Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ 2019 Edition

Tube format plastic packaging. No issues here except for the inevitable dent you create upon squeezing!

Price: £7.60 on Yesstyle (Affiliate link. Receive % off with my code: CVQFZA)

Volume: 50ml

Made in: Japan

What is it and what does it do: Sun block that prevents uneven application. Protects skin from UV damage. A thin sun block.

Description: ‘Formulated with moisture-rich water capsules to prevent dryness.Includes hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, and BG (moisturizing ingredients). (they don’t mention the alcohol though).

Rinses away easily with soap in spite of the super-waterproof formulation – I agree with this. No coloring agents (also agree).

‘Watery essence with a transparent texture that blends effortlessly with the skin and has a translucent finish that hugs the skin with no flaking. Also usable as a foundation primer for a perfectly smooth foundation finish.’ – I agree with these statements.

Who is it for: They say for all skin types. But I’m not sure for sensitive skin. I think dry and oily skins would be fine with this. Not too sure about skins that are very oily due to the slight ‘cream wearing’ feeling I had hours after wearing this.

Directions: Apply after all your skincare.

Important ingredients: ALCOHOL. There is Alcohol here (ethanol) and a second main ingredient at that! So this probably would irritate a lot of people’s skin. It even contains perfume. I would say that this has glycerin and hyaluronic acid (to try and be hydrating).

Full Ingredients list:

Water, ethanol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl triazone, isopropyl palmitate, (lauryl methacrylate / Na methacrylate) crosspolymer, diethylaminohydroxybenzoylhexylbenzoate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, bisethylhexyl oxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, palmitic acid Dextrin, BG, xylitol, (acrylate / alkyl acrylate (C10-30)) crosspolymer, dimethicone, alkyl benzoate (C12-15), glycerin, glyceryl stearate, propanediol, glyceryl behenate, (vinyl dimethicone / methicone Silsesquioxane) crosspolymer, cetanol, agar, sorbitan distearate, isoceteth-20, polyvinyl alcohol, (dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone) Suporima, stearoyl glutamate, arginine, hydroxide K, hydroxide Na, royal jelly extract, hyaluronic acid Na, phenoxyethanol, EDTA-2Na, BHT, perfume

Skincarisma have a full breakdown of the ingredients that you can view, HERE

Texture: Starts off looking like an incredibly light gel and then it becomes a watery-looking cream. Very light. HOWEVER after hours of wearing this, I could feel this on my skin i.e. it did not mattify down and disappear entirely. I could feel when I tapped my face, that I was wearing a cream.

This sort of cream texture becomes watery however the product does form a sort of film around the skin so you do know you’re wearing a cream.
See that film of dew on the skin?

NOTE: This gives me a sort of dewy glow after rubbing in. So I do look quite dewy outside and not matte.

Fragrance: Smells like chemicals. Also has added fragrance.


Good under makeup?: Yes.

Can be re-applied?: Yes, doesn’t ball up.

What I like:

  • Watery texture when applied (supery light)
  • Absorbs quick
  • High SPF
  • No white cast
  • Doesn’t look weird or streaky when sweating
  • Did not seem to irritate / aggravate my skin. Did not sting.

What I don’t like:

  • A bit of a ‘cream’ after feel on your face (you can tell you are wearing a cream even after the sun block sets) – this could be because I apply a lot of sun block.
  • The chemical as hell smell when applying.
  • Perfume
  • Alcohol

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.5/5 = Compared to other sun blocks, there has been more thought put into keeping alcohol away (or at least lower down the list which I’m personally fine with and accept because beggars can’t be choosers for a mattifying non white cast sun block) and inputting skin loving and hydrating ingredients. This sun block does not really do that for me. I would still say that this rubs down quick and easily and leaves no white cast. Hence why I’m not saying this product is an absolute fail. I will finish this product but…

Would I repurchase?: No I would not. I still prefer my Missha Aqua Sun gel.

I do think people living in hot and humid environments would like this but I would not recommend it to sensitive skins. This does have a feeling of cream being on your skin (perhaps I applied too much) so if you don’t like feeling like you have sun block on your skin at all then you may not love this.

My favourite sunblocks in order:

Missha Aqua Sun Gel (Best) – mattifying so I love it – does not feel like I have sun block on AT ALL.

Borntree Sun Essence – A really good sun cream that I think is lighter than this sun block.

Biore Aqua Sun essence – this is third on my list. Think it’s a little thicker and less mattifying than both the borntree and missha aqua sun gel.


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