REVIEW: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Today’s post is on a suncare product that I have been using for a while. Apparently it is highly raved as one of the better sunscreens out in the market, and I can understand why. This review is on the Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence, SPF 50++  and PA+++

Firstly, what is SPF and what do the numbers mean?

SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and is a benchmark of a sunscreen derived from taking the time it takes for your skin to burn with a sunscreen, and dividing it by the time taken for you to burn without a sunscreen. For example, if you burn in 500 minutes with a sunscreen as opposed to 10 minutes without one, then your sunscreen will be an SPF 50. (500/10 = 50)

Theoretically the higher the SPF, the better the protection against UVA and UVB rays – which causes ageing of the skin, and cancer. But this remains debatable. The best advice is to re-apply your sunscreen when you’re out and about to provide maximum coverage.

Right, lesson’s over. Let’s move on to the product.

Price: $16 at Watsons (50ml)

Packaging: The initial packaging is a carded blister pack, after opening the pack the product is an opaque squeeze tube with a screw on cover.

Scent: Citrusy. It’s uplifting and refreshing

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Xylitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Agar, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

Advertised benefits:
1. Contains unique Aqua Micro Capsules with UV block ingredient to provide superior SPF 50+/PA+++ protection while keeping skin cool and refreshed.
2. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid & Citrus essence to hydrate and soften Skin.
3. Water-based texture spreads easily and get adsorbed easily without a white cast.
4. Suitable to be used on face and body as a makeup base/moisturiser
5. Not resistant to sweat, sebum or water

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Here’s how the product looks. The consistency is not watery per se, the lotion holds its shape and doesn’t dribble. Neither is it cloggy nor jammy.


Here’s after the sunscreen has been blended out and left to dry.

My immediate observations are:
1. No sticky/tacky feeling as with most sun products. Skin is left feeling dry and with a powdery finish – Silky smooth
2. No white cast. Yay, no worries of uneven application

Other observations after using this for a while:
– I used it as a base for my makeup, it didn’t affect the longevity of my foundation/BB cream. On it’s own, I noticed my face was a little oilier than usual, and I suffered a couple of zits when I tried washing this off with a cleanser. I recommend using makeup remover first, then second cleanse.

My rating: 4/5 (comfortable wear but increases sebum creation)

Anyway, looking at the ingredients this has alcohol and some parabens in it. However, it remains one of the best performing sunscreens I’ve used in terms of comfort and coverage. At the very least I don’t feel like I need to hit the shower the moment this goes on.

Will I repurchase? Probably, until I find something better. Do you know of any sunscreens that don’t feel tacky nor leave a white cast? Comment below please!

P.S – I recently made another colourpop haul (I know right). Can’t wait! ❤




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