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2 Minute Review: Etude House Sunprise Sunscreen

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etude house sunprise, sun gel, Korean sunscreen, no white cast, dark skin friendly, deep skin friendly, tan skin friendly

Name: Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light SPF50+ PA+++

Cost: ~$9.90

Size: 1.7 fl. Oz/50 ml

Packaging: Sunscreen comes in a plastic squeeze tube with a white twist-off top.

Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, oily, combination

Active ingredients: Unknown

First five ingredients: Water / aqua / eau, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, homosalate, ethylhexyl salicylate, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate. Check full ingredients list to determine potential allergens.

Fragrance: Yes

Claims: Lightweight. Great for sensitive skin. Protects your skin from UV rays

Other: Dwarf ground sedge extract & Sunflower seeds for UV protection; Acai berry & Acerola to reinforce vitality of skin; Portulaca oleracea, Centella asiatica, & Mistletoe leaves to relax skin; Aloe vera, Cactus, & Hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.


How I use it

I ordered the Etude House Sunprise sun gel from Amazon since I couldn’t get it delivered from Yesstyle (they don’t ship this brand to the US). I first applied this sunscreen in the morning before applying makeup. Dimethicone is one of the first ingredients which can be a good or bad thing depending on how your skin reacts to it. According to this article on Puracy.com, it forms “a film that prevents the loss of water through the skin, thus keeping the skin moisturized. It also works as an emollient, filling the spaces between cracks in the skin.”

You can see the texture is definitely more of a lotion and less like a gel, in the sense that I’m used to. It’s also colorless once rubbed onto the skin, which is of course great for deep and dark skin tones. There was minimal visible difference when I applied it onto my hand. It dried down to a glowy finish without making me look oily.

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Overall thoughts

This Korean sun gel is really more like a thin lotion. As I noted above, this product does contain fragrance which goes away after application. If you are sensitive to smells or products with fragrance, you might want to stay away from this product. When I applied this product a little closely to my my eyes, I did have an issue with my them watering. I hadn’t used any other new product so this sun gel was definitely the cause. Not sure what caused it but it was something I wanted to mention here.

The text on the packaging is mostly in Korean so it’s unclear to me which active ingredients are in this product. I searched the internet and the only thing I could find on which filters were used are in this blog post here, which reads:


The Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light chemical filters are: Octinoxate (UVB), Homosalate (UVB), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB), Uvinul A Plus (UVA) – New generation UVA filter with high UVA protection and photostability , Octocrylene (UVB/UVA II).

Over the past week or so I’ve been wearing this sun gel by itself. It it definitely lightweight and absorbs fairly quickly. My skin hasn’t been as oily and is more on the dry side so I couldn’t test how it wears with my oils. For my newfound dry skin, my face felt moisturized throughout the day. There was a subtle glow with no flaking or visible dry spots. So good job there! When my skin returns to it’s original type I’ll be sure to come back with an update.

On the days that I wore makeup, I was able to apply a primer and foundation over it smoothly. I did not experience eye watering or pilling at all with any product. There was no way for me to reapply it once my makeup was on so I had to reach for a sunscreen spray.

All in all I think it’s a great sunscreen. If you’re on a budget or not, it’s a great product to wear with and without makeup. You can buy this sun cream from Amazon, Yesstyle.com (not sold in all countries), and StyleKorean.com. Check out my latest sunscreen reviews here and here.


These types of reviews are for skincare items and how they work (or not) for me. I don’t like to go into too much detail since skincare is so personal and subjective. I’m not a professional and am not responsible for any outcomes you have if you try this product. If there’s a skincare product you would like to see me do a 2 minute review for, please let me know in the comments below or email me using this form.

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