Do you often break out from using BB cream? If you do, check out this review on Media BB Cream as it has been proven to be safe on my pimple-prone skin.
I’d never had much luck with BB cream. Most of them caused me to breakout even if the product was labelled as ‘non-comedogenic’. This had included BB Creams from The Face Shop, Etude, Ettusais and more. It took me a long time to find one that doesn’t trigger pimples and I’m happy to share more about this product with you.
Update (Feb 2020): I’ve since repurchased another two tubes and have updated this post to include swatch of colour 01 and 02. Read on.
About Media BB Cream (媚點)
Originated in Japan, Media (媚點) is a sub-brand under Kanebo. As with many Japanese brands such as Integrate, I was able to get Media cosmetics in Taiwan probably due to the proximity between the two countries.
What’s Media’s target audience? Based on the age of celebrity ambassador ‘Selina Jen’, I believe this product caters to women in their 30s to 40s.
Media BB Cream comes in a 35g lightweight tube and is available in three colors. In the face shots that you see in this post, I was wearing the lightest shade – 01 for my skin tone (Mac NC20 / Lancome P0-03).
What does Media BB Cream do? According to the company, this product is said to:
- Conceal pores and dark spots
- Reduce dullness
- Boost skin radiance and luminosity
Let’s see if this product lives up to her marketing claims.
What’s Good about Media BB Cream?
Media BB Cream doesn’t leave behind a greasy after-feel. The skin feels just like how it is after applying a light lotion. There’s no need to set it with powder unless you want a better coverage.
2. Safe on Pimple-Prone Skin
Many BB Creams I’ve used in the past have caused me to break out, but not Media BB Cream. It’s pretty awesome to finally be able to finish a tube of BB cream than throwing them away after just a few applications.
3. Sufficient Coverage
This BB Cream offers sheer-to-medium coverage by BB cream’s standard (and extra-sheer coverage by foundation’s standard). It does well in minimizing pores and fading redness and dark spots.
I feel confident wearing Media BB Cream when attending casual and brief outings (e.g. grocery, going for haircut, errand-running).
In the photos below, I happened to suffer from a pimple breakout after using C20 Vitamin Serum. You can see that the redness and pore size were less obvious after applying Media BB Cream.
4. Perfect Balance between Matt & Dewy Finish
Perhaps, it’s more apt to describe it as a semi-matt finish? Whatever it is, it is certainly very natural-looking.
Update (Feb 2020)
As promised, here’s the swatch of both colors 01 and 02. I have no problem wearing both colors since they are quite sheer and don’t make a great deal of difference. But I lean towards color 02 as its slightly darker shade gives me a more natural look without any white cast.
5. Sunscreen Protection
It’s good to know that Media BB Cream comes with medium sun protection factor of SPF 35PA ++ which acts as a good double protection when used above a layer of sunscreen.
Did you know?
SPF in make up is hardly sufficient to protect us from the sun’s harmful effect. We would need a thick layer to make it work which is generally impossible unless we like to walk around in super thick makeup. Hence, do remember to use a specialized sunscreen lotion and treat makeup that comes with SPF as a double protection.
6. A Moisturizing BB Cream
We’ve said earlier that the finish isn’t greasy. Neither is it drying as my dehydrated skin feels comfortable wearing Media BB Cream.
From the official Taiwanese website, I gathered that this product contains Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. No wonder the skin feels sufficiently moisturized.
7. Media BB Cream is Travel-Friendly
Media BB Cream comes in a lightweight and compact 35ml tube which makes it travel-friendly.
8. Wallet-Friendly Price
At Y1100 or NTD280 (equivalent to USD10 or SGD14), this Japan BB Cream is value for money for all the benefits that it brings (view latest price).
What’s Not Great?
1. Too Sheer for Some
For those who expect flawless skin, Media BB Cream may disappoint. Though it’s able to provide reasonable coverage, it is not able to hide all imperfections. I tend to use it only for brief casual outings.
Actually, I like its sheer coverage because I thought that’s what a BB cream should do. If I want heavier coverage, I would reach out for my foundation. So theoretically speaking, this shouldn’t be counted as a con. I’m listing it here so that you guys are aware of its limitation.
2. Smaller Quantity
Some other brands such as Etude, Innisfree or Lancome may offer 40 to 50ml for their BB Cream. You get only 35ml from Media BB Cream.
3. Listed as a 6-in-1 Product? Not really
Media BB Cream has marketed itself as a convenient 6-in-1 product multi-tasking as a Serum, Emulsion, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, Makeup Base and Foundation. It says that you can use this immediately after applying toner.
I don’t quite agree. It’s sheer coverage definitely doesn’t qualify itself as a Foundation. And we just said earlier that makeup SPF shouldn’t replace a real SPF product. So it’s a bit of a stretch to call it a super multi-tasker.
Having said that, I think it’s indeed a convenient product for outings that don’t require you to be under the sun for too long.
Recommendation: Who should try Media BB Cream?
Are you looking for a sheer-to-medium coverage BB cream that would likely not clog your pores? If yes, do consider giving Media BB Cream a try. It is priced cheaply if you get it directly from from Taiwan or Japan.
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(This post was first published in Sep 2017 and updated in Feb 2020 after a repurchase)
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