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Review : ZA TOTAL HYDRATION BB Cream UV WHITE

12:00:00 AM

In my arsenal of bases this one doesn't offer the most coverage, or rather it's completely non-existent.

That was a bit of an exaggeration, so let's go with sheer to light coverage. I bought this on sale at Watsons as my official initiation to the brand and it wasn't love at first try, let me tell you that much. Currently, I'm treating this as my sunscreen as it has SPF 50 PA+++(Protection Grade of UV-A), one of the highest I've tried in BB creams.

At 20 g/.07 oz it's light and doesn't take up space in my bag. The white and pink scheme is pleasing to the eyes too.

Consistency is creamy and thick but doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It also has a very slight floral-like scent when you get really close. Application-wise is ok, it blends nicely, a little at a time with fingers, brush or sponge. It sets to a nice dewy and natural finish on me, albeit still a tiny bit tacky.

As you can see, it just lightened my skin by about 2-3 shades. I noticed some grayish areas when I tried this on my face, probably due to the pink undertone of this BB. The whiteness tones down after 5-10 minutes and of course you can always color-correct with a powder.


Let's look at the claims.


Now, it definitely brightened my skin tone instantly but I'm skeptical on the skin lightening after said 10 day period. It has, as I said a slight tacky finish so setting this is non-negotiable if you're oily so the non-sticky finish claim is a definite stretch. I imagine this to be a good base for other creams or liquid bases because of its tackiness, it just has to set completely otherwise it would just move the BB and the other base on your face. It looks good under powder foundations/setting powders though.

Oil control is virtually non-existent as well, but one thing I commend this on is its lasting power. It stayed on for about 2 hours set with a powder under a typical humid day (Note: I sweat a lot and I have an oily t-zone) before it started to show signs of fading .

For 199 Philippine Pesos/PHP with 20g I would recommend it as a moisturizing SPF for dry skinned people. It's also very travel friendly and can act as a suitable primer for powders. But if you're looking for coverage this isn't it.

Now, would I repurchase? No. Since I treat this solely as my SPF, I much prefer lighter, water-based formulas.

Have you tried this BB cream or have you tried any bases from ZA?


xx,
CJ

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7 comments

  1. I had never heard of the brand but I've tried a few BB Creams I've liked x

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  2. I heard Garnier is a good one. - The oily variant :) Have you tried that?

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  3. My face just gets white when I use this haha.Thanks Dawn!

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  4. Asian brands don't come up with enough yellow-toned BBs. *sigh* I've only had luck with Japanese brands so far. I mostly find pink ones from Korean brands.

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  5. So far Missha, Laniege and Innisfree are the only ones I've found that have yellow BB/CC/Foundations.

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  6. I'll check Missha out. I'm still a little intimidated by Laneige because of the price.

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  7. They are high end which is why---but I heard the products are REALLY good, especially their skincare. But I get ya, too much for a cushion CC/BB.

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