Review: Hada Labo AIR Aqua UV Day Emulsion SPF50+++

I use sunscreen every day. Every morning, sunscreen is the last step of my skincare. It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy out, or if there’s thunderstorm. I’d still wear my sunscreen as long as the sun is up. When I’m in the sun for long periods of time, I reapply my sunscreen. Of course, when I KNOW that I’ll be in the sun, I wouldn’t be wearing makeup, hence reapplying is easy. I was sent the Hada Labo AIR Aqua UV Day Emulsion SPF50+++ one day before I boarded the plane to Hong Kong a few months ago. So it was convenient for me to just bring this along with another sunscreen to test it out.


Hada Labo Air Aqua UV


It is a slim bottle that houses 30ml of product. The sunscreen itself is very liquid and runny, hence very lightweight on the skin. I realize that I use more of this sunscreen compared to those with thicker consistency. I would think it’s probably due to the fact that it’s just so comfortable on the skin, so I don’t mind using more, covering my face and neck. I even used this on Chloe and Ashlyn when we were out and about in Hong Kong. It was about 33 degree Celcius out, and it was hot. They didn’t mind it at all. The feedback I got was that it was not sticky. They’d slap it on their face, spread the sunscreen all over and pat it in. LOL! I loved to see them do it every morning before we went out. Good thing is, we remained comfortable even after we sweat a whole lot. Reapplying wasn’t a chore at all.


Hada Labo Air Aqua UV texture


This reminded me of my favourite Shiseido sunscreen. This one feels less siliconey, but the Shiseido one dries to literally nothing. This one feels like I applied a light moisturizer and I had to wait for a very short while for it to sink in. The Hada Labo AIR Aqua UV Day Emulsion SPF50+++ retails for RM49.90 / 30ml and is the first drugstore sunscreen I really like. It doesn’t clog my pores or break me out either.


Hada Labo AIR Aqua UV sunscreen


Have you tried this before? I think this is available for a while now, and I’m glad I was sent this. I wouldn’t pick it up otherwise, due to less than satisfactory experiences with drugstore facial sunscreen. The bonus is, I know what to get the next time I’m on a budget and run out of sunscreen!


xoxo Lily


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  • I like Hada Labo lotion a lot. Right now I’m using the Mandom Baby Soft one but I will go back to HL once I run out.
    This sunscreen looks great and I think I’d like it as well. “Light and comfortable” sounds good to me. Hope I can find it on ebay! 🙂

    • Lily

      The only thing I tried from Mandom is the eye makeup remover and it’s awesome! Here, the name changed to Bifesta (still under Mandom group) and it’s one of my favourite Japanese drugstore brands (Biore as well). Hada Labo doesn’t work every time, but this sunscreen is great!

  • Liz

    You’re a good influence, Lily. Today it was raining on and off but I slathered myself in sunscreen and even wore a hat! 😉 (It was good that I did because the sun came out later.) I have a huge growing list of things that I want to get the next time I go to the Asian mall here. I saw bits and pieces of Hada Labo but they probably wouldn’t have anything new or current.

    • Lily

      Oh YAY!! Do you perhaps shop at Sasa online? I think their stock is quite complete and they ship worldwide 🙂

      • Liz

        I’ve browsed before but not with anything specific in mind. Are they quite good about shipping securely and timely?

        • Lily

          I just go to the Sasa stores here, so I haven’t bought it online before. I think they ship from Hong Kong and I read some reviews from the US that they get the stuff within 2 weeks. Not sure about Canada.

  • Ohhh! Dont think I’ve noticed this one in the shops yet, must check it out! I’m a sunscreen hoarder and am always eager to try everything, though I do always go back to Sofina Beaute’s because it works as a great primer for me too.

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried Sofina Beaute’s before. I just read from Linda’s blog (Silverkis) that Kose has a very lightweight one, and I’m curious now.

  • NICE. I wish it was here! And you’ve reminded me that I should pick up some Shiseido Sunscreen for the road trip LOL.

    • Lily

      Oh, go pick it up before you forget!

  • Jan S

    I’ve tried this sunscreen which is quite new to the market and have gone through half a bottle already. So far I really like it too. I use it daily also. Lightweight, sufficiently high SPF, quickly absorbed without stickiness and no strong smell. I wonder how long lasting this is, though, as I perspire easily. I guess the only way is to reapply often. 2 thumbs up for this product!

    • Lily

      I’m glad you like it too, Jan! If I’m out and about, I do reapply after 2 hours, but if I’m indoors at a mall or something, I wouldn’t bother. I sweat so much more now that I’m pregnant, and I’m thankful this is just so lightweight!

  • Looks like you found a winner! I really should look into Hada Labo and pick something up to try next time I’m in Taipei. I’m kinda curious about that hyaluronic acid toner!

    • Lily

      You should pick up a few to try when you’re in Taipei. I suggest you get backups too, in case you used it up and couldn’t get your hands on any 🙂