Like I said on my Seoul Catch Haul post, the first few months of 2013 would most definietely be filled with reviews on Korean stuff and this will be the first of many. I didn’t open everything all at once mainly because I can’t use 4 foundation in one given time so I try to open only the ones that I need or the ones I have to review.

In the case of this Face & it White BB Sun Balm, I just got intrigued by the term “balm”. When I ordered this, I was actually expecting a compact powder plus two mini tubes (primer & foundation). But when the owner of the shop bought it from TFS Korea, she informed me that it was not a powder but a sun balm instead. I honestly didn’t care! It was rather cheap therefore I have nothing to lose if I give it a shot, right?

I can’t believe the compact is being sold online for USD 23-30 (Php 943-1230) when I only got this entire kit for Php 475 thru Seoul Catch during The Face Shop’s holiday sale last month! That’s more than half the price! Click HERE for price reference online.

Face & it White BB Sun Balm is housed in a handy – though bulkier than most – compact that is neat-looking and as white as snow. It has no kawaii drawings nor complicated designs except for the abstract shapes on the upper right – simple but still attractive. This makes me think that if Tony Moly and Etude House, given their packaging designs, are targeting the younger (teen) market, maybe The Face Shop is for the more mature ones. 
It comes with a commendable sponge that doesn’t crumble after several uses. Provided that it has a sponge inside the compact, there is of course a thick plastic divider between the balm and the sponge because if left over the balm, the sponge would soak in all the balm’s moisture. Oh did I mention that it has a magnetic lock? Yup, so when left with an inch opening, it would automatically close itself with the use of the magnets instead of messing up the insides of your bag. Cool, huh? πŸ™‚
As the name suggests (Face & it White BB Sun Balm), inside the white compact is a foundation-like balm. It’s smooth but kinda hard to even out, gives very little coverage and is not very buildable. Like every other balm ever made, it is slightly greasy which aids in smooth application. Although it dries to a semi-matte, almost dewy, finish, I still opt to dust my face with a little bit of Maybelline Clear Smooth Powder (Read review HERE) to seal everything in. So basically, I just use this as my sunblock. πŸ™‚ But if you’re going gaga for the famous Korean dewy and fresh look, this one would be a great product to try. πŸ™‚

Though generally I would not recommend this to those with oily skin. Because with their natural tendency to produce excessive oil combined with our country’s humid temperature, the balm would  easily cake – or worse, slide right off.

What’s shopping from Korean brands without freebies, right? Well, aside from the cotton pads and face masks that I got, Face & it White BB Sun Balm came in a kit that also has small tubes of makeup base and dual foundation for free! Both have SPF 50 PA++ too! Talk about ultimate sun protection. I’ve been using this duo since late last month and I still have quite a lot of product in the tube. I think it could last for two whole months! πŸ™‚
TIP: This kit is great for everyday use because of its superior sun protection but I’d advise you to stay away from it if you’re planning on some sort of flash photography. With SPF this great, it would surely reflect the light particles and make your face look like a ghost in photos.

The makeup base is white, creamy and may leave a ghastly white cast on the face if not blended well before moving on with the foundation. Inspite of its creamy consistency, it glides on the skin rather smoothly and does amazingly in keeping makeup intact for the entire day. I can’t wait to buy a full size of this one! πŸ™‚

The foundation has a pink undertone which is obviously not a perfect match for me given that I have an undoubted yellow undertone. So when I use this, I make sure to apply only a thin layer. Else, it would makes my face look gray-ish. But other than the obvious undertone mismatch, it’s a decent foundation as its slightly thick consistency offers a great coverage but still remains blendable.

Wait for my FOTD using Face & it White BB Sun Balm, ok? *wink

Check out the entirety of my Seoul Catch Haul HERE and let me know what you want me to review next. πŸ™‚ Don’t you just love shopping for products at a fraction of their mall price locally? πŸ™‚

P.S I was not paid for this post. I paid for this product using my own money.