Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Jelly

I believe this is my first full sized sunscreen review! It’s a bit surprising that I haven’t done a sunscreen review since I live in Australia and there is such a strong emphasis on sun protection particularly as skin cancer is one of the most prominent cancers that features in this sun loving country (probably doesn’t help that the whole continent is located under the largest ozone hole). Other than skin cancer, the sun is also responsible for premature skin aging! But my main motivation in using sunscreen is really to prevent myself from getting skin cancer – the sun really burns in this part of the world, it may be nice and cool in the shade but once you go into the sun it feels like a thousand needles on your skin (it bites!). I bought this from Sasa when they were having their buy USD$25 worth of stuff and get free shipping promo (they seem to frequently have this offer available) so it was quite a good deal.

Biore UV Aqua Rich


Biore UV Aqua Rich_nozzle
Basically… Its a sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30+ and PA+++ (basically, broad spectrum as it blocks against UVB and UVA rays). Though it’s best to use a sunscreen with a SPF rating of 50 or above (especially in Australia!) I found that this particular sunscreen has many other positive points to make up for that detractor.

Ingredients… According to COSDNA
Aqua, Alcohol, Octinoxate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Titanium(IV) Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, KOH, Lauryl methacrylate, Dibutyl Hydroxy Toluene, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Kanten, Behenyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Wax, PVOH, Carob bean Gum, Sodium stearoxy PG-hydroxyethylcellulose sulfonate, Parfum.

The Good stuff… It’s a very light weight formula that is easily massaged in and dries quickly without a sticky residue so you can use the recommend 1/4 tsp without feeling like you’ve just dipped your face in thick cream. While it doesn’t give a matte finish, you won’t look like a shiny ball of oil either as this sunscreen is water based and there is also no white cast upon application. However, as it is water based, it’s not ideal for water sports but daily use should not be affected. It smells slightly citrus-y and even though there is alcohol in the product I don’t smell it at all and most importantly there is no ‘sunscreen’ smell. There is 90mls of the stuff in the bottle. 90mls. That’s a lot of product for USD $12. So does this fit into my budget? Absolutely!

Issues… The ingredient list will possibly put off a lot of people from using this as it lists alcohol as the second ingredient in the product. But! If there was no alcohol, the product wouldn’t dry as quickly and could possibly leave a sticky residue – both of which are deal breakers for me. Dimethicone is another contentious ingredient as it is a silicone and may be an acne trigger but since it’s found in practically every primer and mattifying foundation I’m not too bothered. I also haven’t experienced any unusual or severe breakouts in the few months I’ve been using this and plus the sunscreen now doubles as my primer.

Swatches: As you can see, it has a gel like consistency and leaves no white cast but there is a slight sheen left by the sunscreen.
Biore UV Aqua Rich_swatchBiore UV Aqua Rich_blended

In a Nutshell:

Love: Light weight formula that dries quickly, no sticky residue, no white cast, doesn’t smell like sunscreen, doesn’t smell offendingly perfumed either, there is value for money in the bottle, it doubles up as a primer and doesn’t break me out.
Do not love: Alcohol in product? It’s a necessary evil though so I can forgive it somewhat.
I rate it: 4.5/5

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  • skinandtonics

    I LOVE Biore’s Japanese sunscreens! I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds like it’s right up my alley. It’s going on the list!