10 Aug 2016

The Velvety Soft. Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF50+/PA+++


This was not an impulsive buy. I bought this after reading a review raving about it, from a Philippine's blogger with weather highly similar to Malaysia - equally hot and humid. Among all sunscreens she reviewed, this was the only one that she rated 5/5 back then. It raises my curiosity hence prompts me to purchase it. The one I bought is the 70ml version.



Almost everything on the packaging is in Korean, which I unfortunately could not read. Information I found on the official Missha US website claims that this sunscreen is a refreshing and light-weighted formula which gets absorbed quickly, leaving behind a smooth and soft finish without any stickiness and white cast. It contains the myrciaria dubia fruit extract to brighten up the skin as well as natural barrier complex and thanaka to hydrate and protect the skin from environmental aggressors.



INGREDIENTS

Dimethicone, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Everlasting Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Ethanol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Titanium Oxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl laurate, PEG-10Dimethicone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Methicone, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Triethoxy Caprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxy Ethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides, Althaea Rosea Flower Root Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract

{sun filters, good ingredients, problematic ingredients}

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

I'm pleasantly surprised by the ingredients list. Not only did it use everlasting flower water to replace normal water, which carries additional soothing, healing and elasticity-building effects, it also has zinc dioxide which is a great UVA filter that can block harmful UVA rays from causing hyperpigmentation and premature aging on your skin. Normally, a product using zinc dioxide tends to be either too sandy (because they don't emulsify well in a solution) or sticky (since chemists overcompensate by putting a lot of lipids in it), but this feels just like Hada Labo Air Aqua Daily Emulsion, not too sandy nor sticky.

This sunscreen carries a nice blend of botanical extracts, from camu-camu berries which is a vitamin C enriched fruit extract to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone, to other plant extracts like althaea flower extract, piper methysticum, rosa davurica bud, rutaceae, and so on. Apart from brightening, which is offered by the camu-camu berries, the rest provides additional moisturizing, anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory and elasticity-boosting effects, which I would say pretty minimal given their proportion in here. I wouldn't buy this sunscreen because of these tiny amount of extracts, but wouldn't mind that they include all these bonuses. 

Except for propyparaben and butylparaben, I would say that the list appears pretty clean for me. Most potentially acne-causing or irritating ingredients are commonly present in a lot other skincare as well.

In short, this sunscreen with its ingredients promises velvety application, evener skin tone and wide spectrum sun protection. This would work great for all skin types especially oilier skin.

TEXTURE



The sun milk has a pearly white (or even pinkish) appearance that glides on smoothly on the skin. It feels slightly powdery, perhaps due to the zinc dioxide inside or the formulation as a whole, and is more suitable for oilier skin or colder seasons. It blends out smoothly but dries down semi-matte. The scent is weird, a bit funky definitely not perfumy or floral.

CONCLUSION

It is indeed a velvety soft experience with the Missha Soft Finish Sun Milk. Don't be bluffed by the name, despite its milky appearance and seemingly moistful finish, it is more suitable for oilier skin since this sun milk dries down semi-matte with a powdery finish.

This is waterproof. It stays at the back of my hand even after showering after I swatched it on my hand. Having said that, you must remove this with your cleansing water or makeup remover otherwise it might clog pores. This is also not something I would enjoy wearing while taking a nap since I would feel a layer of something chemical sitting on top of my skin, as if I am sleeping with my foundation on.

As compared to the Innisfree No-Sebum Sun Milk I reviewed previously, which has similar formula and finish to this, I will say that this is more moisturizing, less drying, less powdery but less well formulated compared to the Innisfree one. Oilier, acne-prone and sensitive skin should definitely go for the Innisfree one whereas this Missha one would work great for normal to oily skin looking for a soft and less-drying finish. This Missha one may not be that great for sensitive skin since it also contains some chemical sun filters and parabens which some people are allergic to.

In short, this is yet another not-so-badly-formulated sunscreen that just doesn't happen to suit me.


About: sunscreen
Purpose: UVA (PA+++); UVB (SPF50+)
Best suited for: normal to oily skin wanting a semi-matte and velvety soft finish with skin brightening benefits
May not suit: drier skin, sensitive skin, individuals cannot tolerate funky-smelling sunscreen

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★ (something about its quality really turns me off)


You can get this from: Missha MalaysiaRoseRoseShop | Testerkorea | Jolse
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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