Benton kindly sent me one of their new sunscreens to review, the Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream. It’s named so because they also released a Papaya-S Sun Cream – this is what’s considered the daily formula, and I’m guessing it won’t be as long wearing as a sport-formula sunscreen. For what it’s worth, I tend to prefer sport-formula sunscreens as my skin is pretty oily I was pretty excited for this new release as I’m a big fan of their Snail Bee High Content Essence and also the sheet mask in the same line—it’s one of the products that got me to start my skincare blog in the first place.
Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review
Let’s start with the protection offered. It has SPF 38, which sounds low and a bit random, but bear in mind that SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s UV rays, so this is certainly enough protection. It’s also a combination suncream, meaning it contains both physical and chemical sunscreens. The thing is, combination sunscreens are insanely fickle on deeper skin tones – they’re more likely to leave a very, very obvious white cast, so this sunscreen sadly won’t be suitable for everybody, right off the bat.
Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Ingredients
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Carica Papaya Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Papain, Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Iso am y P-Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Sunscreen), Niacinamide, Adenosine
I definitely agree with how this product is named a suncream – it’s definitely creamy! I actually found it really similar to a Western sunscreen. It wasn’t as lightweight as I expected at all, and actually felt heavy in comparison to my usual sunscreen (Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence). It definitely had a bit of a white cast that needed some extra rubbing in to make disappear.
I found it wore well under makeup, but was just too dewy and heavy for my already oily skin. It didn’t break down my makeup, but it wasn’t keeping me as matte as I would have liked. If you’ve read my skincare blog for a while, you’ll know that matte is my preferred sunscreen finish.
Sadly, this was a bit of a letdown for me. I think it’s better suited to people with normal to dry skin. This gets a 2.5/5 from me!
1 – Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 – Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 – Average: Performs as expected.
4 – Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 – Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.