Chosungah22 Mint Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++ Review

I’m sure you all are super excited to be reading about sunscreen IN DECEMBER. Don’t worry, this is going to be a quick review because this sunscreen is not very exciting. But also don’t forget that UVA rays, which are responsible for the photo-aging of skin, are not affected by season. This means they’re still plentiful this time of year so if you wear sunscreen for anti-aging purposes, you’ll want to keep using them in the winter!

CHOSUNGAH22 marine 1

Packaging & Appearance

This sunscreen comes in a 120ml squeeze bottle. I love the bottle. It’s large and easy to use. The sunscreen is a dense but runny liquid that has a very slight cool tint to it. I think the tint is intended to help with redness, which I have a lot of, but on the skin it is completely sheer.

chosungah22 marine 2 liquid swatchOn the skin, this sunscreen spreads and absorbs easily and does not leave a white cast. Because it is denser than, let’s say, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, it does take a little longer for this sunscreen to absorb.


In addition to providing sun protection, this sunscreen is supposed to preserve moisture, control sebum and sweat, and serve as a makeup primer. I can’t really speak to its sebum and sweat controlling powers because I have dry skin and don’t wear this in sweaty situations (I can’t figure out if this is sweat-resistant or not so to be safe I assume it’s not) but it’s not very good at the other two functions.

My skin is too dry to rely on sunscreens for moisture or hydration, but of the sunscreens I’ve used this is not a particularly hydrating one. In fact, I find the alcohol-laden Biore sunscreens to both be more hydrating than this one.

This brings us to the claim that this sunscreen works well under makeup. It’s feasible that it works beautifully with Chosungah’s makeup, which I have not used, but under the makeup that I use, this sunscreen is a nightmare. It works well under the Laneige BB Cushion so long as I do not touch my face at all. If I so much as try to brush some hair out of my face, my sunscreen and make up will immediately start to flake off in unflattering globs. With the Innisfree Mineral Moisture foundation that I use, the situation is even more annoying. I literally cannot get the foundation to apply smoothly on top of this sunscreen. This is a very spreadable and densely pigmented foundation, mind you, yet somehow with this sunscreen on the foundation ends up looking patchy upon application. As a result, I’ve been reserving this sunscreen to use only on days when I don’t need to wear makeup, which is not very common.

If you don’t wear makeup, this sunscreen is not a bad option. The bottle holds a generous 120ml of product, which might be the largest Asian sunscreen product I’ve come across (most of my sunscreens are 30ml or 50ml). There is no mint fragrance, despite its name. It kind of just smells mildly like sunscreen. Also, this sunscreen does have the tendency to sting my eyes, not as badly as Hada Labo’s UV Creamy Gel does, but bad enough that I wouldn’t repurchase, even if everything else about it was perfect.

The ingredients are as follows. Cosdna analysis is here.

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Silica, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Alchemillia Vulgaris Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyacrylate Cross-polymer-6, VP/VA Copolymer, Cellulose Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Polyacrylate-13, C12-14 Pareth-7, Sodium Benzoate, Polyisobutene, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Acid Blue 9, Fragrance

The Takeaway

If you don’t wear makeup, this is a decent, economical (if you get it off of KD) sunscreen. If you do wear makeup, be forewarned that this stuff pills like crazy.

I got this off of Koreadepart, where Chosungah22 items seem to be constantly on sale. It is also available on ebay.

Final Score


Disclosure: This product was purchased by me. An affiliate link is used. You can see my full disclosure policy here.

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