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Review: Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+

Etude House’s makeup line is internationally renowned, but their skincare products tend to get a bad reputation for their strong fragrances & lack luster ingredient lists. I have seen a lot of improvements in the last few Etude House skincare lines though, this sunscreen is definitely more than just cutesy packaging.


Etude House was originally created in 1985 & acquired by Amore Pacific in 1990. Etude literally translates to “Study of Chopin”, which is a French culture scene of young women trying new things. However the most obvious attribute of Etude House is their princess theme, which is obvious by their cutesy packaging & their brand motto is everyone is born a princess.

I could find little information on Etude House’s sustainability efforts, but their parent company has done a number of female empowerment campaigns over the last few years & incredibly active in sustainable cosmetic production.


This is a physical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This product claims to be designed for sensitive skin types, but it is not waterproof or sweat-resistant.


This is a physical sunscreen so it would be applied as the very last step of AM routines only.



This is an extremely fluid milk sunscreen, which can make it difficult to control the application. It feels more watery than oily, despite this product containing a number of botanical oils.

White Cast

Reference: My MAC shade is NC20


The main risk with using physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens is that the minerals used in physical sunscreens typically leave a white cast. This product is no different & does leave behind a mild white cast, but the white cast does fade rather quickly on my pale skin tone.

The white cast does appear even on the skin, though I noticed ares around my mouth & nose could appear streaky if I did not blend the product in with my skin well enough. The white cast dissipates into a matte finish.


This sunscreen smells slightly like a citrus sherbet, but it is extremely mild & does not bother my scent sensitivities at all.


I am not a stickler for packaging so I find it to be perfectly adequate for this product. I do prefer tube packaging for sunscreens, but it is a soft plastic so the product is easy to dispense unlike the atomic bomb proof packaging of Missha All Around Safe Block waterproof Sun Milk.



I have been pleasantly surprised by this sunscreen. I already have a Holy Grail sunscreen so I tend to be more critical of new sunscreens because I already have my ride or die sun protector & I do not need a side chick unless Missha discontinues their Sun Essence. Despite all this… I still liked the Etude House Sunprise. I might even go as far to say this is my favorite non-Missha sunscreen that I have tried so far.

My main critiques of Sunprise have more to do with the qualities that my Holy Grail sunscreen has or does better than Sunprise. The Sunprise is not nearly as moisturizing as my Holy Grail, though Sunprise has a few emollients & even more oils for the dehydrated skin types. My Holy Grail & Sunprise are both SPF5o+, but my Holy Grail is both physical & chemical while Sunprise is physical with far fewer active ingredients.

I have never worn this sunscreen in the water, but I had worn it while jogging & hiking. This wore much better than a lot of the waterproof sunscreens I have used, including the Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof version. I have never had a sunburn while using this product, it also does not bother my eyes at all like many other sunscreens.

The Make-Up Test 

I am the type of girl that likes her make-up so it is important to me how sunscreen interacts & potentially alters my foundation. My super-unscientific-testing-method involves swatching a patch of the sunscreen variable & allowing it to dry for 10 minutes. I use eyeliner to indicate the sunscreen swatch in case it is completely transparent before I apply my foundation.

Other testing materials in this unscientific experiment: Etude House Oh My Line & Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

There is absolutely no pilling under the foundation, which is my biggest pet peeve. The white cast does lighten the appearance of my foundation, but it does not oxidize or cause any undertone changes in my foundation. I am very happy the white cast does not show through the foundation, which was an issue for the La Roche Posay Anthelios in my sunscreen showndown earlier this summer.

However, I would warn against using this sunscreen if you are going to a special event or plan on photographing your face. The white cast is strong enough that there is potential for flashback in photography. My major issue with the product is the ingredient list has a ridiculous amount botanical oils. I have dehydrated skin so on a regular day I am slathering the oils on me. Oil can eat away at water & silicone based foundations though so this why it is important to balance your skincare with your makeup if it is a special occasion.

Sunscreen Comparison

This is the only Etude House sunscreen I have ever used, but I have two other mattifying liquid sunscreens that have a similar formula to Sunprise: Eucerin Sun Fluid Face Mattifying & Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk.

All three have very fluid formulas, but I do prefer the texture of Etude House Sunprise over the other two. Missha & Eucerin are much more oily despite Etude House containing the most botanical oils, but all three have formulas that separate within the bottle so it will need to be shaken before application.

All 3 also have white casts, but Missha has the strongest & it does not dissipate well. Missha & Etude House can also appear streaky if they are not applied evenly, but the Etude House is much more forgiving & the streakiness will fade as long as the sunscreen is not applied in thick layers.

I will not go into the specific ingredient lists, but each sunscreen has distinct set of ingredients. Etude House’s list is dominant with botanical extracts. Missha has tons of silicon. Eucerin is mostly made up of chemical sunscreen. None of these are better or worse, it just depends on your skin type & specific needs from sunscreen. Missha is the only waterproof sunscreen. Etude House does have the fewest UV protection ingredients, but that does not mean it is the least protective.

There are 4 mild acne triggers & no irritants according to CosDNA.

Ingredient List

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dipropylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Carex Humillis Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cellulose Gum

Active Ingredients

Zinc Oxide [UVA & UVB]: Considered one of the safest & non-irritating sunscreens, also potentially an antioxidant

Titanium Dioxide [UVB]: One of the safest & least irritating sunscreens that is ideal for sensitive skin or rosacea

Botanical Extracts

Aloe: Ingredient is over 99% water so it can be hydrating for dry skin

MistletoeThis ingredient was popular in Eastern & Western traditional medicine, it is a potent antioxidant

Portulaca OleraceaThis is another potent antioxidant that also has skin barrier protective qualities

Centella AsiaticaThis is currently a trendy skincare ingredient that appears to be the cure-all: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hydration & prevents water loss

Opuntia Ficus-Indica: Anti-inflammatory & antioxidant

Eucalyptus: Antibacterial, but strongly fragrant & potential skin irritant

Hyaluronic Acid

Superior synthetic dupe of a naturally occurring skin tissue that is an reduces inflammation, hydrates skin & prevents water loss

Misc. Ingredients

This is not a product where I have any major concerns, but I do have a few minor qualms that are worth sharing. The most obvious potential problem is this product has a lot of citrus extracts in the top half of the ingredient list, the citrus scent is very present & potentially irritating to sensitive skin.

There are also two lesser concerns I have in regards to length of the ingredient list & the silicons. There are a lot of ingredients in this product considering it is just a sunscreen & the longer an ingredient list, the more potential for skin reactions. This product also has multiple types of silicons& specifically Dimethicone is not my favorite ingredient because it clogs my pores, but most of the silicons in this product are close to the bottom of the list so they should not have too much of an influence on the product.

My personal major concern is the lack of preservatives in this product. I understand people do not like parabens, but I am still an advocate that there needs to be something to preserve a product formulation to keep it from getting funky. I have had this product for 4 months & the formula has not gone back yet at least, but I have to check it before each use.


Product Price: $10.02 USD / 1.9oz = $5.27 USD per Ounce

This is one of the cheaper facial sunscreens I have seen available in Western countries, the price I have listed is the price on Amazon Prime so you could receive it very quickly. I think this product would be great for low budgets since it is very economical, it is also one of the cheapest physical sunblocks on the market so it would be a great option for anyone that does not like chemical sunscreens.

I do not regret purchasing & I will use this product until is empty, but I am unlikely to repurchase. The botanical oils are good for my dehydrated skin, but destroy my makeup. It also does not have strong enough UVA protection for my preferences & lacks preservatives.


Rating: 3.5 / 5

I like this sunscreen & it is one of the better sunscreens I have used. This sunscreen has lasted longer than my waterproof sunscreens & it wears fairly well under makeup, though it can make foundation look slightly more greasy throughout the day. The ingredient list leaves a lot for me to desire & it is not as moisturizing as I would hope for my dry skin, though it may be more ideal for dehydrated or combination skin.



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