As for this event, Watsons pooled in all their brands that specialize in sun care. They sent this photo in, because when I got to the event, these ladies were already hustling with assisting people! And it was already so crowded.
As seen here, there is a booth for SunPlay, Bioré and Céleteque. I haven’t tried SunPlay yet, so there’s not much I can say. As for Bioré, I really love their sunscreen range as they don’t get washed off easily. The BB Sunscreens also reaaaally have a great amount of coverage that it can really pass off as BB cream already. As for Céleteque, everything is awesome if you ask me. They have gone from strength to strength in all their releases, and I love how they use all the data available through them in their thorough scientific studies to come up with solutions for Filipina beauty issues.
Cristalle talked about how Belo Sun came to be. For the longest time, her mom used to chastise people to use sunscreen. As a beauty and skin expert, those were of course things we expected fr. the Dra. Vicki Belo. However, Cristalle revealed that her own mother failed to use sunscreen regularly despite preaching others to do so. When they tried to go deeper to the cause and try to understand why she couldn’t religiously use it, they realized that there just wasn’t any brand at the time that provided sun protection without being too hot and heavy for this weather.
Looking back, before Belo Sun, almost all sunscreen brands had formulations that were so gunky that we Pinoys couldn’t realistically use them for everyday. Looking back, sunscreen was this item that we only associated with swimming and excursions, despite the sun shining over us every single day. It took the leaps of faith of brands such as Belo Sun in order to normalize sunscreen usage for everyday for Pinoys. Their whole range is lightweight, not hot on the skin (like having a greenhouse effect), and is absorbed fairly quickly to be used everyday.
Model and mom extraordinaire Nicole Hernandez was also present at the event and shared how she has been part of the process. She would tell Cristalle and the team without restraint whenever she didn’t like something about the initial prototypes. She was very vocal about how she felt, that all the finished products are products that she likes. She shared that her most practical find is Belo’s Sun spray because she can spray it on her kids while they are running away from her. We all know how annoyed kids can get when it comes so sunscreen application, so it helps to have something like Belo’s mist. To add, versus competitors, Belo’s mist sprays at any angle, so it’s really easy to spray it even from an awkward angle.
Cristalle and Nicole also mused how much they love Belo Sun’s tinted sunscreen, which they use everyday. For people like them, since I don’t see so much discolorations on them, it’s believable that they are able to survive on just Belo tinted sunscreen. Personally, I have really dark under eye circles, so while the tinted sunscreen provides a brightening effect on me, I still have to use concealer and a pigmented powder to really color correct my discolorations.
Pond’s also had a booth and showcased their newest items. On the top of this shelf is Pond’s newest White Beauty Daily Whitening Sun Protect SPF50 Sunscreen! This is promising for me because thus far, I’ve found Pond’s mousse formula tricky at times. Even in my review of their day cream from waaaay back, I also noticed that the mousse formula sometimes gets blotchy on the crevices of the face, or if not blended properly. When I tried this sunscreen out in the event, despite having a mousse formula as well, at first impression, it was much more emollient and blendable than its mousse predecessors.
Yaaaay @BlockAndWhitePH now has Sakura White!!! Lightweight at amoy sosyal. I don’t have complete info on this as I got this from @WatsonsPH event and not straight from brand. #SakuraWhite pic.twitter.com/fKpYJ53Aem
— Mari (@MarilenePerez_) April 2, 2018
For those who are looking for fragrance free sun care solutions, Solstice is here for you! The first thing I thought when I tried it at the event is that it’ll be perfect for those who can’t use products with fragrance. That quickly came up to mind because my mom has sensitive skin and needs to stick to brands like these. Upon checking the ingredients at home, there indeed is no fragrance.
And with Gloria!!! When I was an intern at Unilever, I had to get a lot of things photoshopped at the official in house graphic design firm in Unilever. Gloria was part of that team, so I spent many hours with their team during my internship.