Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream review

Friday, June 28, 2013


I have tried sunscreen lotion/mousse/gel from many different brands but I still like those from Japanese brands the most and Biore is one of them! Hence, I was very excited to try out Biore's latest offering - Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream.  

If you have been following my blog for sometime, you would have read quite a number of reviews that I have written for Biore sunscreen/sunblock.

While I am certainly not your typical Singaporean Chinese girl (I'm far from being called fair), I do not wish to get any darker. I was so tanned after my last Taiwan trip in May 2013 that my colleague was like, "Hey Patricia, you look brown today."

You see.. I wasn't fair to begin with ever since I was a kid and I think that has got to do with Daddy's genes. But I was definitely fairer then. I swam a lot when I was a teenager plus I was from the Red Cross and we spent most of our time training under the sun. I remember back then, Mummy would always ask me to apply sunblock/sunscreen lotion and I couldn't be bothered apart from the times when I went swimming. In fact, I remember I still headed to the beach to suntan and I even slapped on suntan lotion (good gracious!).

A lot of people have the misconception that applying sunscreen makes you fairer or allows you to not get any darker. It actually don't in general. What it does is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. I have got friends whom uses whitening products like toner/lotion, serum or moisturizer and they tell me, "Why don't my spots or freckles go away and in fact, I got more spots after using whitening products?" Well, the thing is - if you use whitening products, you MUST apply sunscreen if not you will get more sun spots. My advice is that you use moisturizing/hydrating products in the day and leave the whitening products for use at night. That way, you need not worry about getting sun spots.

Most ladies whom don't apply sunblock usually have the same reason - that they dislike the sticky feeling after applying sunscreen. Most of Biore's sunblocks/sunscreens are rather lightweight and doesn't feel heavy on the skin.

The packaging of Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream reminds me very much of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse and Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream

And since I love how Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse felt on my skin and how it allows makeup to glide onto my face with ease, I was excited to try out Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream to see if it works the same or is even better.

Check out my current collection of sunscreens from Biore!

Biore sunscreens

Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream

What is it:

- Whitens and brightens as it protects with naturally-derived Chamomile extract that fights dark spots
- Superior long-lasting Double UV Block protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays
- Breakthrough Biore Aqua Rich Technology gives a watery-light texture that refreshes and moisturizes skin
- Easy to apply and instantly absorbed for an invisible, weightless finish
- Contains hyaluronic acid citrus extract to hydrate and soften skin
- Gentle on skin and allergy-tested
- Mild fresh, fruity fragrance
- Suitable for all skin types


Apply evenly on face after moisturizer and before applying makeup. For best results, reapply after excessive perspiration. As with all sunscreens, cleanse thoroughly using a makeup remover.

My thoughts:

In this post, I will review not just the latest Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream but Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse as well. This will provide you with some insights on which sunscreen will suit you better.


Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse VS Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream Whitening

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse

The good:

- lightweight (light texture, doesn't feel heavy on skin after application)
- cooling sensation after application
- doesn't leave a white cast after application
- doesn't feel greasy after application
- face looks slightly dewy after application
- creates a smooth canvas prior to makeup application
- works well with makeup
- when applied on its own, it helps to keep my face pretty much matte

The bad:

- strong citrus scent

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream Whitening

The good:

- citrus scent ain't as strong as that of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse
- works better when used alone (and not with makeup)

The bad:

- more shine on my face after application compared to Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse
- less is more, must blend properly if not there will be a white cast
- doesn't work well with makeup, makes my makeup look patchy after 3-4 hours
- a bit drying

Let me explain a little bit more in detail regarding my experience with Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream (Whitening). I normally use sunscreen after my regular moisturizer and before applying liquid foundation. The first few days when I tried Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream (Whitening), I only applied liquid foundation and by 9am, my makeup looked very patchy - you can literally see the makeup sinking into my pores. The next couple of days, I set my makeup by applying loose powder after liquid foundation. But still.. my makeup looked patchy after a few hours and my skin started to flake (not sure if it was due to Biore's new sunscreen or due to my facial last week). I stopped using Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream for two days and I had AMPM Super Triple HA Serum on day and night and the flaking stopped.

If you're like me whom put on makeup daily (for me its on weekdays), I will strongly recommend Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse. But if you're someone whom don't wear makeup regularly, I will recommend either Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse or Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Cream Whitening.

Price list:

Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ $18.90.

Available at all leading pharmacies and selected supermarkets and hypermarkets.

You might want to check out these posts:

♥ Biore UV Moist Face Milk (Holy Grail) - discontinued in Singapore 1, 2

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