I'm still continuing my project of cleaning out my makeup/ skincare and just trying to reduce the quantity over all. There must be so many items I've tried a few times and didn't feel they were fantastic and just sort of set it aside.
Here's a review for Dr.G Prime BB Protector. it's basically just a standard BB cream.
Comes in a plastic squeeze tube, 45ml. Available on sasa.com and a few other websites for 30USD, which is actually quite pricey for a BB cream. I think there's only one shade, this probably only suits fair to fair-medium skintone.
Ingredients: (according to sasa.com website)
Arbutin: suppress the formation of melanin
Adenosine: improves blood circulation and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Allantoin: boosts cell renewal and hydrates skin
Tocopheryl Acetate: provides anti-oxidant and hydrating properties
Portulaca Oleracea Extract: provides soothing and anti-allergy properties
Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: blocks UV rays and whitens skin.
Here's swatch below. You can see it's a creamy texture, it's not full 'balmy' like a thicker BB cream (e.g. Hanskin), but it is by no means airy or lightweight. I'd probably say it's at most a more fluid BB cream texture.
On the left, you can see it's blended out and matches my skintone perfectly. It does have a slight shine finish.
I'm also reviewing the Banila Co Let Me Finish Prime BB cream, which is 35ml tube with a pump dispenser. It's in the same price range as Dr.G so about 28-32USD. I'm reviewing both since they both have a 'prime' or primer in the name, which is often the Korean brand's way of saying this is a more lightweight BB cream to be used underneath other makeup (e.g. powder foundation or loose powder or even another liquid foundation).
While it comes with a pump dispenser, the design is flimsy and the tube leaked at the bottom (hence my sticky tape over it), everytime I pump the product out, more gets leaked out.
On the top it's Dr.G's Primer BB protector and on the bottom it's Banila Co.
Again, on the top white square, it's Dr.G (very top blended out, it's blended out so well you probably don't notice it there).
On bottom square it's Banila Co both as it is and also blended out on the very bottom.
You can see Dr.G has more 'greyish' tinge with a tiny bit of pink and Banila Co is more yellow. Both have a similar consistency of being a more fluid BB cream (and compared to say normal MAC liquid foundations, both are still thicker).
Both have that slight suncreen scent to it, and have a mild generic cosmetics fragrance. Both has good spreadability and are rather emollient and easy to apply, but nonetheless, they still have that BB balmy finish on the skin that you can really feel you are wearing something which coats the skin. While they look great with first 2 hrs application (evens out skintone, fills up pores), after about 3 hours they tend to melt away from my skin (even though I used a primer underneath and loose powder of powder foundation on top).
They also tend to slightly coat the skin so I feel my skin can't really breathe.
My skin has slightly oily t-zone and larger pores near cheek and nose. However the cheek area is drier and have broken capillaries and freckles so can look uneven. Both of these I've tried to use from winter to summer and would say they are fine to use occasionally during winter but definitely skippable in summer.
Probably a lot of better products out there. Ratings are 3/5. They are not terrible, but just does not overcome some of the usual disadvantages of a BB cream. If I must choose one out the two, I think Dr.G is better since it's more lightweight and just a tad less greasy and the color does not oxidise as much after a day's wear.