Za Cosmetics is a drugstore brand which I believe belongs within the Shiseido Group. Strangely enough, it has taken them this long to launch a BB Cream, but boy have they made a big song and dance about it!
Za Cosmetics BB Cream UV was just launched when I was in Taiwan a few weeks ago, and the country is totally blanketed by its advertising. TV, magazines, buses, bus stops, MRT stations… I don’t think I went for more than 2 hours without seeing it! So of course, I picked one up on Day 3 (no self-control )
I’ll be reviewing all BB Creams on the following criteria:
- Dry to touch finish
- Natural skin feel
I’m glad to see the flat tube with flat nozzle pretty much a standard in BB Creams now, as I think it’s the most effective form. I love that the Za BB Cream is a pretty pearlised pink!
But I take 1 point off as it’s a teeny tiny 20ml – so if used on a daily basis, I would imagine it would run out very quickly.
The texture is a gel-lotion, which makes it glide nicely across the skin and does not sink into lines. As for the coverage, it is absolute perfection – you can see how well it covers up the marks on the back of my hand. It is also easily buildable, just tap onto the areas you need a bit more coverage – I find it great for under the eyes and redness under the nostrils.
Dry-to-touch finish: 5/5
I was first hesitant in picking up this BB Cream as it states “Total Hydration” on the tube – having oily skin I find most hydrating products too heavy and make me break out. However the Za BB Cream also has sebum holding powder, so it claims to hydrate whilst controlling oil.
Sounds impossible heh? But I find it to be true! After applying onto my skin, this BB Cream absorbs into my skin, leaving it soft, smooth with no greasiness/stickiness. I can get away with no powder when I use it, which I love.
Natural skin feel: 5/5
The Za BB Cream is actually slightly apricot in colour, which I’ve never seen in a BB Cream before. I am amazed at how nicely the apricot tinge works on the skin though! It lifts the complexion without making it look too pale, so no chance of the dreaded mask look.
It leaves a gorgeous radiant finish as well. So couple with how nicely it melts into the skin, make this BB Cream so beautifully natural.
With such high SPF and UVB protection, it’s amazing that this BB Cream has no sunscreen smell whatsoever. It has a sweet floral smell which I think everyone would love. It lingers but I personally don’t find it overpowering.
Even without using powder, this BB cream manages to stay on my face for at least 6 hours. And when I blot it, I don’t find chunks of product on the tissue (yes I use tissue to blot since blotting paper is way too small for me), so I still have good coverage on my face.
TOTAL SCORE: 28/30
I LOVE the Za Cosmetics BB Cream UV! It feels great on, easy to apply, gives great coverage yet looks like there’s no product on the skin. Moreover, it gives a brighter complexion without making the face look too white.
Another great thing is that, due to the gorgeous melt-into-the-skin texture, if I do need to touch up my face, I just blot and layer on a little more product – and my face looks just as fresh as when I first put it on!
Za Cosmetics BB Cream UV retails for NT$290 and is available in most drugstores in Taiwan. Also available in most Asian countries and New Zealand. For non-Asia residents please try reputable Ebay sellers.
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