Mentholatum is actually a US-based company but was acquired by Rohto Japan a few years ago so I consider it a Japanese brand now (at least for their Asia-only lines like Sunplay Skin Aqua =D)
I found a review of the Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream (the one for oilier skin-types) on one of my favorite blogs written by my dear friend Yumeko (check here to read it!) so when I found the Skin Aqua Moisture BB Cream (for dry skin) on Sasa I ordered it right away.
The virtues of this BB Cream are:
-sun block (UVB protection of SPF27 and UVA of PA++)
-oil-control (? in the moisture version?)
According to Sasa this was produced in Korea by a company specialized on BB Creams ("as one of its innovators"). No idea who is the mysterious manufacturer of this actually Japanese BB Cream =)
The tube is nothing special..just a very basic white squeeze-tube containing 40g (and costs around US$16 on Sasa). The Moisture-version has a copper-colored cap whereas the Silky one for oily skin is silver.
Now I have to say this Moisture BB Cream is absolutely amazing. I wore it for several days and it matches my skin-tone perfectly. The texture is on the slightly thicker and moisturizing side so it´s really for someone with normal-dry or dry skin but it blends into my skin like a dream and doesn´t feel heavy after a few minutes and after setting with my face powder.
The coverage is excellent so I only wear this and powder, no separate foundation is required for a pretty much flawless look (i have good skin to start with though). All the redness on my cheeks and small freckles I have on my nose are hidden when I wear this BB Cream.
In addition my skin stays absolutely silky smooth (feel and look!) when wearing this and even through the powder I notice a light glowy finish. Don´t worry, there are no shimmer particles in the BB Cream. I guess the glowy finish comes from some silicones I suspect in the formula (judging by wear and feel).
The Sunplay Skin Aqua Moisture BB Cream has a light scent, something floral...a typical BB Cream scent in my opinion (Skin79 perhaps?). I don´t really like it but it doesn´t bother me as it pretty much is gone within a few minutes after application.
Staying power (with a layer of powder) is excellent. I wore it for around 10 hours without significant fading (mostly around my nose) and it didn´t settle into those few fine lines I am having.
As I am so thrilled you will probably guess that I didn´t get any skin irritations =)
Totally recommend this stuff if you have a light-medium skin-tone and normal or dry skin or for cold weather when your skin needs an extra layer to protect it. The SPF is sufficient for the weather here in Austria usually but for summer I´ll prime with a SPF50+ to be on the safe side.
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