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 kanebo.sg website.
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…
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.