[REVIEW] OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++

OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Review:

If you like Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, you will probably love this sunscreen too. To me, this is all the goodness of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence minus the alcohol and fragrance. So you won’t have to suffer from the hideous smell of alcohol in disguise of very heavy citrusy fragrance and it won’t irritate your sensitive skin too. Honestly, after testing it out, I keep wondering why people don’t talk about it because it truly deserves the love.


+ Containing nourishing botanical ingredients (scutellaria root extract, job’s tear extract, moringa extract, aloe extract and green tree extract) which is going to keep your skin well-moisturized

+ Defending your skin against environmental damage from UV rays, pollen, PM2.5 particles (particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter)

+ Free from alcohol, fragrance, dye, mineral oil and paraben

+ Can be used for body and face

+Resistant to water and sweat


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, BG, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Hexyl Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexylbenzoate, Octocrylene, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Extract, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Acrylates / Alkyl Acrylate (C10-30) Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate (SE), Tocopherol Acetate,Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredient breakdown:

UV filters: Tinosorb S, Univul A Plus, Octocrylene – This is a pure organic sunscreen (or it is often referred to as chemical sunscreen)

Antioxidant and (so-called) natural botanical ingredients: job’s tear extract, Vitamin E, green tea extract, scutellaria root extract, moringa extract, aloe extract

Volume: 50g

How to use: Apply an appropriate amount and spread evenly on the skin. Reapply every 2-3 hours.

My skin type: Oily combination

OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Review:

This sunscreen has the cream-gel like texture which will melts into water on application. It really resembles the texture of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence. Once blended out, it becomes completely transparent, has absolute zero toning effect. It is very refreshing upon contact, keeps the skin well-hydrated during the day. Just as I have mentioned earlier, it has all the goodness of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence.

OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Review

The problem with Biore is that the alcohol in the product really irritates my eye areas. Every single time I brought it too close to the eyes, my eyes would become red and blurry. It was so bad that I skipped applying sunscreen in the eye areas. I know, it’s bad but that sunscreen has such a lovely texture nothing would replace it … until Verdio UV Moisture Essence came in.

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Japanese sunscreens are undoubtedly amazing. They offer strong and intensive defense against UV rays while they are affordable and they come in different textures which will please probably everyone but then the alcohol is there and quite high on the list which makes it a real pain for those with sensitive skin.

So, if alcohol keeps you from trying out the well-known “watery essence texture” of Japanese sunscreens, you may want to pick Verdio up to give it a try.

It should be noted that the finish of this sunscreen is quite shiny at first. But contrary to the shiny look, it is very silky to the touch, not sticky, not tacky at all. And the best part is that it does manage the sebum production for quite a while. I have done some wear tests with this sunscreen on its own and with makeup on top. Here are my thoughts:

On its own, the shine would eventually set down into a more “humble” glow over time. Although I didn’t set it with any powders, it remained fresh and healthy on my skin after 4 hours even with the summer humidity of Japan, not greasy and heavy at all.

It also works well with makeup. My base product glided beautifully and sat pretty well on top of it (I applied makeup right after sunscreen without any waiting). With a bit CC cream, this combo will give you that transparent glass skin. But if you are not into dewy finish, a matte foundation or some powder will definitely handle the shine.

About the water resistant claim, most essence texture is resistant to water to some extents but definitely not waterproof so you shouldn’t count on it when doing high intensity physical activities outdoor like sports but its sister Verdio UV Moisture Milk SPF50+ PA++++ would be a good choice.

OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++ Review

So here are some short comparisons between Verdio and Biore:

Finish: Verdio is shinier but Biore is a bit tackier.

Oil control: Verdio really outperforms Biore on my oily combination skin.

Makeup friendly: Verdio may perform better if you have oily skin, but for those with normal to dry skin, both of them are amazingly hydrating and nourishing.

This should be an excellent example of how sophisticated Japanese sunscreen products actually are. But this probably won’t please someone who prefer a silky matte finish. In this case, I would suggest you try the Verdio UV moisture milk version reviewed by Alisa.

OMI also makes amazing milk texture. When working with their sun milks, you should wait at least 15-20 minutes for it to completely set before putting makeup on. Milk texture will take more time to set, but once it is set, it will stay put for quite a long time.

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Where to buy:

Amazon | eBay | Yesstyle

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