As if planned by some unknown force in the galactic realm, while I was squeezing out the remnants of my current Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF 50 PA+++, a new repackaged and reformulated tube (almost a new product entirely) landed on my doorstep!
Okay, maybe in reality it did not land on my doorstep but rather the letter box, and the unknown force would most likely be the kind folks at Kao Biore.
Though the fact that this happened just as my current sunscreen is being drained of its very last drop is a coincidence.
A happy coincidence, I would like to add, as the Biore UV Aqua Rich (earlier version) very quickly became a staple and favorite after I was recommended to it by makeup pals.
I loved it for how it felt — exactly like a watery essence!
It was very light-weight on, did not leave any greasy residue or tack and definitely did not oil up my face with wear.
Occasionally I like to indulge in a creamier sunscreen but for the most part, this has me very happily covered (from the sun's rays)!
Crowned as the top selling sunscreen in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this blue-tubed and reformulated Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence actually felt even lighter than the one I already own.
If that is even possible!
A quick check with the folks over at Biore had them informing me that it is a new product entirely — new in packaging and also formulation but inspired and building on the much loved texture of Aqua Rich's earlier predecessors.
The sunscreen is refreshingly light-weight on the skin and due to the infusion of citrus extracts, has an uplifting and refreshing scent to boot.
I particularly like how this feels as you spread it across the skin.
While the earlier (silver) version had a mousse-like liquid consistency and spread very nicely across this skin, this one takes it to the next level and honestly feels just like water.
The technology behind that refreshing burst comes from their use of the Aqua Micro Capsules. These capsules release moisture upon application on the skin, giving the skin a refreshing and hydrating sensation.
The best part of it is that it blends out to absolutely nothing — no stick, no white cast or tint, nothing.
Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, the UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence claims to hydrate and soften the skin with use but I fear hydration will not be a reason to purchase this.
In fact, while it was not drying on my skin, it sure did not feel like I had just injected a boost of moisture either.
Folks with oily / combination skin would most likely love this for the non-existent feel after but those with dry skin may want a creamier sunscreen or a more hydrating daycream to double up.
Another thing I noticed about this is that the alcohol content within seems quite high, taking the 2nd spot on the ingredients list.
Even without studying the list, I can smell and feel the alcohol content within the product, thus those that have drier skin and / or are sensitive to alcohol in products may want to reconsider this.
In terms of how it works, the product is said to provide long-lasting protection from UVA and UVB rays. While I cannot contest that because as long as something has SPF I am certain it helps, one way or another, I do think this product requires touching up if you will be under the sun for an extended period of time.
I would definitely recommend this to those who shy away from sun protection because they do not like how greasy / oily sunscreens typically are.
This is definitely of holy grail status right now, and while I can stand some stick or greasiness, on makeup-less days I definitely do not want to feel like I have anything on and this gives me just that along with good sun coverage!
At S$18.90 for 50ml, I would urge everyone to grab it and give it a go!
Except for those sensitive to alcohol in products or need something a little creamier and more hydrating.
This is available at selected supermarkets and pharmacies (e.g. Guardian)
Thanks for reading!
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I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.