WHAT: Za’s first BB cream combines skincare benefits, sunscreen properties and foundation coverage, in one single tube. The cream contains sebum-absorbing powder which helps keep shine at bay while making use of a Vitamin B derivative to give your skin that radiance and glow.
It also contains amino mineral complex, which is said to deeply moisturise and reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. The SPF 43 rating firmly protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, with the cream being tested by dermatologists to be non-pore clogging.
Perfect for use as a makeup base or as your foundation, the cream contains a Poreless Powder, which is said to diffuse light and minimise the look of pores on your skin.
The Colour Control powder reportedly corrects dullness, and uneven skin, to give a natural-looking finish while the Oil Control Powder allows the cream to be spread evenly and effortlessly on the skin.
The Za Total Hydration BB Cream SPF 43 UV+++ is available at all Watson’s stores islandwide at $15.90.
THE REVIEW: My two biggest fears when it comes to BB creams are when they clog up your pores and make your face look two shades whiter than it should be.
So, after reading about Za’s new BB cream, which has been said to be non-pore-clogging, I was excited to give it a go.
To my surprise, the texture is surprisingly lightweight. It does not feel as heavy as liquid foundations do and glides on effortlessly. It spreads well and the coverage was adequate. My blemishes were hidden without looking like I piled on three layers of foundation, giving off a very natural finish.
The appearance of my pores was also minimised with just a thin layer of the cream.
I like the fact that my skin was able to breathe under the layer of cream, and it felt comfortable, not like a tight veil was pulled over my face, as it is with some other creams.
The best part of it? The slight rosy tinge on my face after applying just a thin layer of the cream. Thanks to the Vitamin B derivative, my complexion seemed just a tad more radiant than before application.
Thankfully, my face also did not appear pasty white after application and my skintone matched the rest of my body, especially the neck seamlessly. It didn’t even turn to a sickly ashen shade after wearing it for a couple of hours, which to me, is a definite dealbreaker when it comes to BB creams.
If I had one complaint about it - it isn’t as long-lasting as I hope it would be, prompting a midday touchup if you are out and about in our impossibly humid climate.
Other than that, it is a must-have in your makeup pouch, definitely bang for your buck!