I have to be honest – the main reason why I bought this was because of the Kakao Friends packaging (or more specifically, Apeach). TFS in Singapore didn’t decide to import this collection, so I had to source for it online. I found one seller on Shopee – it was super expensive at $29.90, but I really wanted it so I bit the bullet.
However, I was really disappointed when what I received instead was Ryan, and not Apeach. I realized that I didn’t indicate any option to say whether I wanted Ryan or Apeach, and frankly I don’t know if such an option even existed in the first place. Anyhow, I still needed sunscreen so I wouldn’t exactly say it was a wasted purchase, just slightly disappointing.
This sunscreen comes in a stick form that can be used conveniently even outdoors without white residue or sticky sensation. Ingredients such as Sunflower Sprout Extract and Vitamin E help keep skin smooth and fresh for long hours without turning dull.
• ECOCERT CERTIFIED SUNFLOWER SPROUT EXTRACT
• NMF (NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTOR)
• NO ANIMAL SOURCE INGREDIENTS
• FORMULATED WITHOUT PARABEN & DERMATOLOGICALLY TESTED
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29.90 (Shopee)
OCTYLDODECANOL • DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE • C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE • ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE • OCTOCRYLENE • DIBUTYL LAUROYL GLUTAMIDE • SILICA SILYLATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE • BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE • DEXTRIN PALMITATE • ETHYL OLEATE • DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE • MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (NUTMEG) EXTRACT • DIBUTYL ETHYLHEXANOYL GLUTAMIDE • ETHYL STEARATE • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES • ETHYL LINOLEATE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER UNSAPONIFIABLES • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • ETHYL PALMITATE • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SPROUT EXTRACT • MENTHYL PCA • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • PARFUM/FRAGRANCE
I was a little concerned that a lot of these ingredients look a lot like artificial chemicals so I went to check them up.
Octyldodecanol, our key ingredient here, is a ‘long chain fatty alcohol’ that apparently runs a risk of being a human irritant – ‘strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))’. Dicaprylyl Carbonate is a diester of carbonic acid and caprylyl alcohol. C12-15 Alkyl Benzoat is composed of benzoic acid and long-chain (C12-15) alcohols. The list goes on, but I think it’s a bit worrying that so many of these look like potential skin irritants.
Packaging: Like I mentioned earlier, I really wanted the Apeach packaging so I was quite disappointed when I got the Ryan one instead. It’s still adorable, but just not what I was looking for. Other than that, I think this is actually pretty good because it’s so lean and compact. It’s about the same size as my portable charger, so I can easily keep this in my makeup pouch if I ever need to touch up on my sunscreen on the go.
Texture: The first time I used this, my first thought was that it looked and felt like petroleum jelly. I had never used sunscreen sticks in my life before, so this was really quite alien to me. It’s not sticky, which is great, but I feel that it is kind of oily and my skin is really not a fan of oily stuff.
Effectiveness: It’s tough to check whether this product is really fending off the harmful sun rays for me, but I’ll evaluate this based on its product claims:
This sunscreen comes in a stick form that can be used conveniently even outdoors without white residue or sticky sensation: There’s definitely no white residue – the product is not even white to begin with, haha. It’s also not sticky, so you don’t feel icky (what a rhyme) especially when you sweat.
Ingredients such as Sunflower Sprout Extract and Vitamin E help keep skin smooth and fresh for long hours without turning dull: Smooth and radiant skin? I’m not exactly convinced about this claim, because my skin hasn’t really looked like it has improved just from using this product. If anything, my skin just felt the same, if not slightly oilier.
I love how convenient this product is but I’m honestly not impressed by the results it has shown. The price is also quite a huge deterrent – unless you are a big fan of Kakao Friends, I highly doubt you would want to fork out such a huge sum to buy a sunscreen stick that doesn’t really deliver fantastic results.
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮