Sunscreens in battle and review (for oily skin) – Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun, Missha all-around Safe Block Essence, Bioré UV Watery Essence, Biore UV Face Milk

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When I’m writing this post we have already escaped to summer.

No, I don’t mean the amazing cover of Vogue Hong Kong with gorgeous Irina Shayk.

But how to meet summer and go through it without troubles?

And which troubles could bring the summer? – Right, if you say the burning sun.

Actually, I was looking for a good sunscreen suitable for oily skin and these days I’ve been testing out some new sunscreens and thought it’ll be great to make a post to the right time.
First, I’ve got 2 Korean sunscreens and then I had some thoughts to get some of the Japanese specially because it would be my first Japanese cosmetics and specially because I wanted to compare them. And I’ve found finally 2 Japanese sunscreens from the brand Biore.

Here they are:

– MISSHA all-around Safe Block Essence SUN SPF 45/PA+++

– Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun SPF 50+/PA++++

– Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA++++

– Biore UV Face Milk SPF 50+/PA++++

 

I thought it’ll be better to make a battle which of them will be the winner and but I have already found my personal favourite. I’ll give for every benefit a point, by average – zero point and reduce a point by negative characteristics and summarize them at the end. The product with the most points will win. I’ll shorten Biore Watery Essence to BWE and Biore Face Milk to BFM for more convinience.
I’ve already introduced Missha and Cosrx in my previous posts. Read here: Cosrx and Missha.

 

Bioré – about company

Bioré  is a Japanese cosmetic brand and belongs to Japanese Kao Corporation a large cosmetic and chemical company. Kao Corporation owns many cosmetic brands with John Frieda, Guhl or Kanebo as the most famous amoung them. The products are more mass-market cosmetics and are cheaper than their Korean counterparts.
Biore sells its products worldwide, but offers 2 different versions: one for the domestic market and one for the world market except of Brazil and Russia where they offer only the Japanese versions. I can only guess what’s the real reason for it.
Another point I disliked a lot is that the descriptions on the packages are only in Japanese. Ok, I get it is for domestic market, but guys, if you sell such products abroad too it would be kind of you to give some description in English.
For me it were not only the first Biore products I could try, but in general the first acqaintance with the Japanese cosmetic. I decided not to buy the Non-Japanese version, coz’ somehow I read some negative feedbacks about. And I was very curious for the domestic version: how it would feel like and work. OK, two sunscreens wouldn’t help much to know more about it, but definitely will give a first sight on it.

 

A few words about sunscreens

Sunscreens are the cosmetic solution for skin protection from harmful sun rays. To apply as the last step of your morning skin care routine after the cream. Or instead of a sunscreen can be used foundations and cushions with SPF. Cushions are a really good solution for hot humid summers to avoid much cosmetic and let the skin breath.
Sunscreens can be of various textures: creamy, milky, gel-like etc. For good protection it is important how much of the sunscreen is to apply: between 1/4 and a whole teaspoon. It depends on the size of teaspoon and texture.
Sunscreens protect from UVA (PA sign on package) and UVB (SPF sign on package) rays. There’re two types of sunscreens: with chemical (organic) and physical (anorganic) filters. Physical sunscreens work like a shield and prevent the sun rays from penetrating the skin. Check the ingredients list of your sunscreen. It is physical, if it contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide Because of it most physical sunscreens leave a white cast.
Unlike physical, sunscreens with chemical filters absorb the rays and convert them into heat. Usually they don’t leave any white cast.

 

Before starting I wanna make clear that:

1. it shouldn’t be seen like a battle between Korea and Japan; there are no politics, just comparison between similar products.

2. I was testing out only for oily and combo skin. I cannot say how it feels on dry, normal or sensitive skin.

 

Are you ready?

Let’s gooooooooo!

 

The battle begins

MISSHA all-around Safe Block Essence SUN SPF 45/PA+++

It is my fisrt facial sunscreen. Before, I only used body sunscreens and bought this one following the advice of a Russian beauty-blogger. She said it is suitable for combo skin and I wanted to try. Well, if she was right or not is another question! According to the online-shop, where I usually buy K-beauty cosmetics, it’s suitable for all skin types! However on US official Missha website they say it is suitable from normal to dry skin types. Not nice, if different sources give different statements. Irritates the customer! But I tend to believe Missha, they know their product.

Ingredients:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Panthenol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Water, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Sodium Benzoate 0418

 

What should it do:
1. Protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Usually water, sweat and heat damage the sunscreen layer during the day. The guys from Missha developed a double-layer system which is resistant to water and sweat and guarantees a better protection.

 

 

Source: http://www.missha.de

3. The complex of 6 plant extracts (aloe, cucumber, mulberry root, licorice, Portulaca Oleracea and witch hazel) hydrate and nourish the skin.
4. Another complex of 7 Asian tea extracts (green tea, chrysanthemum tea, mugwort tea, mulberry tea, persimmon leaf tea, arrowroot tea and cinnamon tea) has an antioxidant-effect and protects the skin from pollution. This should be a masterpiece!

Where to buy  As a bestseller it is good available. I bought it on Amazon last year. The price 13 € – 16 € or about 10 $ – 12 $.  Here in the old package: Amazon.com

Amount 50 ml.

  • Package – A soft tube. Lasts for a long time, but of course it depends on how much you usually apply. Score: (+1).
  • Texture – Creamy and thicker than other 3 sunscreens, but isn’t heavy. Score: (+1).

  • Scent – Has a very strong scent, which I disliked at once. I don’t know is it only me who smells it the whole day? Big Dislike. Score: (-1).
  • Ingredients – Contains many useful plant extract, but on the other side silicones and alcohol. Score. (0).
  • Application – It is light to spread all over the face because of the creamy texture. Score: (+1).
  • Absorbtion – I speak for myself: absorbs not fully, but leaves some oily residue. Score: (-1).
  • White cast – First it leaves some white cast, but in a few minutes it disappear. Score: (+1).
  • Oiliness/Mattifying – In summer too oily, in winter is OK, In my opinion is not suitable for oily skin, too greasy. However, combo skin owners can use it in winter with a mattifying foundation above, but for summer No-Go. Score: (-1).
  • Irritation – No skin irritation and no break outs so far, but irritates the eyes badly. Who uses sunscreens know that there’re some which can cause burning eyes. I had such an experience with this one. Four or five hours after applying it starts to burn in the eyes and they’re streaming, the nose is running. But the worst is that it lasts even after washing the face for a couple of hours. Big Dislike. Score: (-1).
  • Effect – Hydrates, nourishes and soothes. Feels nice on skin. Score: (+1).
  • Make-up friendly – Yes, it is. Is suitable with every sort of make-up. Score: (+1).
  • UV protection – Gives almost the highest protection against UVB (SPF 45) and UVA (PA+++). Score: (+1).

Total score: 3

Conclusion
This is a pity! Oh, Missha! GREAT STUFF, really great, but unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I really liked it, but the scent and streaming eyes can make someone crazy. I do want to try another sunscreens from Missha, but this one I don’t think to buy anymore. I think it is more suitable for dry and normal skin. Try it guys and if you’ll have luck not being irritated it can become your personal fave.

 

Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun SPF 50+/PA++++

I was curious to try smth 100% physical and found this one from Cosrx. This is my second Korean sunscreen after Missha’s chemical one. Suitable for all skin types. EWG certified and parabens free. I’ve been testing this since about a month and noticed some positive and negative aspects.

Ingredients:
Water, Cyclomethicone, (CI 77947) Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tribehenin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Mica (CI 77019), Magnesium Sulfate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Trihydroxystearin, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Octanediol, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract

What should it do:
1. Protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Protect the skin from overexposure to sunlight and pollution. (Artemisia Caillaris Extract protects the skin from fine dust and other external stressors.)
3. Key ingredients Centella Asiatica Extract and Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract calm and relieve irritated skin.

Where to buy:  Jolse for about 17 $

Amount 35 ml

  • Application – Applies without difficulties. Score: (+1).
  • Texture – Unlike Missha’s this sunscreen is light-creamy and mild. Score: (+1).

  • Scent – What I personally liked it isn’t perfumed so far. There’s a very light scent, but it isn’t lasting. Score: (+1).
  • Package – A soft tube in a plastic box. I like such tubes because you can get the whole stuff out without difficulties.. Score: (+1).

  • Absorbtion: -No full absorbtion so far. It lies like a shield on the skin and feels a bit heavy. Score. (-1).
  • Ingredients – No parabens. No alcohol. A lot of herbal extracts. Contains many silicones, but I give a plus, it is very gentle. Score: (+1).
  • Oiliness/Mattifying – No oily residue and no oily shine the whole day long, except if you’re doing sport or working in a warm/hot area and sweat. Score: (+1).
  • Irritation – No irritation so far and no allergic reaction. Score: (+1).
  • Effect – Though it feels heavy, dries not out. I noticed calming and soothing effect. Doesn’t clog the pores. Score: (+1).
  • Make-up friendly – I wouldn’t say! I had some difficulties to put a foundation over and it looked awful, because the sunscreen particles were visible under the foundation..And even powder couldn’t help. Score: (-1).
  • White cast – Yes and much! I do not know how the other physical sunscreens work, this is my first, but this one leaves too much white cast. Even more, I looked like a ghost and scared my mother. Mom was so shocked, she asked me how can you go out with such a face. And I even tried to put make-up over! Very disgusting! Score. (-1).
Isn’t good visible on pic, but leaves much white cast.
  • UV protection – Highest protection with SPF 50 (UVB) and PA++++ (UVA). Score: (+1).

Total score: 6

 

Conclusion
Very good for oily and sensitive skin. Too heavy for dry skin.
This is from now one of my faves. And even if it leaves white cast and isn’t make-up friendly I simply love it only because my face doesn’t shine like a pancake in oil and it is an EWG certified product with which my skin simply fell in love.
My tips:
⦁ Appliy 30 minutes before make-up, then it’ll be lighter to put foundation over.
⦁ Choose a light liquid foundation, not the heavy creamy one and not in stick shape.
⦁ I wouldn’t recommend using it during hot days and by very humid weather.

 

Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA++++

This one is my first Japanese sunscreen. Before buying, I read a lot of reviews and nearly all of them were positive, so I thought I simply should try it.

It was not easy to find the right ingredients list. It seems to be that Biore changes permanently the formulas of its sunscreens and the names. The package is only in Japanese.

I searched a lot and thank to Google finally found the list below. I don’t really know is it the right list or not. So, guys, if know more give me feedback.

Ingredients:
water, ethanol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, lauryl methacrylate/sodium methacrylate crosspolymer, alkyl benzoate, bisethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, dimethicone, ethylhexyl triazone, silica dimethyl silylate, dipropylene glycol, xylitol, dextrin palmitate, acrylates/ c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, polysilicone-9, glyceryl stearate, aminomethyl propanol, vinyl dimethicone/ methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, agar, isoceteth-20, c30-45 alkyl methicone, polyvinyl alcohol, c30-45 olefin, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, royal jelly extract, citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract, citrus grandis fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, edta-2na, bht, fragrance

What should it do:
1. protect from both UVB and UVA.
2. waterproof
3. Allergy tested

 

Where to buy:

For example on  Amazon.com. The price can vary: 8 – 10 € or more and 10 – 14 $ or more.

Amount: 50 ml.

 

  • Application – Spreads good. Score: (+1).
  • Texture -: Oily-creamy texture. Didn’t like it at all, feels too fat. Score: (-1).

  • Scent – Very light chemical scent, not lasting. Score: (+1).
  • Package – A soft tube glued on a cardboard, easy to get out the whole essence.  Score: (+1).
  • Ingredients – according to description I’ve found contains no mineral oil and no parabens, but on the other hand contains much silicones and alcohol. Score: (-1).
  • Absorbtion – Bad. Leaves much oily residue. Score: (-1).
  • Oiliness/Mattifying – I had a feeling I daubed my face with cooking oil. Too much oily shine. Really awful. Score: (-1).
  • Irritation – Nearly broke me out. After applying the skin turned red. No irritation of eyes. Score: (-1).
  • Effect – First gives a cooling and refreshing feeling after applying, but a few minutes later feels like a tightening film. Big dislike! Score: (-1).
  • Make-up friendly – Not at all. Rolls under foundation. Score: (-1).
  • White cast – No white cast so far. Score: (+1).

  • UV protection – Highest protection with SPF 50 (UVB) and PA++++ (UVA). Score: (+1).

Total score: (-2)

Conclusion
Can’t get it why some people like it so much.
Didn’t use under it rich nourishing and thick nourishing creams. But even with a light moisturizer feels awful. I guess it is only for dry skin. If you have sensitive skin – hands off! Contains alcohol.

 

Biore UV Face Milk SPF 50+/PA++++

There are three versions in the Milk line: pink coloured bottle Biore UV Bright Milk, blue coloured Biore UV Perfect Milk and white coloured the new version Biore UV Face Milk and the old version Biore UV Prefect Face Milk. They are the same, the producer only changed the name on the package.

I hope this is the right ingredients list.

Ingredients:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Ethanol (Alcohol), Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Alkyl Benzoate (C12-15), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Titanium Oxide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Talc, Methicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-3 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-9, PEG-32, Styrene/Stearyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Alumina (Aluminium Oxide), Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol

 

Somehow it wasn’t light to find out what it is good for and how should it work. I googled a lot and found Ratzilla’s amazing website. check it for more details: Ratzilla Biore Face Milk.

What should it do:
1. protect from both UVB ans UVA (the new formula promises a better pretection from UVA), protect against freckles, pigmentation, skin aging.
2. water/sweat/sebum resistancy
3. perfect base for make-up
4. no white cast: invisible on face

Where to buy: Amazon.com The price about 9 € (less or more) and about 17 $ (less or more).

 

  • Application – Because it’s not a cream, but a liquid milk I had some difficulties by applying. I tried to apply with fingers, with cotton pad, simply dropped from the tube on the skin – nothing seemed to be the right way. Finally I found out the sunscreen is made up of a liquid and a powder and there is a little ball in the bottle. Shake the bottle before usage, so liquid and powder could mix together. Then it applies without difficulties. Score: (+1).
  • Texture – The milk is of creamy-liquid consistency. Very light, mild, gentle, not fat and feels very nice. Score. (+1).
Before shaking.
After shaking.
  • Scent – No scent so far. Maybe very slight and not lasting. For me definitely a plus. Score: (+1).
  • Package – A plastic tube-like little bottle glued on a cardboard. Of course everything is in Japanese except of the few words on the front side of the bottle. Score: (-1).
  • Ingredients – Contains alcohol and too much silicones. Score: (-1).
  • Absorbtion – Does not absorbs full. But I guess it depends on the amount. Maybe I applied too much. Score: (0).
  • Oiliness/Mattifying – Not mattifying, but leaves a wet glow. However you can avoid this but putting a mattifying foundation over. Score: (0).
  • Irritation – No irritation and no allergic reaction on the skin itself, but somehow from time to time it burned in eyes a little, but not after every application. This is because I don’t give a minus. Maybe it wasn’t sunscreen’s fault. Score: (0).
  • Effect – Softens the skin very nice. Feels very lightweight and gentle. Not drying out. Score: (+1).
  • Make-up friendly – Very good under make-up. Nothing rolls. Amazing! Score: (+1).
  • White cast – Some white cast by applying, but disappears soon. Score: (+1).
  • UV protection – Highest protection with SPF 50 (UVB) and PA++++ (UVA). Score: (+1).

Total score: 5

 

Conclusion:
Not bad. Though it contains alcohol, but unlike Biore Aqua Rich essence it didin’t broke me out and the skin didin’t turn red. I think it is suitable even for dry and sensitive skin.

 

We have a winner!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Cosrx wins!

Somehow I was sure Face Milk would be the winner. My personal favourite was Missha’s, but unfortunately the irritation troubles were to heavy.

Have you tried any of them already? What do you think?

 

Stay beautiful 🙂

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