The first of the five BB Creams I will feature in this what-have-I-gotten-myself-into series is Kanebo Freshel Moist Lift BB Cream.

There’s no turning back now.

Apart from using up all the bb cream samples I have, my other objective for this challenge is to try to test if there’s a product out there that will make a bb cream convert out of me. Sometimes it’s upsetting not to be part of the majority of the raving bunch, you know? It almost makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me.

Back to the product. I am disappointed by the lack of easily google-able information available for this bb cream. I couldn’t find an ingredients list aside from a vague blurb in the website.

Moisture Ingredients [Yeast extract] will soften the skin that hardens from dryness.
Penetrating [Adhesive Collagen]
and [Double hyaluronic acid] sinks deeply and quickly into the skin.

To be honest, “yeast” and “adhesive” doesn’t sound enticing to me so let’s forego the pseudo ingredients analysis — and believe that for all intents and purposes, this product has SPF 23 PA++ as stated in the website.

I tried this product first because it is one of the least gray ones. See the photo above? It’s definitely not gray.

To all my yellow ladies out there, this might be the bb cream you’re looking for unless, of course, you’re like me who has medium/dark yellowy skin tone. As you can see in the photo, it’s about two shades too light. For reference, the back of my hand is an EXACT match to my chest, neck, and face (if the latter is not irritated).

Sadly, this bb cream only comes in one shade. But that’s to be expected because bb creams are supposed to match only an elite set of people that doesn’t usually include me. But let’s just say this is a perfect match and someone decides to take a photo of me wearing it in dim lighting…

…with flash.

Exhibit A: No glaring flash back.

Exhibit B: In fluorescent lighting: no glaring flash back.

Note that by “no glaring flash back”, I meant that it will still give a tiny bit of white cast expected of a product with SPF. But the extent will not make you look like someone wearing a flour mask.

Texture and Application
Applying this didn’t involve hard core tugging despite the creamy texture. I consider this one of the easier-to-blend bb creams in the market. It’s like an emollient tinted moisturizer. It’s also not the type that sits on top of the skin. But on me, it tends to look like that because of the shade variance.

Here’s another photo. This time comparing Kanebo to the face base I found to be the closest match to my skin tone: L’Oreal Lucent Magique in Gold Shell (G4).

Put yourself at a 2-feet distance from the monitor and see how close L’Oreal exactly matches my bare skin.

To survive 3 days of wearing this light face base, I topped it with Fashion 21 Two-way Cake with Milk Moisturizers (Shade No. 3) on the first 2 days. On the last day, I used Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder.

I can’t speak for dry-skinned people but on my oily skin, this can not be worn without a powder to set it.

– I am now a bb cream convert.
– Still not jumping on the bb cream bandwagon.

Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. I have a feeling I will end up still not preferring bb creams. At least, I get to use the samples :SPS. I'm starting to breakout :(

  2. Hope your experiment goes well! As for me, I have given up on BB creams long ago. Tinted moisturizers are where it's at.

  3. I haven't tried one yet — but I know these products to exist even way before bb creams did. They weren't just abbreviated before and were labeled simply as complexion correctors. Some are green, purple, and peach.

  4. I'm thinking switching to cc creams Ms. Rae actually. Right now, I'm using Encara BB Cream. What do you think about cc creams?

  5. I'm jumping in with both feet on this 'series'. I'll e-mail you my shipping details, send me your account info to so I can send you the shipping fee. I can only pay via Paypal or BDO/ Chinabank though. Puro SM establishments lang where I am.

  6. I have a feeling I won't… EVER. Except if it's a product pretending to be a BB cream but is actually a lightweight foundation or a tinted moisturizer.

  7. Is BRTC Gold Caviar locally distributed? And are the sample sizes (i.e., sachets like lioeli sold at watsons?)My bet is on BS marketing. But if that's true, oxidization won't be a good thing for bb creams, I'm imagining that whatever skin care benefit the bb cream claims, if it oxidizes, benefit = gone. Hopefully, a chemist drops by this page haha.

  8. I gave up on BB creams a long time ago. They make me look like espasol. :( They tend to be sticky too. Ick. I don't think you'll EVER jump on the BB bandwagon. But that's me…. I'm very cynical.

  9. BB creams come in one shade because they're supposed to oxidize into your skin tone (or is that just pseudomagic/bs marketing?) Nonetheless, if you're on a mission to debunk I wanna compare my HG bb cream to the rest: BRTC Gold Caviar :)

  10. If only this one blends with one's natural skin color! Still, this seems like a good product to try, At least it didn't break you out like some bb creams I've tried. Looking forward to the rest!

  11. Why yes, I am back! So this didn't do well then. If only this was a perfect shade match on you & had decent oil-controlling properties…Needless to say, based on your review this is still worth checking out. I loved how you describe it as creamy when applied and does not sit on the skin (Im a sucker for bases that melds with the skin…), so I won't cross this bb cream off the list just yet.Thanks for BB Cream 1 review– and for doin the whole bb cream adventure!

  12. Rae, I also can't seem to make BB creams work for me. The Etude one I tried broke me out. I will stay tuned for more reviews.

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