If you’ve ever used LINE, you’d know how cute and adorable the stickers are! Especially of Brown and Cony. Mediheal had a collab with LINE for some of their masks – I was tempted to buy them, but ended up just getting the plain ones.. leaving me with many regrets. So when this bad boy came inside my September BomiBox, I was ecstatic!! The MISSHA All Around Safe Block Essence Sun has Brown on it! It’s sooo cute. This is also my first ever MISSHA product, and I’ve been eyeing their products for a while now. The sunscreen is also a great item inside the box, because I’m one of those people that never put any sunscreen on.. EVER.
Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, images, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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Total rating out of 5: 4.10
$14USD (but I got mine from Bomibox)
Long-lasting, waterproof, no white cast, not oily, moisturizing and hydrating, UVA and UVB protection
Quite a few ingredients are >3 on CosDNA, slight irritation and itchiness
Will I buy it again
Maybe.. if I can’t find something better/ more suited for my skin
‘Essence sun cream to help moisturize and nourish skin. For daily life, outdoor activities and light exercises all seasons’ (Found on the box)
Isn’t this collaboration CUTE?? LINE is soo adorable! -gushes- One thing that I liked about the box was that it had both English and Korean on it, so I didn’t have to scratch my head and get frustrated trying to figure out what each little word meant.
It gives you steps on how to apply/where to apply the sunscreen as well. They’re also against animal testing – woohoo! That’s always a plus, and something I try to look for in my products.
The product comes out of the little nozzle, which is typical of most sunscreen bottles/tubes. I’m not a huge fan of these, since you can never fully utilize every little bit inside the container. However, a good thing about this is that it is sanitary and clean!
What this sunscreen does
This product claims to moisturize and nourish skin, block UVB and UVA rays, and protect skin from external harmful environment. On the Missha US site, it also says that this is water and sweat proof, and contains a double layer UV system that provides longer lasting UV protection.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyacrylate-13, Dimethicone, Polyisobutene, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, BHT, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum flower Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Artemisia princeps Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Potassium sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients above, stay away! Your skin is not worth risking, there are many different sunscreens out there that are made for sensitive skin. This product contains Aloe, Cucumber, Mulberry Root, Licorice, Portulaca Oleracea, and Witch Hazel extracts, which is supposed to provide the added benefit of hydration and nourishment to the skin. There are also 7 tea extracts in this sunscreen to help protect the skin against UV, pollution, ozone and any other environmental stressors.
I am going through the habit now of using CosDNA to get a better understanding of the types of ingredients that I will potentially find in my products. With this sunscreen, there are some notable ingredients that received a 3 on safety (Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-100 Stearate). I won’t be going into detail about those, because I thought the ones who scored more than 3 were more important to look into!
Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (6 on CosDNA) – An active ingredient, often used in sunscreen. Also used to protect the product from deteriorating when it comes in contact with UV rays. This ingredient “has been known to produce excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, and lead to cell death” (from truthinaging)
BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) (6 on CosDNA) – A preservative used in cosmetics/skin care products. Can cause irritation to the skin, and eyes (from EWG’s Skin Deep)
The ingredients are generally safe, if used in the approved amounts; however, it is something to keep in mind when using this product. Also, when I used this product, my skin was slightly irritated and itchy (which also prompted me to look up the ingredients)
Appearance, Smell, Texture
This sunscreen surprisingly does not have that typical sunscreen/oily smell. It’s got this nice floral scent to it – subtle, and not overbearing which makes it pleasant when applying it.
The texture of this is quite creamy, but when you apply it’s pretty hydrating as opposed to being too heavy. I compared to a sunscreen that I ‘use’ during the summer, which is the VICHY IDÉAL CAPITAL SOLEIL SPF 50. The Vichy sunscreen usually leaves my skin feeling oily, which is why I don’t use it as often since my skin is already oily. Maybe I should do a review on the VICHY sunscreen too, eh?
Even though it has a thick consistency, when you blend it, it turns into an almost gel-like texture (cream/gel hybrid??). I did find it hard to apply though when I didn’t have enough product. In order for it to apply smoothly and with ease, you’d have to have “enough” product which is definitely way more than what I squeezed out for testing. With this kind of texture, it would probably be a lot easier to pat it in instead of blending it out with your fingers. I didn’t pat it on, which is probably why I had a lot of difficulties making it even on my face. hahaha..
For an entire week, I used this product right after my normal AM skincare routine which is: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Holika Holika Skin & Pore Zero Tightening Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge. Yes – it’s a bit tedious, but using only a few times wouldn’t help me figure out if my feelings for it were consistent or not.
After blending it in, I noticed that my skin felt smoother and more hydrated. I took the pictures above with flash to see if there’d be any potential white cast left by this product. I didn’t notice any on my hand nor my face – so if you’re looking for a sunscreen that protects and doesn’t leave a white cast this is a pretty decent. Whenever I wore this product out, I didn’t have to reapply and my bb cream actually stayed relatively in tact – the majority of it usually comes off because of the oil on my skin.. I also ran it through water to see if it was water-proof and.. yes! It is, but only until a certain extent. You can probably run it through water a couple times before you’ll have to reapply, but for a sunscreen that’s pretty good. Of course if you go swimming then you’d have to reapply it right after your dip, but that goes without saying for all the sunscreens out there! Compared to sunscreens that I’ve used before, this does not have an oily finish so for those looking for a kind of matte finish sunscreen, this could be an option.
The first couple of times that I wore this product out, my skin did not feel any irritation or itchiness, BUT – when I decided to apply a bit more than usual (and my usual is a pea sized amount), my skin felt slightly irritated and itchy. I don’t think I’ll be using this on my face anymore, and if I do I would only use a pea-sized amount – I might be allergic or sensitive to one of the ingredients above.
This is sunscreen is pretty great, but you’d have to be cautious when using it and make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients listed above. I gave this a really low score for ingredients, because of the number of ingredients that were given a high score in terms of safety on CosDNA. I love how it does not have an oily finish, moisturizes, lasts long, and has no white cast. This not leaving a white cast is honestly such a plus, because now I can attempt to wear this out and get my pictures taken under flash and not look like I don’t know how to blend my face and neck. Sadly, I really wish this didn’t irritate my skin – I get paranoid even if it is a little bit because skin. It also doesn’t help that I once got a rash from a sunscreen that I put on, which adds on to my paranoia about slight itchiness and irritations from sunscreen products. This is definitely a good everyday product, and I’d continue using it until its empty but I probably wouldn’t repurchase it (still on the fence about this one!).