[REVIEW] ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ Review:

Choosing a sunscreen product is always a tricky matter for me. As far as I know, Korean brands don’t develop sunscreen products range as vary as they do toward serums, essences, or toners. Thus, I personally have my own limitations and provisos for my options, such as paraben-free, no white cast, minimalist greasiness, etc.

While I was eyeing some options, one of them was ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++. I was slightly confused because the review of this product was very scant (maybe because this product was still pretty new), but I finally decided to give this a try due to the convincing claims and advertisement of this product.

Claim :

+ The refreshing sun gel in water splash texture provides looking greasy-free, non-sticky and hydration to the skin

Ingredients :

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Silica, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Propanediol, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Octyldodecanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Propylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Fragrance

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ ingredients CosDNA

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How to use :

At the last step of skincare, lightly apply on areas exposed to UV rays

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ Review

Volume : 50 mL / 1.69 fl. oz

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ Review:

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ comes in a flip-topped cap, usual-sunscreen tube inserted in a box as a secondary packaging. Both of them is dominated with white color with very little tinge of dark blue. Quite unusual choice of color and design I think, since ETUDE HOUSE tends to use cute, eye-catching design for its products.

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ Review

The sunscreen itself has a yellowish color like the white in milk cream, with a scent that’s definitely fragrance. Yet I have no objections toward the features.

Most of sunscreen products naturally make the user’s skin look greasier and heavier due to its content, and I know that it couldn’t be avoided. So I didn’t put a high expectation toward this product, especially after seeing the cream-like texture despite its name of ‘sun gel’.

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However, the impression really meets ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ idiom, since I found this product quite impressive. Of course it took quite some time to absorb and the result wasn’t oil-free like wearing gel-textured product, but definitely left no white-cast and minimal greasiness.

ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ Review

This product also didn’t leave heavy feeling to my skin, which usually other sunscreen products do. I’ve never expect too much from a sunscreen product, so I guess this result is enough to satisfy me.

As for the claims:

Provide looking greasy-free;

I personally don’t think any sunscreen products have ever successfully provided 100% greasy-free look. Nevertheless, I found this claim almost meets my expectation, since the greasiness was minimal and didn’t make my face looked gross.

Non-sticky;

I wouldn’t state this product provided completely non-sticky look, since some of my hair still adhered to my cheeks right after the application. However, it didn’t take too long before my skin felt normal, ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ needed approximately shorter time for the stickiness to recede compared to usual skincare proucts.

Provide hydration to the skin;

Honestly I couldn’t distinguish the particular impression was because my skin got hydrated or it was just ‘heavy’. However, I doubt ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ does hydrate skin considering its high content of alcohol.

According to cosDNA, some components show relatively medium risk, which most of them are surfactant and preservatives commonly found in skincare products. While the highest safety-risk components are Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Homosalate, turns out they are the UV filters that definitely have to be there. I don’t even mind the alcohol since it has fairly low score of safety risk. On the other hand, I’m somehow feel that the fragrance must be disliked by some people.

Unfortunately for the dry skin bearers, this Sun Gel contains alcohol in its ingredients list. It’s fourth on the list! I usually avoid high percentage of alcohol in any skincare products, but I’ll let it slip now seeing that it really does something to help the product absorption time and is somehow pretty safe. However, I would like to suggest its ‘sister’ from the same line for a dry skin-bearer : ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Moisture Tone Up Sun Fluid.

For a reference, I’ll state the comparison between ETUDE HOUSE UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ and my previous sunscreen product: INNISFREE Daily Protection Cream Mild. On my personal view, I’d give more points to ETUDE HOUSE  Sun Gel (cut aside their differences in SPF and PA barriers) because it’s absorbed faster and produces less heavy feeling, less stickiness, as well as less greasiness.

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Where to buy:

eBay | Yesstyle


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