Best Pick: SOLANOVEIL R Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++

Review SOLANOVEIL R Watery Gel

Another week another beauty review. I often find myself debating which product name to use, the official name in Japan or the English that is printed on the bottle. Like this one; should I call it Solanoveil R Watery Gel (the actual product name) — the ‘R’ stands for ‘Red’, Solanoveil’s latest anti-ageing range — or what’s printed in English on the bottle? But regardless, it is aptly named.

Solanoveil R range features natural red anti-agers (resveratrol from red wine, rosehip oil, and lingonberry juice) to help the skin to protect itself. I have been testing the Watery Gel for a few weeks now (along with other sunscreens), and I can’t fault it from a short-term point of view. After shaking it (and shaking it again), the lightweight milky gel slips over the skin easily, but more of a silicone-heavy “dry-oil” slip than the dry-to-touch feel of the Biore UV Face Milks that I’ve grown accustomed to. It doesn’t feel greasy or drying, it absorbs quickly and gives the skin a very smooth, shine-free finish.

Best Pick SOLANOVEIL R Watery Gel swatches

Anti-ageing is not one of those benefits that will show a huge visible amount of difference in the short-term — to me, it’s more of a long-term investment. I suppose that I put my trust in its ingredients and most of all, my tan-free skin; I tan very easily and I haven’t gotten any colour after a whole day’s worth of sun during early summer.

I’m not hugely enamoured with silicone-y smooth finish, but this actually does exactly what it says on the tin — leaves the skin feeling extra smooth. I can’t say whether the red antioxidants can actually make a difference long-term, but the ultimate anti-ageing product is sunscreen, and this is a very good one indeed!

The SOLANOVEIL R Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is ¥650 in Japan.

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Joe Anthony
Joe Anthony
5 years ago

Is this ok for oily skin? Is it resistant to sweat?

tartntangy
tartntangy
5 years ago

Is this okay to use as a moisturizer? I’m looking for a moisturizer + spf product for my dehydrated skin (oily, but flaky especially in the forehead). Thanks!

tartntangy
tartntangy
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you for your reply!
Is there a moisturizer/sunscreen combo you recommend for dry skin?

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

Would this be good for oily skin at all? Did you find it mattifying? Thanks!

amirah
amirah
7 years ago

hi is there a way i can find the ppd of this product or any other of the sunscreens with s pa ++++ i know it means a ppd of 16 or more but is there a way to know which has a higher ppd

amirah
amirah
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

ok thanks you are very helpful love your site

mia
mia
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I am not sure though what uv filter to look for can you suggest any sunscreen that you think would have a high PPD (over 16). I know that european sunscreens have high PPD but I prefer japanese sunscreens.

Kelly
Kelly
7 years ago

Does the Solanoveil R Perfect Milk have as nice of a nice texture as this? I’m looking for something suitable for outdoors use that is less drying than Biore Perfect but won’t feel greasy in the summer heat and humidity.

Sawasawa
Sawasawa
7 years ago

Thanks for the review I cant wait to try it out! Ive been meaning to ask you lately though, I’ve been a little confused about the different types of Japanese sunscreens. I’ve been able to figure out essences are very light, milks heavier and more for exercising etc, but does the type also dictate at what step I should apply it in my regimen? As in, do I “need” to apply/is it more effective to apply an essence in the essence/serum step and then moisturizer over it or no moisturizer over it at all? And a milk type in place… Read more »

Sawasawa
Sawasawa
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Oh I see! Thank you for clearing that up for me :]

Sawasawa
Sawasawa
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I also forgot to ask, what is the “setting time” for Japanese sunscreens? Like, the amount of time you’re supposed to wait after putting it on to go out in the sun? I think for American sunscreens it’s supposed to be like 15 or 20 minutes.

Sawasawa
Sawasawa
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Oh my gosh that’s awesome I did not know that! That’s really helpful to know thank you so much.

M
M
7 years ago

Is this water resistant? I am looking for a sunscreen that will protect my skin very well, yet still be okay if I need to workout or want to wear it at the beach. If not, could you recommend one that is? I am at a total loss. I’ve been ordering a lot of suncreen lately, lol. I am having a hard time finding one that I like, though.

pipi
pipi
7 years ago

Hello, I happened upon your blog after flying through Narita airport and buying all sorts of goodies, like the Melty Berry blackhead remover. I recently moved from the mild climate of Southern California back to a tropical island where it is hotter, more humid and the sun more intense. I’m in my 40’s and have a combo skin with the T-zone, well just my nose, still prone to oil and blackheads. Another problem is that I have developed many brown spots because of the intense sun and my job which has me driving outside for a few hours a day.… Read more »

Martin
Martin
7 years ago

Could you tell us what UV blockers this contains?

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

hum…when you say it has a silicone heavy “dry oil” feel, does that mean it feel maybe something like Smashbox photo finish primer? Where it is smooth on top, and feels kind of like having a thin layer of silicone film sitting on top of the skin? I recently acquired the Biore Bright Face Milk, so I know exactly what you mean by the dry to the touch feel, but I’m having difficulty imagine what a “dry oil” feels like. Thanks.

Do you prefer this one over the Biore Face Milk because of the potential long term anti-aging effect?

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