[REVIEW] KLAIRS Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion (updated)

Update (April 27, 2017): I’m updating my review on this because after a couple months of using it back and forth with the MISSHA sunscreen, I’ve gotten a better grasp at which one I like more. Also, turns out that they’ve revamped the formula and released a new version – if I can get my hands on the new one, I’ll see if I can do a comparison.

Update (May 5, 2017): Okay, so I’m giving it a try in incredibly humid weather in Hong Kong, and I am not having any issues with the application. I’m concluding that this sunscreen is only good when the weather is humid (if you want unpatchy application) as opposed to dry weather.

No matter how much of a bother it seems, putting on sunscreen everyday RAIN or SHINE is important to protect your skin from those scary UV rays. However, it is always a struggle to find that just right sunscreen for your skin. Early September, WISHTREND was looking for 20 beauty testers for a new product – the Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion, and I was selected as one of them! I got my product late October (because of the shipping woes between Korea & Canada – but it’s all good now!), and have been testing it for the past couple of weeks. My review is definitely way way way later than probably the other 99% of the testers for this product.. (how typical of me), but it’s here now! Will it be the sunscreen that I’ve been looking for? 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by a company for my honest opinion, 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)! 
Links [UPDATE]: The links regarding this product provided in this review were given by the company, and will be marked with an ** (since I am not sure if it is an affiliate link or not). Otherwise, I do not currently have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet.  There are affiliate links in this review (they will be marked with a ** and bolded so that it will be clear to see). If you use this link to make a purchase, I will be earning a small commission which will help support my blog for future product reviews. If you do not feel comfortable using the link, feel free to use the general links that I will be providing located at the bottom of the post.

 

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Evaluation
PACKAGING 10.0
INGREDIENTS 7.0
APPLICATION 8.5 6.5
EFFECTIVENESS 10.0
APPEARANCE 8.5 6.0

Total rating out of 5: 4.4 3.95

My rating is based on the fact that the weather that I am using this is dry, as opposed to humid. I noticed that this sunscreen works better and is easier to apply in a humid environment.

Quickie (for people like me who look things up at the store)
The Good
  • Hydrating
  • Lightweight
  • Long-lasting
  • Base/primer-function
  • Helps with redness
The Bad
  • Ingredients – based on CosDNA
  • Does not work for all skin tones (due to the blue-ish tone that it has)
  • Hard to apply with fingers and other methods & hard to get an even application that looks even if you have darker skin tone
Will I buy it again

Probably will – unless I find something better. Not likely. I’ve come to find that the application is too much of a bother, and that the “white-cast”/primer function that it leaves on my skin is way to light for my skin tone during the spring/summer season. It was okay at first, but now that the weather’s getting much more sunny, it won’t work as well for me since I tend to tan during the spring/summer seasons.

They’ve also revamped the formula, so I’m wondering how the new version differs from the one I have… I might just buy that one to do a comparison..might.

Description of this product

Made to protect your skin from harsh UV rays as well as providing protection from direct heat to guard your sensitive skin from those miserable heatwaves.‘ (From WISHTREND**)

Price (Subject to change)

$20USD on WISHTREND**

Claims

Here is a quick blurb provided by WISHTREND in the beauty testers’ guide about what this sunscreen does:

The Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion is an everyday sunscreen that provides UVA, UVB and heat protection, without leaving an unwanted white cast. Fortified with guaiazulene, a natural Chamomile extract commonly used in soothing ointments, the resulting soft blue color helps to even out skin tone. It also has a light, moisturizing application because of its innovative formula that combines the benefits of a physical and chemical sunscreen.

Packaging

The product comes in the typical sunscreen tube, similar to the MISSHA Sunscreen that I reviewed a while back. When you open it, the opening will have a seal, to indicate that it hasn’t been opened before. If you get one without a seal make sure you let them know! It could be damaged/tampered with. The packaging protects the product from any dust/dirt. The box itself gives you instructions on how to use the product and the ingredients in both Korean and English.

For those curious, the front of the product tube says:

This fast-absorbing, light-weight formulation sunscreen that delivers SPF40 protection to shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that may contribute to skin damage and premature skin aging.

Waterful tecture, Ice blue shade, Shine-free finish

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lactobacillus Ferment, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Fragrance, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Guaiazulene, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Oligopeptide- 1, SH-Oligopeptide- 2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide- 9, SH-Polypeptide- 11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

As always, ran this through CosDNA . I’ll go through a couple ingredients that stood out, or CosDNA didn’t have anything on so we all can learn something new!

Please remember to always patch test as there are few ingredients (especially the 2nd and 3rd ingredient in this list) that can potentially irritate your skin. 

Cyclopentasiloxane – One of the ingredients to be more aware of, since it is at the top of the ingredients list (2nd). It is a silicone, and “when applied to skin it gives a silky and slippery feeling to the touch and acts a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin.” (Truth in Aging). Can potentially cause irritation for your skin, and a small percentage gets absorbed into our blood stream from our skin.

EthylhexAyl Methoxycinnamate – An ingredient used often in sunscreen to deflect UV rays, protects product from deterioration. May cause irritation to skin, and can interfere with your cells doing their thing, potentially/eventually leading those cells to die. Luckily for me, it did not irritate my skin. But it is the 3rd ingredient..

Guaiazulene – Best to avoid using this in the eye area, extract from Chamomile as mentioned in the little blurb from WISHTREND. This gives the sunscreen its blue colour, which makes this product work kind of like a color-correcting base as well.

Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract – An ingredient that helps with maintaining elasticity for your skin. Can reduce wrinkles and spots, because of the Folic Acid. Too bad it’s at the end of the list.. :(

Fragrance

Herby/ fresh, the smell really reminds me of the Neogen Code 9 Glacial Pore Mask

Texture

texture

Hopefully I was able to capture a good enough gif/picture to show you what I mean when I describe the texture. The texture of the sunscreen was suprisingly, at first, spongey. It’s not as hard as a sponge, but when you lightly press on it you can hear it squishing or it sounds like there’s bubbles and they’re popping. Like squish, squish, squish ahaha.

sponges

When I blend it out, the texture turns from that odd spongey texture to a more liquid-watery kind of texture. Quite the contrast eh

When you desperately want people to see the spongey texture, but your camera wouldn’t focus, so it looks extremely blurry and your arm hairs are all over the place…. ;n ;

Application

There are a couple different ways to apply this product, that was suggested by WISHTREND in their tester’s package:

  • Apply with your hands
  • Apply with a makeup sponge/puff to increase its tone-correcting qualities
  • Reapply every 2-3 hours

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When you apply the sunscreen, you’ll see the blue-tone at its work – it definitely lightened my skin since I have a more tanned and yellow skin tone.

with-without

Yes, I know my face is not asymmetrical, and that’s okay! Please enjoy to oddness in all its glory hahaha.. AND OH! If you’re wondering if I applied any of the sunscreen around my eye area, I did not – that’s why it looks so weird in colour, but I usually don’t use such heavy products around my eye area (except for concealer, eye primer, eye cream) because the skin there is so thin.

Apply 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and apply it as the last step of your skincare routine (typically after moisturiser). I found that it was a lot easier to apply this in a circular motion, with my fingers, mainly because of its spongey texture, because if you do it in a circular motion it turns into a water-y texture that makes it easy to spread (see the water-y-ness from the picture above!). While it is easier to apply in a circular motion compared to other methods I’ve tried, it’s still relatively difficult because the product keeps moving around too. I was fine with it at first, but when I started using while alternating with the MISSHA sunscreen, I began to grow frustrated at how difficult it was to get an even application with this sunscreen.

Applying with hands in dry weather

Here are some updated photos – the first one is what it looks like immediately after application. I’m avoiding putting this near my eyes because I’m scared it will irritate them, but it worked out because you can see the colour difference between the sunscreen and my eyes o_o;;

It seems that applying with your fingers would give you way more coverage than applying with a cushion puff. I think this product helped lighten some of red by a little bit(?). I’m no expert, and my pictures are never the best but that’s what I thought! Since the tint is a pretty extreme red, I’m guessing it would help out with the redness on the face (which shouldn’t be at all as red as the tint).

I started to notice that this product moves a lot when I apply it with my fingers. It stops moving when it sets, but then I get left over product in the creases of my fingers. The finish of the product was a bit flakey in the drier parts of my skin and creases (nose area, specifically) – which I’m not too fond of, but it happens with certain BB cushions and other products (except this one is super evident). I’ve added a few photos below to show the patchy application/flakeyness.

I’m not sure if it’s too visible, but you can see the creases, and my cheeks (which are the drier parts of my skin) are a bit more patchy.

The colour difference between my eyes and the rest of my face (lol) is even more obvious when there is flash. The white-cast that I’m talking about is not a typical white-cast, rather the blue tone that causes the skin too look a lot paler (if your skin is like mine or darker).

Application in humid weather

I brought this with me to my trip in Hong Kong, and applied it today. Surprisingly, the application was easy, and smooth. I think this sunscreen only applies well in a humid environment, because it’s really hard to apply back home.

Also, I don’t need to use as much sunscreen to apply because it’s so much easier to spread in the humid weather. I think this is due to the fact that my skin is less dry, and has more moisture because it’s so humid – but I also feel like the weather/environment in which you apply it in affects the ease of application as well.

Applying with a makeup sponge/puff

The puff that I used was from The Face Shop. I noticed that most of the sunscreen gets absorbed by the cushion, so you get less coverage and would probably need to apply more product to get a paler colour(?).

cushion-puff

Look at that guilty puff..stealing all my product > : (.

Finish

I applied it on two different ways on my arm to show y’all how this would look like if you chose to apply with your hands or with a cushion puff/sponge. ALSO, since the product claims to help with evening out skin tones (mainly redness, from what I remember from reading/watching the WISHTREND video on this product) I used the Etude House Dear Darling Water Lip Tint (Strawberry) to see how well it would work against a red tone. It actually also helped show the coverage of this product too, if you want to use it as a base/primer for your make up. While it works out as a primer for some, this sunscreen will probably leave a white cast on those with a darker skin tone. The colour isn’t AS STRONG after 5-10 minutes of having the product since on your face. It’s still there though, it’s still there. I’ve added a photo below of the product after it has set for around 5-8 minutes. 

When the weather is dry, the finish (see photos above) are a bit patchy and flakey. However, in a humid weather/environment, the finish is much more even, and there are no flakey spots around my nose area and other parts of my face (see below for the finish in a humid environment – the area on my nose where it usually gets an ugly uneven application).

A nice thing is that it’s also got a light-weight and kind of matte finish (not oily at all!), which I like because I have combo oily dry skin.

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Effectiveness

To be honest, figuring how how this combats against heat is pretty hard, considering that it’s almost winter.. But on the odd days that it was really sunny, this sunscreen held up pretty well. Since I applied it all the time, and it’s hard to see the damages caused by UV rays until its too late, I would think that it’s safe to say that it did protect my skin to an extent. Throughout the day, the sunscreen slowly fades off though, as I noticed that the colour on my skin would return back to my normal skin tone with still that slight blue/white tone to it.

This definitely helped my make up last longer, and works pretty well as a base/primer because of the blue tint. The sunscreen would even out my skin tone, BUT it also helped when I used BB Cream on top of it. My skin tone and BB cream would look more even and, and my make up would last for around 4ish hours before it starts to fade off. But even after 3 hours, my skin still looks like I have a bit of make up on – and for someone who doesn’t touch up often, its pretty awesome hehe. Yaaas.

From one of the pictures above too, you can notice how after 3 hours of wear on my arm, there was still a little bit of the sunscreen left hanging there. Definitely not as evident, but when they say apply every 2-3 hours they weren’t wrong!

The effectiveness of the product remains the same in that it can last long, throughout the day, regardless of what season it is. However, the application varies depending on the type of environment that you’re in (dry vs. humid).

In Summary

Definitely a nice lightweight moisturising sunscreen that is good for daily wear (at least for me) for those with a lighter skin tone. Did not make my skin feel oily at all, and also made my skin feel hydrated. While it left my skin hydrated, I noticed that when the product sets it kind of gets a bit uneven? I feel like it’s the way that I’m applying it even though I am patting it in with my fingers. Since I live in a drier environment, this sunscreen won’t work as well for me. Amazed that it can be used in various ways (base, primer, sunscreen), and while it is $20 which might seem a little pricey – it does come with quite a few additional benefits (such as acting as a primer/base, helping with redness) so I think the price is justified somewhat.

If you’re curious and want to check it out, here’s the link**– so you don’t have to scroll up again.

If you don’t want to use my affiliate link to make a purchase, here is the general link to the product: KLAIRS Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion

Thanks for reading! 
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4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] KLAIRS Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion (updated)

  1. This is my first time on your blog and I LOVE how you do reviews, take pictures, and make comments! I’m looking forward to reading more from you! Can’t wait to try this out myself (:

    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading my posts :’) When you’ve had the chance to try this out, let me know what you think of it!

    • Hmm I would be careful, because there are a few ingredients that could cause acne. It was okay when I had a pimple and I used it. But! I would patch test before I buy the product. You could see if you can get a sample from Sephora or Aritaum/ a place that sells this near where you are to make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin! :)

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