BDJ Box March 2015
Skin Care Skin Care - Face

Pond’s Flawless White Exclusive: BDJ Box March 2015*

* I was not compensated for this post but the box was sent to me (free of charge) by Viviamo! Inc., makers of Belle de Jour Power Planner and BDJ Box.

I’m anxious to get skin care items in subscription boxes. I already have a solid skin care strategy that I believe is keeping me from getting acne and pre-mature wrinkles.

But the good news in getting the Pond’s Flawless White exclusive box is: the star ingredient of their Flawless White line is niacinamide, one of the ingredients I always look for in skin care products [because it reduces the susceptibility of tretinoin to redness and irritation]. I may switch everything else, but I never skip tretinoin.

I already own 2 of the 5 products in this box — the Dewy Rose Gel moisturizer and the Whitening Expert BB Cream (Beige).

BDJ Box March 2015 - Pond's Exclusive

Let’s start with what I’m familiar with:

Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream (Php 299 x 2 tubes)

I first got interested with this after reading Martha’s review but I kind of forgot about it until I tried out a tester at Watsons. The Beige variant is amazingly yellow and has no ashy/ grey tone at all. It sets into a matte-not-flat finish and suits medium skin tones. The other shade, Light, has strong greyish pink undertones.

Left - LIGHT; Right - BEIGE | Blended
Left Swatch – Light; Right Swatch – Beige | Blended

I wish Pond’s would release a Light Beige, a yellow-toned shade for light or light-medium skin tones. What I love most with this BB Cream (aside from the niacinamide) is the SPF. It has SPF 30++ from ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide (a combination of sun blocking and screening ingredients). It’s not often that you come across an SPF product, with the two latter ingredients listed high up in the list, that is also inexpensive, non-greasy, and non-ashy.

Anyway, just a heads up, you might find the amount of product underwhelming. It has 25 grams of product in a 50-gram tube. Also, I find that the beige bb cream from the box is unusually runny compared to the light shade from the box and the beige I already own.

Pond's BB Cream
Bottom Left: Light | Bottom Right: Beige, from the BDJ Box | Topmost: Beige – my existing tube
Pond’s Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel (Php 399)

This one, I first found out about from Kat’s blog. I got really excited when Pond’s jumped into the gel moisturizer bandwagon. The offerings from Olay and Neutrogena are twice as expensive for the same amount of product. The consistency and absorbability of Pond’s gel moisturizer is closer to Neutrogena Hydroboost but the active ingredient of the latter is Hyaluronic Acid. Olay Aqua Gel, on the other hand, takes more time to sink in compared to the former 2 but it is similar to Pond’s in the sense that it also has niacinamide.

If you’re only after a gel moisturizer formula that feels very light and non-greasy, I highly recommend this (unless you don’t like rose-scented anything).

Pond's Dewy Rose Gel Moisturizer

Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum (Php 480)

This one is new to me. I’ve always been curious about Pond’s serums but I never got around to trying one out because I keep repurchasing something else.

First Impression: The serum feels like a cross between thin dry oil and silicone. Upon application it looks super shiny and has an oil-like slip. It eventually settles down to a semi matte finish with the skin feeling like how it usually does when you use a silicone-based primer.

Pond’s Flawless White Brightening Night Cream (Php 340)

First Impression: In the tub this looks thick and creamy but it applies quite light and absorbs fast enough. I’m very likely to use this (because, again, ~niacinamide) after I finish the sampler set I bought from Andalou Naturals.

Pond's Flawless White Night Cream

Pond’s Flawless White Oxygenated Pearl Cleansing Gel (2 tubes: Php 155.00, 100g; Php 85, 50g)

If I’m not mistaken, this is Pond’s newest release. It seems perfect for “foam-withdrawal” days when I badly need to get the satisfying feel of bubbles on my face (because on most days, I use non-foaming cleansers). I find that next to cream-type cleansers, gel cleansers are the next least drying formula. However, I’m quite wary about it being oxyenated. Wouldn’t that cause free radical formation?

Anyway, the only ~oxide I see in the ingredients list is sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye, the stuff used to make soap. So, I guess all soaps are oxygenated. If that’s the case, I’ll ignore that bit on the label.

First Impression: I’ve tried this once and as I expected, it wasn’t drying. It doesn’t make as much lather as how I remember other Pond’s face washes are but it’s enough to satisfy my occasional bubble craving.

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It’s cute how BDJ added an extra gel cleanser for sharing. I’ve been thinking about this concept since the last time I bought a box and every time I read an unboxing post. I believe the BDJ Box is the most generous of all local subscription box services and if you check all of last year’s boxes, I feel like it’s impossible for one person to use everything up. You almost won’t need to shop for personal implements anymore. I think you’d get the most value from subscription boxes if you have someone else in the household to share it with, preferably someone who doesn’t have the same preferences as you. Since I only live with one other person in the house (who happens to be male), I’m sharing most of these to friends and workmates.

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If you love trying out new skin care products, this is a solid box considering that everything is full size. The ‘total value’ of the box is Php 2,057 which is 3.5x as much as the actual cost of Php 580.

You can subscribe to the service through this link, but the next open month is June 2015 #crazy.

13 Comment

  1. Hihi… I read tretinoin, clicked on the link to inform myself but my brain finds it too early to process. Tsk tsk. I never paid much attention to ingredients and I admire how you dissect yours. I use things up and just go with gut feel on whether I like it or not but never bothered to investigate why. Maybe coz my skin is relatively non-sensitive (in other words makapal haha) that I take it for granted. I really should start paying attention.

    1. I think I became I skin care nerd because I battled with acne for so long. Otherwise I won’t be bothered. You’re lucky!

  2. Didn’t think Beige would be that dark. Gusto kong ma-try yung BB cream nila pero feel ko walang shade na magma-match sa’kin haha. And uggggh, di na talaga ko nakapagsubscribe sa BDJ. June pa, kaloka!

  3. We don’t have anything quite like this here (actually, we don’t even have pond’s)
    And I can totally understand your concern, although I’m adding and switching a few bits and bobs, I also have a quite nice skin care regime which I don’t plan to change much in the future (I’m also quite picky…for instances I don’t like sls cleansers or cleansing oils with mineral oil)

    in terms of value, this box wins it for sure. I’m just not sure about the shades and the serum texture :x
    Take care*

  4. cool! I haven’t subscribed a bdj box in a while, coz most of the time I end up giving the products away. hehe
    Anyway, regarding your question about the perfume. Sweet but not too sweet scent that smells fresh at the same time, you might want to check out bvlgari Coral, Ferragamo Shine, and DKNY Fresh Blossom. let me know if you like the scents I mentioned when you try them at the counter. hehe

    1. I noticed that most whitening products (that aren’t shady) usually has niacinamide. I think it’s more for acne and aging but it has a brightening effect. I guess, since most Pinoys are into whitening, Pond’s is banking more on that spiel.

  5. That length is really what stops me from subscribing. I’m not sure if I’m happy to wait almost three months for a sub to arrive. :/

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