Friday, June 13, 2014

REVIEW: Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Light

Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream


The cream is advertised to give natural looking coverage and at the same time visibly reduce dark spots in 2 weeks. It is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, non-greasy, and contains SPF 15. It comes in 2 shades: light and medium. 

Diving into the Ingredients

The active ingredients in this product is Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide. Both are sunscreen agents. Octinoxate filters UVB radiation while Zinc Oxide reflects and scatters UVA and UVB radiations. Both are widely use in sunscreens as well as cosmetics. Like many other ingredients in cosmetics and shampoos/conditioners, the use of Octinoxate is controversial. 

What causes the dark spots to become reduced, I believe, is the inactive ingredient Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, and Ginger Root Extract. Niacinamide is an anti-agent and helps reduce discolorations and revive skin. It is also noted to potentially mitigate breakouts. Ginger Root Extract also is well known for its ability to reduce acne and skin inflammations. Like Niacinamide, it is also an anti agent and could help lighten age spots. 

The retail price for this BB cream is roughly $10. I brought it off Amazon for $10.99. Here is the link to light and medium

My Review:

Packaging: I would like to start off with a review of the packaging. I am very OCD when it comes to products that I have to apply to my face (skin care, foundation.. etc. but not so much when it comes to cosmetics like lipsticks and eyeshadows), so having a packaging that is mess-free, efficient, less likely to become contaminated is very important to me. The packaging for the Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream is great in that aspect. 

The design can't get any more simple, efficient and sanitary as that. The area where the product is dispensed is also small allowing you to squeeze out the product to your desired size. 

Like other BB creams but unlike foundations, the product comes out thick (not runny) with a greyish colour to it. 

First Impressions: When I first swatched this, I was actually scared that it was too light. I'm about a Missha #23, or NC25, or Revlon Sand Beige. I was thinking maybe I should've gotten the medium as well so I could blend the two colours (the medium itself was way too dark for me), but I didn't want to buy two of the same products if I didn't end up liking it. Surprisingly, after massaging the product evenly (it blends very easily), the color actually matched my face shade well. My face shade is generally lighter than the rest of my body (probably from other skin care products i've used or from the spf in makeup... I hardly use any sunscreen on my skin until the depths of summer). I believe the makeup also oxidizes to further match my skin tone. 

Coverage & Stay Power: The coverage for this BB Cream is, I'll say, medium-light to medium. For comparison, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream has full coverage, and Dior Skin Nude BB Creme has medium to medium-high coverage. The product could be buildable, but I think there is definitely a limit on how much it can cover. It can hide faded acne scars but not fresh ones. You'll probably need to use foundation or concealer for that. As length of wear goes, I'll say it is pretty good. There are definitely drugstore foundations that last long such as the Revlon ColorStay. 

Finish & Smell: Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ has a nice dewey matte finish. On the downside, the cream makes the face sticky... and it stays sticky! I have the BB Cream on for about 3-4 hours now and yup, still sticky. For a makeup, it is pretty mosturizing but because of this I think for the summer it might be a tad bit too heavy for me. The product also has a nice scent to it-- a floral smell similar to that of other Pond's products. Some people may find it over powering however, as its smell is stronger than most other BB creams. Personally, I don't have any issues with the smell. 

Thoughts on reducing dark spots: The product advertises that it can visually reduce dark spots within 2 weeks. I have not seen too much of a different... and if there was any, I wouldn't be sure whether or not to attributed it to the BB Cream.  It could be just my skin naturally healing, or the retinol I use (Philosophy's Help Me), or the moisturizer I use (Kores Wild Rose)... theres just too many factors involve and too little difference that can be visually seen to attribute it to just the BB cream. 

In Summary:
Pros: moisturizing, easily blend able, matte, inexpensive, packaging
Cons: heavier than some foundations, sticky to the touch, contains Octinoxate

Overall Rating: 4/5


Monday, June 2, 2014

REVIEW: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

Skin care review! :D

Skin care, or well... "face care" is something I personally take seriously. I have to admit, I do neglect other skin areas... like if the soles of my feet are dry, I don't take much action, but if my skin gets dry, I'll be loading on those masks and creams! However, I am not overly obsessive about it. I use masks maybe once a month and I swear, I've never gotten any facials (yes I'm a girl, and yes I'm 21). Therefore, the core of my face care routine takes place at night. I like to keep the morning simple, so I load on all the goodies at night :). 


Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM is a overnight skin renewal oil based serum. Price wise, it is rather expensive. It retails for $65 for 1oz at Sephora. Its main active ingredients are Vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is retinol and it is best known for its anti-aging properties such as reducing wrinkles and dark spots. Vitamin C is best known for its brightening properties. In addition to lightening/brightening, it also helps in fighting off free radicals and resultantly, prevents aging changes such as wrinkles and sagging. Vitamin E moisturizes, protects, and helps repair the skin. The combination of the three vitamins equates to a serious skin renewal and anti-aging serum! 

My Review:

I   absolutely   love   this   product. 

$65 is a hefty amount. My god, its a hefty amount... My mind wishes it doesn't like it because it is so expensive, but for my skin thats not the case! I've been using this product for about a year now, though not religiously every night since I like to try new products, and I must say that this is one of the absolute best products I have ever tried. It is pricy, but a little goes a long way and what it does... I feel that it is worth it. 

The first thing I noticed was the texture of the product when applied to the skin. It goes on very silky. The silkiness is very similar to that of the SmashBox's Photo Finish Primer. This is a dry oil serum, therefore you don't get all that greasy feeling on your skin. The next morning, my skin feels so supple and moisturized! I was so surprised that my skin felt so smooth and soft that at first I was skeptical and I thought it was caused by the remainder of the product on my skin from my night before but after washing my face I realized it wasn't. So the product's promise of skin smoothness? CHECK! 

Unlike skin texture, improvements in skin tone is not as immediate. I have lots of acne scars/redness around my t-sone so one of the features that attracted me to this product is its skin brightening and renewal properties. My skin did start evening out a little, but the changes were not dramatic. Perhaps I will see more a difference if I were to use this product every single night, but I didn't. Reducing scars is a gradual process anyways, so I didn't expect anything major. On the "bright" side, it goes a wonderful job minimizing the occurrence of acne and reducing the ones currently on my skin! I was astonished the Retinol Fusion PM actually worked better in healing and reducing acne than many of my acne products (for example, Clinique Spot Healing Gel and Origins Super Spot Remover). Plus, its non-drying! It is this acne reducing effect that really made me fall for this product. So skin tone improvement? Check. Skin renewal? Check check!

The last advertised component of this product is anti-aging. Unfortunately, I cannot make a comment on this since I have not reach the point where I am experiences such aging changes. From inspecting the active ingredients in this product I can declare that it is anti-aging, but that is all I can say. 

In general, I think this is a wonderful product. I have not tried any other product that is similar or is comparable to this. It is definitely something I would repurchase.

In summary:
Pros: hydrating, evens skin tone, reduces acne, improves skin texture, non-greasy
Cons: expensive
Overall Rating: 4.9/5