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Sun sticks are definitely having a moment this summer, and I would choose them over powder or spray for reapplication any day. I still start out with a good layer of a traditional SPF cream / lotion / milk to make sure I’m using enough to get the stated SPF, but sun sticks definitely come in handy to refresh that protection mid-day. I became a total believer a couple of summers ago, when using sunsticks during a July hike saved me from burning. Plus, my kiddos are less resistant to sun sticks vs more traditional creams.
Of course, not all formulas are created equal, and it takes some trial and error to find ones that I like. Beauty of Joseon Matte Sun Stick took the skincare social media by storm - suddenly everyone was either raving about it or asking others for reviews! It’s a chemical-filter product with mugwort, cica, and oil-absorbing silica that promises matte protection without a greasy finish. The stick is available on YesStyle (reward code KBHOBBIT), Stylevana (code INF10KBH), Olive Young (code KBHOBBIT77), and StyleKorean.
How to use
Open the cap and turn the dial so part of the stick comes out
Apply evenly to exposed areas
Reapply as needed
I don’t notice a scent or a white cast. I am very fair, so take that as you will - your own experience with the cast may vary. The formula uses chemical filters, which should help with the white cast.
I had very high hopes for this sun stick, mostly because of the overwhelmingly positive online reviews. And… it fell a bit flat. This isn’t a bad product by any means and provides a matte finish, as promised.
The reason it’s not my holy grail is twofold. First of all, I can feel it on my skin for too long after application (even if applying to bare skin, which wouldn’t even provide the needed sun protection). Second, it tends to almost roll up / pill during application - both by itself and when used over other products. I notice tiny white specs on my face after using the matte stick. I am able to pick them off, but it’s annoying, and this doesn’t happen with my other sunsticks.
I do like that there’s no scent and no noticeable white cast (at least on me). Plus, since the consumer feedback has been mostly positive, I hope it means that more and more people are finding sunscreen they like and are willing to use on a consistent basis. For me, Scinic sunstick remains the holy grail for this type of SPF, but I will still use up the Beauty of Joseon.
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Beauty of Joseon Matte Sun Stick ingredients: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Synthetic Wax, Dibutyl Adipate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Boron Nitride, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Microcrystalline Wax, Polysilicone-15, Vinyl Dimethicone, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melia Azadirachta Bark Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Vigna Radiata Seed Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin