Posted by Ankita Srivastava | Posted in Face, Ponds, Product Reviews, Skin care | Posted on 06-05-2013
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There’s been a new launch in the world of BB creams in India and this one is by Ponds. I’ve been wearing it since the past few days and also did a first impressions post about it HERE few days back. Here’s the full review.
Price : Rs 125 for 18 g, Rs 69 for 9 g
What Ponds says about the White Beauty BB+ Cream :
The first of its kind innovative beauty solutions from the Pond’s white beauty portfolio combines the dual benefit of instant coverage of spots as well as lightening skin within to help reveal perfect natural look. Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream with SPF 30 PA++ and GenWhite TM cover formula provides natural coverage suited for Indian skin that conceals spot instantly while working from deep within epidermis to lighten stubborn spots for all day instant spot-less radiant skin.
With the Pond’s Institute’s dual-acting sophisticated skin lightening GenWhite™ Cover Formula and SPF 30 PA++ advanced sunscreen protection, Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream not only improves skin texture and effectively lightens skin from within but also provides Natural looking instant glow for Indian skin.
Clinically proven to lighten skin tone and reduce dark spots, GenWhite™ Formula is enriched with a powerful mix of Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Allantoin and advanced superior sunscreen protection.
My take on the Product
Ponds had a much loved Tinted Moisturizer which was discontinued some time back. I never got to try it though, it was taken off the market before I could make up my mind about it. So unfortunately, I would not be able to compare the new BB cream to the TM.
I love the sleek packaging! You see its a budget product but it doesn’t look cheap! The sleek white tube and the silver cap give it a nice look. Its a simple tube packaging with a screw on cap – the product comes out of the nozzle when the tube is squeezed. The texture of this BB cream is quite thick and it gives excellent coverage. Its more like a medium coverage foundation than a tinted moisturizer. Though the texture is thick, it feels emollient. It needs a bit of work to blend in, especially around imperfections. The coverage is good enough to even out skin tone and cover up a few spots and blemishes. I don’t have heavy under eye pigmentation and I can get away without concealer when I wear this. It brightens up my skin and gives it a nice glow. Combined with its medium coverage, it overall perks up the skin quite well without looking heavy at all.
The finish is semi-matte I’d say and looks quite natural. Dry skinned women would not need the feel to powder on top but being pretty oily, I cannot afford to skip powder. Its not quite moisturizing so if you have dry skin, you need a moisturizer underneath. It doesn’t offer much oil control either so if you’re oily, you’d need to touch up your compact every few hours. If I go out during the day time wearing this, my skin gets pretty greasy though its sweat proof so it doesn’t run off the face in the humid Mumbai weather. It fares much better if I stay in air-conditioning. I think its best suited for normal to combination skin and dry/oily skinned women need to make a little extra effort with moisturizer/powder to keep things in control. It wore well throughout the day – for about 9-10 hours (when I stayed in the house during the day) though I had to blot a few times.
I don’t expect any skin care benefits from it even though it claims to help. But my skin did feel nice when I took this off at night. It didn’t look dull or tired. I’m not sure if its this one’s work though!
While I love the coverage, the finish and the soft brightening effect, I don’t think this is the best one for oily skin. Especially for someone who doesn’t stay in an air conditioned environment all the time. It needs a bit of maintenance with blotting/powdering if you head out in this sweltering heat. I feel the Maybelline BB stick fares better in this aspect. But the Ponds shade suits me much better. Which brings us to another downside – the single shade – which is supposed to work for everyone. It’ll work perfectly for medium complexions but very fair and very dusky girls might face problem here. Especially since it has a good coverage so a shade mismatch would show more obviously.
Despite its few shortcomings, I think its pretty amazing – and super affordable! Unless you have super oily skin and gets uncontrollable in summer, you should give it a try! It has SPF 30 and PA++ protection so if you’re not going to be long in the sun, you don’t need a separate sunscreen. I haven’t seen the 9 g pack in the market yet but the 18 g pack is available in stores and you can purchase it online at Nykaa.com HERE.
I wore it in my Sephora post with no concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte powder -
The GOOD about Ponds White Beauty BB+ Cream :
- Sleek, pretty packaging
- Gives medium coverage
- Blends to give a natural semi-matte finish
- Covers up minor spots/blemishes/pigmentation well
- Stays well (not best on oily skin)
- Can work for most skin types
- Sweat proof
- Brightens and perks up the skin
- Comes with SPF 30 and PA++ protection
- Very affordable
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Ponds White Beauty BB+ Cream :
- Needs little work to blend
- Not best suited for oily skin especially in the summers
- Not very hydrating – dry skin needs a separate moisturizer
- Only available in 1 shade
The Ponds BB cream is an excellent option if you’ve looking for a little more coverage but something that still looks natural. The texture is slightly on the thicker side and is not effortless to blend as one would like, but it does give a nice soft glow to the skin along with decent sun protection. Not the best thing for the very oily skin in this hot weather but a really good product for its price! Available only in 1 shade though – best suited for medium complexions.
Rating : 4/5 (mainly because it didn’t work amazingly for my oily skin)
Where to buy : Online at Nykaa.com/Beauty or Medical stores
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