Missha Flash Up Sun SPF50+ PA++++ Review:
My skin has recently been the driest it’s ever been, and luckily enough it happened just around the time that Missha launched their Flash Up Sun line. All the other sunscreens I own became too drying and matte for me, and the Flash Up Sun sunscreen was marketed as a glowy finish, so naturally I had to pick it up (and not to mention the packaging is super pretty too!)
+ Glowy, prismatic, and natural finish – Contains cera powder that offers a natural glow.
+ Blurs pores and smooths complexion – Formulated with a patented “Natural Flash-On” technology that blurs flaws.
+ Powerful protection against UVA and UVB rays – A mineral-chemical sunscreen formulated with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts to boost free-radical fighting abilities, with SPF50+ PA++++.
+ Great for all skin types – Has passed skin irritation tests.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dipropylene Glycol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Water, Ceramide NP, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance
Volume: 50 mL
How to use:
1. Use at the last step of your skincare.
2. Gently spread over sun-vulnerable areas such as face, neck, arms, and legs.
3. Reapply as needed.
My Skin Type: Combo leaning dry, about a MAC NC20
Missha Flash Up Sun SPF50+ PA++++ Review:
So firstly, what probably attracts most people to the Missha Flash Up Sun sunscreen is the packaging. It’s a require squeeze bottle that’s a pretty light lavender color with a holographic sheen. The box it comes in is a similar theme (purple/white) with holographic detailing as well (but unfortunately, I threw away the packaging…)
I personally think it might be appealing enough to buy just to look at! You can see the holo very well even in natural and low lighting.
The sunscreen has a light floral scent that smells pretty similar to other Missha products. It’s noticeable when you first put it on, but after a while it fades away. I’m personally not bothered by it and actually kind of like the scent, but those that are sensitive to fragrances might be a little bit bothered.
The product has an emulsion-like consistency, not runny but thin enough to spread easily, and comes out white. After blending (at least on my hand), it completely disappears. It leaves a very nice sheen on the skin.
I’ve applied it to only the right side of my hand, up until the knuckle of my middle finger. I really like the sheen.
I took this sunscreen with me on vacation and have been using it for about three to four weeks. While my skin is prone to acne, it’s not sensitive to any specific sunscreen filters nor any of the ingredients in this product, so I didn’t break out from it. You should always take a look at the ingredients list though, just in case.
Now, the biggest claim of this sunscreen is obviously the glow it gives. As someone with drier skin, this was one of my biggest hopes trying out this product, and Missha didn’t let me down.
The sunscreen didn’t exactly dry down completely on me–which is expected as it’s a glowy finish–and the texture once absorbed seemed to be a little bit similar to the feeling you’d get putting on a smoothing silicone primer, but it definitely wasn’t as slippery and rather reminded me of what my skin feels like after putting on lotion.
But as far as it claiming to give a glowy finish — that was definitely true. This isn’t the kind of natural sheen glow you’d get from satin finish foundations, but instead a very dewy, glass skin-like glow. To me, it almost looked iridescent.
The glow was very even too, and it didn’t cling on to any of my dry patches. Layering under makeup, it didn’t pill or grab weirdly at my foundation (I used the Laneige Pore Control and the Pony Effect Everlasting cushions) at all.
On the left is my bare cheek with nothing but skincare on (a disclaimer, I do put on facial oil as a part of my morning routine, so my face does look a bit shiny), and on the right is with one layer of the sunscreen. I don’t have any active acne at the moment, but I do have a lot of hyperpigmentation from old acne.
As you can see, the Missha Flash Up Sun did a lovely job of brightening up my skin. I wouldn’t say it leaves a white cast as the finish didn’t seem ghostly to me, but it is for sure brightening. I think skin tones past the tan end of the spectrum might experience a noticeable white cast.
I don’t really have enlarged pores so I wasn’t really worried about this product covering them or not, but the visible pores that I do have were definitely blurred. The hyperpigmentation, although while still noticeable, appears to be much less red and dark, which was a nice surprise as the Missha Flash Up Sun isn’t really even marketed as a complexion-evening product.
And, of course, it did increase the glow on my skin (although it isn’t too noticeable in the photos probably because I had on a facial oil underneath). I wore this once taking flash photography outside in the heat (I wasn’t aware we were going to take photos, oops), and while there was obviously flashback, my skin seriously looked super smooth and dewy, just like all those advertisements for “glass skin” you see on social media. It didn’t make me look greasy nor melt off my face throughout the entire day too.
The only qualm I had about the Missha Flash Up Sun is that my favorite primer, the J.One Jelly Pack, wouldn’t layer over it very well. The sunscreen basically sucked up all the tackiness of the Jelly Pack and made it terribly difficult to spread, but other primers with a similar consistency to the Flash Up Sun (I tried the Innisfree No Sebum primer too) layered well. Just don’t use this sunscreen with a sticky primer.
I will definitely be repurchasing as my skin really liked this sunscreen and looked amazing afterwards as well. For anyone that wants to try the glass skin trend, whether you’ve got lots of discoloration (like me) or not, this product is right up your alley.
Dry and combo skin users should be able to wear the Missha Flash Up Sun with minimal to no blotting, although if you’re combo-oily or oily then I’d avoid this product or use it minimally and prepare some powder.
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