Review: NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Creamy UV Essence

Nivea Sun Protect Plus UV Essence

One of my favourite sunscreen launches from 2014 has just been reformulated, and there is a significant difference between the two versions — enough that it now goes by a whole new name!

NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Creamy UV Essence has grown on me. I don’t really like it at first. It’s a complete turnaround from the previous version, but I’ve been reaching for it more now. Considering that the original UV Cream was substantial and moisturising, this is decidedly matte with a “dry touch” finish, and if I had to pick one then without a doubt I’d say the UV Cream. But that’s neither here or there because it has been discontinued already and it’s just beating a dead horse.

Review NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Skin Creamy UV Essence tube

Simply put, the Creamy UV Essence is for those with normal-combination skin who like a dry, matte-to-touch finish but still want something more substantial than a milk. It’s completely scent-free — no fragrance nor unpleasant chemical odour. It’s very similar to the UV Cream in a lot of ways — it’s so, so light and it disappears a few seconds after application. The main difference with this is that it lacks moisture and it’s much more lightweight. It’s almost like a quick-drying, mattifying milk in an ultra-light, watery cream formula. There is no way you could forego moisturiser unless you’ve oily skin, although it doesn’t feel drying or at all tight.

Review NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Skin Creamy UV Essence swatches

I’m sitting on the fence. Judging on its own merits, it’s a perfectly nice ultra-lightweight matte sunscreen that’s great for everyday wear, but I can’t imagine it having a place in my sunscreen arsenal this year. I find this revamped formula disappointing. It offers my skin no additional moisture — which is fine — but, I would just use a mattifying sunscreen milk if a matte finish is what I’m after. Thoughts?

50g tube of NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Creamy UV Essence is ¥770 in Japan.

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Fiona
Fiona
4 years ago

There’s also some hearsay that chemical filters may trigger hyperpigmentation when absorbing/releasing UV rays as energy into the skin. What are you views on this?

Alysha Johnson
Alysha Johnson
5 years ago

I know you said it a thousand time that people shouldn’t use unsuitable sunscreen and complain about tanning or burning. But I’m still very much confused as to choose what sunscreen is suitable. You also mentioned that certain sunscreen doesn’t have adequate sunscreen ingredient to protect your face for long, but how can I gauge how effective sunscreen is when almost all of them are SPF50 and PA++++?
Is it okay for me to assume that sunscreen milk or sweat-resistant sunscreen are stronger than regular sunscreen?

Chispa
Chispa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

So if a sunscreen contains even just one physical filter even though it also has chemical filters (like this one), that means that even though the chemical filters part of the sunscreen degrades the zinc oxide left over will still give me SPF 50+ PA++++ as long as the sunscreen is still in place on my skin (i.e. all day or so as long as I don’t sweat, wipe it off, etc)?

Chispa
Chispa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Agreed, that’s still very awesome! Thank you!

Chispa
Chispa
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I haven’t used Western sunscreens since I found your site (I’ve fallen in love with all your suggested ones that you review) but I seem to remember its something like reapply every 2 hours as a general rule. But since many of Japanese sunscreens use filters in different combinations (either all chemical or a mix of chemical and physical) and they degrade at different rates, how do I figure out how often I should reapply different sunscreens for me to get the full labeled protection? (I don’t like to tan either). Will it say on the product packaging somewhere? If… Read more »

ThiefOfHearts
ThiefOfHearts
5 years ago

I see you dont have zinc oxide listed for the essence? that was one of the great appeals of the crea, :/

Marblz
Marblz
5 years ago

That’s disappointing, I found the previous formulation great because it settled nicely and didn’t bother my normal to dry sensitive skin. I’ll probably try this but it sounds like I may have to look for something else :c

Ang
Ang
5 years ago

I really like this one for my combination skin. The Biore milk I tried a couple of years ago felt uncomfortably dry. This isn’t too heavy/moisturizing or too matte/drying for me.

Peggy S.
Peggy S.
5 years ago

This is disappointing. In the winter when my skin gets flaky I find most Japanese sunscreens, like the Biore UV, cling unattractively to my dry patches. Last year’s discontinued Nivea was great because it had enough moisture to sink in invisibly. Are there any other Japanese sunscreens you think mimic the less matte finish of last year’s forumulation?

Gaby
Gaby
5 years ago

Would you say this is less moisturizing than the Biore watery essence and gel?

W
W
5 years ago

This review made me more excited about this sunscreen. I find the milk type sunscreens a big pain to apply because I find them too runny. I would love a matte cream sunscreen, which this seems to be.

A. Larasati
A. Larasati
5 years ago

I’m currently waiting for this as and the water gel one to arrive. I won’t be able to compare this with the old formula since I never tried it. I was really tempted, but it has cyclopentasiloxane, thus making it not a wise choice for my SD/PD-prone skin.

Too bad the new iteration is no longer moisturizing, as I was looking forward to it to be my winter ss. But now it seems like I’ll be able to use it in summer.

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

Exactly. That’s also why I refrained from purchasing Biore Perfect Face Milk. I should’ve also ordered Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, but the strong fragrance you mentioned made me a bit wary. Fragrance are sometimes okay, but they raise hell on my skin if strong. Once I was given a sample of Vichy Capital Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50 and the second after I applied it, my face tightened and felt warm then came a wave of stinging burning and itching sensations. I had to take it off immediately.

danielle santos
danielle santos
5 years ago

Do you thing it’s not recomended for oily skin?

yaya
yaya
5 years ago

Does this contain silica?

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