Missha Flash-Up Sun
Protection? SPF 50+, PA ++++
Filters? Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S, Titanium Dioxide
Country of Origin? South Korea
Water resistant? I don’t think so…
Who is it for?
Skin types? Dry. Just dry.
Works for all skin tones? Would be fine, but one needs to give it some muscle to get it to go clear.
What is it like?
Texture? A rich cream. When squeezed from the bottle, it seems misleadingly light, but it is definitely rich.
Filmy, sticky, or heavy? Definitely filmy and sticky. It takes a while to absorb.
Flashback / White cast? No white cast, but yes to flashback. I think it is intentional.
Greasy? The finish is not greasy, no.
Finish? Actually, really nice. Glass skin glow.
I really wanted to love this sunscreen. I really like how it makes my skin look – it gives me a ‘Glossier-model-radiance’ kind of look (but I am not a Glossier model, so it is less appealing, but I hope a reader knows what I am getting at). That aspect is very nice. I have confidence in the protection it offers.
Any bad news?
I find this sunscreen to be very hard to tolerate. It’s unbelievably thick, like Weleda Skin Food. It takes a good while to get it to absorb into the skin and kind of feels like glue, stuck on top. I totally get blemishes from this sunscreen. Like, blemishes. Also, the fragrance is deplorable. It’s really very gross. I can't get over the fragrance. Thinking about it makes me shudder. I’d describe it as sweet lilacs growing next to the water treatment facility. I sadly cannot recommend this.
The price varies when importing. I pulled this $22 price from when I bought it on Amazon. I see it on YesStyle for $12, but regardless:
$22 / 50 ml | $0.44 / ml.
Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?
My love for this sunscreen is more a matter of practice than an endorsement (≤ 6/10).
Similar products which I prefer?
This is the bad version of the Garnier Ombrelle SPF 60 Face Ultra Light Cream. The Garnier isn't ultra light, really, and it is a little thicker, but it gives a great glowy radiance, isn't as sticky, and is fragrance free. Huzzah.
If one is looking for radiance, I find the SkinMedica Essential Defense Everyday Sunscreen to offer a robust effect, for me. The radiance is the only similarity. The SkinMedica isn't a moisturizing cream – it is a lot lighter.
If one is looking for a sunscreen for dry skin, try Bioderma Photoderm Max Crème or La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Cream Sensitive Eyes. Both will be much better, and neither have a horrid, rancid smell.