Review: Etude House – Soon Jung x Director’s Moisture Sun Cream- SPF 50+ PA++++

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

Price: £18.64

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it + What does it do?: A Moisturising, Korean Sun Block that is a collaboration with Director Pi on Youtube x Etude House’s Soon Jung Line (Their Sensitive Skin Range).

Aims to: Block UV rays while soothing irritated skin.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (especially Sensitive or easily-irritable skin)

What I think: I’m not sure if Oily Skins would enjoy this as much as Combination, Normal and Dry Skins. Sensitive skins would enjoy this too!

The box the product came in

Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months

Packaging: Plastic Tube with a Flip-Top Cap. Not too messy, and easy to apply.

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Directions: Apply at the last step of skincare and re-apply as needed (especially when spending long periods of time outdoors).

How I use it: I apply this in the AM. As this is Creamy + Moisturising, my Oily-Combo Skin doesn’t need a moisturiser if I’m wearing this. Furthermore, I could wear this under makeup if I wanted. I can apply it for the gym as it doesn’t make me look too sweaty or greasy either (but does have a mild dewy finish).

Sunscreen Filters: Ethylhexyl Triazone (UVB), Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVA), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate UVA), Polysilicone-15 (UVB), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (UVA + UVB)

Key Ingredients: Panthenol (Soothing + Moisturising), Madecassoside + Centella Asiatica (Both Soothing).

Full Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polysilicone-15, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Methylpropanediol, Silica, Carbomer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Polyether-1, Disodium Edta, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Madecassoside

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This is a silicone-based cream. So when initially rubbing it; it feels hydrating and moisturising, but lightweight. Once this has dried down fully; it doesn’t feel sticky or tacky, but does have a dewy finish. If I rubbed or scratched the skin, then I could accidentally start balling up the product. It doesn’t ball up when rubbing against clothes or masks however.

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: Has a Moisturising finish, but I wouldn’t call it greasy (but I still don’t think oily skins would like the finish).

White Cast?: No.

Balls up?: It will once this has fully dried down and I rub/itch my face. But if I don’t touch my face then it’s fine (i.e. my clothes don’t ball this up like the SVR Blur SPF did).

  • As you can see this is at first an opaque-looking cream
  • Hopefully you can see the creamy, hydrating texture of this.
  • When spreading out, you can see there is no white cast.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No, seemed to be fine for me!

Summer or Winter?: Winter for Oily Skins and fine for the other types in the summer.

Layerable?: Yes (But be weary not to rub too harshly when re-applying).




Video Swatch:

Hopefully you can see that this is a creamy SPF (feels like a Moisturising Cream), and that there is no stickiness or white cast.

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free. This also doesn’t have a strong smell to it.

Good Under Makeup?: Seems to be fine! I would recommend not tugging or rubbing this SPF (dabbing on top of it should be better).

How long have I been using this?: 3-4 Months

Will I use until Completion?: Yes!

How Long will that take?: Practically an empty now (maybe 2-3 more days of use).

The Effect?: Moisturised and Sun protected Skin with no White Cast (and no dodgy smell).

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Tested for proper SPF Protection
  • No White Cast
  • Moisturising
  • Not too Dewy
  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • I like the packaging (i.e the flip-top cap)

What I don’t like:

  • If you rub or itch your face hard, it may ball up (especially when re-applying / this has fully absorbed and dried down)
  • Does have a finish that feels a little ”film-y” i.e. a SLIGHT silicone finish

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – Not a bad SPF! Really like that it’s fragrance/EO free. I also like that this doesn’t feel drying. I do prefer it had more of a matte finish, but at least it doesn’t feel oily. I like the creamy, moisturising finish but the slight silicone film I get once this has dried down isn’t my favourite (but I’ve noticed most recent SPFs have this due to not having ethanol in them usually).

Would I repurchase?: I would like to try other SPFs first, but if I didn’t have any other options then yes I would re-purchase.

Dupe?: In terms of texture; the Hada Labo Gel SPF is very similar (review HERE), but I didn’t have as many layering issues with this as I did with that. A good, trusty go-to K-Beauty SPF is the Isntree Watery Sun Gel (not as Moisturising, but decent!).

(Note: My OG SPF is the Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++ (Old Formula) Review HERE.

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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