Skin Food Platinum Grape Cell Essential BB Cream launches several months ago in Korea and is available in two shade selections with an SPF 45.
The grape cell extract in this BB Cream supposedly restores skin elasticity. I didn’t purchase it for that reason though, I did because it contains arbutin which whitens/brightens skin when used over a long period of time. I figured if I loved the formula it would be beneficial to have arbutin in the mix to brighten dull skin and lighten dark spots.
Let’s take a look!
Skin Food typically creates decent BB Creams if not a little sheerer. Platinum Grape Cell Essential BB Cream has some finer points such as the higher SPF 45 to protect skin and arbutin to brighten skin.
Arbutin is a tricky ingredient in my experience since it does successfully lighten darker spots and brighten skin but it’s the type of thing that has to be applied religiously and daily to see the actual effects and typically that’s quite long term. Since I use BB Cream daily I thought this would be an excellent place to have arbutin. Just don’t expect instant results and you should be fine.
This comes in a pump style jar much like what Skin 79 uses on many of their BB Creams. The depressor is easy enough to use and releases just the right amount of cream without over doing it.
As any good BB Cream it performs several important tasks such as protecting skin from the sun, brightening it, acting as a foundation and/or concealer, plus works to improve the appearance of aging skin by restoring elasticity. I haven’t experience the anti-aging benefits myself since my skin isn’t sagging nor is it finely lined but it might push you towards a purchase if you suffer these issues.
I have the first shade which was a poor purchase for me since it does run very light and pink. I might have done better with Shade 2. This is a fair creamy shade with pink undertones (although it does look yellow in my swatches). I think I’d benefit more from it if it had a touch beige. It isn’t as moisturizing as other BB Creams I’ve tried but it does blend easily enough and should offer sheer to medium coverage to ease dullness, redness, and smaller problem areas. It has a smooth finish with a slight semi-matte feel that doesn’t accentuate drier areas.
For a BB Cream I expected a bit more moisture. I wasn’t uncomfortable through my wear with it nor did it make my dry skin look bad but I do require my BB Cream to offer a bit more hydration and this didn’t technically offer that. It has a strong wear at around five to six hours without fading or oxidizing.
Overall, this one might be perfect for oily, lighter skin tones. I wouldn’t recommend it for drier skin. I don’t think it has a bad wear on such a skin tone. I do however, believe that there are far more moisturizing formulas around than this will provide. Other BB Creams will be more beneficial for those with drier skin as they will provide coverage as well as all day moisture to keep skin looking its best. The high level of sun protection, promise of improving aging skin, and whitening abilities might make this an ideal purchase for some. I wasn’t terribly impressed, I feel like I’ve tried far nicer BB Creams.
Tried it and do love it?