A Mini Review of Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream

If there would be a BB Cream Late Bloomer award, I would have been the recipient of it. The BB Cream craze has come and stayed, and maybe gone on some days and it yet it is only now that I've bitten into it, thanks to Purederm.

While I'm infinitely amazed by many things Korean {except food, sorry}, I hardly bite into the trends as quickly. In a recent event, albeit not from the same brand, I heard that an astounding percentage of Filipinas today aspire to look Korean! And well, I really can't blame them. Korean girls have this trademark porcelain, poreless skin. However, I have a penchant for the tried and tested, the fail and fool-proof. That would be good old skincare and a separate liquid foundation. Like most things in life, I Wikipedia'd BB Cream and here's what my bestfriend has to say:

BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm or Blemish Base, is a cosmetic item sold in Korea.[citation needed]

It was initially used by dermatologists to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes. Additionally, BB cream encourages skin regeneration and helps to maintain youthful skin.

Originally formulated in Germany, BB cream has in recent years gained a huge following for its skin-regenerating properties and is now also widely used in Asia to provide natural-looking skin coverage. Korean celebrities and cosmetic companies were the first to discover BB cream and the craze for this wonder cream, which beautifies while healing, has now spread from Korea to Japan to South East Asia and is already quickly making its way to Europe and the USA.

 I had the fortunate opportunity of having a tube of Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream for road testing.

Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream has three claims, and these are:

  1. Sun protection
  2. Improvement of fine wrinkles ; and
  3. Brightening your skin tone
 I first used this BB cream since the beginning of November, when the temperature have gone significantly lower than normal. I could tell I'd be glowing even without heat so I had to be careful just in case. Let it be known that I am in no way an expert on BB cream. If at all, I'm a hardcore newbie at these things and I can only provide you with my observations on the six to seven times I've used this product.

But first, here's a swatch:

The Good:
  • The first thing I noticed is the yellow-ish tone.For someone who has a bit of Chinese {very, very little, I can't even speak nor understand Mandarin, nor do I have any traces of it}, a yellow-based tinted moisturizer is heaven-sent. More often than not, and I am only speaking of the BB creams I scouted but never bought, is that they tend to be more ivory-ish or too pale or too dark for us. I can't really tell if this is the normal yellow {NC 25- NC 30, if that helps} shade but it works for me, and as I am sure it does, too for beauty bloggers I've seen review this product.
  • Glides on smoothly. I had no problem with blending it onto moisturized {and SPFd} face. The texture and consistency were almost the same with Maybelline Clear Smooth Mineral Liquid Foundation.
  • Coverage is medium to fine. I always have blemishes, uneven skin and breakouts. Today, I found myself forgetting about applying a concealer and it's not bad at all.
Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream
Clean and Clear Face Powder

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  • No smell. At least none that my uber-sensitive nose can sniff.
  • No breakouts. Thank goodness. This doesn't guarantee the same result for everyone, though. My best bet would be testing any product on the jawline {if it blends} plus if you don't get any allergies or itch or breakouts from it. 
  • Not sticky at all. I wouldn't know if there were any other BB creams that are sticky but I like it that it isn't sticky and my skin seems to absorb it well. 
  • Glow factor is fine. On the day the photo above was taken, I've taken to use about two sheets of Clean and Clear Pink Grapefruit blotting film all day. I can't entirely put the BB cream on a pedestal for that because I was insanely busy and I was glued to my desk all day. But it helps, I'd conclude. Or at least there was no unnecessary oil contribution from this product.
  • The added benefit of SPF. Purederm's 3 in 1 BB cream contains SPF 30, which is generous but still, as I always say, never trust a product to do another product's job. Eat your vegetables and slather your SPF. 
  • Morus Alba Linne extracts. I'd like to pretend that I know why they are beneficial but I can't =P I sort of researched about it and found out it was some variation of mulberry extracts and that they are good for hydrating the body. I looked up if there were any bad effects and there seems to be none but don't take my word for it. 
  • Available exclusively at Watson's stores. I first had this BB cream on my radar when I was doing my usual rounds in the Watson's branch at my building and I thought, "Finally, a BB cream we don't have to scour for at eBay."
The Bad:
  • While pink, especially #FF0066 pink will be one of my signature colors, I had no love for the packaging. I thought it was a bit too simplistic and okay, too girly for my taste.I can't really explain it.
  • The Purederm 3 in 1 BB Cream comes in only one shade. Hopefully they come up with more shades in the future.
  • Comes in only one size --- a 50 mL tube. Do Watson's provide samples? I didn't see any on my last inquiry but maybe this'll change in the future.
  • Contains parabens. This doesn't really bother me but with the advent of mineral makeup, I think makeup and skincare companies should be more conscious of this, at least for profits' sake.
  • Not so inexpensive at Php 699.75 but at this day and age, what isn't?
  • It flaked on me one time when I went brush happy with my finishing powder. Ack? I know it's not supposed to happen had I been more careful but it never happened with any of my other liquid / cream foundations so, boo. Note to self: be more reserved when applying products on thy face.
Overall comment:  It is pretty much a good product, something I can see myself {err, already doing, actually} using every day. It's perfect for my long days, with only a bit of touch ups needed plus, for some reason, it doesn't make me oily as much.

I've seen this at Watson's and all over the blogosphere, care to share your thoughts?

*Product was sent to author for review but all opinions posted here are not paid for nor influenced. Thank you.

Happy Tuesday xx