Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50+ PA+++ Review
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “beginner’s luck”, when someone with absolutely no experience suddenly gets a great result. The first time I purchased this sunblock must have been one of those moments. It was over a year ago as I was starting to discover the wonders of Korean beauty and skincare. Since I am only slightly darker than a sheet of white paper, sun protection is a serious issue in my life. Naturally, one of the first things I was hoping to find was an alternative to greasy, smelly, white-cast-leaving sun products available in the US.
Without reading any reviews or even checking the ingredients (gasp), I ordered this Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50+ PA+++ (available on* eBay and Amazon). And it turned out to be a great product and a repeat buy for me. After trying a few other great sunblocks, I am back to this one and have recently opened my second bottle.
Sunprise Mild Airy Finish is a 100% mineral sunblock (versus a chemical one) making it a great solution for sensitive skin and people wanting to avoid chemical sunscreens.
Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide - mineral sunblocks gentle on sensitive skin
Centella asiatica, mistletoe, portulaca oleracea - soothe and heal the skin
Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid - hydrate the skin
Apply at the last step of skincare, before makeup
The widely accepted recommended dose for any sunscreen is ¼ teaspoon each on the face and neck (a US nickel-size dollop each)
Don’t forget the ears and the back of the neck
Let soak in for 2-3 minutes, then apply makeup, if using
Most of us have probably already heard of SPF (sun protection factor), but what is PA? It’s based on a Persistent Pigmentation Darkening test which measures how much UVA a person can be exposed to without tanning/skin darkening. The range is from + to ++++. In short - higher SPF and more “+”s after the PA mean higher protection against the sun. This product has PA+++.
I LOVE this sunscreen. Yes, someone as pale as myself can actually “love” a sun product, trust me. It’s not greasy at all, doesn’t leave a white cast, and doesn’t interfere with makeup. I can’t speak on the white cast aspect for someone with a deeper skin tone, however.
I have not gotten even a little pink while using it and have had no adverse reactions. I use it only on the face/neck (not the body), so it lasts me several months. I like the fact that it’s 100% mineral based without the controversial chemical ingredients. Despite alcohol being pretty high on the list, I did not notice any dryness while using this sunblock. It’s quite possibly because I apply it at the end of the skincare routine (after my regular face cream), so it’s not sitting directly on bare skin. It’s sold on* eBay and Amazon.
Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dipropylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Carex Humillis Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cellulose Gum