The newly revamped Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is simple and cost-effective if you just want a daily use sunscreen that gets straight to the point. Should you wish to slather it over your arms/legs on a regular basis like I do, it won’t require a second mortgage; each 90ml bottle costs less than ¥700 (which is about US$6).
I’m indifferent to the cult favourite Watery Essence (both the new and previous formulas). It’s perfectly decent for its very low price-point, but wearing it on my face or body just doesn’t quite hit the spot. It always leaves me feeling a bit unsatisfied. I wish that it would be more lightweight or more moisturising, has a smoother finish, and come in a bigger tube.
The Watery Gel comes in a bigger bottle — 90ml versus 50g. I slather it on my arms like there’s no tomorrow, so that extra 40ml (for the same price) makes all the difference. Obviously it is a slightly different formula, but it is one that I actually prefer. I find the gel a smidge lighter, fresher and feels slightly softer and smoother on the skin. It sets well and it doesn’t stain or transfer to clothes. Some beauty bloggers say it leaves a white cast, but I don’t find that to be true — though my skintone is fairly light to begin with so I might not notice.
Do bear in mind that (as I’ve mentioned many times before) the gel is primarily intended for those who apply their sunscreen in the morning and spend large portion of the day indoors. In other words, this wouldn’t be at all suitable for you if you’re going to get lots of sun exposure. I’m sure that by now I’m stating the obvious almost to the point of hilarity. I mean it’s all very “Danger! Don’t hold the wrong end of a chainsaw.” But every now and then, I stumble upon accounts of people complaining that Watery Essence has not adequately protected their skin when they used it for hiking or a day at the theme park.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is very economical and basic — it protects the skin from sporadic sun exposure and doesn’t do much else — it isn’t moisturising, mattifying, or soothing. But it’s lovely option for those who doesn’t need or want all the bells-and-whistles. Quick to apply, pleasant to use, cheap as chips. You can find it online at Amazon.com HERE for US$9.07+ or Amazon Japan HERE for ¥808. It’s also available at Rakuten Global Market for ¥700 (approx. US$6.16) HERE.