I used to ignore local cosmetic brands because I have this mentality that cosmetics made locally are not really worth my money. Although they are affordable, I still think it's not worth buying them. However, when I started exploring and trying different makeup brands, eventually I realized that not all local cosmetics are that bad. In fact, some of the local products are really good! There's the Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks, Fanny Serrano Two Way Powders, Eye shadows from different local brands such as Fashion 21, Ever Bilena, Careline, and many more! As time goes by, I started to discover more and more good-quality local products! Some are a little expensive but most of those products are pretty affordable.
Other than discovering good-quality local products, I also noticed that BB Creams are getting more and more popular. The market for BB creams is getting hotter and hotter! Whenever I visit malls and drugstores, I always see BB creams from different cosmetic brands! Fanny Serrano and Ever Bilena are just two of the local cosmetic brands who recently released their very own BB creams. The first that I bought was the one from Ever Bilena... well, because it's cheaper! :)
To tell you honestly, I wasn't really that excited when I found out that Ever Bilena finally have BB creams. Well, for one thing, the packaging or the design of the said product is not really attractive for me. I thought it looks a little cheap. However, we should all keep in mind the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover". I'm guilty! I judged the product based on how it looks like but when I finally tried it out, I buried the hatchet between me and the appearance of the EB BB Cream! I'm not saying that it's the best BB cream out there because I haven't tried other BB creams, especially the ones from the high-end brands. All I'm saying is that I love this BB cream because it works perfectly on me and I like how it looks on me.
Product Name: Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Whitening
Price: P 195.00
*bought from Mercury Drug (Sangandaan)*
I was actually skeptic at first to buy it because like what I've said, I thought the product appearance looks cheap. But when I watched one of Say Artillero's videos where she used this BB cream and mentioned she surprisingly likes it, I decided why not try it. I noticed din kasi in her video that when she applied it on her face, it looks good. So, I finally bought it and tried it out and like Say, I surprisingly like it, too!!!
The Ever Bilena BB Cream is available in two variants. The whitening and the anti-wrinkle one. I was actually planning to buy the anti-wrinkle one but it turns out that the shade doesn't match my skin color and the undertone is a little too ashy or beige for me. Unfortunately, there's only 1 shade available for each variants --- Natural for the anti-wrinkle and Oriental for the whitening one. So, I picked up the whitening BB cream and I was immediately sold by its shade and its texture.
The shade Oriental has a yellow undertone which is perfect for Asian skin. However, it's a little too yellow BUT it's not a big deal since when you buff it on your skin, it will blend perfectly. I personally like how it looks on me. It's just like my second skin. It has a creamy texture but it's not too thick. It dries demi-matte which I absolutely like because I'm not really into foundations and BB creams with dewy finish. If you have a normal to dry skin, I think it's okay even without setting it with powder. In my case, since I have oily-combination skin and I don't like having dewy skin, I still set it with powder.
Here's my Review+Demo for the Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Whitening:
The Ever Bilena BB Cream comes in a squeeze tube packaging which is great because you can control the amount of product that you're going to use.
It contains 50ml of the product which I think will last for about 4-5 months. You don't really need a lot of the product when you use it because a little goes a long way. If you have watched the video above, you'll see that a tiny amount of the product is enough to cover my entire face.
The coverage is light to medium. It's buildable --- another thing that I like about it. However, it cannot fully conceal pimples, blemishes and other dark spots on my face. It can conceal though the redness of my skin and my dark under eye circles so, it's still okay. If you have a naturally flawless skin, this will look awesome on you! (Unless the shade doesn't match you skin color.) This BB cream doesn't have SPF but Ever Bilena claims that this product will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the Sun.
Here's what Ever Bilena has to say about their Advance BB Cream:
A whitening, foundation and moisturizing cream all rolled into one! EB Advance BB Cream Whitening provides a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes and dark spots and protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. With the help of its potent moisturizers such as Shea Butter and Vitamin E, it richly moisturizes your skin to make it soft and smooth.
Yes, this BB Cream is almost like a foundation already because of its texture and the flawless coverage that it gives. However, like what I've said, it cannot fully conceal my blemishes and dark spots. I agree that it is moisturizing because it leaves my skin smooth and supple. It doesn't cake and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It has a good coverage but it feels light.
Here are photos of before and after:
|APPLIED THE EB ADVANCE BB CREAM ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY FACE|
Like what I've said, it's a little yellow but don't worry because it will eventually blend well on your skin as you keep on buffing it against your skin. Look at the photo below. It blended well on my skin.
|MY FACE WITH EB ADVANCE BB CREAM|
As you can see, I have a lot of blemishes and I even have an active pimple in the photo. I really chose this time to take photos for my review to show how it works and how well it could conceal my pimples and blemishes. Based on the photo above, my blemishes are still peeking through especially my pimple. But as you can see, it concealed the redness of my skin and it lightened my dark under eye circles.
|WITH EB ADVANCE BB CREAM SET WITH POWDER|
After setting it with powder, my face looks flawless except for the pimple bump!
|WITH COMPLETE MAKEUP ON|
Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos after about two-five hours. I was at school and I totally forgot about it. My bad, sorry! So when I got home, I took photos before removing my makeup. The photos below were taken after a total of 9 hours.
Mind you, this is how my face looks like without retouching at all! I didn't even use an oil blotting paper. It's obvious in the photo that my face is already a little oily as well as my lower lash lines but I think that's because I'm wearing eyeglasses. The redness around my nose is showing already but my makeup did not fade out completely. I still look presentable! Hahah! Again, this photo was taken after 9 hours from application of the EB Advance BB Cream.
After 2 hours from application, my face still looks great! After 2-3 hours, I usually get oily on my t-zone area already but my makeup still looks awesome. That's why I love this product so much! It's affordable, the coverage is enough to conceal the redness of my skin, dark under eye circles and minor imperfections plus the staying power is pretty good as you can see in the photos above. After observing and seeing its quality and how it works on me, this has become my everyday and go-to foundation. The coverage is comparable to the Maybelline BB Cream and the 4U2 Forever Liquid Foundation but if I have to choose, I will definitely choose the Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Whitening just because it is the perfect shade for my skin color.
I've mentioned that this BB cream is perfect for Asian skin but that's only if you have fair-medium skin color. If you have deeper skin color and you are kayumanggi, then this BB cream is too light for you.
I also want to add that I didn't buy this because it's a whitening product. I don't really care if it will lighten my skin color because my skin care products are already mostly whitening products. Like what I've said in my video, if the Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Anti-Wrinkle is available in the shade Oriental, I will choose that over the Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream Whitening because I'm now planning to start using anti-aging products because I'm starting to see fine lines on my face and I am only 23 for pete's sake! :-(
I guess the downside about this product, other than it cannot fully conceal my blemishes and pimples, is that it contains Paraben which, they say, can cause breast cancer. :-/ However, Cosmetic Ingredient Review examined Parabens in 1984 and 2005 and they concluded in both times that parabens at low levels are not really a concern. The answer though to the questions about Parabens are not yet final but they say that Methyl- and Ethyl-Paraben is safe as regulated (according to the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products).
SUGGESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
I recommend this product to the ladies out there who wants an affordable foundation that is light on the skin but provides a good coverage and can be used as an everyday foundation --- I'm talking about students and working girls. BUT that's if you're willing to use products with Parabens in it. Listen, I know they say it's bad for the health but like what I've mentioned above, low levels of parabens found in personal care products are not really a concern. I checked the products that I use on a daily basis and I found out that the Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream whitening is the only product that contains Paraben from my everyday makeup stash. Whew!
If you are willing to try out this product, I suggest using your fingers for application. I've tried applying it with a foundation brush, a stippling brush, a flat top brush, and my fingers. So far, the best for me is applying it with my fingers because it gives the most even, smooth, and natural finish. :)
Let me guys know what you want me to review next and if you have any questions, just leave it as a comment below. Talk soon!
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