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Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review

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Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review

written by Mia Peterson

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I love Korean sunscreens so much that I keep ordering what new sunscreen is getting launched. My latest victim is the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence.

Spoiler alert: I love it!

Where to Buy the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence?

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
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The No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence comes in a 1.69 fl. oz. / 50 ml sunscreen tube and retails for $12-$19.

For all you lucky people in the US who can get Prime delivery, you can buy the sun essence from Numbuzin’s official store on Amazon.

You can also shop for the No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence on trusted Asian official retailers, such as YesStyle, StyleVana and StyleKorean.

Here’s our editor’s guide to shopping for Korean skincare.

The Numbuzin Brand

Numbuzin Philosophy
Brand’s philosophy by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses.

Read a massive review of (almost) all Numbuzin products by fellow muse editor Seo Yeon Lee:

Numbuzin reviews
Numbuzin Reviews – We Tried 33 Products. What’s Your Number?
By Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses

What Is Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence?

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence is a chemical sunscreen with broad spectrum protection of SPF50+ PA++++.

Who Is this Sun Essence For?

I would recommend this for every skin type.

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Ingredients

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Ingredients List (product launched in 2023)

Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Water (20.55%), Centella Asiatica Extract (15%), Houttuynia Cordata Extract (14.25%), Purified Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Tromethamine, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Polysilicone-15, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth) Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Velvet Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Atractylodes Lancea Root Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Viola Mandshurica Flower Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Carbomer, Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Polyether-1, Madecassoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Dimethylsilanol, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

Brightening Herbal Surfactant Sun filter Active Hydrating/Moisturizing

Sunscreen Filters

Uvinul T 150

Uvinul T 150 (Ethylhexyl Triazone) is a new-generation chemical sunscreen with today’s highest photo-stable absorption of all available UVB filters. It is oil-soluble, odorless, colorless, and works well in fragrance-free formulas. It is approved worldwide but has not yet been FDA-approved.

Mexoryl SX

Mexoryl SX (Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid) is a L’Oréal-group exclusive sunscreen agent. Unlike most sunscreen agents, it is water soluble and protects in the UVA range.

Uvinul A Plus

Uvinul A Plus (Diethylamino Hydroxybenxoyl Hexyl Benzoate) is a new-generation chemical sunscreen. It is designed for high UVA protection (whole range) and photostability. It is approved for use in European and Asian countries but has not yet been FDA-approved.

Parsol SLX

Parsol SLX (Polysilicone-15) is a silicone-based chemical sunscreen that protects from UVB rays. Silicone is not my favorite ingredient. It can trigger acne and cause “pilling” under makeup. However, it can benefit dry skin by helping prevent water loss. Although it is not yet FDA-approved, it has been approved in many European and Asian countries.

Tinosorb S

Tinosorb S (Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine) is a photostable chemical filter that can stabilize other UV filters like Avobenzone. Tinosorb S is a broad-spectrum oil-soluble filter that can absorb UVA1, UVA2, and UVB rays. Although it is not yet FDA-approved, it has been approved in many European and Asian countries.

Key Ingredients Explained

This sun essence is a powerhouse of calming, soothing, and anti-oxidant ingredients.

Licorice Root Water (20.55%)

Navigating ingredient lists can feel like a cryptic puzzle. Several parts of the licorice plant are sometimes used in skincare products, namely:

  • Licorice Root Extract
  • Licorice root water
  • Licorice root juice
  • Licorice root powder, and
  • Licorice leaf extract

The chemical composition of these licorice-derived ingredients differs from that of licorice root extract, giving them different properties in skincare.

Licorice root water is an aqueous solution of the steam distillate obtained from the roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra. This is one of the chemical processes used to extract essential oils from plants, and licorice root water is classified as an essential oil and astringent.

Research available mainly focuses on licorice root extract, as scientific research suggests that the root of the licorice plant contains the highest concentration of ingredients with skin-benefiting compounds.

If you want to learn more about Licorice and its beneficial components, read our complete guide:

Benefits of licorice root extract for the skin
Licorice Root Extract for Skin – Unveiling the Natural Elixir by Seo Yeon Lee for Garden of Muses

Centella Asiatica Extract (15%)

Centella Asiatica, also known as tiger grass, Indian pennywort, or gotu kola, has been used in Asian cooking and as a medicinal herb for centuries. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial superpowers make it an excellent ingredient for oily skin types, helping to lessen redness and soothing any angry breakouts thanks to clogged pores.

If your skin type is a dreaded mix of sensitive and oily/acne-prone, Centella Asiatica can be a godsend. It helps to soothe sensitivities while clearing up the skin.

Also in the ingredients list, one of Centella Asiatica’s active components, Madecassoside, is often added to anti-aging products due to its high antioxidant levels, which help combat UV ray damage and premature aging.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of Centella Asiatica for the skin and editors’ recommended products, take a look at this article:

Best Korean Centella Asiatica Products
Best Korean Centella Asiatica (Cica) Products in 2023 by Alyssa Tan for Garden of Muses

If you don’t have time, here are Centella’s main benefits for the skin.

Houttuynia Cordata Extract (14.25%)

Houttuynia Cordata’s popularity in Korean skincare is skyrocketing in 2024.

Houttuynia cordata has many common names, such as fish mint, fish leaf, fishwort, Heartleaf houttuynia, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, dokudami, or Chinese lizard tail. In skin care, it is often referred to as Heartleaf.

Its claim to fame is delivering immaculate glass skin. Learn more about it in our Houttuynia Cordata Guide

Houttuynia Cordata benefits for the skin
Houttuynia Cordata Skin Benefits – Is Heartleaf Korea’s Newest Darling in 2024?
By Emma Wilson for Garden of Muses

Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract

I love how this sunscreen incorporates traditional Korean medicine into its formulation. Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, also known as Milk Vecht Root, has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years.

When used on the skin, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also helps nutrients be better absorbed into the skin by improving circulation, and it’s been shown to protect against UVB-induced photoaging1.

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence does not contain parabens, alcohol, essential oils, fragrances, or allergens and is vegan, reef-safe, benzophenone and octinoxate-free.

Comedogenic ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol (2/5), Butylene Glycol (1/5), Carbomer (1/5).

Fungal acne triggers: Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, and Glyceryl Stearate Citrate.


 I like the packaging too. It has a small tipped nozzle, which makes dispensing the product very easy.

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses


The sun essence has no smell.

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Nozzle
by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses


Its texture is a very light, airy, refreshing sun essence. It’s incredibly soothing to apply. It absorbs instantly, which is a pleasure.

This product has a slight greenish undertone, but you cannot see it on your face.

My Experience with the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence

I just recently finished a tube of this sun essence, and it is incredible, can’t live without it anymore! I have a normal to dry skin type, and I live in a typically continental with cold winters and hot summers.

My skin is resilient and does not react to any skincare products. Still, I am a Tretinoin user, and first and foremost, I focus on barrier strengthening. My concerns are hyperpigmentation, blackheads on the nose and chin, the occasional hormonal pimples, and aging skin.

First, the texture is super lightweight, and the application is featherlike and smooth, though it’s not a gel watery sunscreen (i.e., Biore Aqua). I love the liquidity. It’s so easy to blend!

The sunscreen does not sit on the skin. It melts and disappears into the skin the minute you apply it to the skin. It’s so comfortable and doesn’t smell like sunscreen.

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
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Most importantly, it does not sting my eyes.

It does not leave a white cast since it’s a chemical sunscreen. I’ve experienced no piling issues and layered it with many different skincare and makeup.

The finish is dewy and gives you a bit of glow, nothing too crazy, less than Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel* or  Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel*.

It is still warm outside, and the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence feels moisturizing but not as much as the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun. During winter, I will need to wear a thick moisturizer underneath this one as I feel it will not be moisturizing enough for my dry-tret-winter skin.

My colleagues have also tried it and (finally) sent me their impressions.

I have combo acne-prone skin, which works so well on my skin. It’s soothing and hydrating and my skin doesn’t get oily. I’ve been using it for over a month, and it didn’t irritate my skin, nor did I get any pimples.

Honestly, my skin is liking this more than the Round Lab‘s one. So far, it hasn’t triggered any acne on my forehead and it doesn’t sting my eyes.

This has become my HG.

Alyssa Tan, Beauty Editor for Garden of Muses
Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses

Oily skin here. Love this sunscreen so light weight soft dewy finish.

Surprisingly, it has also reduced my pores, so I highly recommend this one for everyone.

Perfect for dark complexion. 10/10

Diana Brown, Beauty Editor for Garden of Muses
Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses


  • no white cast
  • feels like a lightweight moisturizer
  • easy to blend
  • no scent
  • calming
  • non-comedogenic
  • not sticky
  • doesn’t sting my eyes


  • None!


This sunscreen makes me want to put on sunscreen every day.

The Numbuzin No.1 sun essence has quickly become an all-time favorite product. It is hydrating, calming, and soothing, reduces my acne scars and hyperpigmentation, and gives me a super healthy skin glow.

Will I Repurchase the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence?

Yes. Numbuzin Sun Essence is the No.1 sunscreen right now 🙂

Rating 5/5

Shop for Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence

Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence Review
by Mia Peterson for Garden of Muses

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 Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence 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 Numbuzin Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence. Always do a patch test before applying the Numbuzin No.1 Clear Filter Sun Essence on your skin to avoid adverse reactions.

I am not a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician, but I have sufficient experience and knowledge gained by testing multiple products and self-exploration. Unsure? It’s best to consult your dermatologist.

Happy shopping, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Here’s to great skin in 2024!

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