* 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).
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.