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Beauty Review: Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Essence BB & UV Compact – Tan Lili

Sulwhasoo has recently introduced two new makeup products to its Snowise Whitening line – Snowise Whitening Essence BB and Snowise Whitening UV Compact. Lili puts the products to the test.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never wanted to have skin as white as snow. My ideal complexion is something like Jessica Alba’s – smooth and clear with a healthy-looking sun-kissed glow. But of course, reality is often bitter; my skin is dehydrated and has strong yellow undertones, which makes it look dull and rather sun-dried.

When I received the new Sulwhasoo Whitening makeup products, I figured I ought to give them a shot despite their whitening claims because, hey, better fair than dull, right?

Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Essence BB (30ml, $74)

Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Essence BB (30ml, $74)

Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Essence BB (30ml, $74)

This serum-based BB cream provides sheer coverage and leaves the skin looking radiant, thanks to its light-reflecting powder. Apart from its colour-correcting properties, the Snowise Whitening Essence BB also has skin-loving benefits. Featuring the Tri-White Complex, which shares 46 percent of Sulwhasoo’s star product Snowise EX Whitening Serum, the BB cream is said to block UV rays and infra-red rays; prevent pigmentation and glycation; as well as reduce skin dullness. It’s available in two shades: No. 1 (bright) and No. 2 (natural).

My Review

Most BB creams I’ve tried often leave my face looking three shades lighter than my neck – yes, even those that come in different shades. The Snowise Whitening Essence BB in No. 2, however, blends well with my skin tone and gives my complexion a natural-looking finish. It also effectively minimises the appearance of my pores, which makes me very, very happy.

Before (left) and after applying the Snowise Whitening Essence BB.

Before (left) and after applying the Snowise Whitening Essence BB.

I wish it had a better hydrating effect, though. Its serum-based texture is quite easily absorbed by the skin, but on dry skins like mine, it takes slightly longer. If you have combination or oily skin and are after a matte finish, this is definitely for you.

Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening UV Compact (9g, $74)

Sulwhasoo Snowise UV Compact (9g, $74)

Sulwhasoo Snowise UV Compact (9g, $74)

This compact powder contains White Balance Powder, a formula that helps retain moisture on the surface of the skin while keeping your sebum production in check. It’s also got other ingredients to brighten the skin tone as well as minimise the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Coupled with its high SPF sun protection (SPF 50+/PA+++), the Snowise Whitening UV Compact is recommended for women who are always on the go or enjoy being outdoors.

My Review

Because the powder comprises 40-percent finer and clearer particles, it doesn’t cake up on my dry skin – a big plus point for me! I also like that it provides very sheer coverage. The powder is barely visible when you first apply it on your skin, yet it instantly brightens your complexion and minimises the appearance of pores.

I applied the Snowise Whitening UV Compact after the Essence BB. Yay to brightened - not fair - complexion!

I applied the Snowise Whitening UV Compact after the Essence BB. Yay to brightened – not fairer – complexion!

This post is in no way paid for or advised by Sulwhasoo. The writer was given the Snowise Whitening Essence BB and Snowise Whitening UV Compact for review purposes. You may read our advertising policy here. Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Essence BB and Snowise Whitening UV Compact are available at TANGS Orchard & VivoCity, Takashimaya Departmental Store, and Robinsons Orchard. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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