So at the time my friend told me about this magical cream, I was definitely interested in trying it out. But I didn't know where to get one. There are lots of hits online when I google "BB cream", but I wanted to try one out in person before buying. So a couple months ago I happened to be in a Japanese makeup store, and they had the Nanoce BB cream, so I decided to take it home and give it a try!
At first I was a little skeptical and thought it might be a fad. But now after about a month of using it, I LOVE it! It's basically a liquid tinted cream that has a heavier consistency than liquid foundation (but doesn't feel heavy on at all). The consistency is very similar to the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation I used to use. But the BB cream is not a foundation, it's more like a lotion. You apply it like a lotion too, and it provides instant coverage, evens out your skin tone and gives kind of a silky look. It's super convenient! The coverage is on the light side but you can layer and build more. I usually just use a pea size and it's sufficient for me to go to work. I guess you can layer powder over it for more coverage as well which I have done to cover up certain areas when I get a pimple or something. The BB cream actually makes the powder stay better on your face so it acts like a base layer. My face does get a little shinier by the end of the day, but that always tends to happen to me no matter what I use. So it doesn't bug me anymore as I can just use a tissue and lightly dab my face.
I just love how convenient BB cream is - when I have to run out real fast, I just put it on like my normal lotion and leave home with poreless skin! I also like the fact that it's not makeup. I don't know about the supposed "healing properties" because I haven't noticed anything different with my skin. I think a couple month should be enough time to tell by now. So just by having it on, I can't tell any difference between this BB cream and a normal light foundation. But it makes me feel better that it's (supposedly) not clogging my pores.
I did some research online and read that most Korean made BB cream have a white tint that lightens your skin, because having white skin is big in Asia. But I do not want to look like a ghost, and Nanoce is actually one of a few that doesn't have whitening properties. Maybe because it's Japanese. Who knows. It comes with 2 color tones - they just call them #1 and #2. Both are pretty light, so if you had darker skin, neither would work. At the risk of stating the obvious, #1 is lighter than #2. I got #2 and I feel like it's a good color for me, but on the lighter side. That's also why I don't put so much on.
I noticed that this is sold on Amazon for $30 which is not bad because at the Japanese store I went to, I paid about $26, which after tax was almost $30 anyway. The store is far away from me being on the East side of LA county where all the good deals are, but I don't get to go there often because of the distance. So when I was over in the same area last weekend, I actually stopped by again and picked up 2 more of these! I don't want to run out!
I'm really glad to have tried BB cream finally, and now I don't leave home without it! I gotta listen to my Chinese friend more. She knows all the latest in the makeup/beauty world!