If there’s one skincare product that I’m loyal to, it’s sunscreen. When I find one that works, I stick with i come hell or high water. For richer or poorer… my HG sunscreen will eventually send me to the poorhouse I swear LOL!
But due to mounting requests, I embarked on a mission to find an alternate, more affordable sunscreen that I might like. I do have a preference for Asian brand sunscreens, for the simple reason that they work, and for some reason, the formula feels more elegant than most Western brands.
One of my favourites, before it was discontinued was the Hada Labo UV Whitening Emulsion sunscreen. So, when I went looking for a budget sunscreen option, one of my first stops was Hada Labo and I picked up the Hada Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Long story short, I was pleasantly surprised to quite like this 🙂
One of the things I liked was the texture – it is a pleasantly creamy texture that my drier skin likes. The creamy texture however, belies the name – Perfect UV Gel. This is no gel at all!
The cream spreads easily on my skin and absorbs quickly, so it just feels very comfortable when worn. Another thing I like is how it seems to add moisture to my skin so it feels cushiony… is that even a word? 😛 I think it might be because of the hyaluronic acid in this product, which Hada Labo is known to be popular for.
I was a little worried at first that the creamy texture might mean that it would turn oily over time, but to my surprise, it didn’t. In fact, it makes a nice base for my makeup as well, albeit a more moisturising base than I’m used to when using the Shiseido. I do wonder if it’s because my skin is a little drier, so it absorbs better and boosts the moisture, while protecting my skin.
And yes, it does seem to protect my skin. From what I can tell anyway. When I wear this, my skin doesn’t seem to heat up and turn red when I’m exposed to heat. Whatever dark spots I have don’t seem to be getting worse, so I think it’s good LOL!
However, I am given to understand that this Perfect UV Gel isn’t waterproof, so I wouldn’t wear it swimming or if I’m going to be sweating a lot. I don’t think you should too 🙂 The other thing that should be mentioned is that there is alcohol in this product.
I’m not terribly fussed nor sensitive to alcohol in skincare, so this is not something that troubles me. As for the scent, I perceive a slight scent, but not what people comment on as being an “alcohol scent”. Still, it’s probably one of those things. If this bugs you, then stay away. If it doesn’t, then take a chance on it. It’s a pretty decent, wallet-friendly sunscreen to have! 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Hada Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect UV Gel sunscreen is a creamy textured sunscreen with high SPF and broad-spectrum protection that protects against UVA and UVB rays. I do like the texture, which I find comfortable to wear. Although it’s creamy, it doesn’t feel heavy nor oily on my skin and makes a nice base for my foundations. I don’t particularly notice it messing with any of my foundations, and because it seems more creamy than other sunscreens I’ve tried, it allows me to wear slightly more drying bases without too much trouble. The drawbacks would be the alcohol content and the fact that it isn’t waterproof. But otherwise, I like this!
PROS: Lightweight creamy texture feels very comfortable on skin, Not drying, Affordable, Protects my skin from burning even under the sun, A good hydrating base for foundation
CONS: Not waterproof, Contains alcohol which may not sit well with some people
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a creamy textured sunscreen that isn’t drying on the skin, Anyone who wants a more budget-friendly sunscreen for daily wear
PRICE: RM52.90 (goes on sale often)
AVAILABILITY: Most major pharmacies in Malaysia where Hada Labo is sold, Overseas try ebay
For those interested, here is the ingredient list for the Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel sunscreen.
From what I understand of the ingredients (I do have a fairly limited understanding) this is a hybrid formula, in that it has both chemical blockers and physical blockers, so I cannot strictly say that this is a chemical or physical sunscreen. It has a little of both. I’m fine with a chemical formula so again, I’m happy with this.
Have you tried the Hada Labo Perfect UV Gel? Do you like how it feels?
As I said, I was pleasantly surprised to like it. My skin didn’t burn nor feel heated although I had been exposed to the sun, and my foundation didn’t oil up and slip. For that, I give this sunscreen props. I also like how the texture doesn’t have that weird silicone/powdery feel that you get in some formulas. So on an overall basis, this is a wallet-friendly win for me! 🙂 Care to weigh in?