Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen Review

Summer is coming up, lockdowns are becoming a thing of the past, and we’re all eager to be outside. Oh, glorious sun, how we have missed you! As the sun is getting warmer, glowing its rays on us we all need to stay protected. Sunscreen is more important now than ever since we haven’t been out in forever. With that, here’s a deep dive into the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen. 

Biore’s lightweight sunscreen has been considered by some to be a holy grail product. The subtly scented, high-SPF coverage gel is coveted by sun lovers and haters alike. A smooth, nearly-naked sunscreen that leaves zero streaks? Nobody can pass on this, that’s for sure.

This sunscreen has been raved about endlessly, rightfully so. We really like this sunscreen as well. In fact, “Watery Essence” is the perfect descriptor, this sunscreen feels like a gentle mist on your skin. Even better, regardless of your skin type, texture, or color, you can reap the rewards of Biore’s Essence. Right? Who would have thought this sunscreen could get any better?

One of our favorite things to do in the warmer weather is to go for casual, post-meal walks. It doesn’t feel like a huge event worth putting on a ton of sunscreen. But on the other hand, sun protection at all times of day is crucial. Nobody wants to look like a wrinkly old prune in a few years (which is what the sun can do). Biore’s Watery Essence sunscreen is a great way to avoid any of my aforementioned sun-related worries!

So, if you don’t usually wear sunscreen, we recommend you start doing it now. Since Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen is all the rage, we decided to get our hands on this product. Ahead, you’ll find everything you need to know about this product.


Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Pic

The ingredients are on par with the average sunscreen, though there is a higher concentration of alcohol than some other options. Unfortunately, for our dry-skinned girls, this is probably not the ‘screen for you. The higher alcohol content dries out the skin a little more than usual (*sad face*). If you’re really into giving this gel the good ol’ college try, then apply a hydrating moisturizer first. 

However, there is hyaluronate, a component of the magical hydration ingredient, hyaluronic acid. It’s like they knew there’d be a thirst for hydration. As someone with normal, combination, oily, or sensitive skin, the hyaluronate is enough to neutralize the effect of alcohol for no unwanted dryness. 

The formula also contains vitamin E that fights free radicals and helps to repair UV damage.

A few more ingredients to keep an eye on are the alcohols and fragrances. Although they can be okay for most people, you may be affected if you have particularly sensitive skin. Everyone deserves to put their best face forward, so we’re giving you a heads up here.

Who Is It For?

For our athletic sun-lovers and beach bums, this sunscreen is an ideal choice. The water-resistant formula can last up to 80 minutes in the water. It’s also great for a casual summer day – like a picnic at the park, or stroll along the boardwalk. Just make sure to reapply every 2 hours if you intend to stay out in the sun for a while.

Biore’s Watery Essence sunscreen is so light and quickly absorbed that makeup glides on with ease. Upon testing, we found that it has a gel-like consistency and it applies evenly. 


Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen consistency
applying biore

And don’t worry, the sun is the only thing shining this summer. Biore’s not going to be adding any extra grease or unwanted sheen to your face because it’s a non-greasy formula as you can clearly see in the photo above. 

For someone with oily and acne-prone skin, we think this sunscreen is an excellent choice. It doesn’t dry out your skin or clog pores. Literally, you’d fall head over heels for this sunscreen. It’s also great for combination skin types.

Thanks to the inclusion of hydrating hyaluronic acid, your skin will stay hydrated and moisturized for longer. The formula will leave your skin glowing and quenched with hydration.  

If you’re worried about premature aging, you would definitely want to reach for this sunscreen. Albeit temporarily, we found that it can fill fine lines and smooth out your skin.

This sunscreen is amazing for dark skin. One of our African-American testers swears by this product. According to Kokoro Japan Store, this sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and colors because it doesn’t leave any white cast. You can read the full review here. They also have several other Japanese skincare products to offer. 

Value For Money

Biore Watery Essence Sunscreen

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In terms of value, this sunscreen from Biore deserves full marks. It costs around $16 for 1.7 ounces (50g) of product on Amazon. While it’s true that you can find drugstore picks at a much cheaper price, the formulas are not nearly as good as this one.

There are alternatives like Supergoop Unseens Sunscreen or Glossier Invisible Shield (and we love both these sunscreens), but they cost more than twice the money for the same amount of product. So, we’ll say it’s priced quite reasonably, and if you have budget constraints, Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen might be the “one” for you.


There are a ton of people who opt-out of sunscreen, though Biore’s essence is a game-changer. Whether your issue with traditional sunscreen is the streaky cast left behind, or the greasy feel, those are now a thing of the past. Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Essence Sunscreen glides on with ease, and then you’ll forget about it. Go ahead, put your makeup on.

Everyone’s skin sensitivities have truly been considered. Solid 50 SPF coverage, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid components, and a barely-there finish make this sunscreen a 10/10. No matter your skin needs or skin tone, there’s a way to make this greatly loved sunscreen work for you.

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