19 Apr 2019

Review: Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++

Honestly, I didn’t plan to get this sunscreen when it was first launched. The texture looks rich in the promotional brochures. I also don’t like the fact that it has skin toning effect, which I am not fond of. Besides, I always prefer Biore over Sunplay sunscreens. I guess I would never buy this if I didn’t forget to bring my sunscreen when I was travelling back to my hometown, and I couldn’t find other sunscreens that I wanted to try when I visited the nearby Watson’s store.

The Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++ was pretty popular in Japan before it came to Malaysia. You can see that many J-beauty dealers are actually carrying it. It is one of the top selling sunscreens in Japan.

The packaging does look pretty indeed. A tube like this has 80g worth of product inside, and will cost you around RM50-60. Not the cheapest deal ever, but reasonable.

The sunscreen comes in a milky and creamy lotion consistency. It has skin toning up effect so your skin will look slightly brighter than it is when applied. However, this product absorbs well so it doesn’t really produce any white cast that we are all worried about. The product doesn’t have any alcohol scent, only some mild floral scent that I pretty enjoy having on my face.

It is also water resistant and sweat resistant, and can serve as a great makeup primer or tone corrector for you. The lavender colour is a blend of blue and pink tint for translucent and natural radiance respectively. The iridescent strobe pearl powder inside also diffuses light for a brighter and luminous complexion.

Given its lightweight texture, high SPF and PA factors, as well as multi-functionality, no wonder it is the number 1 best-selling sunscreen in Cosme Japan.


Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 60, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimenthyl Silane, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methophenyl Triazine, Acrylates Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Ammonium Acryloydimenthytaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Alcochol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Fragrance, BHT, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, RED 30, CL 73360, Tin Oxide, Blue 1, CI 42090, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract


This sunscreen uses octinoxate, titanium dioxide, uvinul A plus, and tinosorb S, all of which are commonly used sun filters with broad spectrum protection. Octinoxate is used in almost every sunscreen as an excellent UVB absorber. It is also the oldest sunscreen active with solid record of safetiness after vigorous testings and is also FDA approved. Titanium dioxide is a physical sunscreen that provides adequate UVA2 and UVB protection. It doesn’t penetrate the skin as compared to chemical sunscreen and can compliment octinoxate. Uvinul A plus and tinosorb S are both approved in Europe and Asia with excellent UVA1 and UVA2 protection, which means they shield your skin from radical damages that lead to dark spots and wrinkles. Overall, very good sunscreen filters used here.

Second ingredient here is alcohol, which gives the lightweight and high absorbency texture here. Personally, it doesn’t give me any sensitive reaction. It really depends on the technology used by the manufacturers for skincare with alcohol.

The rest of the ingredients are just emollients, viscosity controls, film formers, pH adjusters and so on. Nothing too brow-raising here. The pigments that are added for tone correcting effects may cause acne so if you are someone who have never used similar product before or have highly sensitive skin then please do patch test before buying. Since this contains pigments, it is also highly advisable that you use a makeup remover before cleansing it with normal cleanser.

Finally, this sunscreen also contains a tiny amount of sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C derivative, and some botanical extracts which I think are insignificant to provide any skincare benefit for the skin.


Honestly, I did not regret the buy. I think this is indeed a very well-made sunscreen with nice features added to it that will attract young women. First of all, it is aesthetically pleasing. It has this nice layered design with pink, blue and lavender shades. Its toning up and correct correcting effects will make it a wonderful feature especially for those who put on makeup. It actually saves them money buying makeup base, primer or colour corrector. I also like how this is very lightweight and can be easily absorbed by the skin. It takes only 1-2 minutes to apply that required ¼ tsp amount without leaving any sticky or greasy residues on your skin. My skin is supple and soft after applying. No wonder it is the best-selling sunscreen in Japan!


Despite my initial reluctance to buy this, I actually do not regret buying this Sunplay UV Essence at all. The texture is lightweight enough for me, without leaving any undesired white cast or stickiness. The colour correcting effect is just nice and will not be too “weird” or “abrupt” when applied on my skin. I am using N21 shade though, so I am not sure how does this work on those with fairer or darker skin tone. Personally, it sits just well on my skin. I also love how it is being inexpensive considering that it costs only RM55 for 80g (Biore UV Aqua Essence costs RM30 for 50g).

Above are my “first impression” of the sunscreen after using it for weeks now. I will update you guys after I finish using the sunscreen in case my opinion has changed after using it for longer period.

Until then, ja-ne~!

[Disclaimer] Product mentioned herewith is purchased with my own money. All opinions expressed here are my honest views on the product(s). All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.


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