Review: Cosrx – Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen SPF50+ (Broad Spectrum)

Where to purchase: Available at Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK

Price: £19

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: Broad-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) Cream Sunblock containing Vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection (i.e. help reduce visible signs of ageing and photo damage).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive).

What I think: Dry Skins > Oily Skins (unless you like a Dewy/Glossy Finish) Sensitive skins could use this if they don’t mind fragrance in their SPF.

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Vegan?: Doesn’t state.

Cruelty Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.

Packaging: Tube with a cap that clicks shut. Quite a sturdy tube.

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Directions: Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply at least every 2 hours. Use a water-resistant SPF if swimming or sweating (this is not water-resistant).

How I use it: I apply this in the AM. However I have to use a powder to try and mattify this finish since it’s so darn shiny.

SPF Filters: Avobenzone(2.5%) – UVA, Homosalate(9%) – UVB, Octocrylene (9%) – UVA/UVB, Octisalate (4.5%) – UVB.

Key Ingredients: Vitamin E: It is a fat-soluble (skin absorbs it well) antioxidant i.e. it’s a strong antioxidant (neutralises free radicals), protecting the collagen in our skin (so it works with a sunblock to help protect photodamage to the skin. It works well with Vitamin C so if you want to apply a Vitamin C under your SPF, this could work well with it. Vitamin E also works well against UVB ray protection (so it’s good to include in an SPF).

Full Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Propanediol, Butyloctyl salicylate, Diphenylsiloxy phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene copolymer, Silica, Trisiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, C14-22 alcohols, Cetyl alcohol, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Fragrance / Parfum, C12-20 Alkyl glucoside, Butylene glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan isostearate, Dextrin, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, Gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract, Glucose, Tocopherol

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Lightweight, fast-absorbing, non greasy sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. A perfect summer sunscreen

Thick-ish but smooth, Moisturising Cream texture. Spreads out like a cream does. Not fast absorbing and doesn’t ”disappear” because it has a glossy glowy finish that doesn’t go away.

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: Yes. A very shiny finish (for me).

This feels very much like a moisturising cream

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As you can see this is a cream. But there is no white cast once this has been rubbed in. But there is a shiny finish.

I wiped half the product off here, so you can see the difference: There is a clear dewy/glowier finish in the left side compared to the right.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No.

Summer or Winter?: A dry Winter for Oily Skins + Dry Skins could enjoy this any season

Layerable?: Yes

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Swatch Comparison: Before and After

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Video Swatch:

Hopefully you can see the texture of this is a silicone-based cream with a dewy finish.

Fragrance?: Yes (and I’m not a fan of the scent – almost smells like soap)

Good Under Makeup?: Yes (Unless you are Oily / Greasy and would prefer a matte finish).

How long have I been using this?: 2 Months

Will I use until Completion?: I’m not too sure. It’s very dewy looking. I might just end up using it for the neck only or the hands.

The Effect?: Moisturises the skin, gives a very dewy finish with no white cast.

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What I like:

  • Moisturising
  • Layerable
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy Packaging
  • No White Cast

What I don’t like:

  • Very shiny finish
  • (almost) Greasy
  • Fragrance (not a fan of the scent)
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – I like that there’s no white cast. I also like that this is moisturising, but I don’t think this is directed at my skin type (oily-combo) and suits Dry skins better. I think dry skins would really enjoy this (as long as you don’t mind fragrance). The dewy finish is a bit overboard for me to the point where I think I look sweaty/oily.

Would I repurchase?: No.

Dupe?: A less greasy (but still dewy) dupe is the Isntree UV Sun Gel. Another lightweight, fragrance-free and dewy SPF is the Beauty of Joseon SPF (HERE). Or the Etude Soon Jung Director Pi Sunblock (HERE) – it is slightly more silicone-y than this.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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