16 Sep 2016

Mamonde sunscreens: Watery Drop Sun Jelly || Everyday Sun Cream

Technically, this is not a comparison review of both sunscreens. I bought the Water Drop Sun Jelly last year but only started to use it this year whereas the Everyday Sun Cream is a formula upgrade I bought few months ago. The Water Drop Sun  Jelly has also been discontinued at the moment, and I am not sure (although I am positive) whether or not they will bring it back in the winter season.

Since I am using both sunscreens and have not talked about either of them before, I just thought it would be informative and time-saving to talk about them together - so as to give you guys a clearer idea of different Mamonde sunscreens and how they reformulation has changed the line.


Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly SPF30 PA++ is a mild, water-based jelly-texture sunscreen that offers weightless and non-sticky sun protection.

Mamonde Everyday Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ is an innovative, broad spectrum sunscreen with a unique water splash texture that moisturizes and protects the skin from sun damage.


The Water Drop Sun Jelly comes in a mini plastic bottle that is very light and convenient to carry around in your bag for reapplication. However, since the Everyday Sun Cream is bulkier and comes in bigger volume, it will last you for longer. In my case, the Water Drop Sun Jelly has lasted me for 1-2 months whereas the Everyday Sun Cream should be good for 2-3 months if  I use it everyday.

For those of you who may not be aware, you are supposed to apply at least 1/4 tsp (1.23ml) of sunscreen on your face and neck every single day, regardless of whether or not you will be going out. The thing is, applying a broad spectrum sunscreen that will really protect your skin from the sun, and applying the right amount of it might freak most of us out. So far, only Japanese sunscreen and my holy grail AMPM sun lotion manages to keep my skin breathable after I layer 1.23ml of them on it.

So, one of my tricks to deal with this is to prepare two sunscreens - one with lightweighted texture and one with higher SPF and PA. In the Mamonde case, I will apply about 1/6 tsp of the Water Drop Sun Jelly all over my face. Wait 1 minute. And then dab 1/8 tsp of the Everyday Sun Cream on my forehead, cheek bone, nose, chin and neck. Trust me, your skin will feel fresher compared to rubbing all 1.23 ml (which is about the volume of the old 50 cent!) on it.


Both sunscreen smells nice. The Water Drop Sun Jelly one reminds me of soft blossom whereas the Everyday Sun Cream one has a fairly strong woody hibiscus scent. 

I think the pictures speak better than words here. The Water Drop Sun Jelly blends out like water without leaving any residues, white cast and stickiness. As for the Everyday Sun Cream, you can clearly see its signature "water splash" texture and how it forms a tinted layer on your skin which works like a natural highlighter and skin tone corrector.

To be honest, I like the texture of the Water Drop Sun Jelly better. It is really light-weighted without burdening your skin or leaving any uncomfortable sticky residue. It also works great for oily and sensitive skin looking for mild sun protection as well!

However, that doesn't mean that the Everyday Sun Cream is heavy or overwhelming. It is of course relatively heavier and creamier compared to the Water Drop Sun Jelly, but is considered light-weighted among all other Korean sunscreens I've tried that contain the word "sun cream". Also, a lot people might enjoy its tinted-moisturizer texture with colour-correcting or highlighting effects, which actually saves them money and time buying a separate colour-corrector. Since this sunscreen has a rather on-average consistency and two-in-one functions, I do agree that it is indeed a "Everyday Sun Cream" that will work great for all skin types, all seasons, and under different circumstances. One thing to note when you use this sunscreen is that you must remove this with a makeup remover (cleansing water/oil will do) in addition to normal cleanser.


Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly SPF30 PA++ (CosDNA Analysis)
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethanol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Triethanolamine, Behenyl Alcohol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, PEG-10, Adenosine, Fragrance

Mamonde Everyday Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ (CosDNA Analysis)
Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propanediol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Adenosine, Stearic Acid, Silica, Alumina, Aluminum Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

{sun filters, skin-benefiting ingredients}

[image source] the gorgeous sunny calendula flower


Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly SPF30 PA++
For some reason, I like the ingredients list of this older formula better. This sunscreen utilizes 4 major sun filters: octinoxate, octisalate, amiloxate and uvinul A plus. All of them offer a good deal of UVB protection but not so much of UVA especially UVA1. Having said that, I would avoid the sun if I am only wearing this sunscreen. On top of that, we have a bunch of skin-benefiting ingredients like niacinamide, portulaca oleracea extract, hyaluronic acid, and calendula flower extract to improve skin elasticity, combat aging, tackle hyperpigmentation, moisturize and soothe the skin. I am pleasantly surprised by the presence of niacianmide in here, as products with this ingredient have helped to improve my freckles by a lot. I guess I understand their higher cost and smaller volume in a bottle now.

Mamonde Everyday Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++
This sunscreen actually has a rather plain and straightforward ingredients list. Most of them are sun filters and texture-ingredients. Maybe they add in calendula flower extract to match the big calendula flower printed on the bottle to say that oh this contains calendula flower extract. Nothing less, and nothing more. A whole lot of the products are emulsifiers, solvents, emollients, viscosity-controller, and pigments. Maybe also fragrance and preservative. All these contribute to the unique water splash texture, which makes this more of a makeup primer than a skincare item. The good part is that, all ingredients used here including the pigment aluminium stearate used to create the tinted highlighting effects are pretty safe to be used in cosmetic products. However, if you are a skincare person looking for more in your sunscreen then you might be disappointed.


Again, this is not technically a comparison review so I cannot conclude by saying that oh I like A or B better. Both products, although from the same brand, are meant for different skin types, needs and preferences. 

If you are looking for a mild, light-weighted, water-based, and hydrating sunscreen but wouldn't mind its higher price-to-volume ratio and lesser sun protection then I would suggest that you go for the Water Drop Sun Jelly. It also comes with more skincare benefits and is suitable for oily and sensitive skins.

On the other hand, individuals who wouldn't mind creamier sunscreen but want a broad-spectrum protection and colour-correcting property in your sunscreen should opt for the Everyday Sun Cream. This sun cream is also particularly convenient and great for those who are active outdoor and want to have that non-greasy dewy glow on their face without having to apply too many layers of product on their face.

If you ask me, I like both products, maybe the Water Drop Sun Jelly more. But both are not in my repurchase list. Taking into consideration the performance, application and price, I prefer my AMPM Sun LotionBiore Watery Essence, Hada Labo UV Perfect Gel and Kose Sekkisei Sun Essence Protect Gel over the Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly. I am not saying that the Water Drop Sun Jelly is not good. It is great, but is rather pricey (35ml/~RM 50-60). Its skin brightening benefit is also something I can obtain from the Kose Sun Essence so it is not really unique in my opinion. Individuals with sensitive and oily skin who cannot tolerate the alcohol content in AMPM, Biore, Hada Labo and Kose should definitely consider this product.

As for the Everyday Sun Cream, it is interesting to apply but I am not a makeup person and I still find its consistency a bit too creamy for my liking. But this is a very subjective feeling which has nothing to do with the product itself so do always figure out what you need or expect in a sunscreen before making any decision.

I guess that's all I want to say about these two Mamonde sunscreens. Thanks for reading and see you guys in my next post!

Mamonde Water Drop Sun Jelly SPF30 PA++
packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★ 
efficacy: ★★★ (inadequate sun protection)
overall impression: ★★★ (very good and I really enjoy it)

Mamonde Everyday Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++
packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★☆ (a bit strong for me)
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★
efficacy: ★(no motivation to apply 1/4 tsp)
overall impression: ★★ (meh; neither good or bad)

You can get Water Drop Sun Jelly from: Hermo
You can get Everyday Sun Cream from: Mamonde Malaysia | Hermo | Althea | RoseRoseShop
[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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