I was sent Pond’s Luminous BB+ for a sponsored blog post a few months back. I was not required or even encouraged to post a separate review on this item. Yet I had such a nice experience with it that I decided to feature it on its own. I’ve seen these sold at Target, Walgreens, and CVS. They are not found in the cosmetics isles but in the skincare isle, right next to the Pond’s Cold Creams.
The Luminous BB+ is a luminous (semi-dewy) BB Cream with a light coverage. It comes in two colors: Medium and Light. I was sent Light which is obviously not the correct shade for me. As a MAC NC25-30, I always grab the Medium shades when face products come in Light, Medium, and Dark. You can see from the comparison swatch above that the BB+ in Light is much paler and pinker than my regular foundation. Surprisingly, I’m able to get away with wearing Light because of its light coverage. It does make me less yellow, but it’s not noticeable after I have applied face powder and bronzer. The texture is thicker than most of my liquid foundations. This makes it feel creamy and a bit moisturizing on the face. I’d like to point out that although the coverage is light, it is by no means sheer. It does cover something (a few somethings actually). It could have even more coverage if I was able to build it up, but since I don’t have the right shade I can only wear one layer. The packaging is sturdy and functional. It’s very travel friendly. The only downside I found is that, like most tinted moisturizers and BB Creams, this is not very long wearing.
Overall: I think this is a great BB Cream for dry, normal, and combination skin types. It’s luminous but not really dewy. It actually provides some coverage, and while you’ll still need to conceal blemishes, it tones down redness and evens out the skin. I won’t go into the skin beneficial claims because we all know drugstore items are notorious for their exaggerated poppycock (will eliminate pores, 300% longer lashes, self-adjusting formula will match all skin types, etc.)
I’m so pleasantly surprised with this product. Pond’s is known for their face creams (which I don’t like as moisturizers although they do a nice job at removing makeup) so I didn’t have high hopes for this BB Cream. It’s the perfect throw-it-on-and-go everyday face product. I recommend you give this a try!