Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB SPF50+ PA++++ [DISCONTINUED]

Review Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB SPF50+ PA++++

I’ve been making an effort, recently, to try to write more reviews and also incorporate more photos when I review products. It’s hard to do this for every product that lands on my desk, but I do want to shake things up a bit. There are certain launches that end up catching my attention more than others, and one of them is the revamp of the Biore sunscreens this year.

The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB is one of the products in the Aqua Rich range that has been upgraded with the new PA++++ formula. I have tried zillions of these BB things now — there’s no hard and fast rule about what they do, apart from the fact that they should even out or correct the skin complexion and contain some additional functions or features (like hiding pores or having good skincare ingredients). ‘Should’ being the operative word here. I’m not overly enamoured with Japanese (and Western) BB products (I really like Korean BB creams) — ‘BB’ is a just fancier term for tinted.

Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+ PA++++ tube

Press release says this is a skin tone correcting sunscreen cream, and there is no doubt that its UV protection is excellent — afterall, it carries PA++++ rating (that’s PPD 16+), and it uses a mixture of physical and chemical UV filters that are quite stable. The cream is water-based, so incredibly light and fresh on the skin. It sets quickly to give a matte-to-the-touch finish that speckles with beige opalescence. It does little in giving my combination to dry skin a moisture boost, but my skin doesn’t feel dry or tight.

Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+ PA++++ swatch

It says to even skin tone and hide visible pores, but I see no difference whatsoever. Its tiny shimmers give the skin a slight light-diffusing, luminous effect that takes the edge off when it comes to dull, tired-looking skin. It is absolutely perfect for using beneath makeup (or in my case, a Korean BB cream), as the silicones provide a perfectly silky smooth base with a velvet (matte, but not drying) finish.

On the BB front, this is a bit of a let-down — there is zero coverage despite its beige tint, but this does deliver a welcome boost of UVA protection (to better protect skin against skin-ageing UVA rays) in an easy-to-wear, fresh feeling base that is perfect for spring.

The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB SPF50+ PA++++ is 33g and its RRP is ¥800.

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fairbianca
fairbianca
6 years ago

thank you so much for your fantastic work here – I always refer to your site before I make a sunscreen purchase, it is super informative and extremely helpful. I was wondering about this BB though – would this be sufficient to use completely as a sunscreen or is it supposed to be more cosmetic in purpose? Also, do you know of any other PA++++ sunscreens that have a shimmer? I used to love Anessa’s Perfect Pearly sunscreen before it was discontinued. Thank you so much again!!

fairbianca
fairbianca
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

thank you so much! Is there a new version of this coming out, or any others you know of that have a PA++++ with a brightening/shimmer effect?

anya
anya
6 years ago

Haru, does this Aqua Rich Watery BB have the same texture/finish as the Aqua Rich Watery MOUSSE (except the BB has slight tint), am I right?

Hex
Hex
7 years ago

In Singapore there is a new Biore sunscreen called Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with BB SPF 50 PA+++. It is also available in a few other countries in Asia. However it doesn’t seem to be on the Biore Japan site. Do u have any info about this product ?

Hex
Hex
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

How does the new 2014 version of Watery BB compare to the previous version ?

Liz Kerwin-Wilholt
Liz Kerwin-Wilholt
7 years ago

Once again, thanks for your excellent reviews! Do you think this would match somebody with paper white skin? I have a problem with one color fits all, I have tried the Anessa BB cream and it was very orange. Thanks!

Julia
Julia
7 years ago

I’m very fair and it doesn’t show on me at all. It really doesn’t have that much of a tint to begin with, so I think you’ll be fine.

Demi
Demi
7 years ago

I agree with Kate! your content is superb n you have your own style that keeps me coming back all the time you don’t need no fancy pictures, more reviews please! 🙂

Kate
Kate
7 years ago

Dear Ratzilla, please don’t bother with photos, don’t let the need of making them stop you, write as many reviews as you can. You are not a regular beauty blogger – you are an expert, touchstone and a guiding star for plenty of women all over the world. It’s not a problem to find lots of swatches of anything in internet, but it’s very rare to find someone, whose opinion you can trust. Thank you!

Kate
Kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Besides, I know from my own experience, that the need of doing some small thing that is not interesting to me – often stops me from doing something big what I like…when they are interconnected.

Illustrating with official manufacturer’s photos, like you always did, like you do with ingredients – would be just fine, and not only for me I guess..)

chiao
chiao
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I don’t agree, please incorporate more photos if you can! There’s nothing more annoying than the lack of photos to a good review.

Nikki
Nikki
7 years ago

Just wanted very much to let you know that your reviews are super – I always find reading them enlightening. I’m excited to hear that you’ll be writing more!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

Thanks for the review! I know we all love reading them. And the added pictures are always welcomed. 🙂 How is this different than the Biore UV Bright Face Milk (pink bottle)? They both have the same UV filters and that one is supposed to have light diffusing particles also. Which one serves as a better base, do you think? I’d love to hear about your favourite Korean BB creams!! I’m looking to finally ditch my foundations altogether. I’m hoping to find a BB cream that has good UV protection (can never get enough, can we?) and color coverage, so… Read more »

Stacy
Stacy
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi Ratzilla,

Do you happen to know the sunscreen filters used in the Hera CC cream? Thanks for all the info on your website by the way, it’s such a great resource!

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi Ratzilla,

Do you think the Skin79 or Hera would be too dark for especially pale, cool-tone skin?

nicky
nicky
7 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

There’s the Skin79 Green BB cream which is even fairer than the orange, people on reddit with really pale skin have been raving about it 😀

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