June 16, 2010

Kao Biore Aqua Rich Watery Mousse Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++ Review


Such a chore isn’t it? But a necessary evil. If you aren’t SPF’ing yourself to death prior to heading out the door in the morning we can’t be friends anymore. SPF is essential at not only keeping your skin in good condition but also essential to your health.

But the moral of my ranting is that SPF is uncomfortable to wear. I have a rather intricate skincare regime and it seems like I use way too many products in the AM. Anti-aging serum, Vitamin C powder, SPF, Moisturizer, Toner, this, that, some of that, some of this….it’s too much!


Plus to add insult to injury in most cases SPF is rather thick so it makes my face feel oily or greasy and even really good ones end up feeling a tad uncomfortable in the long run.

If you have all similar rants you NEED Kao BiorΓ© Aqua Rich Watery Mousse Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++!


Kao BiorΓ© Aqua Rich Watery Mousse Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++ is a Japanese release. It’s an SPF 50+ which has a lighter mousse-like texture and applies like a dream!

This is incredibly good stuff and possibly one of the better SPF’s I’ve had the pleasure of trying from Japan and Asia in general.

It comes housed in a squeeze tube which makes application is breeze (no struggling with a tube). It’s scented subtly with a fresh citrus-like scent which shouldn’t be a bother, even to sensitive types.

Now the formula is very interesting….it starts off as a whipped mousse texture but once it hits your skin it becomes watery so it easily absorbs into your skin with little to no work on your part. A quick massage and you’re left with soft skin, no white cast, no strange SPF scent, simply protects sans the drama most SPF’s come with. Now the really interesting thing about it is after a second or two it begins to feel like SPF, it kinda has that locking, waterproof feel on your face, not uncomfortable at all but worth mentioning.

I’m quite pleased with the overall formula and can EASILY see this becoming HG. I’ve tried ALOT of Asian SPF’s, plenty of high end, and quite a few US drugstore ones and this is probably one of the best ones I’ve tried in terms of texture.

I experienced a little bit of oiliness on my jaw line and I’m trying to figure out if it’s from this or the Philosophy Miracle Worker Moisturizer I’ve been using…

  • Anyone who simply hates the feel of SPF on their face (this is light, absorbs easily, and you’ll never know it’s on)
  • Anyone who wants a inexpensive sun protection with a high SPF (retail is cheaper in Japan but E-bay and online shops have it for as little as $14.95 for a tube).

  • Anyone sensitive to fragrance (this has a subtle citrus scent which I do think is barely noticeable but really sensitive types might not love it!).

I think anyone can easily get on board with loving this and I think it’s one of those MUST have, YOU need this type of products. The formula is so incredibly light and comfortable that I’m not dreading my SPF application in the morning anymore!

Absolutely an essential skincare item!

Great stuff and Muse Approved for Purchase!

It’s available on E-bay as well as a few online shops if you search around on Google. Sasa may even get it in stock if you wait a little bit.

Loves it long time!

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  • Christina

    Hey Muse,

    What’s the sunscreen ingredients on this? My derm is fanatical about physical sunscreens and I’m currently using Le RochePosay’s Anthelios but it’s expensive and still feels really oily in the summer. And Shiseido’s sunscreen is super expensive.


    • the Muse

      christina as you can see from box it’s in Japanese lol so no idea what they ingreds are hun πŸ˜€

  • Tracy

    Oooh! Neat! I wonder if this is like the Shu Uemura’s UV Underbase Mousse? I was thinking of getting that one to try.

  • Becky

    My t-zone is so oily.. you think it won’t leave my face with a shiny glare that I get with most SPF’s?

    • the Muse

      hi becky I’m trying to determine if this is the culprit that made my jawline oily so I’m not sure. It’s hard to say b/c different skin types will react differently. I’d like to say no but I really don’t know how your skin will react to it hun.

  • Kayla

    Does it say in English what the active ingredients are? I have sensitive skin that turns red with chemical sunscreens. Thanks!

  • Jem

    OH YES!!! This product is my HG (along with the Kao BiorΓ© Perfect Milk SPF50)

  • Renata

    Hi, Muse!
    Have you tried the Anessa range? These are my favorites, and I wonder if BiorΓ© is better… Maybe you can tell how they compare?

  • Lillian

    Sounds excellent, i need a high SPF! Hope it gets a UK release πŸ™‚

  • PinkyKathy

    I have the feeling that sunscreen from Japan has the most advanced and incredible formula. πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot for review, will get one next time I go to supermarket ^^
    (Biore sunscreen is in every supermarket in Thailand)

  • Robin

    I’ve been using Shiseido SPF 55 and love it. Have you tried that one Muse? If so, does it have a similar feel on the skin? I may have to run over to evil bay for a quick BIN πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      hi robin yup it was my hg for a long time πŸ˜€ nothing like it though, this is lighter and different texture!

  • Lisa

    Hi Muse,

    I just want to say I love your blog. I recently descovered it and I’ve just been reading it like the holy bible. πŸ˜€ I’ve read every single article on asian cosmetics you have in a few days. And bought some of items you mentioned on your must haves and muse approved on ebay because we don’t have any of the good stuff in Australia. I must say I’m loving them. Thanks so much!

    Anyway back to the topic at hand, I there is a gel version of this Biore Aqua Rich series. I’m not sure if you have tired that also, but is it any good? And would you recommend the new products over the Biore UV Milk range?
    Sorry for the long comment…

    • the Muse

      aw lisa thank you so much that’s incredible! Very flattered you took time out to read through!!!!!! xoxoxoxox! I haven’t seen the gel version of the Aqua Rich yet…but if I try it will give the good word. Nope, don’t like the Milk Range πŸ˜€ I prefer the Aqua Series which absorbs easier imho! πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps dear and thanks! your comment made my day!

  • KS

    Hi, noted some comments on the active ingredients of this product, so thought I will post them here for other users. The UV filters are as follows:

    Octinoxate, Zinc Oxide, & Uvinul A Plus

    Finally bought it and I love the mousse like texture!

      • savennia

        I think I’ll try it. I bought Biore UV Perfect face Milk but it didn’t work well on my skin. It made my skin peel and the second time I used it I fell itchy on my forehead, although I like the feeling on my face when I used it and it helped control my oiliness. Hope this product will do well on my face. Maybe I have quite sensitive skin

        • the Muse

          mmm could be savennia I have the milk and didn’t have a prob! Sorry to hear it. Try this, could be a lighter formula and may work out for ya!

  • Maddie

    Hi, Is the sunscreen oil free? Because I break out out if they’re not.

  • Wina

    Hello muse, does it have shiny appearance like after you applied gel?

  • Ella

    Hey, does this have any alcohol in it? πŸ™‚ I’m currently using the biore UV bright face milk which does, and i’m looking to buy something less drying for winter! This might just be it. πŸ™‚

  • Annabelle

    Hey Muse!

    I was wondering if you could offer your opinion on the product again and let us know if you think the oiliness on your chin was due to this or the Philsophy product please?

    Also, if you had to compare this sunscreen to the Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist SPF 50 PA+++ that you thought was HG before, which one would you pick?

    Thanks so much for your help!!


    • Isabella Muse

      It’s actually one of my hg sunscreens def no oil πŸ™‚ (that was due to my moisturizer) They are both my favorite SPFs along with Biore Aqua Rich Watery Annabelle, all three are in my arsenal and used in daily rotation πŸ™‚

      • Annabelle

        Hi Muse!

        I just had a couple more questions! Do you find any of the sunscreens you mentioned above hard to take off at the end of the day? I currently use a micellar water, and have heard that with some Japanese sunscreens that they require oil to completely remove!

        Also, have you noticed your skin, or any sun damage you might have being accentuated after going into the sun with these sunscreens on? I’ve seen a couple of reviews on Makeupalley where this has happened to people and was wondering if you could share your experience as well!

        I’m so excited to hear from you, these will be the first Japanese sunscreens I’ve ever tried! πŸ˜€