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

AUTHOR: Wan

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

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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-ageing), 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 everyday, 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 everyday. 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.

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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.

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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 Instragram profile. You can access the original post here.

Disclaimer: Both photos belong to the review’s author. (PS. Apologies for the photos’ quality- the website pixelizes them, god knows why, although in reality they look good and you can see all the details).

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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?

[The Face Shop] Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream Review

Author: Blue

This review originally appeared on the blog The World of Blue.

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

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The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream Review

 

Hi there!

Today’s review is about The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream. I’ve been using this Korean sunscreen for quite a while now and I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite K-Beauty products so far. There are a lot of reasons for that which I’m gonna list below, but first- some pictures!

 

 

The sunscreen comes in the golden-matte box with some orange bits. The tube itself is of the same colour and I didn’t have any problems with squeezing the cream out. It’s also a bit heavier than the sunscreens I’ve reviewed here up till now (I meant the tube) due to the cap.  So even though the sunscreen comes in a 50ml tube (1.69 US fl. oz.) it’s heavier than the one from goodal (same capacity of the tube) for example.

 

 

The first picture is the ingredients list. You can find it here as well, with some additional information on the ingredients and what they do, although I did notice a few ingredients are missing.

The sun cream contains two physical and one chemical sunscreen- Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (physical) and Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (chemical). They all provide broad sun protection and because there’s only one chemical filter in the cream, the risk of skin irritation is fairly low. The physical filters provide excellent protection against both UVA and UVB rays. How so, you can check here.

The sunscreen also contains some skin-friendly extracts such as Nutmeg Extract (Myristica Fragrans Extract on the ingredients list) and other beneficial stuff like Adenosine or Panthenol.

The texture of the cream is quite heavy but it’s easy to spread. It’s also beige-like in colour which is quite unusual for a sunscreen with physical filers. The sunscreen was designed to resemble a little bit a BB cream so that you get foundation-like effect along with high and thorough sun protection. After application the suncream blends in really well so there’s no (or very minimal) white cast left.


So now let’s get to the juicy bits of the review. Some pros first.

 

Pros: 

* it leaves minimal to none white cast. Blends in really well and the skin colour is just a bit enhanced (just like with a discrete foundation I’d say). The manufacturer claims that it conceals small imperfections and that’s true indeed. But don’t expect miracles.

* it’s long-lasting- provides long and broad-spectrum protection against the sun (due to physical filters) and it’s also waterproof.

* it doesn’t break out or irritate the skin- at least it didn’t in my case. Physical sunscreens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) generally rarely cause skin irritation- that’s why people with sensitive skin (me) opt for sunscreens with physical filters.
* it contains some really skin-friendly ingredients (the mentioned above Panthenol, Nutmeg Extract, etc.)

* it’s relatively affordable, although it depends on from where you buy – I bought my first tube on eBay for less than £10 if I remember correctly, and was lucky enough not to have come across a fake. But if you buy one from other places, it may be a bit more expensive.


 

Cons:

* it’s hard to get rid of it- I have to use olive oil to break down the waterproof barrier, face scrub and cleansing cream to get my skin cleansed (which is really bothersome if you’re like me and you’re a lazy being). However, I got used to it and since I started using more makeup due to my new job, I have to use oil to cleanse my face anyway. So it’s not that bothersome in the end. And if you do it properly, it can get quite fast to remove it. So it may be a bit con for some, but maybe not such a big one for people used to wearing makeup.

* it could contain more skin-friendly ingredients. There are some but I wouldn’t complain if there were more. The more, the better, as they say.

* you have to wait about 15-20mins before heading outside- for the first few minutes your skin is a bit oily, most likely due to the chemical sunscreen in it. So it has to settle to make you get full benefits out of it. After that time, though, it has an interesting finish- your face is dewy but not too dewy to appear oily.

* you have to spread it evenly and pat it in to make it blend well; otherwise there will be noticeable traces of it left on your face. So even though it doesn’t leave that much white cast when compared to other sunscreens, you still need to pay a fair bit of attention to spread it well.


 

Rating: 8/10

I like this sun cream a lot. It’s far better than most I’ve tried so far. I like the fact that it conceals small imperfections (but at the same time I’d like my Korean skincare routine to improve them so that I don’t have to hide those imperfections. Which I’m continuously working on, although constant stress rather exacerbates than improves my skin. At that rate I’m gonna look 60 when I’m 30.). I also appreciate the waterproof aspect of the sunscreen that works great when I’m at work and I’m in constant danger of contact with water (or other liquids) or when I go somewhere on foot and it starts to rain (which happens quite often in the UK) and I didn’t take my umbrella (happens from time to time but I generally try to remember to take it with me). The sunscreen doesn’t make my skin dry which I’m grateful for. Although after spending some time outdoors, my face can get a bit too oily and hence shiny due to the chemical filter it has. Which is quite annoying.

Overall, the sunscreen’s really good in terms of protection, appearance and skin-friendliness. It’s not perfect though, that’s why I gave it only 8/10. Would I purchase it again? I already did.

[MISSHA] Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock Review

AUTHOR: Blue

This review originally appeared on the blog The World of Blue.

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MISSHA Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock Review

 

Hi guys! Today’s K-Beauty product review is about [MISSHA] Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock.

To begin with, the claims. What is the sunblock supposed to do?

 

Claims

According to misshaus.com, Missha’s Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock:

  • ‘provides an “anti-pollution” skincare solution that effectively protects the skin from fine dust particles’
  • provides a ‘natural ionic film formed from botanical extracts [that] protect [the] skin’
  • ‘uses skin-friendly technology to help care for skin and ensure breathability’ (not sure what this ‘skin-friendly’ technology is, though)
  • its ‘Herbal Garden Complex cares for skin affected by external stressors and keeps it hydrated’
  • ‘is less greasy and sticky compared to other sunblocks, which hinders the adherence of dust particles to the skin while providing full-spectrum UV protection’.

In My thoughts subheading, I’ll check those claims against the reality. But first- the appearance of the sunblock.

 

Packaging

The Missha’s sunblock comes in this:

A white box and a white tube. I had no problems opening the box nor with squeezing out the sunscreen from the tube- it works perfectly okay. Nothing to complain about, really. Just a standard (susncreen) packacking.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

 

The first two photos show the sunscreen’s texture. It’s white, quite watery and easy to spread. Sinks in quite quickly as well. It leaves a matte finish, however, it also made my skin too dry. It might be it’s actually moisturizing but only when it’s relatively warm (I tried it in the spring and during spring it’s quite cold in the UK). But I think it should be moisturizing regardless the temperature (within the reason, of course).

The last photo is a list of ingredients which you can also find here (although the ingredients aren’t in the same order as they are on the sunscreen’s box so may not give the adequate impression as to in what’s the proportion of every ingredient in the cream). As the Missha’s Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock is a physical sunscreen, it contains both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that provide broad UV spectrum defence and are good for sensitive skin. Additionally, the sunblock contains quite a lot of skin-friendly plant extracts, such as Jasmine Extract and Rosemary Extract.

My thoughts

The Missha’s Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock does have a quite impressive ingredients list in terms of the plant extracts (I suppose that’s what’s meant by the ‘Herbal Garden Complex’). It made me feel that not only do I provide adequate sun protection for my skin but I also care for it through the addition of various extracts. However, just as the claims that it’s not sticky or greasy hold true, the sunblock leaves noticeable whitecast (which even for me- a person with really fair skin- was way too white). It may not be an issue, though, if you apply makeup on the top of it. I didn’t try it as I don’t wear any foundation, but because it’s not sticky or greasy it may sit well under the makeup.

In addition, the sunblock wasn’t moisturizing for my skin at all. It didn’t moisturize it nor kept it hydrated. That’s a really big minus. Especially for me as my skin is sensitive AND dry/dehydrated.

I love k-beauty products. This one disappointed me a bit, though. It’s not hydrating as it claims to be and leaves the horrible whitecast. On the bright side, it has the skin-friendly plant extracts and physical sun filters that help protect the skin from the damage caused by the external factors. So I suppose if you’ve got oily/combination skin, you should give it a try if you don’t mind the white cast.