[REVIEW] 2017 Reformulation of Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence


Finally! I will talk about one of the “It” sunscreen of the year, that received so many reviews this year because the beloved sunscreen for almost everyone reformulated their ingredients. I noticed that this New Formulation of Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence received a few pros and cons reviews through out the year. So… will I be joining the pro team or the cons team? We shall see…


Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence is a Japanese sunscreen that applies like water. The daily use sunscreen is renewed to be water and sweat-resistant while having the same weightless, water-light texture and fresh finish as its previous formula released in 2015. It features UV protection-enriched water capsules that turns the sunscreen into a uniform, water-like protective veil when applied on the skin. A blend of hyaluronic acid, royal jelly and Mix Citrus Essence; helps the skin retain moisture and softness.

Non-sticky, water-light, looks invisible. It provides durable protection against daily UV exposure while leaving the skin feeling fresh and comfortable. Best suited for everyday wear in the summer.

For face and body.
Resistant to water and sweat.
Double as a makeup base.
Removable with a face or body wash.
Fresh Fruit Fragrance

INGREDIENTS: Water, alcohol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, lauryl methacrylate/sodium methacrylate crosspolymer, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, dimethicone, ethylhexyl triazone, silica dimethyl silylate, dipropylene glycol, xylitol, dextrin palmitate, acrylates/C10-30 acrylate crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, polysilicone-9, glyceryl stearate, aminomethyl propanol, dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, agar, isoceteth-20, C30-45 alkyl methicone, polyvinyl alcohol, C30-45 olefin, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, royal jelly extract, orange fruit extract, grapefruit extract, lemon fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, BHT, fragrance.

Source: RatzillaCosme


Even though there are a lot of people who prefer the old formulation, I personally think that both version works pretty similar on my skin, in fact I don’t notice any difference to be honest. It’s still protect my skin without leaving any greasiness and white cast, and still works pretty well as primer. The thing that I dislike and learn to ignore with both version remains the same: the alcohol scent. Well, maybe it’s unavoidable since alcohol is the second highest ingredients in the list. However, I just wish that the 2017 version use less alcohol, perhaps.


Maybe because I’ve use the Innisfree Sensitive skin-friendly sunscreen before this one, that I become way too sensitive to the alcohol scent (seriously, the alcohol scent is overpowering the “fruity” scents that it claims to have, lol). Nevertheless, my skin get used to it just like the old 2015 version one. Though there are lots of debate that saying that this sunscreen is “indoor sunscreen” that won’t be enough for outdoor use, well… maybe I would suggest you to use other sunscreen if you often going out / work outdoor under the sun.


Well… I have to say that I slighttttly prefer the Innisfree one because of the alcohol-less ingredients. They both have pretty same price, and works pretty much the same on me. Would I repurchase this? Probably, because in my country, this Bioré one and the Innisfree one are a few of sunscreen that I would like to use for everyday use, no matter how strong the alcohol scent that it had (lol). But still, if Bioré would want to “reformulate” this sunscreen once again sometimes in the future, I prefer that they ditch the alcohol, or maybe, just, put it bellow in the ingredient list, please. Thank you.


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