[Under Makeup Review] : Biore UV Covering Base – Oil Control

Trial Duration : 2 Days

Day 1: Air conditioned room, tropical

Day 2: Non – AC room, tropical, humid

Current Skin Condition: Combination, with small dry patches in the chin

For the non-makeup review of this product, you may click here. This will show you how I used this sunscreen as it is, without makeup.

For the 2 days trials I took for this product, I always use a gentle cleanser (Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash), basic moisturizer (Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer) and a small amount of eye cream (QuickFx Eye Lift Cream) beforehand. There are no known strong ingredients on these items. Once the moisturizer and eye cream have settled (after 10 minutes), that’s the time I started using this product.

For this, I was able to put around 1/2 teaspoon of this sunscreen to my face. After it settled for like 10 minutes, I started putting my liquid foundation (L’Oréal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation) and concealer (Maybelline Instant Age Rewind) on top of it.

*** it doesn’t look like 1/2 teaspoon in the image as I added more after I blended it.

What I noticed about this base product is that it is not sticky. Hence, it did not require me to add more foundation which is just a pump usually. For some reason, I even had a small excess that I managed to put on my neck. The reason for it is because the finish of this items is very velvety (like I mentioned this is post). The finish is close to a rose petal which is very smooth and very soft – making it easy for makeup to cover my face thinly.

I personally enjoyed applying my foundation with either a brush or fingers when I tested this sunscreen. Both of which makes the application even so easily. I just think that I managed to save a small part of my foundation when I’m using a brush as I tend to have more control on it.

I felt really nice wearing this beneath my foundation. It has a hold to my makeup at the same time it felt very light and smooth to touch. To be honest, I did not feel any stickiness or too much shine hence I tried to skip putting light powder on it. However, to make it standard with the other review I had, I still did use Clean & Clear Essentials Face Powder (small taps). Regardless, the final output is very clean and light.

Another thing that I like about this product is that it did hide my pores. During the time it was starting to degrade (around 8 hours), it did not push the makeup to my pores or lines. I hardly see my makeup compounding on my pores and noes. Instead, it only disappeared slowly.

During the stress test, I noticed that regardless of my environment (room temperature, humid or air-conditioned room), both acted almost the same way. Though being in cooler environment makes it last longer. This sunscreen managed to hold my makeup longer by helping my face not to produce too much oil. However, for the record, this is not the best primer for this criteria. There are still better primers and sunscreen that can hold my makeup longer and control oil at the same time.

So you might be asking why I like this one then? The answer for that is simple. From the previous test with the other sunscreens and primers I had, this is very light and did not break me out. It still lives to its claim that it does control oil and be use to hold makeup. Also, because I can use the same amount of this sunscreen as my regular go-to sun protection (and considering that it has high protection against UVA and UVB), I’m confident enough that I can use this as my only sunscreen for that day.

Take note that there is no claim in the packaging that it is waterproof or sweat resistant. I personally do not reapply on regular (non-vigorous) days. However, if you will be sweating, reapplication is highly recommended to prevent sun damage.

Lastly, (though there is no direct claim for this) this product did not hold my dry patches together. I wouldn’t expect it from a regular sunscreen, but I do think that it should as a primer. But then again, I’m not seeing any claim for dry skin issues. So, I can’t hold this against this product.

Takeaways:

  • ­It is true that it controls oil and hold makeup longer however it is not the best primer in the market for that criteria
  • You can adequately protect your skin from the sun using only this (amount should be 1/2  to 1/3 teaspoon at least for the face).
  • No claims for being sweat resistant
  • Not the best product if you’re trying to hide your dry patches

Biore UV Covering Base – Oil Control

Ingredients:

Water, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl, Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 60, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Methicone, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydumethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alochol, Mica, Aminomethyl Propanol, Peg-32, Polysorbate 80, Accrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Xanthan Gum, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsequioxane Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone Disodium EDTA, BHT, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, C30-45 Olefin, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 7789

As per COSDNA, these are the items worth noting as they may trigger acne and (or) irritation:

  • Zinc Oxide (1)
  • Isopropyl Palmitate (4)
  • Cetyl Alcohol (2)
  • Tocopherols (2)

Trial Duration: 3 days

Price: 435 PHP (Lazada) / around 9 USD – 30g

Packaging:

Current Skin Condition: Combination

Review:

Recently due to my newly upgraded Retin-A strength, my skin went oily. I’m expecting that however, I know I needed something that can help control it. Hence, I ended up buying this.

I love it – that’s for sure. Here’s why…

For a sunscreen, the number of measurement they provided is very high — SPF 50+ and four (+). The numbers should be sufficient for a proper sun protection. When applying this, just make sure that you have completely covered your face with sufficient amount ( around 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon for the face alone). Personally, I never had compounding issues when applying this product. Excess did not sit on my hairline and eye brows. It is smooth to apply and did not pill.

Another thing is that this product itself has a very cream to light pinkish color which when you wear might tone your skin lighter (if you have medium to darker tone). The change is very light, and the tone change requires an extra look as it is hardly noticeable on a regular sight. I personally did not notice it that much, really. I guess, what I’m trying to say is that it is not completely invisible on initial application; but will definitely tone down as it settles – making it perfect even without makeup.

The finish of this product in my skin is somewhat velvety – not matte (which they said in the box). I felt like it has a blurry effect which make sense because it did promise concealing pores (I’m not sure if they mean it like this though). However, to be fair, it did not completely cover my pores, just made it less visible.  

*** the picture though might look too shinny but that’s just the lightning.

Another thing I love about this product is that it really controlled my oiliness, which makes it true to its claim. I never felt the need to powder or blot all throughout the day. It’s very light and hard to notice its existence in my skin – very comfortable to wear indeed. It is not the best oil-controlling sunscreen / base out there but it did what it promised.

My only concern showing in my pictures is that no matter how little or natural the light is, I felt like the picture is amplifying the shine. In reality, it is not shinny at all. Like I said, it is velvety.

After four hours from the application (room light):

After fours from the application (camera flash):

After eight hours, this product degraded showing some minor shine. However, it is still not a lot and personally I did not see the need to blot or powder.

After eight hours from the application (room light):

After eight hours from the application (camera flash):

This product also contains no fragrance however it has a very light scent. It is not offensive, and it didn’t bother me at all.

Take note however that this product contains alcohol. If it gets too close to your eyes, it will definitely sting, causing minor irritation to your eyes. I’m used to it though as it seems to be very common for Biore to build it that way. Also, this is something that can be addressed by practicing. As someone who suffered from acne for a very long time, if a sunscreen doesn’t cause you a pimple, that’s a keeper. Biore is a good brand to remember for that. If it is any help, my trick for having less irritation during the application is by closing my eyes tightly when smoothing the product, until it dries. It works for me, so give it a try.

Will I buy this again? Big YES!

Final Thoughts:

  • Smooth to apply and did not pill
  • It does control oil
  • Pores becomes less but not fully covered
  • Velvety not matte in finish
  • No fragrance but it has a raw scent, not offensive
  • Did not break me out

If you wish to see how I used this under my makeup, click here.

Biore Cleansing Oil

Ingredients:

Mineral Oil, Peg-12 Laurate, Isododecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Water, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 85, Glyceryl Oleate, Isostearic Acid, Isostearyl Glyceryl Ether, Myristyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Glyceryl Pentaerythrityl Ether, Bht, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

Textbook-wise — if you will check COSDNA, take note that Isopropyl Palmitate has a comedogenic rate of 4 and is also tagged as possible irritant. Isostearic Acid, Glyceryl Oleate and Isopropyl Palmitate as per Skincarisma are known to trigger fungal acne.

Trial Duration: 3 days

Price: 349 PHP (BeautyMNL) / around 7 USD – 150 ml

*** The price I indicated above is the regular tag of this item. I did not buy this personally but rather got it as a freebie when I bought Biore UV Covering Base – Oil Control

Packaging:

Non-Sampler should look like below (not my picture):

What I got:

Current Skin Condition: Combination with random peeling

Review:

For the record, I have always been a Micellar Water person. I use Micellar Water to remove my sunscreens and makeups on a daily basis then follow it with a gentle cleanser. But because I got this for free and I can see a lot of people liking this product, I thought of giving this one a try. I have always been too scared of pure oils when it comes to cleansing or even leave-on’s. I think if you’re the type of person who struggles with acne for a very long time, you would understand where this fear is coming from.

Personally, I’m surprised with how this item functioned. First, it removed my sunscreen and makeup so easily. Second, it didn’t break me out.

The way I used this product is that I massage it to my face for at least 30 seconds, aiming to make the oil contact all the makeups and agitate it a little bit, nothing harsh.  Afterwards, I wash my face with regular water, not too cold and not too warm. Lastly, I followed it with my favorite cleanser which is  Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash.

The feel of this cleansing oil when removed by water will give you a smooth and squeaky kind of clean. I did not feel any oil leftover in my face which I do expected because after all, this is oil. This oil when you massage it into your skin will turn murky – this is the oil doing some action.

For this test, I took some commonly used cosmetics (sunscreen included) into my arm:

*** the order is described as the first picture.

*** this includes tinted sunscreen, eye shadows (liquid), foundation, lipstick, crayon eye liner, liquid eye liner (waterproof), eye shadow (powder), mascara (waterproof), eye brow wax with colored powder,  eyebrow pencil and concealer

In this example I used roughly 1/3 teaspoon of Biore Cleansing Oil. Massage it for 30 seconds, let is sit there for couple more seconds (for pictures) and rinse it with water.

I’m not sure how this picture was taken but my arm looks longer? Meh.

In the picture above, you will see that the oil went murky due to the dissolved makeup. If you will look closer you will see that the liquid eyeliner is still visible. After I took some pictures (which took like 15 seconds), I immediately rinsed the oil with water and tap my skin with towel (just tap and not rub).

This is what it looks like now:

In the picture above, you will see that nothing was left even the liquid eye liner we spotted before we rinsed it. I haven’t followed this with any cleanser for the record, so the removal was only done by the cleansing oil itself.

In addition to its cleaning power, this cleansing oil did not break me out. However, do note that this contain fragrance. The smell is very light and I personally did not notice it right away. I only went to smell the bottle itself hence I realized that it does have scent after all. I would imagine that they added this very faint smell to mask the original smell of oils. It didn’t bother me at all and it is very easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.

I’m glad that the original container of this item comes with a pump. It will definitely make the dispensing a lot easier and less messy which I think is valuable when dealing with liquid oils. I also like the fact that it did not left my face feeling greasy or oily, giving me the impression that you can end the cleaning from this point. However, oil is a very tricky substance to play with your skin. Despite having a squeaky feel of your skin, I would suggest to follow it with your favorite mild cleanser. There’s no need to use heavy duty soaps or cleansers for this. This cleansing oil already attracted the junks out of your skin. The goal of you second cleanser is just to remove any residue of this cleansing oil.

Takeaways:

  • This cleansing oil can be used every day for mild to waterproof makeups.
  • Some ingredients may trigger acne (esp.  fungal) hence every once in a while (not necessarily everyday), use a cleanser that prevent acne of such
  • Make sure to cleanse with water thoroughly and follow it with your mild cleanser (Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash is a personal recommendation)
  • This can be use regardless of your skin condition

Would I buy this again? Yes.

I highly recommend this product to everyone. However, please review the ingredients listed and make sure that you are compatible with them. Some people have reported breaking out after using this product. I would assume that they are not compatible with some ingredients in this item or they did not use it properly. Regardless, I personally like this product and will use it further.

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