This is rather thick essence, almost feels like a cream. But it spreads easily and dries quickly. No white cast, even if applied in a thick layer. And it can be layered. Dewy finish, but not oily or greasy. Almost like a good make up base would give. For me it doesn't smell of anything. Despite alcohol is there it's quite moisturizing. I have oily skin and all three different sunscreens from Suncut - gel, essence and milk. I like this one more than others.