[Review]Etude House Soonjung Suncream Spf49 PA++

I’ve been loving the Soon Jung line from Etude House and discovered that they have released more products under this line but it seems like the new products haven’t been released internationally which totally sucks because living in Italy is even more difficult to find products and not spending a fortune.

I decided to try the sun cream as I haven’t seen much reviews about it. I bought the sun cream from Amazon for $12.54 USD excluding shipping.

As written in the packaging:

ETUDE HOUSE SOONJUNG MILD DEFENCE SUN CREAM SPF49/PA++ Inorganic UV protection sun cream with low irritant formula takes care of stress due to fine dust and hot feel from UV rays

Non-sticky and soft creamy texture It applies softly and closely to skin without any sticky feel

Low-irritant formula containing inorganic UV protectant Gentle UV protection with inorganic UV protectant that reflects UV rays from the surface of the skin

Taking care of UV rays, hot feel and fine dust Cooling relief(trademark) ingredient relieves a hot feel and soothes skin stressed out by UV rays and Dust Cut(trademark) ingredient relieves stress from skin irritated by fine dust.

This is how the sun cream looks like. It follows the minimal packaging design of the Soon Jung line. This product is 50ml/1.69 fl.oz. Packaging is a plastics squeeze tube.


Purified Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Carnauba Wax, Hydroxyethylacrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lauroyl Lysine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Trehalose, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Asiatic Acid, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Madecasoside, Tocopherol, Soybean Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Volume: 50ml (In the future also available in 100ml)

How to use

1. In the evening skin care, after applying your last step of skin care apply this balm type mask in a gentle rotating motion until it absorbs well.

2. Cleanse your skin the next morning with warm water.

My Skin Type

 Oily T, dry cheeks, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic. Currently under stress, so I get new pimples every other day too.

Product consistency

This product is named as sun cream so it has a creamy consistency, pretty much like a heavy cream. It is quite thick so applying it on your face needs a bit of a heavy hand. I do apply it in layers to avoid rubbing my face. 

When applied it has a dewy finish, but it is not sticky. However, it totally absorbed after a few minutes.  I have oily,acne-prone skin so I’m pretty glad it isn’t very sticky, and not super shiny like an oil slick. It leaves a very minimal white cast on my skin which I actually like because it makes my skin look brighter.



I’ve been using this for 2 weeks now and so far I really, really like it! My skin has no bad reactions and the finish, although not matte, is something that I was suprised. I tend to avoid the dewy look and always go for matte finishes but this doesn’t really make me look oily. Do take note that this is not sweat proof. I also do not reapply as I work from afternoon to midnight so I do not really have continuous sun exposure. Also note that I am from a hot, humid country so the climate on your area may affect how this plays on your skin.

The reason why I did not give this a perfect score is due to the SPF and PA rating. Something about rating it as SPF49 is triggering me as I do not know if it’s just a gimmick or it really is SPF49 because I’m used to seeing SPF in multiples of 5 or 10. Also the PA rating is only ++ and I believe it can be higher, so I do not use this when I know I might be exposed to the sun for longer than an hour.

Although this is a wonderful product for my skin, I probably won’t repurchase unless it launches internationally. Price wise, there are sunscreens on par or better than this that are easier to find/buy.

That is all for this review. Thank you for reading!

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