15 Aug 2017

Review: Naruko AMPM RX10 Peptide Total-Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++


If you follow my blog, you will notice that I was a big advocate for Naruko AMPM Sunscreen. I tried and loved its SPF30 version very much, even rated it as my top 1 holy grail sunscreen. None of the sunscreens I tried later can surpass the impression it gave me. However, I also realized that the SPF30 version doesn't contain sufficient UVA1 protection, which made it useful only for office wear (where your are shielded from sun exposure), not outdoor activities. As such, I was really keen to try out its SPF50 version to see if I like it as much as the SPF30 one, so I was not hesitated when I saw the SPF50 version on sales at Watson's a few months ago. I also purchased the Naruko Jing Cheng First Essence. Let's read on to find out my thoughts on the Naruko AMPM RX10 Peptide Total-Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++!

(updated on August 23, 2017)



Naruko AMPM RX10 Peptide Total-Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ is a sunscreen with both physical and chemical filters. It is formulated by the popular Taiwanese beauty guru Nu-Er. The AMPM line is designed specifically for office lady who works AM and PM. This sunscreen contains a bunch of peptides (a type of amino acids) with respective skincare benefits to treat your skin while shielding it away from UV damage.



The sunscreen comes in a white plastic bottle with a twist-open cap. The design is not very hygienic because you will see a lot of the sunscreen residues trapped at the tip.



To use, you simple need to shake the bottle thoroughly to ensure the bottle inside is well mixed, then pour about 1/4 tsp, or an old 50 cents size onto your palm, and lightly pat them onto your face for absorption.



INGREDIENTS



[active ingredients]
Octylmethoxy Cinnamate 10%,
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 3%

[other ingredients]
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/ 1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Oleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Dacetate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyloyl Hydroxytheeonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Pentapeptide-18, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Oligopeptide-68, Nonapeptide-1, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

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INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS
(CosDNA)



(updated on August 23, 2017)

This product uses three sun filters, namely octinoxate (10%), uvinul A plus (3%) and titanium dioxide. They are exactly the same as the SPF30 sun filters, except for the difference in concentration.

Octinoxate is a very controversial sunscreen. It can mimic your hormone and thus leads to safety concerns. It is only allowed for use of a maximum 7.5% in sunscreen by the FDA. Although it is very commonly used in sunscreen, caution is often advised, and the fact that this sunscreen increases its concentration to 10% is a bit alarming. Then we have uvinul A plus, a UVA filter that peaks at 354nm. This ingredients is rarely found in Japanese and American sunscreens as it is only approved in Europe and Asia, but the protection is decent. We also have titanium dioxide that offers UVA2 and UVB protection.

There is no botanical extracts here, only 10 different types with its respective skin treating properties, as explained below:


The peptides used here are almost identical to the SPF30 version. I have researched and talked about the properties of the respective peptides hence you can refer to my review of the SPF30 version for further information.

Basically, there is no distinctive difference in the formulation as a whole. The SPF50 uses more concentrated sun filters and doesn't contain alcohol and talc. The rest are more or less identical.

PERFORMANCE


I am very dissatisfied with this sunscreen. I thought with the so-called SPF50 PA+++, you should at least have a UVA1 filter, not just a mere increment in the concentration of old sun filters used. Maybe a lot of UVA2 is enough to be labelled PA+++ but I am just... disappointed.



Next, I want to scream at the texture. Without alcohol, this stuff is like a super silicony and plasticky lotion that never seems to be well absorbed by the skin. It feels like the texture of Senka UV Perfect (the blue bottle) but worse! It does leave a white cast, but that white cast disappears quickly so I don't want to complaint on the white cast issue. The real problem is, however, the chalky residue it leaves after it dries down. I don't know how to describe, this feels like a silicone-based zinc oxide-containing sunscreen but it is actually not. I guess they didn't put a good effort into making sure that the particles are fine enough or the emulsion is well emulsified. I guess sunscreen suspension is a good way to describe it.

CONCLUSION


I am totally disappointed with this sunscreen, despite my love for its SPF30 counterpart hence I would never repurchase in the future.

Pros:
- reasonably priced
- blend of peptides used
- does not contain alcohol

Cons:
- awful, unpleasant, slow-absorbing texture
- white cast that dries down into chalky residue

Overall impression: ★
Repurchasing: ☆ 
You can get this from: Naruko Malaysia | Beauty Stall | Hermo | Watson's etc
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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