Up until this point, I have been quite underwhelmed with the Western BB Cream craze. Unlike their Asian counterparts, the BB Creams on this side of the pond have been nothing more than repackaged tinted moisturizers with negligible skincare benefits. Most of them run too orange and have a greasy finish, like Maybelline’s Dream Fresh and Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle BB Cream. After trying several BB creams, I had just about decided that this was one skincare trend that was more of a gimmick than anything else. Until I bought the Pond’s BB cream purely on a whim. I didn’t have high hopes for it. I figured it would be too dark for my pale skin, and too dewy for my combination skin. But I figured I would try it anyway.
Boy was I wrong. I love this stuff! It is NOTHING like the oily, orange Garnier BB cream. This is much more of a true BB cream. It hydrates my skin and dries to a semi-matte finish, it provides as much coverage as a foundation, it contains ingredients that lighten dark spots and improve skin tone, and it contains SPF 15.
It also comes in a shade light enough to match my skin. I know one of the biggest problems with BB creams is that they often come in one “universal” shade, the problem being that many women are either too light or too dark to wear that shade. You all know by now how pale I am, and this BB cream actually matches my skin. Even better, I have been wearing it for three weeks now, and I have had no breakouts from it, and I swear that my old acne scars have faded. It’s got a great texture too; it looks thick at first but it feels almost luxurious when you put it on. It smells nice and floral too, but not too strong.
I have used a brush and fingers to apply it, and it goes on great both ways. One thing I don’t really get is why it’s marketed as a “luminous” product. To me, luminous implies dewy/glowy, but this isn’t either of those things. It’s pretty matte, although for me that is a plus. Surprisingly for a BB cream, it’s very long-lasting also. I usually set it with a translucent powder, and I can get twelve hours of wear from it. Colorwise, it’s very neutral; it doesn’t pull too yellow or too pink. It is a teeny bit dark on me, but I don’t really mind because it’s getting warm outside and I want to look a little less pasty. I do wear moisturizer under it, but if your skin is straight-up oily and not combination you could probably get away with using just this.
In one easy step, this product does the work of a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation. The only bad thing about it is that Pond’s does test on animals, which definitely bothers me. The product itself is so good that I really regret it isn’t cruelty-free.