COSRX has been releasing some interesting new products* lately, and suffice it to say; I’ve been feeling pretty left out from all the hype as I’ve only had experience using their older stuff.
As a COSRX fan, I was excited to try their new COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen SPF 50+, so I ordered it from Amazon*.
There were no reviews online, and the price point was steep, but I said: Hey, somebody’s gotta try this!
Read on if you’re curious about how my 30 bucks were spent.
COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen, at a Glance:
Where can you buy the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen?
The price ranges roughly from 13$ to 30$, 36$ per mL.
Unlike some Korean sunscreens, COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen is FDA-approved, so you can also find it on Amazon*.
The COSRX Brand
Like other COSRX products, I like that usage is kept simple and to the point, with no unnecessary multi-functioning property to allure and confuse the customer.
This is what I like about COSRX! Simple and to the point. Also, COSRX is a customer-represented brand, not celebrity-endorsed.
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COSRX Vitamin E Sunscreen Claims
Clinically-proven sunscreen blocks UV rays to the most substantial degree, formulated with vitamin E and antioxidant protection.
Affiliate links below.
I laughed at the amount of product the model in the video is using.
Who is this sunscreen for?
For those with dry skin. I would not recommend it to any other skin types.
Not sure what your skin type is? Please read our guide on Skin types & skin conditions.
COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen Ingredients
COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen Ingredients List (last checked 2024)
Water, Propanediol, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate(Octisalate), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Diphenylsiloxy phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, Trisiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, C14-22 alcohols, Cetyl alcohol, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Fragrance / Parfum, C12-20 Alkyl glucoside, Butylene glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dextrin, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, Gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract, Glucose, Tocopherol.
Ingredients referred from the COSRX’s official website.
Sunscreen Filters Active Herbal Moisturizing/Humectant Fragrance
Key Ingredients Explained
UV filters. Unlike other Korean sunscreens, the COSRX sunscreen is FDA-approved and is approved for sale in the USA. Therefore it has “outdated” filters that are less cosmetically elegant.
There is no label on the packaging about the value of UVA protection. It just says it’s a broad spectrum, meaning the sunscreen has been tested to protect against UV-B/AI/AII.
Present in 2.5%, Avobenzone is a chemical sunscreen agent with broad spectrum UVA protection, the most used UVA filter worldwide. It is not photostable.
Present in 9%, Homosalate is a chemical sunscreen that protects from UVB rays. It is not very strong but goes well with Avobenzone.
Present in 9%, Octocrylene is a chemical sunscreen that protects from UVB rays. It also protects from UVA II but is not a strong filter. It is also used to stabilize Avobenzone.
Present in 4.5%, Octisalate is a chemical sunscreen that protects from UVB rays.
Unfortunately, it is high on the list. Although my skin does not react badly to it, the alcohol smell is strong.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
An antioxidant that reduces free radicals and helps reduce visible signs of aging and skin damage. It is disappointing that their star ingredient is the last in the formulation. I’m not a chemist, but this feels deceiving.
Gossypium herbaceum(cotton) extract:
Absorbs and controls oil.
Controls sebum and pores. Although silica and cotton extract are good ingredients for oily skin, this sunscreen is inappropriate for oily skin types. Read on to find out my experience.
Theobroma Cacao(cocoa) Extract
Cocoa contains flavonoids and acts as an antioxidant. It has anti-aging effects. It prevents free radicals damage and helps repair the existing damage done by pollution. It improves blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen does not contain hyaluronic acid or niacinamide.
The COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen SPF 50+ comes in a regular plastic tube. I like the minimalist, clean design and the overall feel of the tube.
Also, I appreciate the security/hygiene seal on the nozzle.
The sunscreen has an unpleasant scent. It smells like grandma’s old lotion or some cheap cologne; I can’t decide. The cheap smell is not subtle, either.
The COSRX sunscreen has a metallic taste. I don’t usually include taste in my reviews (because I don’t eat them, haha), but this sunscreen melts into my mouth, and the taste is quite unpleasant.
The sunscreen is thick but applies smoothly and effortlessly, like a moisturizer. It doesn’t pill when you rub it in.
My Experience with the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen
I have used the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen daily for three weeks. My skin is normal to dry, and I live in a temperate continental climate with cold & dry winters and hot & dry summers.
First and foremost, the sunscreen seems to be doing its job: I didn’t tan, even though I spent time outside in the sun around noon.
Secondly, something of great importance to everyone: the COSRX sunscreen has no white cast.
COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen might be the most moisturizing sunscreen I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a lot. This product acts as a sunscreen and moisturizer in one and is a good choice for those who want to cut the extra layers in their skincare routine. I can skip moisturizer before I apply it, and my skin is moisturized throughout the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, my face feels greasy after applying the sunscreen, and the shine is real! The sunscreen creates a film on my skin, feeling heavy. I can’t stand to go out like this, so I apply a loose powder to mattify my skin.
My face is a greasy fest for hours until the sunscreen fully absorbs. Luckily, I don’t spend much time in the sun nowadays and don’t have to reapply it. Because if I had to, I would probably end up skipping, and I would end up getting burnt.
Considering that my skin is normal to dry, I can’t see how people with oily or combo skin could handle this sunscreen. It is suited for dry skin.
Another downside is that this sunscreen stings my sensitive eyes. Even if I am not sweating because of its oiliness, I feel the sunscreen sliding down into my eyes and mouth. Nasty, I know!
How to Use the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen?
- I wash my face with water;
- I do my toner;
- I apply the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen.
The manufacturer notes that this sunscreen is not water-resistant.
- No white cast
- Very moisturizing
- Very greasy
- Feels heavy
- Stings my eyes
To put it shortly, I’ve had better.
Although I am happy with most of the stuff I tried from COSRX, I am disappointed with the COSRX Vitamin E sunscreen.
I am saving it for winter. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It will suit me better when my face gets drier. I will avoid the eye area entirely and protect my eyes with shades. I will use it on my body if it doesn’t work out.
I have moved on to Jumiso Waterfull Hyaluronic Sunscreen, which is much better formulated.
Will I Repurchase COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen?
I did not enjoy this product and cannot get over its greasiness. I am certainly not going to repurchase it.
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What others are saying:
Client on StyleKorean*
No cast on my Latino skin. It’s thicker than other Asian spfs initially but sinks in quickly.
Lastly, I was not paid for this review or received it as a gift.
As always, you do you; be kind to your skin and yourself! Remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different, so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa. So, before adding a new product to your skincare routine, it pays to do a little research first.
Before adding the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen to your skincare regimen, ensure you are not allergic to it or its ingredients. You should also consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any medical conditions or medications that may interact with the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen. Always do a patch test before applying the COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen on your skin to avoid adverse reactions.
I am not a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician, but I have sufficient experience and knowledge I gained by testing multiple products and self-exploration. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.
Happy shopping, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Here’s to great skin in 2024!
Show Me Proof
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