this is now available on Wishtrend here.

[Innisfree] Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35 PA+++ Review

Author: B.

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author. 

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Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35 PA+++ Review

 

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So a week ago, I purchased Innisfree’s Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35 PA+++. I decided to switch to a new sunscreen cause my former sunscreen didn’t do much with oil control 😐 Anyway, I have been using this for a week already & now, I can finally share my thoughts 😊

Product claims:

☀️ contains Sunflower Oil & Jeju Green Tea Extract that protects skin against UV rays

☀️ has Portulaca Oleracea & Centella Asiatica Extracts which soothes skin that has been exposed to UV rays and other harmful environmental conditions & offers a strong astringent effect

☀️ controls sebum production and keeps face clear & matte

☀️ perfect for oily/combination skin

☀️ 5-free system: free of animal ingredients, mineral oils, synthetic fragrance, tar dye and talc

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My thoughts:

✅ really kept my face matte for around 4 hours (which is a miracle for my oily face 😅)

✅ has a powdery, matte finish

✅ has a mild scent which I liked

✅ has a light coverage

➖ leaves a white cast BUT can easily be covered with makeup

So far it has exceeded my expectation with oil control and as of now, I must say it’s my fave sunscreen ❤

[Nature Republic] Ice Sun Puff Review

Author: Tiffany

This review comes from her blog which you can access here. She’s also very active on her Instagram which I highly recommend to all k-beauty fans- it’s packed with great photos of a range of k-beauty products worth having a look at.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author. For more disclaimer information see the author’s review and her blog. 

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Nature Republic Ice Sun Puff Review

 

When the Korean skincare brand Nature Republic reached out to me to do a review, I was very excited to try their Ice Sun Puff sunscreen. it may literally be the coolest sunscreen I have ever seen. To operate the sunscreen, you twist the cap to the ON position, shake it a few times, and press on the cap. The aerosol function cools down the liquid and dispenses it on to a cushion, which you then dab on to your face. This sunscreen truly lives up to the ice in its name!

Nature Republic Ice Sun Puff in California Aloe

WHAT’S IN THIS SUNSCREEN?

This is a mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as filters. It also includes aloe leaf juice for soothing and niacinamide for brightening.

This product also contains fragrance and denatured alcohol, which may be sensitizers to some.

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • People who want to cool down when it’s hot outside. (Seriously, it’s like pressing an ice cube to your skin. SO REFRESHING.)
  • People who want to touch up their sunscreen without disrupting their makeup. (Since this dries on clear.)

WHO IS IT NOT FOR?

People who want a full-coverage sunscreen. Unfortunately, the design of this container is not ideal. There are only 3 holes in the aerosol, so only a little bit of liquid is dispensed with each press. Sometimes only the center of the cushion gets soaked. You have to shake multiple times to get enough for a touch-up.

EXPERIENCE

I read a review that described this as the Bop It of skincare,” which is hilarious. I think this is the most fun and innovative sunscreen I have seen, with some missteps in execution.

First, what I like:

  • The cooling sensation is perfection. I am always amazed at how cold the cushion gets. I am surprised that cooling sunscreens are not more common, given that this solves a common need: Protection from the heat of the sun.
  • The scent is delicious. This is one of my favorite scents of all time. If Nature Republic came out with a California Aloe perfume, I would buy it in a heartbeat!
  • The ingredients. Niacinamide is an ingredient that I look for in my moisturizers and serums, so to have this well-researched brightening and wrinkle-prevention ingredient in my suncare is a plus.

What I wish were improved:

  • The dispense mechanism. Like I mentioned above, you have to shake and pump multiple times to get an adequate amount of product for coverage.

RESULTS

I have only tried this on normal days where I go to work from 9-5 or am walking to brunch on the weekend. I have not tested this at the beach, so I can’t say whether this truly protects me from the sun. Given the limited coverage, I would not trust this to be my go-to sunscreen for an outdoor activity. I would use this only for touch-ups.

PRICE

This is available in the USA at naturerepublicusa.com for $28. This is a 100mL bottle which comes with 2 cushions.

VERDICT

I’m traveling to hot and humid southeast Asia later in the summer, and I am definitely bringing this product with me. I think the friends who are traveling with me would really benefit from this as well, so I am considering buying one for them too. However, I would file this product underskintertainment” – a fun, indulgence purchase that fits certain use cases, but not a skincare staple.

Please note that I received this product from Nature Republic for free in exchange for my review.

 

[The Saem] Eco Earth Power Pink Sun Cream Review

Author: fabyourose

This review comes from her lovely Instagram profile. You can access the original post here.

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The Saem Eco Earth Power Pink Sun Cream Review

 

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Finally posting about The SAEM Eco Earth Power Pink Sun Cream that I tried recently!

Claims:
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💗Mild Calming Sun Cream:

100% UV protecting formula and pink Calamine powder sooth and care for the skin while protecting the skin from UV at the same time.
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💗Protect from impurities in the city:

Purifying tree moringa ingredient protects the skin from environmental contaminants and keeps skin in a clear and healthy condition.
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💗Stress care from UV:

Natural plant power complex, containing ingredients of 4 types of plants, moisturize and sooth the skin from stress caused by UV.
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(Swipe left to see the notable ingredients!)
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My Thoughts:
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💗It has a slight pinkish tint, as the name indicates. Initially, it was too much of a white cast for me! I hated it. But once it’s set into the skin (maybe after 5-10 mins), the white cast has majorly subsided and just left a slightly “toned up” smooth matte finish—which I liked! It was an emotional roller coaster first impression tbh Hahaha 😂
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💗It has an almost similar texture of a bb cream, but once blended into the skin, I didn’t feel anything. It’s lightweight!
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💗it helped to calm down my skin’s redness, and since it has a smooth matte finish, I think it can be doubled up as a primer. And it kinda blurred out my pores and kept the oil at bay a bit longer too I’m surprised??? I tried skipping my primer once, and it did actually work well under my makeup!
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💗BUT you CAN’T skip moisturizer before applying this (well at least for me 😂). One time I skipped moisturizer (which I do when using my Bioré UV Watery Essence bc that doubles up as a daytime moisturizer for me 😄), and I had a hard time blending it! Some areas even looked patchy! So yeah, moisturize!
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💗Verdict: I like how it brightens the skin and leaves a matte but non-drying finish. The only downside for me is I have to wait a bit for the “white cast” to subside. Nevertheless, I like this sunscreen!
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Have you tried this already? Did you like it or not?