Korean sunscreens!

Korean sunscreens reviewSort of late on this post since it is already mid July now, but sunscreen should be a product we should all remember to use everyday of the year.  I have to admit, I don’t remember to wear sunscreen everyday, sometimes not even a quarter of the year do I remember to wear it.  In the back of my mind, I’m thinking of getting a tattoo on my wrist that says sunscreen LOL.  Naww that would be tacky and weird. I don’t like to wear sunscreen because a lot of the ones I have used in the past either are too greasy feeling or leaves my skin stinky, which does not help, especially when it’s summer time, SWEAT CITYYYYY. Here’s a post on the Korean sunscreens I have acquired over the year along with quick reviews and tests on the oil levels of each sunscreen.

IMG_7472A swatch of all the sunscreens. From left to right:
Blanc Doux: a gel cream type sunscreen that isn’t too heavy on the skin
Zsole: lighter, gel type sunscreen although I saw little specks of oil when I went to squeeze some out
Vitamin sunscreen: slightly thicker cream type sunscreen that is close to traditional drugstore ones
Shingmulnara ultra light sun gel: true to it’s name, gel type; very light on skin, hardly noticeable
Tony Moly My sunny milky sunscreen: very creamy, slightly thick; leaves a “illuminating” white cast on the skin for “brightening” effects
Tony Moly mango mild sun block: gel cream type sunscreen; light on the skin but leaves skin feeling greasy

The pictures below includes a oil blotting sheet test where I applied some of the sunscreens onto the papers to see the amount of oil is hiding in these sunscreens.
sunscreen collage 2Blanc Doux sunscreen was one I acquired back when Memebox was still available in their Wine and cheese box.  When I first got it, I was like ugh.. another sunscreen?  Really?  To my surprise, I actually really like this sunscreen.  In North American drugstores, even in Sephora, there aren’t many gel type sunscreens, little to none at all to choose from.

Here’s the description from the memebox card:
“No more blemish-instigating, oily sunscreen!  Specially formulated from a strong antioxidant-premium red wine “Pinot Noir”- this mild, moisturizing sunblock not only provides moderate UVA and UVB protection but also replenishes and brightens up uneven skin ton and texture, for a glowing, supple complexion.”

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to: 
-those with normal to dry skin would like this sunscreen
-those with oily skin type would like this but throughout the day, it could be slightly oily at the end of the day

Oil level from 1-5:
3/5

Fragrance?:
Yes, smells like a soapy flour and hints of grape

Recommend?:
Yessunscreen 4I can not remember which Memebox I got this sunscreen, but this is also another sunscreen I got from a past Memebox.  I really like the concept of this sunscreen as it is a two in one type packaging.  You can either use it as a traditional squeeze tube style if you twist off the lid on the bottom, or you can spray the sunscreen out from the top.  I have found myself liking spray type sunscreen for my body since it is quick and easy and I usually end up getting two types of sunscreen in the end.  This would save me money 😀 and I wouldn’t have to experiment with a new type of sunscreen.

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to:
Anyone can use this sunscreen, but it does leave my skin sticky and tacky just like the traditional sunscreens.

Oil level from 1-5:
3.75/5
When I squeeze the sunscreen out, I can see specks of oil in the sun screen.

Fragrance?:
Yes, smells just like the Coopertone traditional sunscreens you get at the drugstore with a hint more of powderiness.

Recommend?:
No, although I like the bottle, the formula just leaves my skin greasy, tacky and unpleasant which are two things I am trying to avoid.  I would not recommend anyone get this sunscreen. 
sunscreen collage 7This is also another sunscreen I got from a past Memebox, the vitamin box to be exact.  Although this sunscreen isn’t my favorite, it is still passable in my book. The vitamin sunscreen has a thicker consistency and takes a while to rub into my skin, again reminding me of the Coopertone sunscreens I used to use as a kid. 

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to:
-dry skin type people would like this as it hydrates the skin with the right amount of oil content from this sunscreen
-people with oily skin could also like this sunscreen, but make sure to use a mattifying foundation on top or some type of powder or else you’ll look a little shiny at the end of the day

Oil level from 1-5:
2.75/5

Fragrance?:
No

Recommend?:
Yes I would recommend this sunscreen as it does not leave my skin tacky, or too greasy.  There is a noticeable shine on where I applied it, however, it does look like I could fry an egg on it.  I like this sunscreen :).
sunscreen collageFinally a sunscreen I did not get from Memebox. Shingmulnara ultra light sun gel I accquired form Mnet’s Mwave beauty box which sadly was a one time thing, I wish they continued with their beauty boxes since it was a really good deal!  Out of all the sunscreens I have tried in my lifetime, this one is my favourite.  Why?  It is very light on the skin to the point where it feels like absolutely nothing, does not leave my skin greasy or tacky.

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to:
Everyone!!  Anyone and everyone can enjoy this skinscreen :D!

Oil level from 1-5:
2/5

Fragrance?:
Very faint scent of floral, like VERY faint.

Recommend?:
YES! I love this sunscreen!!  Hopefully I can find it on the internet or else I’d be super sad :(.
sunscreen collage 6Tony Moly has quite a few sunscreens in their line, and I have this one called the “my sunny milky sun cream” with SPF 35.  This sunscreen is quite thick for my taste and it takes a bit more time to blend into the skin however, this sunscreen leaves a prominent white cast which is suppose to make the skin look “milky”.  Girls with tan or chocolate skin type needs to stay away from this sunscreen or else I would make your skin look ashy.

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to:
People with normal to oily skin type can wear this sunscreen, however people with dry skin could find the whiteness left over a problem as it does make my skin look powdery and slightly dry.

Oil level from 1-5:
4/5 (quite high! Oh no…)

Fragrance?:
No

Recommend?:
With the oil content so high and how I can only see people with normal to oily skin types being able to enjoy this,  I would not recommend this sunscreen, its too much hassle for just a sunscreen :S. Skip…
sunscreen collage 3The last sunscreen I got purely because I wanted to continue my fruit collection from Tony Moly’s line.  I already had the banana face cream, both apple ones, peach lip balm and this was quite frankly an impulse buy :P.

Who I’d recommend this sunscreen to:
I can see people with normal to dry skin types enjoying this sunscreen, but definitely not anyone with oily skin types.  When I went to take photos for another blog post, I had this sunscreen as a base since I was planning to go out after that.  I went to review the photos and DAMNNNNNN…. my face looked like an absolute grease ball!! Thank god I wasn’t taking photos for any face products or else I could have not been able to use the photos.  It looks super oily on camera, not even with flash, so if you were to take photos with flash, you’re screen pretty much.

Oil level from 1-5:
3.75/5

Fragrance?:
Yes, smells like mango, the same mango scent as the one they have in the body shop.

Recommend?:
Although I love the packaging, I would not recommend this sunscreen since the oil content is high.  I would only be able to suggest those with dry skin to use this sunscreen and only use this if you are not taking any photos.
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Hopefully this short overview of all the Korean sunscreens I have are helpful to you guys out there.  There aren’t many sunscreen reviews that I can see of Korean sunscreens since they are kind of boring to review.
Let me know what are your favourite brand and type of sunscreens you guys use and love, I’d love to know! Write in the comments down below, I need to try more sunscreens to find that holy grail!

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. HeavenZanny

    Thank you for doing this review Christina 🙂 I have two of them the Blanc Doux and the Tony Moly that is not a fruit lol… I like the Blanc Doux best and it’s the only one I have written about on my blog as well… Have a great summer! I will look for the Shingmulnara ultra light sun gel and see if I can find that somewhere 🙂

    1. Christina

      Your welcome! Glad it was helpful to you, and have a great summer too, wherever you are in the world! I’m not too sure where you can find the gel sunscreen but best of luck.

  2. Marjolein Kucmer

    On a quest for the perfect sunscreen eh 😉 I’ll soon review a few of mine (the mild Etude house ones you asked)
    The blotting paper test is super cool. never thought about it! but I don’t get this part: Oil level from 1-5: >>3.75/5<<.
    How do you get this number, why go behind the . ?

    I have the first 3 sunscreens too xD only have tried the Blanc Doux, really like it but I kinda always forget to put on sunscreen too 😛 It's very good to know that this mango sunscreen is so greasy! I had it in my wishlist :O

    Thank you for this review!

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