I’m loving the cold weather but I had to set aside my watery sunblocks to keep my skin from drying out. Since I don’t like layering lotions and potions on my face, I started using alcohol-free cream-type sunblocks to serve as a moisturizer-and-sunblock-in-one.

I sifted through the samples in my stash and saw this:

Laneige Oil-free Sunblock SPF35

I couldn’t find the ingredients from the Laneige website, but in cosdna, the first 4 ingredients listed are: water, butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, bisethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine. Further down the list is titanium dioxide.

I used this for 2 consecutive days and applied it as I would any other moisturizer.

On the 2nd day, I was glad I remembered that I was doing a teaspoon experiment. What was left was half of a quarter teaspoon. Sorry!

Laneige Oil-free Sunblock Teaspoon

Here are photos of my face, in the following order:

  • Bare face
  • After a thin layer of sunblock
  • After adding all of the sunblock in the measuring spoon

Laneige Oil-free Sunblock

This is how I look like when I get nose allergies — teary-eyed and rudolf-nosed.

The 3rd photo was taken after 30 minutes of letting the sunblock sink in. I can’t imagine what I would look like if I applied a quarter teaspoonful or if I used this in the summer.

I didn’t read the product claims prior to use, but since it’s oil-free*, I didn’t expect that the thinnest layer would give a shine that is beyond tolerable for an oily skinned person like me.

I went through the day with my 3rd photo face, but not without powdering. I used Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder and a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light to bring back some sheen to the prominent parts of my face (not photographed).

I stayed in a non-humid air-conditioned environment all day and I didn’t need to reapply the powder. But by mid-day, I needed to use a blotting sheet.

I googled for the claims and found them somewhat misleading. I could not agree with these:

  • Oil-free formula gives matte touch without oily or shininess giving a light usage feeling. 
  • Silicon polymer ingredients hide pores and silky powder with excellent sebum absorptive power absorbs sebum, maintaining sleek and refreshing skin tone. 
  • Clove oil and herb extracts control sebum secretion and soothes skin tone, leaving skin feel clarified and healthy.

I had to check if I was looking at the same sunblock variant.

For my conclusion on the teaspoon experiment: I’d say, if you’re dead set on following the quarter teaspoon rule, do not buy this.

*Sometimes I forget that oil-free doesn’t mean anything. Most of the time, oil-free products have oil-like ingredients (e.g., butylene glycol, silicone) used as alternative.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Sayang. What if someone buys the full-size for this one and expects the “oil-free” claim? Sayang. Off to the next product, I say! :)

    • Haha, nah, giving time to process usually gets me into hoarding trouble. I keep products out of doubt that I might be doing something wrong. Oh well, til the next sunscreen.

  2. Thanks for the heads up, Rae! Since I don’t want to look like someone with allergies, I’m going to steer clear. What exactly is a teaspoon experiment?

    • Many derm doctors say that you have to put 1/4 teaspoon of sunblock on your face to get the spf rating as written on the label. But I don’t think it’s realistic to do.

  3. Hmm sounds like a rebound effect. Maybe your skin is used to something with oil and now that you used something “oil-free,” your skin thought it needed some oil so it produced more to compensate.. Just a thought.

    • I was describing the finish itself, it’s shiny upon initial application.

      I use mostly oil-free sunblocks everyday because they usually have a matte finish (kanebo longkeep gel, biore uv perfect face, and a few shiseido sunblocks) :D

      Thanks for dropping by!

      • Ah I see. I’ve had trouble with other creams making me super oily as the day progressed so I thought it might’ve been the same thing. ,:) np!

  4. Hmmm I’m definitely going to be skeptical of other brands that claim to be oil-free. I haven’t tried anything from Laneige. Parang always akong intimidated pumasok sa store nila sa MOA.

  5. Def not for the oily skinned. I spent so much time last night thinking if i should get Paulas Choice RESIST anti-wrinkle sunblock. It has great reviews but a couple of complaints about it being too mattifying for combination skin in the winter. Ehhh— that sounds perfect for combination skin in humid weather!

    By the time i was ready to purchase, i learned its OOS! Bummer.

    • I wanted to buy this pero out-of-stock nga. They have another one na tinted but it’s not available from the products sold here.

      • It’s a local site. They launched their products here na. Just add the ph extension :)

  6. Ohh too bad it doesn’t live up to its “oil-free” claim. :| I personally haven’t found a facial sunblock that doesn’t come off as greasy after application.

    • You might like Biore UV Perfect Face. That’s the matte-est a sunblock can get.

      Kanebo Longkeep UV Gel is not greasy too but it’s expensive at Php 1.6k per tube.

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