In the past I’ve never found a mid-range BB cream that I was really comfortable with that perfectly matched me in terms of shade and formula. The proof is in the pudding, only one or two BB creams in the past were ever mentioned on this blog. To me BB creams can sometimes tend to be scary ingredient cocktails topped off with higher SPF, the veritable cherry on top. One or two BBs in the past have broken me out into rashes within minutes which is why I often keep away from BB land and stay close to my Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer for normal days. They’re not particularly popular among people with sensitive skin but many active individuals who spend a lot of time outdoors commuting or doing other activities have made BB creams a daily staple. BB creams are most popular in Korea and Japan respectively. Many branded BB creams hailing from those countries sport anti-aging ingredients in conjunction with UV protection. They’re basically souped up tinted moisturizers, or in terms of coverage they fill the Asian-pop niche between sheer tinted bases and classic liquid foundations. BB Coverage is generally expected to be sheer to moderate but the level does vary from brand to brand. In Korea and Japan even a good handful of men don’t shy away from the regular use of BB creams. Korean brand Nature Republic have been around a couple of years locally. While Nature Republic is not quite as big as FACE shop or Etude House here and are somewhat under the radar I still quite like the look and textures of their cosmetic range. I happened to be in Landmark, Makati and while waiting for an appointment I came across Nature Republic’s mod but also classic looking botanical BB Cream with SPF35 PA++. Immediately after I swatched it I got it. It’s that good, plus it’s mineral oil and paraben free.
Nature Republic Botanical Mandarin BB Cream, 30ml, SPF 35 PA++, Php680 -10% = Php620
(Does NOT contain/Free of: Parabens, Tar, Mineral Oil, Benzophenone, Talc, and Triethanolamine)
Made in Korea (2 shades: #21 & #23–only #23 sold here)
KEY INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, a combo of silicones, Niacinamide (one of Ruth Crilly’s aka AModelRecommends’ fave good ingredients for skincare bases), with fruit extracts of Satsuma Orange (Jeju Mandarin), Guava, Mango, Grapefruit, Coconut, Kiwi, and Papaya.
STORE BRANCHES: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Fairview, Festival Supermall, Landmark Trinoma, Landmark Makati and Sta Lucia East Grandmall.
The product bottle with a pump appealed to me instantly. I noticed its packaging similarity to Benefit’s Hello Flawless liquid foundation.
Considering they only sell one shade locally I think I’m pretty blessed that it’s such a great shade match for me, don’t you think? I swatched Nature Republic’s Botanical Mandarin BB Cream on my hand and the thin formula with medium coverage and a soft, fresh, radiant finish instantly reminded me of Bourjois Healthy Mix’s Gel Serum foundation (UK) but this contains SPF35 and Healthy Mix Gel has no SPF. Read “more” to get the full post, more information and see some “before and after” shots with this BB Cream on, plus testing it with and without flash photography.… To full post & COMMENTS...