Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun SPF50+/PA++++ was purchased by Cosmeperks.
Cosrx has been releasing some interesting new products lately, and suffice to say, I’ve been feeling pretty left out from all the hype as I’ve only had experience using their older stuff. So when Nigama offered this review opportunity shortly after the release of the new Cosrx sunscreens, I immediately jumped to chance.
And as there were 1+1 launch offers, this is just the first half of my reviews for the sleek-looking sun products from Cosrx – the Snail Essence Sun (Moisture) coming up soon! So, without further ado, here’s my take on this new sunscreen aimed towards fellow sensitive-skinned folks.
+ EWG all green grade & 100% physical sunscreen:
Formulated with all green ingredients/EWG all green grade formula, this sunscreen comforts the skin while providing a perfect protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
+ This complete skin shield applies effortlessly to protect the skin from overexposure to sunlight and pollution.
+Mild comfort system:
This comforting sunscreen relieves irritation while calming redness with a unique ‘Mild Comfort System’ formulated with Centella Asiatica Extract and Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract.
+ It helps sensitive skin look and feel more comfortable.
+Anti-pollution Skin Shield:
Artemisia Capillaris Extract protects the skin from fine dust and other external stressors.
+Soft Matte Finish:
The weightless cream texture helps control sebum production to smoothen the skin without clogging the pores.
It leaves the skin with a soft matte finish with no greasy residue and no white cast.
+Other notable claims:
Paraben free, cruelty free, travel-friendly and dermatologist tested.
Light-weight texture that you can layer on every 3 hours for perfect UV shield effect.
A perfect blend of skin care and makeup to keep the lightweight, water-based formula safe, this formula allows your makeup to stay fresh and the color to stay true.
Source: Official Cosrx product page.
Water, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tribehenin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Mica (CI 77019), Magnesium Sulfate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Trihydroxystearin, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Octanediol, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract.
Zinc Oxide: A physical/inorganic sunscreen filter which absorbs and blocks UVA and UVB rays, hence considered “broad-spectrum”. It is photostable and less likely to cause irritation, however it is also allegedly responsible for a sunscreen’s “white cast”.
Titanium Dioxide: A physical/inorganic sunscreen filter which reflects and blocks UVA and UVB rays, however does not protect against the whole range of UVA rays. It is photostable and less likely to cause irritation but may cause breakouts for some. Also may cause a “white cast” effect on deeper skin tones.
Centella Asiatica Extract: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: Otherwise known as the extract from the German Chamomile plant. Contains α-bisabolol which is a key anti-inflammatory component and thus may aid in soothing irritated skin and speeding up the wound healing process.
Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract: Rich in antioxidants, thus may yield great anti-aging and anti-wrinkle benefits.
Snail Secretion Filtrate: Claimed to aid in anti-aging benefits such as minimizing wrinkles and fine lines, firming and tightening the skin and boosting elastin and collagen production. Also said to help repair skin damage, heal wounds and burns, replenish moisture, and assist in reducing scars and skin pigmentation.
Artemisia Capillaris Extract: Also known as mugwort extract. Helps relieve skin inflammation due to sensitivity issues such as atopic diseases (eg. eczema).
Based on the ingredients, it can be observed that this sunscreen contains both and only physical sunscreen filters such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These inorganic filters are supposedly a safer choice for those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin types as they do not penetrate much into the skin and instead forms a protective layer/film over the skin. However, some may still find their skin irritated or allergic to either filters, so do take note.
Furthermore, according to Skincarisma, there may be possible triggers for fungal acne (Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Stearic Acid). This sunscreen also contains silicone (Cyclomethicone) and an essential oil (Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil).
Hence, if sensitive to any ingredients stated above or any other ingredient listed, please do steer clear (or at least patch test before use to note down any possible skin sensitivity or irritation).
How to use:
1. Apply a generous amount on over face 30 minutes before sun exposure.
2. Reapply throughout the day as needed, especially during prolonged sun exposure.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun SPF50+/PA++++ Review:
Admittedly, Korean formulations are never really my first pick when I’m looking for new sun care products as oftentimes, I’d prefer more cosmetically-elegant and cheaper Japanese formulations. However, I do get intrigued with certain brand launches – Cosrx being one of those brands.
So while I don’t necessarily jump to the chance to own their products, Cosrx is known to be kind of the sweetheart of many Asian skincare aficionados, especially if you were lurking on r/AsianBeauty circa a few years ago.
I think what’s interesting to note is that this is the latest sunscreen launch from Cosrx since… well, their Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. Which, by the way, is definitely considered one of their “classic”/”old” products from the original line-up. Just look at the product packaging difference and you’ll understand.
Unfortunately, though, my skin doesn’t fare too well with aloe in high concentrations, so I was definitely scared away from even trying out that sun care item. But everything’s not lost since we now have a centella-based sunscreen, right? Especially when I know that my skin always loves some tiger grass goodness!
So, let’s get down to some details before I spam you with my personal thoughts and experiences.
The Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun, or as I like to call it, the “Cosrx Centella Sunscreen” (I’m just lazy, haha) comes within an outer green transparent plastic box that’s pretty cute in of itself. The actual product is housed in an opaque, matte slim green squeeze-tube with a white screw cap that twists off to reveal a fine nozzle dispenser.
With such an ergonomic design, I’m pleased to say that application is definitely smooth sailing. I also like how travel-friendly the packaging design in as the firm screw cap eases any worry of product leakage.
Scent-wise, to me, it has some minty-herbal notes (I’m guessing it’s from the Clary Oil) which I personally have no issue with as it’s not terribly strong. It does linger, however, so that’s definitely something to consider.
Interestingly though, when I asked my mum what this sunscreen smells like, she said that it reminds her of those old medicinal zinc ointments which is surprisingly quite apt as Zinc Oxide is listed as the third ingredient.
My dad, on the other hand, said that it reminds him somewhat of calamine lotion (it doesn’t to me, though). So, I guess if you’re adverse to minty-herbal scents or any reminiscent smell of zinc ointments or calamine lotion, this might not be a good first choice. Personally, though, I definitely prefer this than other products with stronger, more artificial fragrances.
Now, I’ve been using this Cosrx product as my everyday sunscreen for about three weeks or so, and I definitely do see some pros and cons. I do have to mention, though, that when I first started using this product, my skin was in a particularly sensitive state due to both internal and external factors, so results may vary depending on the individual, particularly if you have less reactive skin than I do.
Let’s start with how nice the texture is. The sunscreen is a white cream with a soft, lightweight consistency that spreads onto the skin easily and as it is mentioned to be water-based, does feel comfortable and cooling on the skin upon application. The finish is also a nice natural matte finish, and does seem to aid in oil control during the day.
However, as expected from a physical sunscreen, it does leave a glaring white cast on deeper skin tones (I’m around a MAC NC30), especially if you use the two-finger rule of application with minimal rubbing. It’s less noticeable on this swatch on my hand, but just trust me when I say it’s definitely more apparent on the face.
This white cast does go away eventually, but not until a few hours later, and even then I wonder if it’s because it’s a sign for reapplication. So yes, I usually have to wear some base makeup if I use this sunscreen, particularly ones that might be a tad too dark for me to balance out the paleness of my skin post-sunscreen application.
Other than that, when I mentioned that it has a “nice natural matte finish”, for those with drier skin types, this might actually accentuate dry patches on the skin. As my skin was sensitized during this trial test, I did have moments of dehydrated skin where I saw some flaking if I didn’t properly prep my skin with ample moisturizer before sunscreen application. I’ve also noticed that it does leave some tackiness on the skin, which might be good for pre-makeup use, but would probably feel uncomfortable if used alone.
Price/quantity-wise, it’s definitely on the higher end of things. 35ml isn’t much – it might be the standard quantity for most Asian sunscreens, but it really isn’t much, especially when you need sunscreen every day. At $16 (retail price), if it weren’t for the 1+1 launching deal, I’d personally never have bothered with it at all. But that’s just me being a cheapskate, I guess.
The most important thing for me during this trial use, though, is how it’d react when my skin is actually sensitized. Is it truly suitable for sensitive skin, as advertised? Short answer: yes, for me at least (YMMV!). Honestly, I was quite worried when I saw the inclusion of Clary Oil (an essential oil; probably for scent purposes) as my skin can react negatively to essential oils in skincare, especially sunscreen, but surprisingly this sunscreen actually helped to decrease my sensitivity issues in the long run – even after the first application, my redness-prone skin never complained. So I’m happy to say to my skin has actually been reacting better lately, and thus is sensitive-skinned girl approved on this end.
In conclusion, I’d rate the Cosrx Shield Fit All Green Comfort Sun a 3.5-4/5. There are both pros and cons to this product in my books, and this personal rating might change in the future, but this is my current take on it – including some docked marks for how pricey it retails at and the unfortunate white cast; though, I do admit that I have a soft spot for this product purely because it worked well for me during a particularly sensitized skin period.
At the end of the day, if you’re on the fairer end of the skin spectrum, are allergic to chemical filters in sunscreen and/or have generally sensitive skin with some cash to spare, this might be a great choice to look into.
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