23 Jan 2017

Review: A'pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA+++

I wanted to talk about this A'pieu sunscreen. Actually there isn't a lot of review on this product, so i hope that this review will br helpful for those of you who want to get it. To start with, this product actually reminds me a lot of my beloved Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence. It's also much cheaper than Biore sunscreen, especially for those living overseas with difficulty accessing Biore sunscreen. Hence, let's find out if this A'pieu one is as good, worse than, or even better than the Biore sunscreen.

A'pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA+++ comes in plain tube without a box. Everything is wrapped in plastic to preserve its freshness. Sort of like Hada Labo products. 

There isn't a lot of information you can find on the product label. Even the ingredients are not available on its official website or the packaging. You can see the ingredients here although I am not sure of its accuracy.


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, Bemotrizinol

{sunscreen ingredients}


As you can see, this product needs a lot more sunscreen actives to give a wide spectrum protection given its watery gel consistency, if compared to Biore or most other Korean sunscreens. There isn't any harmful ingredients according to CosDNA though so this is quite safe for sensitive skin. However, since this is a pure chemical sunscreen, individuals prefer physical sunscreen or is sensitive to pure chemical sunscreen should walk away.


Although this sunscreen feels and smells like Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence, but its absorbency is no where near the Biore one. Biore melts on my skin whereas this leaves a rather messy layer on the skin that requires at least half a minute of patting to have it fully absorbed. I think it is the technology and formulation that deems this a failed dupe (I am not sure is it intended to be a dupe though) of the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence.


I wanted to like this sunscreen, as it is quite cheap (in Malaysia, the price is more or less the same as Biore), really refreshing and smells great on the skin. It also has a watery gel texture that I fancy about in most sunscreens. However, it feels really plasticky, doesn't get absorbed well and something about its formulation makes me worry that this product will not do its job well compared to other sunscreen. Since the ability of a sunscreen to guard UVA is not something that you can tell overnight, hence it is best to avoid things that I doubt for the welfare of my skin. I will finish this up but will not repurchase.

About: sunscreen
Properties: refreshing, sun protecting, hydrating
Best suited for: all skin types, especially oily skin
May not suit: very dry skin

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

You can get this from: Hermo | 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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