Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Whitening

              Hey guys! :) So I've been thinking about what my next post would be about and I figured, why not share the things that I love doing? You already know that I like dressing up but I also love doing my own make-up. I like doing things myself and I know this sounds weird but putting make-up on helps me relax. I don't know if other girls feel this way but when I start applying eye-shadow, or lip-gloss my confidence immediately builds up and my stress from work is instantly relieved. Anyway, this is my very first product review and I started with this new BB cream that I bought which is from Ever Bilena.. Here it is: 

              To be honest, I think the packaging looks cheap, but that's just me. haha. BB creams are originally from Korea, and this actually acts as their foundation. It claims to have a lot of benefits for the skin, like an all-in-one skin care and makeup product. I was really intrigued when Ever Bilena launched their own BB cream. It claims to be a whitening and moisturizing foundation,and retails for 195, but I bought mine in a convenience store and was surprised to see that they sell it for 220. [dang, what a difference!] but since it was the only one left on the rack, I was forced to buy it 'cause I was really curious. They really sold out that fast? I assumed that everybody raves for it, and I wanted to give it a try. I knew that it comes in 2 shadesNatural (which has anti-wrinkle properties)and Oriental (which claims to have whitening properties). The shade that I got here is Oriental.

             And shown above is a swatch for before and after application because I was quite cautious about testing it directly on my face. The right side is the one with cream on. Also, this BB cream has a yellow undertone, which would suit most Filipinas but my skin tone is quite fair and I thought it wouldn't match me. When I tried it on my hand, it blended well so I think it would work. Here's what I look like without make-up:
               (I know, I look so sad in this picture!) But for the sake of this review, I'll let my true colors show.[although I'm normally embarrassed to show my naked face to people] As you can see, I acquired dark circles because of staying up late at night. I also have blemishes here and there, and the redness on my nose is due to irritation to chalk dust. [I'm a teacher and I just can't avoid it.. 'sigh'] Anyway, here's what I looked like after applying the cream on my face:
           As you would notice, I still look pale but the dark circles and blemishes were covered, because the cream also claims to work as a concealer. Obviously, I looked significantly better here than the first picture. The redness and hyperpigmentation on my face has been covered as well. It felt sticky at first and my face tends to get oily during the day so I tried to set it with powder. It didn't cake that much but here's what I'm sure of: It wouldn't last all day because of the humidity. I wouldn't recommend to build it up because it would appear uneven. When you touch-up, you have to remove most of the first layer, so it's quite inconvenient. Now here's what I look like with full make-up on:
            The product holds true to what they advertised that it would help you achieve a "picture-perfect" look, but I think I couldn't maintain to use it everyday. I would suggest that you should only use it occasionally because it feels heavy on the skin. It would suit parties at night because it makes your face glow and it holds make-up very well. I also didn't like the scent 'cause it reminded me of the ointment that my grandma used to apply on her back [gross]. This BB cream may suit people with dry skin because it works as a moisturizer too. But as I have said, my face easily oils up so it would ruin the matte finish.

            Overall, this product works really nice as a make-up base but I have to remind myself that this is also a concealer. I have to ease up on using it because it might cause me acne breakouts due to the blockage of the pores. If you'd ask me, I won't take that risk again because it's really hard to recover from the blemishes. [trust me, I've been there]

            So there you go ladies! You could try it if you like. We all have different skin types anyway, so it might just work on you. But always remember that it's your personality and positive outlook that would make you beautiful in the inside and out.

Stay pretty!

-Janina :)

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