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June 04, 2017

Why the A'Pieu Pure Block Sunscreen Has Now Become a Holy Grail in My Routine

Just in time for summer, Jude Chao, aka Fiddy Snails, went through a dozen sunscreens and found two standouts for lightweight, invisible sun protection.

About the product

What Is It:


Do creamy sunscreens feel too heavy for your skin? Then this sunscreen in gel form is your SPF solution! With a high SPF of 50+ PA+++ protection and totally invisible, clear matte finish, the A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel 50ml will keep your skin protected from UV radiation without heaviness or stickiness. Plus, this sun gel can also be used as a “cool down” gel for sunburned or inflamed skin!


Our insight:


Looking for (practically) the perfect sunscreen? We love this sunscreen for its lightweight feel, fast dry-down, and no white cast. Read our full review here. And keep it refrigerated for bonus relief!


How to use:


As a last step in your skincare routine, apply a generous amount to your skin and tap lightly. Apply at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. You can also use the gel whenever your skin needs a cooling, calming treatment.


Ingredients:


(UV filters marked with an asterisk): Water, alcohol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate)*, octocrylene*, ethylhexyl salicylate (octisalate)*, butylene glycol, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone)*, dipropylene glycol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (Tinosorb S)*, saussurea involucrata extract, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, andansonia digitata seed extract, dimethicone, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, potassium hydroxide, BHT, polysorbate 60, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, disodium EDTA, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, fragrance


Brand info:


Consider this sister brand of K-beauty favorite Missha the younger, more affordable, perhaps even hipper version. With an eye towards trending colors and affordable skincare, A’Pieu is also socially conscious — they don’t do animal testing and try to keep their products as natural as possible. With a Snail Vital Cream that is a bestseller, A’Pieu is a great brand if you’re just getting into beauty and skincare or if you’re looking for more affordable options. W2Beauty is one of the few places you can buy A’Pieu online, and we like it for its affordability and solid quality.


Reviews & Comments 22

hello.texas

I'm a big fan of this sunscreen. Great texture / protective capabilities at a good price. Depending on how dry my skin is / weather, I usually alternate between this and the cream version.

nacarat

It's a good, inexpensive sunblock. I've gone on to try others kinds, but I think I'll come back to it eventually. The only mark against it is how shiny it makes me look, but I like a more matte look in generally, so I just brush some powder on top.

emilie

What would I do without this sunscreen? I've tried dozens of Korean and Western sunscreens (Cosrx, Goodal, Neutrogena, Cerave, the list goes on) and the one thing I hated about all of them was the PILLING. I'd have literal pieces of sunscreen falling off my face. When I discovered this one I was thrilled. It smells good, works great as a makeup base, and best of all, very very rare pilling. It's perfect and I'm on my third bottle already!

rosechoi

I used to hate using sunscreen until I tried this one out. Absorbs quickly and leaves only the slightest sheen with a mild clean scent. Absolutely no stickiness, heaviness, greasiness, pilling, or residue. Even the kids were okay with it--which is no small feat!

simone11

Works great, doesn't cause my to break out, and fairly inexpensive. I have re-purchased three times.

pleasesendsnow

Yeah, okay. You win, A’Pieu. Will repurchase as long as this exists. It’s great and it’s cheap. Lives up to the hype and I actually like the scent. Sold.

dragok

I bought this and the cream version based on some reviews I had read (and the price point!!) and so far so good! I really like both. I have used the gel one under makeup and I had no pilling, no oil slicks, overall great job. I already have a spare or two on hand.

divingskindeep

It works with my combination skin, but wouldn't be my holy grail. It left my skin with some sheen on it - if it dried down matte, it'd be perfect! I have to say that I liked that it absorbed fairly quickly and didn't make my face more oily. I'll definitely continue using as it's more affordable than the La Roche Posay ultra fluid sunscreen which is my favorite so far.

kimmy

I want to love this sunscreen so much, but so far I've just been awfully clumsy while using it, it seems, and I just can't love it as much as I want to.

The problem is that it always, without fail, gets into my eyes SOMEhow. And it positively burns and stings and I can't funtion at all until I've gone and washed it all off my face - and still, it takes at least an hour of lying down with my eyes closed until that horrible burning sensation starts to fade. The last time I wore it I had to... Read more

palliechen

Hey Kimmy, I totally get what you’re talking about. I experienced the really bad stinging in my eyes as well and I think it is the alcohol (it’s the second ingredient on the list). I had a similar reaction to another product with alcohol high up the ingredient list, so I should’ve checked before I bought this. I also bought the sun cream version so hope that works better for me.

kimmy

Oooh! That would make sense! I thought it might be something to do with citrus, because the scent is rather citrusy. I'll try some sunscreens without or with a low amount of alcohol next, because stinging eyes are the absolute worst thing about wearing sunscreen, I find.

palliechen

Yes it is, isn’t it! I’m trying to use it extra carefully now, but I’m tempted to try another sunscreen. Hope you manage to find one that works for you!

kimmy

Thank you, and I wish you and everyone else the same. With something as essential and every-day use such as sunscreen, finding one that isn't actively painful feels like winning the lotto right now. But, well. Onward we go! The search shall continue :)

traceylam

It's okay. It's just okay. I think the sun cream version is LIGHT YEARS better. This one absorbs kind of funny. Like, doesn't quite absorb so well, while the sun cream version absorbs like a dream. Also, after a couple of weeks, some of the oily liquid in the sun gel started separating from the creamy white portions, and it reeeeally flared up my skin. Took weeks to bring my skin back to normal. I'd bought two extra tubes because I'd had a great first ten days with this sun gel, but I'm... Read more

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