June 10, 2013

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Review & Swatches

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Spring 2013

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB was released earlier this February for Spring 2013 in Japan. This is Kao’s latest formula of their popular UV Aqua Rich Watery which I absolutely adore.

This protects with an SPF 50 PA+++ like the original but this new version is tinted to brighten skin up, ease dullness, and even out skin tone.

Take a look!

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB is the same great consistency as the original though this time around it isn’t a whipped texture but more of a gel which absorbs easily into skin leaving it delicately hydrated with a subtle citrus scent. It’s one my favorite sunscreens due to the watery texture which applies easily onto skin without leaving behind any odd film on skin. All SPF formulas should have such a great formula like this.

This contains a skin tone correcting powder that promises to brighten, ease dullness, and even out skin tone. The shade is a peachy beige color which actually applies fairly transparent but does leave a white cast to skin which in turn results in the brightening effect. Outside of this I didn’t actually see much of a tint from it. The original version doesn’t leave a pasty look behind so really all this does is lend a whitish finish to skin but doesn’t necessarily provide color or color correcting benefits.

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Swatches Spring 2013

Kao Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Swatches

I do like the gel-like consistency of this version and felt like it absorbed even a little bit better than the original if that’s possible.

If you already use and love the original no reason to switch things up for this version. I liked the general idea of a tinted sunscreen that would brighten up skin but it didn’t really have a long term effect that could replace BB Cream, CC Cream, or foundation products.

Anyone use the original?

How about this new version?

Do share!

Sasa.com sells much of the Kao Biore Collection.

I purchased this item.

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  • Tammie

    I liked it well enough once I realized it wasn’t supposed to have coverage lol. I dunno about you but mine must be off or something, it smells kind of strange!

    • Cj

      Mine kinda evened out my skin a little bit, like a soft focus effect. I actually really liked it. I was gonna get in here and tell all the pale people to get it :X

      • Tammie

        Yeah it’s a nice product I was just expecting it to be more of a BB cream (even a less pigmented Japanese one) than what appears to be a base for something else or something that perfects a little. I do like it and I do use it though mine smells a bit off so I don’t really love using it. Oh well~

  • Ana

    I use the blue one, Aqua Rich Watery essence, looove it. Bought the whitening one once but it is too rich for my combination skin and made me break out, used it on my hands and found it great for that. Wish there was something with the watery essence texture but a little mattifying, the weather is starting to warm up over here and my skin gets oily after the middle of the day with the watery essence, but in spite of being more oily it is still too dry to wear a mattifying milk type sunscreen…

    • Nedy

      My skin is oily too!! And i also use the same sunscreen which is the watery essence as u and what i do is i applies pressed powder after i applied tge sunscreen. It goes really well and my skin doesnt get oily for quite a long time! πŸ™‚

  • Alanna

    must try just for curiosity!! my skin is so pale that often lightening things help even me out anyway before foundation.

  • Donaya

    I use both. On the day when I want the lighter finish of makeup, I use this product and then apply mineral powder foundation on and that’s it. I feel like it gives a little bit of brightening and color-correcting effect. On full-makeup day, I use the original version which has no tint, then apply liquid foundation on, because I think the foundation already gives enough coverage I want.

    Regarding the texture, I feel like this one is a little drier than the original version and hence a little bit more difficult to apply. It also gives more matte finish. Therefore, on the hot day when I feel my skin is a bit more oily than usual, I’ll go for this one rather than the original version. Anyway, I love both of them and will continue to use both. πŸ™‚

  • Candy

    I haven’t quite used it much, but I do think it’s drier than the original version. And I absolutely love the original version, glad it can be found in Singapore now!

  • Liane

    Clarins makes a beautiful tinted sunscreen. You should check it out!

  • lyn

    I’ve used both original and BB version and still prefer the original (in a blue tube). The BB one separates after a while, which is a bummer because it works quite well at the beginning.