Sunday, July 23, 2017

Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++

Back in March Miss Y went to Saitama for a work conference and apparently she had enough time to visit an esthe salon (a.k.a. a spa) to get a facial, a full body treatment and gods only know what else.

She brought some skincare with her. A brand I've never heard of before. Evermere.

She let me try a few things (a gel cream and a gel face pack) and I liked them enough to fire up the innernets to see where I could buy them locally. Because sure as hell I wasn't going all the way to Saitama to buy a face cream. I mean, I have my standards. Tokyo? No problem. Saitama? This is where I draw the line.

Luckily for me, according to the company's website, it turned out that a beauty store called Rosemary's carries some Evermere items.

So next time I happened to be around Rosemary's (I know you thought I immediately ran out to buy it, but you're wrong, ha!) I picked up this awesome thing:

Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++


They had me at "moist".
My dry skin was turning even drier at that time. And being a religious sunscreen devotee, it meant I could get two of my favorite things combined - moisture AND sun protection. You didn't have to tell me twice.

Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ was coming home with me.


Evermere is a company that prides itself on products formulated specifically for dry skin. Their lineup is very modest, but what it lacks in scope, it more than makes up for in moisture claims.
Evermere is so serious about skin moisture that the company partnered up with Osaka University to conduct "Fundamental Research into Skin Moisture Retention Measurment Using Terahertz Electromagnetic Wave" - link. Yep, they REALLY care about staying moist.

Anyway, where was I?
From what I see, all Evermere products are formulated without ethanol and mineral oil. Some use methylparaben as a preservative, but some don't.

Today's contestant, Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is alcohol-free, mineral oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and artificial coloring-free and it's supposed to be super gentle on the skin, with no stinging and no adverse reactions.


However, you still get the full list of standard warnings and precautions that's printed on seemingly every cosmetic product in Japan.

The first thing you notice when you take the tube out of the box is that this thing is HUGE. And when I say "huge", I mean huge by Japanese standards.


With Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ you get 70 grams of product for 2800 yen plus tax. If you think it's pricey, then remember that an average Japanese sunblock contains only 30 grams of goo. I consider it to be a good deal. Especially since this sunblock is as close to exceptional in my book as a sunblock can get.

I'm on my second tube of Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ and that in itself is all the review you need. I hardly ever repurchase the same sunscreen. There are VERY few exceptions to this rule and to my own shock and surprise, Evermere made the cut.


What makes Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ so special?
The fact that it does what it advertises. It keeps dry skin moist. It does it in a gentle and soothing way. It does it without feeling wet, sticky or greasy. Magic, I tell you. Pure, sheer magic!


The reason why it moisturizes so well is this whole Moist Tec® business. Short for "Moisture Technology", it's Evermere's patented way of yeah, basically, keeping you deliciously moist.

Now, in addition to adding moisture and keeping that moisture in, Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ protects you from UVA, UVB, tobacco smoke, air pollution (exhaust fumes and such) and even from PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter). Apparently, this is the sunblock to pack if you're going to China (or anywhere smoggy) this summer.

What else?
Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is a watery gel type chemical (organic) sunscreen.


It's white and very, very watery. True to the company's claims, it has no scent whatsoever.
On my dry skin it absorbs rather quickly, even on very humid days. Maybe not as fast as sunscreens that contain alcohol, but for an ethanol-free product it dries remarkably fast.

Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ swatches:


As you can see, when it's fully dry it leaves no white cast and no visible residue. It works just like a normal moisturizing gel. Yet with all that, Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ manages to be seemingly sweat- and waterproof. AND it works as a makeup base. AND it can be removed with a regular face wash.


Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ ingredients:


And here in Japanese and English for your reading pleasure:


水、メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル、ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル、グリセリン、トリエチルヘキサノイン、ペンチレングリコール、アスコルビルグルコシド、水溶性プロテオグリカン、水溶性コラーゲン、アセチルヒアルロン酸Na、加水分解ヒアルロン酸、ヒアルロン酸Na、カミツレ花エキス、クロクスクリサンツス根エキス、アロエベラ葉エキス、ローズマリー葉エキス、ワサビノキ種子エキス、ビルベリー葉エキス、ポリクオタニウム-61、グリチルリチン酸2K、DPG、BG、イソステアリン酸、セスキイソステアリン酸ソルビタン、ラウリン酸ポリグリセリル-10、アラビアゴム、マルトデキストリン、キサンタンガム、デキストリン、カルボマー、水酸化K、トコフェロール、BHT、フェノキシエタノール

Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Uvinul A Plus), Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Soluble Proteoglycan, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-61, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Isostearic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Dextrin, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, BHT, Phenoxyethanol


Apparently, the star ingredient in Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is this odd-sounding "soluble proteoglycan", which has anti-oxidant properties as well as being anti-aging, moisturizing, whitening and having an EGF-like effect.

Warning!
Soluble proteoglycan is derived from animal sources (bovine cartilage), so that means that Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is not a vegan product.

Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I use a horse oil shampoo and a placenta toner. But if you are into vegan cosmetics, this is not a sunscreen for you.


In addition to proteoglycan, Evermere Moist Tec UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ is packed with extracts (anti-aging), hyaluronic acid (moisture), collagen (moisture) and ascorbyl glucoside (anti-oxidant).

I simply love this sunscreen. It's a perfect basic, everyday, all-purpose sunscreen that doubles up as my morning layer of moisture during summer.



If you don't live in Japan, the only problem you might have will be actually finding this product. I see it on ebay for a very reasonable US$30.00 mislabeled as Shiseido.

Evermere is its own company, does its own in-house research (when not partnering with Osaka University) and it even has its own factory. That way the company has control over everything that happens with its products.
In addition to Evermere own skincare products, they also seem to formulate and manufacture cosmetics for other brands.



So there you have it.
This is my accidental sunscreen hit of 2017.

This is not the last you're hearing about Evermere on this blog. I also bought their gel foundation, and let me tell you, it's as amazing as it sounds. Perfect makeup for dry-skinned folks like me.

And now I'm also itching to visit that Evermere spa in Saitama where Miss Y went in March. There go my standards...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Amazon Japan Prime Day 2017 Haul

Amazon's Prime Day sucks. It's all hype and no real deals. Yeah, it's better now than it used to be, that's for sure. I still remember one of the first prime day events and a lightning deal for a five gallon bucket of personal lube, or something like that.

I'm not sure how Amazon did this year in other countries, but from what I'm hearing on the innertubes, it was less than inspiring in the US, too.

If you live in Japan and use Amazon JP, you do it primarily for convenience. Why? Because pricewise their "deals" are frequently still more expensive than what you'd pay at your local store. Their list prices can be quite imaginary, so it's always a good idea to check them elsewhere.

So, did I buy anything?

Yes. Plenty of cat food. Mainly because I'm lazy and don't like to carry heavy things to and from the car in this ridiculously hot weather. The disappointing part was that even with the prime day "deal", it still turned out to be more expensive than what my local discount store sells it for. But yeah, I'm lazy, so I bought it anyway.

Beauty deals were pretty much non-existent. And was did exist was very disappointing.

So, did I buy anything?

Yeah, I did. Because I'm impulsive like that. And because one of the deals was for a brand that I've been eyeing for quite some time.

This is the total haul:



The two bottles on the left I got for the man, so he wouldn't complain that I'm only spending money on myself.

This is what I got him:


A bottle of face wash and a bottle of all-in-one gel from a brand I've never heard before - Fine Skin Lab. He hasn't tried it yet, so I can't tell you anything about them. The products look simple with basic formulations. We'll see.

I have no idea why I got Rosette Ceramide gel and lotion.



I remember using them a while back and they were OK. But just OK. However, with the lightning deals, they turned out to be surprisingly cheap, so I guess I'll give them another go when the weather gets cooler.

Rafra Balm Orange Extra Cleansing was with me before and I quite liked it. I never got around to blogging about it, so maybe this time I'll do better.


I'm really looking forward to using it again. It just smells so lovely. So relaxing. So peaceful. Can skincare be peaceful? Yeah, it can, I guess.

And finally, this is the reason why I even bothered with Prime Day in the first place.
Tunemakers. Or Tune&Makers, if you will.


The hype is strong with this one. I got curious.
It promises simple, effective, customizable skincare. And it better be amazing, because these bottles are tiny. 20ml and 10ml tiny. And not that cheap at all.
But let's see. Stay tuned (see what I did here?) and I should be able to tell you more about Tunemakers soon.

So, this is what I bought during the very disappointing Amazon Japan Prime Day this year.

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