May 22, 2011

korean skin care review: first impressions on sunblocks

Will be doing a first impression review on 4 korean sunblocks.
1. Ohui sunscience perfect sunblock black EX + (B) spf 50 PA+++, waterproof
2. Ohui sunscience perfect sunblock Red EX + (R) spf 50 PA+++, waterproof
3. Charmzone Albatross Powder sun spf 41/PA++
4. History of whoo whitening sun cream , spf 45PA++

The four sunblocks in sample sizes:

A larger picture of the Ohui sunblocks:

2 pictures of the sunblocks' swatches:

From left to right: Ohui black ex (beige/skin tone), Ohui red ex (green tone), Whoo whitening sun cream (pink tone), Albatross powder sun (yellow tone)

Personal opinion:

1. Charmzone's Albatross Powder sun spf 41/PA++
High sun protection. Comes in a slightly yellow-ed cream-like texture that is not heavy. It goes on smoothly and is easy to spread. I really liked the fact that it not only whitens the skin, it also brightens! It does not sit into pores.  Just a touch of loose powder perhaps, and you are off to go. It leaves the skin silky smooth and matte. Very good make up primer/base.
However, since my skin is sensitive and dehydrated, i did not really like this as it mattifies too much for me. It makes my skin even more dehydrated. But i'd say it is perfect for those with normal to oily skin. This is really good. Alas that i have dehydrated skin.
Also note that there is a rather strong perfume scent to it.

2. Ohui sunscience perfect sunblock black EX + (B) spf 50 PA+++, waterproof
I have no idea why it is called black EX. I was thinking maybe it is for those with very dark skin or tans easily or even that the sunblock will be a black coloured cream!
Anyway, the texture is a cream like beige/skin coloured sunblock. It has a very nice and light scent. It does not smell like perfume to me. I feel it is more like a natural mild scent that is calming and very pleasant. And i really like the scent.
It spreads nicely and is not heavy at all. Blends in nicely into skin colour and evening out skin tone. It leaves a no-shine greaseless finish.
However, it is too drying for me. I think it absorbs too much of my natural oils and even my moisturiser underneath.
This is perfect for normal to oily skin types. Now how i wish i had tougher skin.

This leaves a very peculiar kind of feeling on the skin. It is labelled waterproof and i guess that is why there seems to be a sort of waxy feel to the skin. Nothing greasy or heavy at all. It feels as if there is an invisible shield on your skin. This is something new to me.

I would really recommend those with oily skins to give this a go as it is light and i doubt you will feel anything on your skin at all.

3. Ohui sunscience perfect sunblock Red EX + (R) spf 50 PA+++, waterproof
Red Ex. This is definitely for those suffering with redness. The tint of this is slightly green to help with redness. I'm sure this is for sensitive skin too since redness is often associated with sensitivity.
A nice cream like texture and the scent is wonderful. Just like the black ex, the scent is very natural, mild and pleasant.
 This is easily spreadable, no greasy after feel, no heaviness at all. However, again it leaves that peculiar invisible "waxy" waterproof shield as with the black ex described above.
Alas, it seems to absorb all my natural oils and even my moisturiser. Not a good one for me. Should be perfect for oily skin types.

4. History of whoo whitening sun cream , spf 45PA++
This one is the thickest and most difficult to spread. It comes in a light pink colour. This one has whitening properties as it comes from the all-famous History Of Whoo whitening line.
The pink tone is very flattering on the skin as it evens out and brightens skin tone.
However, i did not like this as this leaves a slightly greasy after feel. Also, it is slightly more heavier than the other 3 as in you will be able to feel a layer of product on your skin. The other 3 is more light weight.
This also leaves my senstive skin slightly irritated.
Did not like this at all.

Of all 4 sunblocks, i would recommend the first three to all normal and oily skin girls. The final whoo's whitening sun cream, i'd give that a miss.
I'll have to stick back to my current fave Sum 37's sun away essential sunblock since all 4 sunblocks do not agree with my sensitive skin some way or another.


  1. Would I be able to get samples like you did?

  2. hey there, i'm not sure since gmarket seemed to have changed the miniature samples category. You can try searching around on gmarket though.