Mixsoon Review - Bean Essence & Sunscreen
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MIXSOON: Bean Essence & Sunscreen

By Kate Limond
24/01/2023 | Read time: 5m

Mixsoon is a newer brand and I'm really enjoying trying their products, particularly the two featured in this article because they're really fun to use!

Mixsoon Bean essence

Texture

I thought Cosrx’s snail essence and cream were the gloopiest products in existence. I am excited to be proven wrong!

The texture of this essence is strange and excellent: it’s thick but very runny and has the stretchiest texture. I find it glides over my skin if my skin is a bit damp and works a bit differently if your skin is drier when you apply it – more on this below.

If you’re clumsy like me, it’s best to only pump out enough for the area you want to cover immediately – it runs out of your hand really quickly if you don’t keep your hand level!

Ingredients

This essence is entirely made of ferments! The carrier for the ferments must be hydrating as I find this adds a nice burst of hydration after I’ve applied my toners and serums.

Fermented soybean extract is a definite winner, as the fermentation process means the end product has makes more hyaluronic acid, more antioxidants and can help even skin tone. I’ll talk about exfoliation below but the fermented pomegranate extract will have a mild exfoliating effect.

Experience

This Mixsoon essence is very comforting to apply: I love a thick textured product that spreads really easily and doesn’t become sticky.

I usually apply each layer of my routine when the previous one is slightly damp but sometimes I get briefly distracted and then I’m applying the next layer to slightly dry skin.

The Mixsoon essence feels like it might become sticky and not easy to spread when you’re applying it to slightly dry skin. However, something magic happens as you begin to work it in: it becomes more liquid and super spreadible. It’s weird and I like it! This is one of the few products I’d vote for gently massaging rather than tapping, although tapping will be best for most products.

As a bonus, the essence will have a slight exfoliating effect – at first, you may want to avoid this product on nights when you use acids. I kept it to non-acid nights at first but, as my friend has said, I have bulletproof face skin so I have no issues using it on acid nights.

If you have sensitive skin, be careful with it. Whilst it won’t pack the punch of an AHA like the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, it could be irritating if your barrier isn’t solid. Ferments are barrier-building for me but my neck just didn’t like this essence. My neck is prone to getting irritated really easily and I suspect the slight exfoliating effect of the essence was the issue, as I use other ferments on my neck without irritation.

If your skin is irritated, stop all exfoliating products, even if they’re gentle. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again: it’s like I have two skin types for the price of one!

My face can handle most products and it just drinks up the Mixsoon essence. I’m sad my neck didn’t like it but that just means more for my face! I find the essence makes my skin glow so it’s a very welcome addition to my routine.

Mixsoon Centella Sun Cream

Texture

This has a beautiful texture – slightly thicker than the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel and slightly thinner than Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice + Probiotics. It spreads very nicely and sinks in easily.

Ingredients

I’ve had issues with alcohol in western sunscreens so I was a little hesitant with the Mixsoon. I needn’t have worried: it is so well-formulated and I had issues with it.

The lavender oil smells divine and, again, I was worried that it might be irritating. Thankfully no irritation at all, even on my sensitive neck.

It has centella, which will help soothe – although it is towards the bottom of the ingredient list, so if you’re looking for a good hit of centella, Mixsoon has a Centella Asiatica toner that is lovely and pairs nicely with the sunscreen.

Experience

I’ve mentioned how well this sunscreen applies – it dries down effectively, partly because of the alcohol, but it’s still moisturising enough for my skin.

I wear a mask all day at work and I didn’t have any issues with the alcohol and fragrance drying out my skin. To check whether I’d have sensitivity with fragrance if I used additional scented products, I tried it with the Mary & May Rose Collagen mist serum and I had no irritation. K-Beauty and their gorgeous formulations win again!

Because I love to test things for you, I did half my face with Mixsoon and half with the Beauty of Joseon sunscreen. I noticed that the Mixsoon dries down better than the Beauty of Joseon, not that I have any issues with the Beauty of Joseon. Neither sunscreen is shiny and they both have a glowy finish which isn’t quite matte or dewy.

The Beauty of Joseon is a bit more moisturising than the Mixsoon – I noticed I can feel some product residue on the surface of my skin at the end of the day. I can still feel a little of the Mixsoon at the end of the day but my skin feels more balanced. I have zero preference for either feeling, as my skin didn’t feel dried out on the Mixsoon side.

As I previously said for the Beauty of Joseon, if you have oily skin, consider skipping moisturiser and you might find it too much in summer. I think oily skin will prefer the Mixsoon of the two but I’d still consider skipping moisturiser for oily skin as it’s moisturising, despite the alcohol! Drier skin will want a moisturiser under the Mixsoon, in my opinion. For my combination skin, I need a lot cream, but other people with combination skin might not – experiment and see what works for you.

If you are sensitive to lavender oil, this sunscreen won’t be for you. Although I consider my skin struggling with fragrance, this sunscreen was great. You can read more about fragrance in K-Beauty here.

I didn’t notice my skin was redder on the Mixsoon side, compared to the Beauty of Joseon. And the smell of lavender makes me very happy – so soothing!

All in all, it was a useful comparison and I’m pleased that both sunscreens performed so well.

Final Word

Mixsoon is a great brand to try because their products are incredibly well-formulated. The Bean Essence is so fun to use and I love it, even though my neck didn’t like it. I didn’t think I’d be able to use a product with lavender oil and alcohol – I thought it would be too irritating but I am so pleased to be proved wrong and to have a new sunscreen that works so well!