Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review : ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV

Hello loves!

Some months ago, I was walking around for the first time in SM Aura when I found the stall of ZA at the department store. I thought that I didn't have any products from the brand yet and that maybe it was worth the try. I am a fan of Majolica Majorca and Shiseido and knowing that ZA is a sister company of theirs made my decision to purchase easier.

So one of the products I bought is this...

ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV - Php 395.00
It has SPF 43 and PA+++. Quite impressive especially with the price but it's only 20g so it's not totally affordable.

You might be wondering why I bought the Total Hydration BB Cream even though I already have oily skin. It's just that I don't want to get lighter skin and the other BB Cream is whitening. Simple as that. BUT if the other one was for oil control but still whitens, maybe I'd go with that. :P

Here are the labels from the packaging:

Info from the website:
SPF43 PA+++ 20g
Multi-functional ”12 in 1”BB CREAM that achieves healthy glowing look. With special skincare mineral formula, it not only moisturizes skin but also works as foundation to conceal skin problems to achieve a healthy skin tone.
How to
As the last step of your morning skincare, take an appropriate amount on fingertip and smooth over the entire face with your fingertips from the center outwards.

The packaging is a simple, pink tube. Very easy to squeeze out the product and the cap can be sealed tightly to avoid any spilling.

So here's the product:
It has a very mild scent, almost unnoticeable. 

It has a warm beigey shade and gives a semi-matte finish.

It's creamy and very easy to blend.

Here's my bare cheek:

with the product

It gives a medium coverage. Impressive, right? It's buildable too! It does make my skin a little... just a little greyish. But I usually wear powder on top of this because I need to control the oil on my face. The powder takes care of matching the shade to my skin.

So here's how my face look like with the BB and powder on:
(I used concealer in some of my acne marks there)

So is it long-lasting? Yes. It stayed on me the whole day. But it doesn't control oil so after a whole day at work, this is what my face looked like:

Shiny from all its oiliness. No retouch, no blotting. I guess this BB Cream suits dry to normal skin better. But even with oily skin, the product held up and stayed on me. I just noticed some minor caking at the very oily areas like on the nose.

What I LIKE:

- Long-lasting
-Has SPF 43 and PA+++
- Tube makes the product easy to squeeze out
- Locally available
- No strong scent
- Gives a semi-matte finish
- Brightens my face
- Nice medium coverage

What I am NEUTRAL about:

- Shade is not an exact match but can be remedied with the powder I use on top
- Price


- Not for those with oily skin like me
- Experienced some caking 
- Not recommended for those with darker skin than me (it's already lighter than my skin)

Would I buy again?
I probably won't because this makes me too oily. I do recommend it to those with dry-normal skin though. :)

So what do you think of this BB Cream? Have you tried it? Will you consider trying this? What products from ZA have you used and love?



  1. Do you know WHY bb creams oil up so much? I have dry skin but even I get uncomfortable using most bb creams!

  2. I have no idea... maybe because of the moisturizing effect? It did say this specializes on hydrating the skin so bongga ang oiliness ko. I have tried water-based BB creams and they didn't cause me as much "oiling-up" as some BB's.

  3. Interesting! How come I don't remember seeing this one! I'm really into bb creams but I don't buy very often because I find the asian ones have so much that I will never finish. I like how it's a small tube and the color would be easy to match for light yellow skin tones. I'll be setting it with a powder for long lasting qualities!

  4. Sharlynn- I wish every makeup would sell smaller sizes so that we can try them out before we invest on big ones. And I agree with how you do it! Setting powder is a must especially for oily skin.