Review: Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence and UV Watery Gel SPF50 PA++++

Mentholatum has been around for ages, but I never really got into the brand. The products are great if you’re on a budget and other than their lip balms, nothing really stood out to me. That said, I’ve never been into lip balms and that’s why I didn’t pay much attention…. until, I was sent these Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreens – UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ and UV Watery Gel SPF50+PA++++. Yup, note all the ++++!!


Mentolatum Sunplay Skin Aqua

UV Watery Essence Watery Gel


“The new Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ and Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF50+PA++++ are formulated with the new Solarex-3 technology to provide consumers with photo stable protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays which is proven to resist photo-degradation 3x better. Both UV products now come with PA++++ protection, offering 16x better protection against UVA rays to prevent premature aging. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces melanin formation, effectively lightens freckles and dark spots as well as evens out skin tone for a more even and radiant skin. Solarex-3 is another key formulation which makes the Skin Aqua UV effective. It contains RonaCare Ectoin, Antileukine 6 and hyaluronic acid. These 3 ingredients work together to effectively moisturize, repair and enhance the skin’s ability to shield itself from UV rays as well as protect the skin’s DNA from damage.” 

I couldn’t word it better myself. Both these sunscreens are very light in texture, a little watery (hence the name I suppose) and feels like nothing on the skin. I was impressed at first application! There’s a very subtle floral scent to the sunscreen, but I find it pleasant instead of intrusive. The sunscreen is not sticky and is not greasy at all. I could re-apply with no hassle, and it does not feel eeky at all. Man, drugstore brands are really stepping up their game!!


benefits Sunplay Skin Aqua UV texture


As you can see, Watery Essence and Watery Gel are different in texture, but upon application, both absorb just as quickly and apply just as comfortably. The Gel is supposed to give a matte finish, and if I had to scrutinize, the Essence can be just a tad bit sticky before absorbed into the skin like a few seconds later. You know, if we really have to nit pick. Both retail for RM37.90 but the UV Watery Essence has 50g of product while Watery Gel has 80g. These 2 new sunscreens have been available since last month. Have you tried any of them? If you’re on a budget, go for these. I approve 🙂


xoxo Lily


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  • These sounds really great! I agree, drugstore sunscreen is getting better!

    • Lily

      And it makes me wonder why I still spend more on sunscreen. I have a problem. Lol!

  • I used to stick to Biore sunscreens when I was in Taiwan, so I actually have quite some faith in drugstore sunscreens 😉 Don’t remember if I tried any from Mentholatum though!

    • Lily

      The only other drugstore sunscreen I tried recently is Hada Labo and I really liked that. Never tried any from Biore though.

  • PA++++??! o_O!! I am definitely getting these for my next summer sunscreens!
    I just started using a nice one from elta MD. I thought I’d take a break from the usual waterproof silicone based ones since it is getting cold over here. 🙂

    • Lily

      I’m liking some tinted sunscreens lately and I bought a brand new one before these were sent to me. Talk about timing. Lol! These are so affordable though. And they work great 🙂

  • Jaa

    These sound very similar to those Biore sunscreens (watery essence/watery gel/ they have so many!). Do you happen to have those for comparison? I love my Biore ones but I wouldn’t mind testing something new. ;D

    • Lily

      Sorry Jaa but I haven’t tried any sunscreens from Biore. I like their makeup remover though. Might have to try their sunscreens when I need to stock up 🙂

  • lyn

    These are great and I like using them on my arms and body. For face, I’m using the Hada Labo one. I love my Japanese drugstore sunscreens for sure 🙂

    • Lily

      I used up my Hada Labo one and I agree it’s good! I need to try some from Biore one day 🙂

  • I don’t think we get anything like these, haha. But I use a drugstore sunscreen, too 😀 They really have gotten a lot better!

    • Lily

      Definitely come a long way from those thick heavy white paste. Lol!

  • Liz

    I could try going to my Asian mall again to look for these, but I might just stick to my Neutrogena, VICHY and La Roche-Posay. I think this is the one area of beauty and grooming that I’m not interested in changing up frequently. All three companies have nice dry-touch fluids that work well in place of primers.

    • Lily

      Why change something that works? We don’t get the Neutrogena one that you talk about and the other 2 brands are not available here. I like Vichy stuff though 🙂

  • mangomadness

    Does Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF50 + PA ++++ contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide?

    • Lily

      Eeee…. I threw away the box so I can’t check the ingredients list. Sorry!

      • mangomadness

        No worries. 🙂