June 11, 2018

Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 Alcohol Gives It That Quick Absorbing Texture

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5 stars out of 5

Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 PA+++ ($14) is an affordable SPF option from Korea that will totally change the way you feel about applying sunscreen. I think we can all agree that SPF can sometimes be a chore since many formulas are very thick, greasy, and need adequate time to set before any other skincare or makeup is applied on top of them.

Many, many years ago I migrated towards Japanese sunscreen since I loved the quick to absorb gel textures. I realize most days I’m raving how great Japanese sunscreens are but I forget how many fantastic Korean ones are around as well.

One of those being Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 but it does have one major downfall.

Like many Japanese sunscreens Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 contains alcohol denat. Sh1t!

That’s the one thing about most Japanese and Korean SPF formulas that sucks! Alcohol! Alcohol in all formulas. Where’s there’s a gel or thin formula they’ll be alcohol in my experience. It’s what gives these products their quick absorbing texture. It sucks to say the least but it seems to be a necessary evil.

Alcohol does break down collagen and of course, it’s quite drying but I have to admit I can’t be convinced to not use Korean or Japanese sunscreens because of those facts. I just love the quick absorbing formulas way too much to quit them. They absorb fast, wear well under makeup, and offer high levels of sun protection.

Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 is a light, thin, runny milk SPF that absorbs super fast into skin. At first it is a bit greasy but within seconds it sets to a very smooth finish. I actually never felt dry using this even though alcohol is the second ingredient. It’s fragrance-free but does have a sting if you get it into your eyes so beware during application.

Yes, the alcohol stinks but I still love this one and I pleasantly hide my head in the sand about the alcohol content.

Oh well! I’m sure there’s at least one skincare product you’re loving that doesn’t contain the best ingredients in the world am I right!? Spill! What is it?

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Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 is a fantastic quick to absorb sunscreen that works beautifully under makeup without feeling heavy, greasy, or leaving a white cast behind however, you’ll have to take on a high level alcohol in this formula which could prove drying or even break down collagen in your skin!

Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Artemisia princeps Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Calendula officinalis flower water, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Water, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,. BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Betaine, Caprylyl Methicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Bis- PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG- 20/5 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance


  • Quick to absorb and sets fast without leaving skin sticky, greasy, or dry.
  • A light, thin, runny formula allows for easy application.
  • Doesn’t leave a white cast.


  • Alcohol is one of the second ingredients in the formula!


If you’re willing to bury your head in the sand about the alcohol content here you might just love Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 which wears super well under makeup and other skincare with a quick absorbing formula that sets to a smooth finish and offers high levels of protection!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kate

    I’ve been using the pink version of this exact sun milk and love the texture but it does have a very strong fragrance. I’ll have to check out the unscented one. Thank you!

  • Christina

    As sensitive as my skin is, I’ve never really had problems with Japanese sunscreens. The water ones that you have to shake actually dry me out more than the gels. Thank goodness because I can’t go back to normal ones…

    • Isabella Muse

      Me neither! Thankfully never drying for me either! I don’t like the milky/liquid ones either! They do set matte and leave me feeling dry toO!

  • Debi

    Thank you for this post.
    I switched to La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV for the alcohol reason, but it’s only SPF 30 (and I’ve had stage 3 & 4 Melanoma). I’m super dry and live in dry, dry, dry Phoenix. If anyone knows of a great moisturizing Japanese or Korean sunscreen please let us know. I’ll jump on it!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure Debi! Sadly, most of the gel and hydrating Japanese ones have alcohol 🙁

  • Krizthal

    Is this still the same one as the tube that is all the same color as the cap? I have that version, not sure if there is a difference but I love using it all the time and my face is fine! The pink tube or the purple tube is kind of chalky looking but the essence one works the best. My face doesn’t feel dry using it!

  • Lauren

    I might have to try this one! I recently discovered Japanese sunscreen, and I’m not ever going back to American formulas! I ordered Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel Spf 50 from Amazon and was instantly in love with it. Thin, non-greasy, fast-drying, and no scent whatsoever.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ve been using them for over 10 years and I could never go back to American formulas either. Just to thick and horrible 🙂 Nivea is a good one!

  • Christian

    Wow Muse, I love the new format of your blog! The overview and pro/con section are wonderful!

  • Siva

    I’m not sure if it’s up your alley since it’s a somewhat thicker lotion consistency, but cosrx makes an aloe sunscreen that is my favorite sunscreen to date. I have oily/combo skin that’s super acne prone, but the lotion leaves zero white cast, hasn’t broken me out, and doesn’t leave me super greasy. Semi fast absorbing (about 1 or 2 min to really sink in) and smells great. I’m not sure of the alcohol content in it but I think it’s more towards the end of the list? Might be worth a shot. I’d love to see your reviews on more Korean items!

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t tried it yet! I actually didn’t buy it because a lot of people said it was greasy! I’m happy to hear you had a good experience with it. I’m going to give it a try ;-D I have a lot of reviews on Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, etc brands ;-D ten or more years worth haha ;-D all can be found here: https://www.musingsofamuse.com/category/beauty-abroad Jill Stuart, KATE, CosRX, Skin Food, Lunasol, Etude House, Tony Moly, Holika Holika etc…etc…!

      • Siva

        It can be a little greasy but honestly I just let it absorb a little bit then powder with a no sebum powder from innisfree and its all good from there 🙂 nothing worthy of being a deal breaker for me, even with my oil slick of a t-zone

        • Isabella Muse

          I gotta give it a whirl! I’ll let ya know what I think 😀