Best Pick: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

Best Pick Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

My first proper sunscreen review of 2015! I imagine that there will be lots of cheers because so many of you have asked for recommendations and updates, but also a few groans, because some would rather see sunscreen-related posts when it’s closer to summer. Here is something new and incredibly comfortable to wear, if you have normal-combination skin and like an “easy-on easy-off” formula: Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SF50+ PA++++ (click on the link for ingredients and other product info).

Something to note, before I embark on my little review: sunscreen like this that is formulated for everyday wear should not be used for a day in the sun. It is not sufficient for protection due to the formula and the UV filters used. I know that I’ve gone on about this loads, but I think it’s worth repeating because I have read countless complaints of people getting sunburned or tanned from using unsuitable sunscreens.

Best Pick Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel (Bottle)

It’s not really the right time of year to be testing out sunscreens, but winter has been unseasonably warm and cherry blossoms are already blooming (a month early)! I’ve been using the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel quite a lot over the past month. The liquid-y gel turns to a water-like consistency as soon as you begin to smooth it on and it completely disappears into the skin in seconds (just the other sunscreens in the Aqua Rich line!). It’s actually very similar in texture and effect to the Watery Essence — this is slightly more watery. It leaves a really soft, silky-smooth finish that is matte enough for non-oily skins, yet it doesn’t feel drying or tight at all. The gel is supposed to give the skin a light-diffusing effect, which quite frankly, I haven’t noticed, but I’m not keen on some fine shimmer slapped on the surface so that’s perfectly fine by me.

Best Pick Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel (swatch)

I’ve taken to using it underneath a lot of different bases and can’t really find anything bad to say about it whatever. (Actually, I lie: I don’t like the fruity citrus scent that this and all the other Aqua Rich sunscreens have, but it does dissipate.) It sits well beneath makeup, is super easy to wash off, and is great for daily wear around the city.

Addition: Sorry for repeating myself here, but I get countless questions about expiration or production dates on Japanese sunscreens every year. So I want to just briefly touch on this again. There’re no dates printed. They aren’t needed as most are reformulated or repackaged annually! In the case of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, it’s a newly launched sunscreen for 2015 — so no worries here, unless you’re reading this 3 years from now.

A 90ml bottle of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is ¥830 in Japan.

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Saif Chowdhury
Saif Chowdhury
3 years ago

Have you reviewed the new 2017 version of this yet?

Nana
Nana
4 years ago

Whats the different between watery gel and watery essence?
Kinda confuse here

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

Hello Ratzilla, do you think the Sekkisei Sun Protect milk and gel are less dry than the Biore UV Perfect Milk and Aqua Rich gel? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Marie
Marie
4 years ago

Hello again Ratzilla and thanks for answering so precisely all my questions here and there on your wonderful site. I am vacationing in Japan right now and I would like to ask you for your advice on sunscreens. After reading all your informative reviews, there are so many sunscreens… Which ones would you recommend for a dry mature skin, for everyday use on one hand, and for the outdoors on the other hand. By the way, I bought the Megumi all-in-one morning UV protection cream as well as the VC 100 essence lotion that you recommended and they are great!!… Read more »

Cameron
Cameron
4 years ago

Do these “function” like american sunscreens in terms of reapplication time? Do I have to re-apply every 90-120 minutes even if I don’t sweat?

Yonit Gruber-Hazani
Yonit Gruber-Hazani
4 years ago

HI, which sunscreen would you best recommand for a day in the swimming pool ? and which one for kids for a day in the same pool ? 🙂

Cheryl
Cheryl
4 years ago

I am torn between Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel and the Biore UV PERFECT Milk. I’ve read the Gel is better than the Essence since Titanium Dioxide is part of the Gel’s ingredients. I am going to use it everyday when I walk to my class in a separate building. (10 minutes walk = 10 minutes exposure to the sun). Which sunscreen should I use?

I’d also like to clarify if my “activity/walk” is for “everyday use” or “outdoor” ?

Cheryl
Cheryl
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I will be indoors most of the time (during classes, around 6-8 hours and away from the window). Outdoors (transfer of buildings 5-10 minutes walk – twice). I checked our store and we have limited stocks of Essence and the Perfect Milk so I bought both. I guess I will just use the Perfect Milk when I’ll be exposed to the sun more than usual and use the Essence regularly everyday. Should I apply it on my face and body 20 minutes before going out? (I normally wear a dress during my classes so I am applying sunscreen to my… Read more »

Q&A
Q&A
4 years ago

Hi, I see you’ve linked ELSHOP – is this is a good place to buy from if I want my product shipped to the US? Also, how would I request SAL shipping? Thank you!

ms soo
ms soo
5 years ago

do i need makeup remover for this sunscreen? i dun usually wear make up at all.

Mae
Mae
5 years ago

Hello! I’m about to head back to a much sunnier climate after summer holiday and have been looking for a new sunscreen. You mention that this is not good for a day in the sun? There, everyday is a day in the sun hahha. What would you recommend? Previously I was using Elta MD. I was looking at this to wear under makeup.

carmen
carmen
5 years ago

Which of the 2015 japanese sunscreens do you recommend for combination oily skin that has some dry patches?

A. Larasati
A. Larasati
5 years ago

I bought the new Nivea Creamy UV Essence and Watery Gel but they’re so drying on me (I have combo, dehydrated, sensitive skin). Should I bother getting this one? Is this as drying as the Nivea ones or less? Thanks!

A. Larasati
A. Larasati
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Ah that’s too bad. There goes my hope to have cheapie Japanese ss standby. Thank you!

Jaclyn
Jaclyn
5 years ago

Thank you so much for your informative reviews! They have been helping me so much in choosing the right sunscreen. I think this is the one I am going to get, but I am a little concerned: you mention that this is not suitable for a full day in the sun, and I’m just curious, how does it get an SPF 50 and PA++++ rank without being strong enough? And how would you differentiate a product good for full sun from a product good for daily wear if PA++++ and SPF 50 are the max ratings they can get? Thank… Read more »

be
be
5 years ago

Hello, I’m a new reader. I’m interested in Biore Sunscreen and Japanese sunscreen in general since there are many good review that this one better than most US sunscreen. However there are so many different type and production. So I’m a bit confused now on which one should I try. I have a combination and acne prone skin. I’m currently using Benzoyl Peroxide regimen and have a bit flakiness in some area. However my T-zone and eyelid is very sweaty and oily. Since this product is not sweat resistant, will the product melted and sting my eyes? Do you have… Read more »

be
be
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Do you have any recommendation for a good physical sunscreen that resistant to sweat/oil? I saw your previous review on this two product https://www.ratzillacosme.com/sun/biore-uv-perfect-face-milk-4-plus/ and https://www.ratzillacosme.com/sun/orbis-uv-cut-sunscreen-face-beauty/ and I also saw this one http://www.power4family.com/products/biore-sarasara-uv-mild-care-milk-sunscreen-120ml. Which one do you think better for my skin type? About the discontinued product, what I meant is that japanese sunscreen periodically change/upgrade their products, for example this biore sunscreen have 2014 version that has been replaced by 2015 version. If the 2014 one have a good review, Will the quality be similar with the new one? or is it better for me to look for review… Read more »

be
be
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I replied to you but it didn’t show. Hmm maybe because I put link? I’ll try again and remove the link. This was my reply: Do you have any recommendation for a good physical sunscreen that resistant to sweat/oil? I saw your previous review on Biore UV perfect face milk and Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Beauty. I also heard a good review on Biore SARASARA UV Mild Care Milk Sunscreen. Which one do you think better for my skin type? About the discontinued product, what I meant is that japanese sunscreen periodically change/upgrade their products, for example this… Read more »

jb
jb
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

How you do you gauge how resistant to sweat/sebum something is?

Jaehyus
Jaehyus
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

None of the Japanese subscreens I’ve been trying seem to be good for a day at the park: what would you recommend?

Wayman Lee
Wayman Lee
5 years ago

Hi! I’m currently in HK now and looking to pick up some ss. They have most of the japanese brands here at the local markets. What would your HG ss for oily/combo skin for chemical and physicial as well as both chem/phys? Thanks!

Ann
Ann
5 years ago

Hi there! Just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE your website and I just made my first Global Rakuten order based on your recs (been reading you for 2 years). It took me a while to figure out Rakuten, but wow was it cheap compared to Amazon or Ebay. I grabbed this new sunscreen, Omi Bears and a mascara from Master of Life and they were super fast and awesome. Thanks again!!

PS I saw your twitter post on someone stealing your content. For shame! I hope you reported them and nipped it in the bud.

Lotus
Lotus
5 years ago

Hi, I want to buy this product from Rakuten. Is the seller you’ve linked to (Master of Life) one whom you personally consider reputable?

AP
AP
5 years ago

I am trying to order this product and contact the seller to ship via small packet service instead of EMS, but my gmail won’t let me email the one I found on the store website. Do you have any advice as to how to contact the store owner? I live in the US.

AP
AP
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you! I just placed my order and included shipping change in the note on the order. Just to let you know – this link (from product review page) results in error when trying to order, but the link you post on your ingredients page for this product does work.

Luisa
Luisa
5 years ago

Thanks for all your great reviews and information about japanese cosmetics, I would never have tried them without your website simply because I wouldn’t know what they#re even supposed to be good for 🙂 I have one question (and am really sorry if this has been asked before): I work at the zoo and am looking for a sun protection that is save to use if the sun is really strong (I also am ~ 6 hours outside). Do you have a list or something like that with sunscreens that are save for such conditions? I already tried the search… Read more »

Luisa
Luisa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Oh, this helps already a lot. I always thought sunmilks were somehow “lighter” but it seems it is the other way around 🙂 Thank you so much for your answer and all the effort you put in this page <3

Jojo
Jojo
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

That’s interesting. In the USA, a sunscreen gel would be considered more geared towards outdoors/sports usage, judging by the name of this Biore sunscreen, I assumed it would be for outdoors use. I wouldn’t have guessed in Japan that milks are associated with being the outdoors sunscreen. I am guessing most people aren’t aware of this indoor/outdoor sunscreen system in Japan. I thought it was enough just to go by the SPF/PA rating.

UV Nemesis
UV Nemesis
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi Ratzilla, I had the same question JoJo had, above. To my mind, if two products are each SPF 50/PA++++ and one is water/sweat/sebum-resistant and the other is not, they will each offer equal protection provided I reapply the latter (even) more frequently to make up for any wearing off due to the moisture/sebum of the face. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the different filters that are used and how they subjectively affect performance, e.g. how some people find that zinc oxide helps keep away melasma/pigmentation spots better than an equal or even much higher PPD/PA chemical sunscreen. Is… Read more »

Anon
Anon
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

which filters are considered more tenacious, then?

Anon
Anon
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

ah yes gotcha, thanks 🙂

Cathy
Cathy
5 years ago

Love your site, and thank you for reviewing this popular sunscreen! 🙂

anya
anya
5 years ago

Which one would you recommend more between this BIORE UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel PA++++ vs. the 2015 BIORE UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence PA++++ (higher/more stable UV protection ingredients is definitely a plus). I highly value your suggestion so will ask a friend to help me stockup based on your suggestion as she’s going to Japan for holiday this weekend 😉 Thanks!

anya
anya
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks a lot. Highly appreciate your reply

Shaikha
Shaikha
5 years ago

What would you recommend for a very sensitive skin and im living in a country where the sun is directly above my head.
Thanks

Stacy
Stacy
5 years ago
Reply to  Shaikha

Hi there! I have mild rosacea so my skin is quite sensitive as well. Unfortunately, most of the “daily wear” Japanese sunscreen formulas make my skin feel warm and itchy, because the high amount of chemical sunscreen filters irritates my skin, especially in combination with the alcohol. I use the Sunplay Super Block: https://www.ratzillacosme.com/sun/mentholatum-sunplay-super-block-2013-formulation/ It leaves a bit of white cast and takes a while to dry (I stand with my face in front of a fan, then it only takes about a minute!) but the protection is great and my skin doesn’t feel all dry and irritated at the… Read more »

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