Review: Face Republic – Purity Sun Essence – SPF50+ PA++++

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK

Price: £15

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: An SPF50+ PA++++ Lightweight and Hydrating Sunblock (reef-friendly) with no white cast.

Aims to: Brightening Effect + Wrinkle Care (mostly through the use of Niacinamide).

Note: This is a mostly Chemical SPF that has 1 Filter that is a Hybrid of physical + chemical (more about it down below in terms of the effect).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: Agreed (unless you are sensitive to essential oils). Oily Skins could enjoy this and Dehydrated Skins too.


Reef-friendly?: Yes (Can be used at the beach)

Waterproof?: Yes

Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: N/A (Can’t find on the packaging or the Box, but this expires in 2025 prior to opening).

Packaging: Plastic Tube with a Cap – Easy to dispense.

Note: The packaging itself is printed with Soy Ink + the paper is made via sustainable methods (FSC approved).

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Directions: ”Evenly apply a proper amount onto your face.” + ”Re-apply every 3 hours”.

How I use it: I apply this in the AM and can apply before exercise without issues during my workout).

Sunscreen Filters: Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (UVA), Ethylhexyl Triazone (UVB), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (UVA + UVB), Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone (UVA + UVB)

NOTE: Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol AKA Tinosorb M) is a Physical + Chemical Filter which is supposed to give the skin a white cast, however I haven’t noticed it/ see it (unlike the New Missha Aqua Sun Gel Formula LINK).

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Skin-barrier reinforcing + sebum regulating), Phytosphingosine (Sebum regulating), Carrot Root Extract (Antioxidant), Vitamin C (Antioxidant), Adenosine (Skin-barrier reinforcing), Ceramide NP (Emollient), Moringa Seed Oil (Emollient), Apple Extract (Moisturiser + Humectant), Apricot Juice (Moisturiser + Humectant).

Full Ingredients: Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Niacinamide, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Decyl Glucoside, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, T-butyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Ceramide Np, Phytosphingosine

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: A lightweight, refreshing feeling occurs when this comes into contact with the skin. It’s cooling and hydrating. It almost feels like water (lightweight Gel Cream). Once the product has fully absorbed/dried down, there is a slight silicone layer that’s left behind, BUT it’s not as much as the Skin&Lab SPF (Review HERE).

Sticky?: No

Greasy?: No

Balls up?: No

Stings the eyes?: No

Turns milky when you sweat?: No

  • As you can see, initially this looks like a white, opaque cream (will eventually disappear).
  • The skin feels cooled and refreshed when rubbing this in!
  • Hopefully you can see that the finish of this isn’t too shiny or dewy (I don’t look sweaty in this).

Swatch Comparison:

  • Hopefully you can see how lightweight this product is. It doesn’t feel greasy, but hydrating. It doesn’t give my skin tone a white cast.

Dewy Finish?: I would call it a hydrating finish, but not a sweaty or overly shiny finish (I’m comfortable wearing it in public).

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes (due to the inclusion of Niacinamide)

Summer or Winter?: The company states that this can be used in humid weather and I would agree.

Layerable?: Yes.


Video Swatch:

  • As you can see, this has a lightweight almost watery texture to it (comfortable to wear).

Fragrance?: This does not contain fragrance, but contains Artemisia Vulgaris Oil (Essential Oil), which has a slight citrus-y scent.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes, this is fine.

How long have I been using this?: 2 Months

Will I use until Completion?: Yes

How Long will that take?: Another 2-3 Months

The Effect?: Hydrated + Sun-protected Skin with no white cast.

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What I like:

  • No White Cast
  • Lightweight
  • No balling up
  • Not Sticky or Tacky
  • Not Greasy
  • Cruelty-Free

What I don’t like:

  • Essential Oil inclusion

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – A Lightweight, Hydrating and cooling SPF with no white cast AND it’s lightweight! Yes, there’s still a thin Silicone film that forms once this has dried down, BUT it’s not uncomfortable or too tangible. Did they need the essential oil/s? No, it would make this SPF even better (for me) if they took it out, but I’m glad that my Oily-Combo Skin can comfortably wear this both in hot and cool weather.

Would I repurchase?: Yes. I like that this is lightweightand hydrating (without looking so dewy).

Dupe?: The Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Sun Gel (Review HERE) OR, an even lighter texture – is the Missha Aqua Sun Gel (Review, HERE). A Western dupe that is very lightweight is the Garnier Ambre Solair Sun Fluid (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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