I'm a little bit of a sunscreen fanatic. And I have tried almost all the european s/s and a few Japanese s/s.
During my trip to Tokyo, I picked this up based on some recs. I love it. It's by far the nicest s/s I have ever used. It's truly weightless, feels like nothing on the skin, and doesn't interfere with anything else you put over it.
Will repurchase again, and again, and again.
UPDATE: March 2014
This has been reformulated. The actives are: Octinoxate, Tinosorb, Uvinul A Plus & Uvinul T 150
Description still states is is not resistant to water, sweat, or sebum.
I am uploading a photo of updated packaging for reformulation. Look for the word "new" with a dark navy blue background, yellow lettering located in the upper right side of packaging. 2011 "new" was displayed more in the center, with magenta background, & white lettering.
Due to my skin becoming increasingly drier (not from sunscreen, just age ha ha) I am ordering a new sunscreen —Kanebo Allie extra UV gel — that is described as being heavier than the Biore Watery Essence, but having higher UVA protection. It is also sweat and water resistant. I will add a review comparing the two once I've received and have used the Kanebo brand for a bit.
I am so amazed at how great this is! It deserves 10 stars. It is the only sunscreen I've EVER wanted to slather on with abandon. I kid you not. Its like using Chanel's Hydramax + Active Serum only lots better. If you have issues with Hyaluronic Acid then, this is not a good product for you, or, if you need physical rather than chemical sunblock, then again, try something else. Everyone else, I just can't imagine not loving this. The scent, although fleeting is awesome, it causes no problems with makeup, photographs great, leaves NO white cast, is hydrating without being oily.
I wish there was a lesser SPF version for others who want to be able to get some sun and tanning on their face. I don't, but I think I could even get my guy to use this (which is saying something) if it wasn't such a high SPF.
For me, this has supplanted Sofina - (UV cut milk Extra Block) SPF 50 + PA +++ [DISCONTINUED] as my most absolute favorite sunscreen.
I have tried so many sunscreens, and while I may like certain facets of them, what I am really looking for is an invisible sunscreen that works. I'm not looking for glow, I have makeup that can supply that. I have primers that can help keep my makeup on longer, etc. AND, I want a sunscreen to not cause my mascara to transfer under my eyes as the day wears on. I hate that! (La Mer and Jan Marini I'm talking about you)
I did want to point out that even though this sunscreen is not categorized as waterproof, the third ingredient—Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate—according to Wikipedia, is insoluble in water:[QUOTE] Octyl methoxycinnamate (INCI) or octinoxate (USAN), trade names Eusolex 2292 and Uvinul MC80, is an organic compound that is an ingredient in some sunscreens and lip balms. It is an ester formed from methoxycinnamic acid and 2-ethylhexanol. It is a clear liquid that is insoluble in water.[END QUOTE] So, I don't think one would have to worry about it washing off of their face during just normal everyday perspiration and such.
Biore states that this can be smeared (don't know if I would have chosen that word, lol) over makeup during the day without leaving a sticky feel, or destroying your makeup.
It is not oily, but is hydrating, as it contains Hyaluronic Acid.
I purchase this on ebay through ezdealusa with free expedited shipping. Most recent purchase price was $17.99 for 50 ml. / 1.7 fl
UV filters; zinc oxide, octinoxate, titanium dioxide
Actives; Chamomilla Recutita extract to suppress melanin production and prevent age spots due to sun exposure for fairer, radiant skin.
Other ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Agar, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Fragrance (Parfum).
Oh my gosh! I am in love. All my life I have been plagued by the oily, sticky, or tacky feelings of sunscreen. But, ever since my father had to have a small skin cancer removed, I felt the need to really pay more attention to my skin -- and my sun protection. I tried sunscreen after sunscreen and hated them all. Until! My old roommate in Taiwan sent to me this amazing one. It's smooth and light, goes on feeling like water and sinks in dry immediately. No sticky feeling, no oil, no tacky grossness. Perfect under makeup, perfect for every day. It is the only sunscreen I have ever wanted to just put on everywhere. It's honestly just so incredible I am shocked. I like this more than Anessa. High PPD rating but not waterproof, but that's fine for me -- I'm no swimmer. I love this. Once it runs out, I'll probably order more from online.
I'm on my 3th tube and I have 1 left in stock. I order from adambeauty.
Great sunscreen. I have tried soo many European SS (Bioderma, La Roche Posay, Nivea, L'oreal Solar Experise, Louis Widmer, Sun, Vision, Devita etc) but this is the only one that is not leaving your skin tacky, greasy, itchy, white, you name it. It sinks within seconds in your skin. You can't feel or see it.
The citrus scent is really refreshing. It gives you a cooling sensation while applying.
I mix it with a moisturizer or another greasier sunscreen in the cold winter or when I need a more "grabbing" base for my powder foundation. On "no makeup days" I use it alone.
Thrilled with this sunscreen! Had to order from Hong Kong but so worth the effort. Light as water when applied, doesn't sting, doesn't stink, doesn't look shiny or greasy. Looks and feels like nothing!! High PPD rating, not waterproof but ideal for under makeup. Will have this on hand from now on. So you know, I have dry mature skin that is not prone to breakouts.
so far this is my favourite sunscreen because it is not sticky, and left my skin felt like sunscreen-free..i don't like sunscreen because it has always left a sticky and powdery texture on my skin..besides that it is pleasantly scented (most of the sunscreen esp banana boat has awful smell) and it does not breakout my skin..i am using the spf 30..however it is quite expensive to apply everyday for the arm and leg (comes in quite small bottle, unlike banana boat)
I was able to get my hands on this through the very kind help of my great friend from Thailand. She is also the one who introduced me to this great product. I like everything about this, very transparent on the skin absolutely no white cast effect, no greasy feel. it just makes my skin very smooth and fresh looking because of the semi matte finish. I put this over my Lancôme Hydra Zen Moisturizer and my skin has never been sooo smooth and flakes free afterwards, it is like magic. My make up foundation glides on with ease with this (and the lancome moisturizer), the scent is also very nice and mild. and, the most important is that it has a high sun protection, SPF 50+ PA+++I think this is the best sunblock out there
As the previous reviewer stated this leaves absolutely no film on the skin. No sheen, no glow, nothing. Which is GREAT! It does leave the skin very soft though. It has alcohol but it does not feel drying or irritating at all. It has no zinc so no white cast which I hate. The only down side is it is not water or sweat resistant according the packaging. I have not tested in the sun yet but the package does state SPF50+PA+++ which is suppose to be the highest so I feel confidant it will protect. I purchased overseas through bringblingjp through a custom order. It arrived in 4 days with international express.
I tried this sunscreen after reading about it on ratzillacosme.com. Look there for the ingredients. It starts as a cream and then melts to clear liquid on your skin. Very light, no white cast, and only a fleeting fragrance. Not drying or irritating at all and washes off with regular cleanser. I'm using this everyday now, and I used to hate sunscreen because of the clogging. It's half the price of other Japanese sunscreens. I'm stocking up!
SPF 50 and PA+++, what more can you ask for?