Aug 21, 2013

POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Light and Medium: Swatches and Review.

Press Sample

PONDS BB Cream Review

The BB Cream craze is still going strong, with more and more brands bringing out their own versions. I still maintain that all Western BB creams are basically tinted moisturisers, or tinted primers, so I was expecting this one to be the same. I received the POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in both Light and Medium (yes, only two shades ._. ) and immediately knew that my pick would be Medium; well, it would have to be, since there's no way I could pull off Light. This is one of the things I don't really like about Western BB Creams, they continue to put out mostly lighter shades, even though there is a huge market for darker-skinned consumers. I can understand it in Asia, since the people buying makeup are primarily lighter skinned, but in the US??? Come on now. Anyway, if you're of a lighter complexion, read on and see how the POND'S BB Cream fared...

PONDS BB Cream swatch
POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream Light and Medium.

The consistency is smooth and blendable, more like a moisturiser than a liquid foundation. As you can see, there is quite a difference between the Light and Medium shades, but as the BB Cream is on the sheerer side, it could probably work for a variety of tones in between. It's lightly scented and the smell goes away after application. One thing I really like is that this BB Cream has SPF 15 sunscreen, which I feel a lot of the other Western BB Creams missed. It's not a super high SPF factor, but it's there.

POND'S BB Cream on warm toned skin
POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Medium on my face.
BB Cream on the face close up
POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in Medium close up.

So in the end, the POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream is typical of a Western BB Cream... in that it's basically a perfecting tinted moisturiser, with light to medium coverage depending on how much you put on. I tend to use less, so it gives me lighter coverage. I would say it's one of the better Western BB Creams, as it gives a really nice glow and evens out skintone well, while still looking natural. I sometimes mix it with my Missha BB Cream if I want a bit more coverage and it blends beautifully.

If you're in the market for a tone perfecting, natural looking tinted moisturiser this is a really nice one. I am enjoying using it especially on hot days, as it doesn't feel heavy or thick on my skin. Unfortunately it only comes in two shades, so for you darker-skinned ladies it's a miss.


  1. I think Ponds is testing the water on BB Creams before they extend the line. I see this brand almost every day with my work and have been super curious about it.

  2. I really hope they do bring out more shades, because it's a lovely product.


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