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:


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.

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 don't see it on ebay anymore. Sadly...

However, this seller on rakuten global seems to carry it: auc-cosmestreet (this a non-affiliate link!).

Also, this company sells it and they say they can ship overseas via EMS: Lippli.
If all else fails, send me an email. I'll see what I can do.

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...


  1. Chcę, chcę, chcę.


    1. Daj znac jesli kupisz jak sie u Ciebie sprawdzil.

  2. Ja miałam tak koszmarnie suchą skórę, że z brzucha i bioder leciał mi łupież. Niesamowicie pomogły zmiany w diecie - wywary kolagenowe (w formie tłustej zupy) prawie codziennie, zielone warzywa codziennie (najczęściej zielone liście pora, wrzucam do zupy - tanio i wygodnie), zdrowe tłuszcze codziennie, zwłaszcza masło. Mięsa/mięśni nie jem, tylko skóry i podroby.

    Najgorszą skórę miałam jak jadłam dużo smażonego, zbóż, no i oczywiście słodyczy.


    1. Na szczescie ze mnie lupiez nie leci. Moja skora jest naturalnie sucha z przyczyn genetycznych. Diete mam bardzo w porzadku ;-)

    2. Zdradzisz, co zwykle jadasz? :) U mnie nie jest idealnie - ciągnie mnie do nabiału (twardych serów wysokiej jakości, szczególnie kozich i owczych, i tłustej śmietany, do kawy albo ubijanej w domu - ale od kiedy wywaliłam z diety owoce, ze względu na słabe zęby, bo nie twierdzę, że owoce to samo zło, to do bitej śmietany już mnie tak nie ciągnie na szczęście), a poza masłem mi szkodzi. Ale powoli się opanowuję. Nie warto. Muszę tylko pilnować, żeby mieć zdrowsze dla mnie opcje w zasięgu ręki, bo jak wracam do domu bardzo głodna to nie będę czekać kilka godzin na zupę kolagenową ;) Na szczęście służy mi też pasztet z wątróbek, 30 minut maks. zajmuje mi przygotowanie. Wątróbki indycze, duszone, nie smażone, potem miksuję na pasztet. U mnie są trochę cyrki z dietą, bo mam skłonność do przerostu candidy. Przez to mam nietolerancje pokarmowe (jajka, nabiał - wydaje mi się, że kiedyś nie byłam uczulona, a teraz dwie jajecznice i węzły chłonne powiększone, o wulkanach na skórze nie wspominam; nabiał działa na mnie podobnie, ale słabiej, i też zależy co, twarogi i jogurty odpadają), niedobory i problemy z trawieniem/przyswajaniem. Ale moja dieta na urodę działa super, więc może i powinnam candidzie podziękować ;)


    3. Przede wszystkim nie pije alkoholu, nie pije tez kawy (jedynie frappuccino od czasu do czasu, ale to bardziej jako specjalny deser).
      Nie wiem jak okreslic co jadam. Na przyklad wczoraj na obiad byla grillowana ryba, chleb ryzowy, salatka z pomidorami (obranymi), ogorkami (obranymi), posiekana marchewka, salata, i swieza mozarella. Sos (olej, nie lubie z oliwek, ocet balsamiczny, lyzka musztardy dijon, lyzka zielonego pesto).

      Dzis na sniadanie - resztka ryby zawinieta w tortille, z pomidorem, kawalkiem kiszonego ogorka, i lyzka salsy. Zupa miso. Brzoskwinia. Mrozona herbata Earl Grey.
      Jak widzisz, u nas kroluje kuchina typu fusion. Wole "okome pan" (chleb ryzowy) od normalnego pszennego, bo brzuch mi puchnie od nadmiaru glutenu, choc zwykly chleb bardzo lubie. Unikam tez wiekszosci nabialu. Wyjatkiem jest specjalny jogurt.
      Uzywam mleka sojowego lub ryzowego kiedy sie da.

      Warzywa i owoce kupuje lokalnie w sklepie sprzedajacym lokalne produkty. Jesli mam ochote na mieso, to wtedy idziemy na yakiniku lub shabu shabu, albo po prostu na steak. Nie jest to czesto.

      Podstawa naszej diety to ryby i drob, tofu, oraz sezonowe owoce i warzywa (swieze, nie cierpie gotowanych). Do tego ryz, oraz makaron nie-pszenny. Makaron pszenny to wylacznie udon, bo go kocham, ale nie jem codziennie, to na specjalne okazje.
      Lubie tez bardzo maslo orzechowe. Robie sama, glownie z migdalow lub orzechow wloskich.

    4. Dziękuję :) Smaczna ta Twoja dieta! Wymieniłaś sporo produktów, które sama bardzo lubię: tofu, mleko sojowe i ryżowe, masła orzechowe. Chleba ryżowego nie jadłam i nie znałam, ale już poznałam i chętnie bym spróbowała - ryż lubię i toleruję. Kiedyś piekłam sobie ciastka z mąki ryżowej, robiłam z niej spód do tarty - ale to zupełnie inna bajka niż japoński chleb, tym bardziej, że mąkę kupowałam razową. Twarde te moje wypieki były i piachowate.

      Sojowymi produktami kiedyś się zajadłam w wielkich ilościach, nawet nieszczególnie naturalnymi, codziennie - nie szkodziło mi, cera zero reakcji, chociaż wiele lasek w Polsce ma po soi problemy. Ale nie wiem jakby było teraz, wolę nie ryzykować, bo to częsty alergen.

      Sama robię chałwę i marcepan. Chałwy nie umiem zrobić tak dobrej jak wysokiej jakości gotowa (moja nie ma tej fajnej kruchej konsystencji), ale marcepan pycha i łatwizna - migdały trzeba sparzyć wrzątkiem, żeby skórki łatwo pościągać, dodać wybrany słodzik, dodatki opcjonalnie np. woda różana i zmiksować. Pyszny jest też pudding z namoczonych nerkowców - namoczone smakują inaczej niż suche, robią się takie mleczne i delikatne. 0,5-1 dzień moczyć w wodzie, wodę odlać, zmiksować orzeszki i gotowe :) Namoczone orzechy są też lżej strawne.

      Gdybym mieszkała w Japonii pewnie włączyłabym do diety natto (o ile dałabym radę zjeść, podejrzewam że tak - zjem wszystko, jeśli wydaje mi się, że to dla mnie dobre) - ma witaminę K2 MK7. W Polsce suplementy K2 mają często napisane "z natto" :) Inna wersja K2 jest gorzej przyswajalna/mniej stabilna/coś tam.

      Kurcze, ale mi zrobiłaś ochotę na węglowodany :D U mnie ostatnio głównie z warzyw.


    5. Hi there! Are you aware of any retailers that ship this to the US? Your review convinced me this may be the perfect SPF for me (as someone who is looking for a silicone-free, alcohol-free sunscreen with fairly natural ingredients (as far as chemical spfs go that is) but I'm having trouble locating it anywhere. Usually I can find brands like this on Amazon but of course this hasn't been the case. Any ideas so I can have this in my life?

  3. Czyzby Swiety Gral? Brzmi cudownie, porzadnie nawilza, swietnie chroni i w dobrej cenie, czego chciec wiecej? Zazdraszczam, ze masz tyle swietnych firm na miejscu, a my tu same gnioty mamy, buuu :((( No moze przesadzam, ale to o filtrach glownie ;)
    Ten filtr La Roche Posay, o ktorym wczesniej pisalam, jednak nie jest az taki cacy, jak mi sie wydawalo. Czuc go na skorze, ale i tak jest lepszy niz inne.
    Dostalas maila?

    1. Oj nie przesadzaj, LRP robi calkiem niezle filtry. Przynajmniej te ich filtry na rynek azjatycki sa calkiem fajne :-)

  4. I would love to try this! I have dry skin and this might really work for me. I tried purchasing on amazon jp (i live in the u.s.) but it did not qualify for international shipping. Any idea of another way to purchase this (perhaps in bulk..)?

    1. Hi Meg!
      It's sunscreen, so yeah, no international shipping (officially).
      Unofficially, try rakuten global, there is one seller that has it for international shipping.
      And if you are still stuck, send me an email.

  5. Hi, do you mind attaching the link to that Rakuten Global listing? I can't find it...and ebay is now selling it for $42. I wonder if Rakuten might be cheaper. Many thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah, I updated the post with 2 links.
      Good luck!

    2. Thanks for the update. I'll try Rakuten to see if they'll do SAL to save on shipping. Thanks again!

    3. Just tried the Rakuten link, unfortunately, this is what I got when I tried to add item to cart..."Not available for Overseas shipping. This product cannot be shipped to Us United States from the store. Please contact the store for further information." Oh well..

    4. Hi Sarah, send me an email.
      I can help, but after August 21 when I am back in Japan.

  6. hy. thx for article. need this product in Romania. any suggestion please?

    1. Hi there!
      I updated the post with two links of places that sell it.
      If you still can't find it, please send me an email.

  7. Hi, there!
    My skin type is combination but also quite sensitive and I'm fair (medium, not pale). I've been using Avene sunscreen (dunno' if you know or have tried this brand before) for more than one year but it's too drying for me, usually seems to peel off my skin, have to mix it with a hydrating cream and still, it doesn't feel good on my cheeks.
    I live in southern Spain, so it's quite hot and sunny and uv rays are quite high during summer, so I've been looking for a good sunscreen for some time that doesn't cause me to burn and it's somehow moisturizing enough (even checking some mineral sunscreen that didn't convince me too much because I'm not sure if it'd protect me well enough) and haven't found any yet. Do you have any suggestion for me, please? Or do you think Evermere would be good in my case??
    I'd so appreciate it if you could help me!
    Thank you in advance and keep on with these great reviews!!

    1. Avene is a thick nasty goo when compared to Japanese sunscreens.
      Hmmm... I think that it doesn't hurt to try Evermere. It is definitely moisturizing.
      The tube is huge, it's not that expensive, and it leaves no white cast (important if you are not ghostly white).
      Let me know if you need help in getting it.

  8. Aniu, witaj - czy masz wiedzę jak sprawdza się ten krem pod makijażem? Wiem, wiem - ty go nie potrzebujesz, ja niestety - tak. Pozdrawiam - Ewa

    1. Oh, i po ostatnim fiasku na piasku w Malediwach i dwoch Uriage, ktore zupelnie nie dzialaly, tez potrzebuje makijazu.

  9. How this compared to the Dr. Ci:labo sunscreens you tried some time ago? They seem to be quite moisturizing as well. I am deciding what to get (I have dry skin too)... maybe I just get all of them !!!

  10. Hello Anna, thanks for the review! I noticed you mention about the gel foundation of this brand. Would you mind share a bit your opinion about this gel foundation? Whether it gives light or medium coverage or even heavy coverage?

    1. It's light to medium, definitely not heavy.

  11. Do you know if this product may be sold at one of the stores in Narita? I have a layover in June and would love to give this product a try. Thank you.

    1. No, it's not sold at Narita. Even in Japan it's a niche product.

  12. Well I'm sold. Too bad im in the USA and can't get it. I will be keeping my eyes open and jump on it if I ever see it available.

    1. You can always use a shopping service?


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