[REVIEW] CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review:

Skincare regime is a complex thing, I would say. I am a beauty junkie and like checking out the many products and purposes. Even I occasionally get a headache from scouring through them.  So for the minimalists out there who prefer a less cluttered life, my (non-representative) suggestion is to have at least the basics; cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen.

Admittedly, sunscreen would not have been on my list years back.  I became aware of sunscreen only in my early 30s (do I hear some gasps of shock?)! I periodically made purchases of sunscreen, exploring both drugstore and luxury brands.  But I quickly moved from one brand to another because of either the sticky feeling, the whitecast or the breakouts they caused. I was on the verge of giving up, but pigmentations start to show up more obviously on my skin and I decided it is time I take sun protection seriously. Better late than never.

A quick tutorial on sunscreen for the benefit of the novices:

  • SPF refers to the level of protection from UVB rays while PA refers to the level of protection from UVA rays. UVB rays can cause sunburns while UVA rays can penetrate deeper into the skin dermis to cause aging and wrinkling.
  • There is a common misperception that higher SPF is better.  This is not the case. A higher SPF means it will protect you from the sun for a longer period of time, but it does not necessarily mean superior sun protection.
  • PA is the “Protection Grade of UVA rays”. It is often leveled as PA+, PA++, PA+++.  The more plus signs, the more protection it provides against UVA rays. PA+++ is the highest grade of UVA protection currently available.

If you had read one of my previous reviews, you would know that I am attracted to cosmeceutical brand.  To recap, cosmeceutical brands use science and extensive research in formulating products that are effective and deliver results.

So here enters CNP Laboratory into my life. CNP first started as a dermatology clinic in South Korea in Year 1996. Today, it has a wide network of branches in South Korea. CNP Laboratory was subsequently launched in Year 2000, on the philosophy ‘True Beauty Begins with Healthy Skin’ to produce high-quality skincare products.


(As obtained from CNP Laboratory official website)

  • Broad spectrum SPF defends the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • The formula has a pink tint to brighten the skintone and even out minor imperfections, acting like a makeup base.
  • Pearl powder controls sebum production throughout the day, preventing excesive shine on the skin surface. Deep sea water that is rich in minerals and amino acids helps maintain and lock in moisture for hydrated skin.
  • No Parabens, Talc, Artificial Coloring, Benzophenone, Mineral oil has been added. Perfect for sensitive skin.

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Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Magnesium Sulfate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyapatite, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, CI 77492, CI 77491, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Tourmaline, Panthenol, Sea Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Montmorillonite, Amethyst Powder, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ubiquinone, Thioctic Acid, Pearl Powder

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review

Volume: 50ml

How to use:

Apply a moderate amount before makeup, gently spreading evenly on entire face and to areas exposed to UV rays. For best results, use after morning skincare routine, 30 minutes before getting into the sun.

My Skin Type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review:

There is nothing to wow over the packaging, which I realized is the case with most cosmeceutical brands. But this is fine with me, especially since I am at this age where cutesy packaging does not quite look synchronized with me. And as with Korean products, the back of the tube are all in their local language.

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review

This is a cream type sunscreen, with a very light powdery scent. It is tinted pink and blends very well into the skin. It actually feels lighter than what a typical cream product will.

There is no white cast that is often associated with sunscreen.  If you look at the photo, you probably will have difficulty telling where the cream is applied and not applied on my hand, if not for the line I drew.  

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review
The brightness on the right side without the cream is due to lighting, so do not be mistaken that the sun cream will dull your skin tone.

Nevertheless, I apply this through down my jawline, just to make sure I do not look two-toned along the day. In any case, the poor often neglected neck does need sunscreen love too.

And why I am sold by this sunscreen is that it stays true to the claim of sebum control. My face remains matte for my entire work day! I have tried it on its own before ie. a no make-up day and it limits the sebum for a good 6 – 7 hours or so.

However, it is on the pricey side compared to some other Japanese or Korean brands. This brings me to one thing that irks me – the design of the packaging.  I am not sure if this is due to the air pump, the cream sometimes does not spritz out that smoothly.

CNP Laboratory Tone-up Protection Sun SPF42 PA+++ Review

And no matter how much I twist and squeeze the tube, I am not able to get all (or most of) the cream out towards the end. I threw away my first tube when I could not get anymore when pumping.

For the second tube, I got wiser and cut the tube open. And oh my, there was at least 10 – 12ml of “residual” cream that I transferred to a small travel jar. For the price, I want to make sure I make every cent count.

This is definitely a stayer for me, as it addresses all that I dread in sunscreen – good oil control, no whitecast and no breakouts. Boy, am I glad that my disappointment with sunscreen is a thing of the past.

This will not be suitable for those with dry skin, because of the mattifying effect. It is likely to show up dry patches and could also make your skin feels tight.

For those who are interested, CNP Laboratory does have another sunscreen meant for dry skin called the Omega Perfection Sunblock. I cannot speak for its performance though as I have not used this before.

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