asian cosmetics beauty review

Review: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

18. June 2015

Of course with summer approaching everybody thinks of sun protection, but even in winter you should use your daily dose of UV protection for your face. UV radiation will not only cause visible and accute skin damage (like sunburn), but it also makes your skin look older by the time. It is responsible for getting more lines and pigmentations (freckles). Looking at asian cosmetics you will find daily useable sunscreens everywhere! One brand which is often mentioned when it comes to daily sunscreens, especially japanese ones, is the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Line. Many people have heard of the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, but the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel I’m reviewing is a new product in this year in that line.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

Bioré is a japanese brand within the Kao cooperation, a chemical and cosmetics company. It is knwon for mainly skincare products like cleansing, lotions and sunscreen. The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel has an SPF 50+/ PA++++ and is a daily useable sunscreen for face and body. Not only does it protect your face from UV radiation, but also it can be used as a makeup base. One thing I have to point out here: most asian sunscreens are usually made for daily use, but not for sunbathing or outdoor activities! You should use a sunscreen made specially for that purpose if you plan on using it therefore. Moreover, the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is not waterproof ( that means it is not sweatproof either).

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

You might be wondering why to buy an extra sunscreen for daily use if it is not sweatproof and not suited for sunbathing etc? You could go ahead and use your regular beach sunscreen daily and for protecting your face, too, but the problem I discovered with most of these sunscreens is, that they made my skin too greasy and heavy. They were not suited for base makeup either.  The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is totally different here and I will describe my experience toawards the end of this review. But first let’s take a look at the packaging and the description:

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel and the Watery Essence have both a signature pale blue plastic packaging. In contrast to the Watery Essence, which comes in a regular tube, the Watery Gel comes in a squeezing bottle. It also contains 90 ml volume, whereas the Watery Essence tube contains only 50 ml (big size 75 ml). Like most japanese products it does not come in a cardboard box, but in a plastic packaging. The description is in Japanese only, but if you are curious about the ingredients you can check up COSDNA >>here<<. The key ingredients for sun protection are Octinoxate, Tinosorb S (BisEthylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine), Uvinol A Plus (Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate), Uvinol T 150 (Ethylhexyl Triazone), and Titanium Dioxide. Unfortunately, this sunscreen contains alcohol, but unlike aggressive skincare products with alcohol, this one didn’t feel uncomfortable on my skin. You will also notice a light alcohol scent at the beginning which vanishes quickly and leaves the signature citrus/lemon scent of this sunscreen. Apart from this, the Watery Gel contains moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and royal jelly and is thus also useable on dry skintypes like mine. If you want to read more about the description I can recommend you the my holy grail blog for asian sunscreen reviews, Ratzillacosme. Apart from descriptions for almost every japanese sunscreen you can also find reviews for tons of them. It is one of the most helpful sites if you are looking for an asian sunscreen.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

So, the Bioré UV Aqua Moist Watery Gel is designed as a gel-type sunscreen which also moisturizes the skin. Since it is designed as a makeup base I have certain expectations for it, like to be non-sticky and not greasy. Like the product packaging also the bottle contains only japanese descriptions.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

The cap of the bottle can be unwind easily. There is a small nozzle to squeeze the product out, but since it is quite runny in its consistency I would be careful not to squeeze too hard. Unlike you would think from the name the product is not a gel-type one, but it looks like a runny, light-yellow colored milk. It has a citrus scent to it, which I didn’t like in first place, but I got used to it eventually. It isn’t too strong anyways.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

When applied the milky texture turns watery immediatelly. If feels moist and nice and not oily or heavy at all. It contains tiny white capsules which dissolve after blending the gel in and it absorbs super fast. When it is absorbed it leaves the skin neither greasy, nor matte and powdery, but just like healthy and moist skin. It has no white cast either. Although it contains alcohol I don’t have the feeling that it makes my skin tight or dry- on the contrary, the skin feels moisturized and fresh. Since it absorbs so quickly and isn’t oily or drying it works great as makeup base. I had no flaking or clumping problems with following steps.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

I love the Bioré UV Aqua rich Watery Gel! Point! Despite the fact that I’m not the citrus-scent lover there is nothing I have to complain here. It is not greasy, leaves the skin healthy looking and not dried, doesn’t leave a white cast and absorbs fast. Oh, it is non-sticky, too! The application is watery and refreshing, too, and it works great as base make-up. I bought my tube from Adambeauty for HK$67 (~8.40 US$), but it is out of stock at the moment. It is also available on ebay for around 10 US$.

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  • Bijin+Blair 18. June 2015 at 18:33

    Biore sunscreens have a special place in my heart… after I finish my Sunkillers and Sunplays I’ll get this because I need more PA++++ in my life!

  • Evelyn 18. June 2015 at 20:10

    Wow. It’s cheap and has a nice amount of product. Maybe should give a try to Japanese sunscreens.

    I have one question related. Do you know if it’s true that chemical filters are bad for acne prone skin or have hormonal side effects? It seems I’ve read that in ewg, but that website isn’t that reliable to me.

    • Frl. Schnee 18. June 2015 at 20:52

      I know that some people don’t want to use chemical filters. I think the wikipedia article (english wiki) is quite useful because it states the studies and it also lists which chemicals for sunprotection are allowed in which country according to their regulation. Just search sunscreen in wiki.

  • maya 18. June 2015 at 23:22

    wow great want to try a biore sunscreen but its the alcohol that scares me in the formula. using now the hada labo moist

    . I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award if you want to check it out.

  • Vanity Rex 19. June 2015 at 1:08

    This is my favorite sunscreen out of all the ones I’ve tried! I live how quickly it dries!

  • jessica 19. June 2015 at 8:08

    the Biore watery essence is my best sun screen right now. love ’em so much

  • Sooyoona 19. June 2015 at 9:09

    Hui, das hört sich ja wirklich mal super an :) Wenn man dann noch auf eine zusätzliche Creme verzichten kann, ist das ja perfekt. Von Biore habe ich sowieso bisher nur sehr gutes gehört und würde so gerne auch einmal etwas ausprobieren davon.

  • Lisset Lopez 30. June 2015 at 22:49

    Thanks for the review
    I’ll put on my shopping list.

  • jose 19. July 2017 at 19:48

    I have currently only used a protector in capsules. What do you think of them?

    • Frl. Schnee 20. July 2017 at 15:16

      Do you mean capsules for eating or suncream in capsules? I guess it doesn’t matter whether you use capsule cream or out of the tube as long as you apply a good amount.