Best Pick: Biore UV Face Milks SPF50+ PA++++ (2014 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

I had intended to keep my new summer beauty products until the warmer months but I couldn’t resist trying them early. I have the new 2014 Biore UV Perfect Face Milk on right now, as I type (I wore the Bright version yesterday). It’s completely unsuitable for the current weather conditions (people outside are still sporting Uniqlo compact down jackets) and my skin type (combination-dry) but I don’t care. I’m so bored of rain and winter that I’m going to just start living as though it’s already June. I have on a pair of shorts and my room’s heat thermostat is set 25 degrees — rain and cold weather be damned!

Matte skin does not appeal to me aesthetically, but there is a very fine line one must tread when it comes to glowy, dewy skin, isn’t there? It’s so easy to look as if you have just finished a 5k marathon in the sweltering heat. One of the worst (summer) skin problems is having to deal with excess shine brought on by overactive oil glands or sweating, or both. So how do we prolong the radiant glowing look of your base and deal with excess shine without resorting to powdering or blotting around the clock?

I would say that the first thing that combination or oily-skinned people need to consider is a good lightweight mattifying sunscreen. The old Biore UV Perfect Face Milk has something of a cult status and is loved by those with oily skin who wants longlasting matte skin. In all honesty, I initially wasn’t overly keen on the idea of trying the new PA++++ formula — and it wasn’t because I loved the old one so much. True, the old (2009) formula was light and matte, but my skin, after application, felt extremely dry and looked corpse-like — unnaturally matte with an odd white residue. The old Bright Face Milk looked the same, minus the white residue.

Despite my dislike of matte finish and initial hesitation, I actually got on with the 2014 face milks very well indeed. Both have the same lightweight milky texture that sets quickly, but no dryness, despite the dry “feel”. The Perfect Face Milk leaves a completely matte finish with absolutely no white residue on my skin, even when generously applied. It’s a smidge less matte compared to the old formula, but that’s a very good thing in my book. My personal favourite is the Bright Face Milk with a very light pink tint — it has the same matte-to-the-touch finish without looking dull and flat. It doesn’t brighten the skin tone or cover pores, but my skin looks beautifully matte but with a subtle lit-from-within radiant glow.

Biore UV Face Milks SPF50+ PA++++ swatches
Left: Bright, Right: Perfect

If you have combination/oily skin and you want to kill two beauty birds with one stone, then look to the new, improved Biore face milks with SPF50+ PA++++. In addition to a UV protection super-boost (now boast higher UVA protection than ever), they also do an incredibly good job of keeping the T-Zone free of oil and makeup stuck in place. If you’re like me and prefer dewy but non-greasy skin, you can top off with your glowing base of choice to get a glowy finish without risking sweaty, oily shine.

Best Pick Biore UV Face Milks SPF50+ PA++++ code

Addition: Lots rumours floating around online that the there is expiration or production date printed on the bottom on the bottle. I’ve never seen the export versions, but pictured above is the domestic (Japan’s) version (provided by the manufacturer) — those are not dates. Japan’s date format is year-month-day.

Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++ and Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++ are ¥682 each for a 30ml bottle in Japan.

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Hana
Hana
6 years ago

Do you recommend any sunscreen that wouldn’t leave my oily face too white on pictures? Thank you so much!

Cass
Cass
7 years ago

Hi Ratzilla! I just bought the Perfect Face Milk and used the other day. I think I made a mistake of not shaking it well prior to application. During the day, it gradually turned into a grayish cast on my face. Not sure if it won’t happen again when I properly shake it now. But my concern is, if it still leave a gray cast on the face, do you have any tip on how to go-around with it? I just want to be able to use it and not waste the product. I use sunflower oil underneath, then the… Read more »

Cass
Cass
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Aww, but I love my current BB cream, it looks good on my skin when worn without separate sunscreen.=( I have lighter skin tone, but with the sunscreen, the white cast is noticeable. I think I finally understand the “pasty” look. Haha. But I’ve read on other reviews as well, that this Biore doesn’t leave white cast on other fair-skinned. Does skin texture make any difference? Anyway, maybe I will try to look for a BB cream that could stay longer on top of a powdery sunscreen. Thanks!

Viona
Viona
7 years ago

Hi, I agreed with you how the old version of the perfect face milk is really drying looking, but its good for summer with oily t zone. I read your review about the biore aqua watery essence that the new version is more like silicone feeling, which its sad to hear, cause i hate the silicone feeling. which new sunscreen is not too drying yet control the t zone for the summer? what about bb creams?

Renée
Renée
7 years ago

Where can someone from the US purchase these?

Renée
Renée
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Ah, I just believe my ad-blocker is blocking them. Thanks, though!

winnie
winnie
7 years ago

I forgot to clarify it’s *Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil”

winnie
winnie
7 years ago

Hi from USA! I’m SO impressed with your site. I’m litterally reading and re-reading everything…and so look forward to reading your future posts. I’ve been a Biore UV Bright Face Milk follower, but would like your take. I love it for many things, love that it can act as a makeup primer/base, love that it will stay on without budge or shine, but dont love that its just a smidge too mattifying (ie. shows dry flakes of skin) and my Softymo gold bottled Cleansing Oil doesnt seem to remove *all* of the Bright Face Milk sunscreen off when cleansing off… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

Thanks for another great review! I am glad I waited and didn’t order the Aqua Rich BB. I think I’ll order the Bright Face Milk for when I need a matte finish and just use the Allie Mineral Moist when I don’t need as much oil/sweat control.

I do want to piggy back on the previous poster’s question on shipping. What is the difference between SAL and Airmail? And generally speaking, which method is cheaper?

Many thanks!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for the explanation.

M.A.
M.A.
7 years ago

Is the Rakuten seller that you linked to for these products trustworthy? I’ve ordered a few bottles but haven’t heard back from the seller yet.

merlina
merlina
7 years ago

Hello! I’ve found Biore perfect milk (40 ml). Is this the same as biore Perfect FACE Milk (3oml). Its supposed to be for face and body and I would like it has the same formulation.

Rin
Rin
7 years ago

Hello! I LOVE your website!! I have a question when you are not super busy…I own both of these and I LOVE the finish on my face and protection they provide….but they irritated my skin quite a bit and made me break out(a rare occurrence) so I’ve had to stop using them..I’m guessing it’s the high alcohol(or just the type of alcohol) because I’ve been using the Skin Aqua UV Whitening Moisture Milk as well as the Sunplay Superblock, both of which are alcohol free and my skin is much better. My question is…is the type alcohol in the Biore… Read more »

Rin
Rin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

thank you so much!! ^^

Jo
Jo
7 years ago

Hi, sorry to bother you but I’ve been searching for an ideal sunscreen for a very long time but i cant seem to find one that suits me so could you recommend me a sunscreen that has:
1. physical filters only and

2.contains no alcohol or parabens

Thanks!

ka.
ka.
7 years ago

I love this sunscreen. But I was amazed when I knew that one of its ingredients (octinoxate) could be very harmful. Do you have more information about that ? It seems many japanese sunscreens have this ingredient.
Thank you,

D
D
7 years ago

Do you think a darker (mac nc35 and up) skin tone can use the perfect face milk? You state that there is no white residue, but I am a bit hesistant because your skin is much lighter than mine.

Danny
Danny
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Would you recommend the Bright or the Perfect for those with a darker skin tone?

lolly
lolly
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I am NC50, i have no problem with 2015, perfect milk. Hope this helps

Gaby
Gaby
7 years ago
Reply to  D

It leaves a white residue on my face. It also makes my skin look dull. I’m really disappointed because I do like the matte look. I’m going back to the replenix sunscreen spray I was using before.

Shelby
Shelby
7 years ago

Thanks for the great review! Do you prefer this or the Aqua Rich Watery BB? Trying to decide which one to order.

Shelby
Shelby
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for the feedback! I ordered the Bright Face Milk. If my skin reacts well to it, I think I’ll get the Perfect for swimming.

Wendy
Wendy
7 years ago

Hi,
I was wondering if this version dries down as fast as the older version. And also, does the bright version have any shimmery particles in it?

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