Saturday, December 1, 2012

Local BB Creams: Purederm and Pinkie Swear

For the days that I don't have anything important to go to and I don't feel like wearing foundation, I like to wear tinted moisturizers and BB Creams. However, access to cosmetics in the Philippines especially in my city Cagayan de Oro is quite limited compared to other parts of the country. I have been on a hunt for a BB cream that is inexpensive and that would work well with my skin. I purchased these two BB creams a long time ago and after ample testing period I finally decide to do a review.

Purederm 3 in 1 Magic BB Cream claims to protect the skin from UV rays, improves fine lines and wrinkles and brighten the skin tone. It has a SPF 30 PA++ which definitely double blocks UVB ray and UVA rays. It also claims to be waterproof and will stay on the skin against water and sweat. It come in a 50 ml tube and it has only one shade.  It was also really cheap compared to other mainstream BB cream. It was no more than Php 200 if I'm not mistaken. 

This BB Cream does indicate in the label that It should not be used on blemishes, pimples and irritated or sunburned skin. It should not also be used on skin which is sensitive to bandage or tapes and usage should be stopped if skin becomes red and irritated. 

I found this BB cream to be too light for my skin tone and it does not blend well. I can see the product settling on pores and it is not attractive. Since it also has high SPF content it is not good for flash photography, you will definitely look like a ghost in pictures. However, I will say that product is good for days at the beach for added sun protection on the face. As for the other claims to brighten skin tone and lessen wrinkles, I did not see any change on my skin.

This BB Cream in made in Korea
 Pinkie swear BB Cream foundation 

It comes in 30 ml tube and it has three different shades. I have the BBCD-02 the middle color. This BB cream is priced at Php 300 and it is made in France. This BB Cream does not have any outrageous claim stated in the packaging. It simply says BB Cream Foundation.

This is a very straight forward product. I would say it more like a foundation but it does not feel as heavy. It gives you a natural look while perfectly concealing blemishes and evening out your skin tone. This does not have any SPF in it so it is good for flash photography.

Left: Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream
 Right: Pinkie Swear BB Cream Foundation

As you can see the Purederm BB cream has a very liquidy consistency while the Pinkie swear BB cream foundation has a thick gel like consistency.  

 When swatched

It can get a little bit messy with the Purederm BB cream because the product is quite runny and it is difficult to control squeezing the right amount of product out from the packaging. The pinkie swear BB cream foundation on the other hand, has good packaging and product formulation that enables precise product extraction and mess free application.

When blended

Because the purederm 3-in-1 BB cream comes in a universal color it is difficult to blend and match it with my skin tone. While the pinkie swear BB foundation blended perfectly to my skin. It gives medium to full coverage while having a natural look. The BB foundation also has a cooling effect when applied to skin much like the Maybelline Aqua gel foundation. For both BB Creams, I always set it with a translucent powder since I have oily skin.


 If you would like to try out some inexpensive BB creams found in the Philippines I do recommend trying out the Pinkie Swear BB Cream foundation. This product does not have outrageous claims but it does provide you with good coverage while still looking natural. I've tried using this BB foundation while doing some dance rehearsals and I'm happy to say that the product did manage to last on my skin.


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