Posted on

Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream with SPF 15, Medium Shade, 1.5 Ounce

Instant, Natural Looking Coverage Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ was created with Tone Perfecting Complex. It works by targeting the source of dark spots on skin’s surface—visibly fading them for a difference you can see. It also delivers a special pigment system designed to blend flawlessly into a variety of skin tones and immediately conceal imperfections with natural-looking coverage. Available in Light and Medium. Active Ingredients Octinoxate 7.49 percent, Zinc Oxide 5.12 percent. Directions Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses. What’s in the Box Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream with SPF 15, Medium Shade, 1.5 Ounces. Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream with SPF 15, Medium Shade At a Glance: Superior* coverage of imperfections Superior* visible dark spot reduction Superior* non-greasy feel, with a matte finish Broad spectrum SPF 15 sun protection Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) Dermatologist tested Hypoallergenic *Light Shade BB+ versus Top Selling BB Cream

Key features

  • Instant, natural looking coverage
  • Visible dark spot correction in 2 weeks
  • SPF 15 with UVA/UVB protection
  • Non-greasy moisturization
  • Non-comedogenic; Won’t clog pores

Honest reviews


Very Impressive!

I was not familiar with this product before ordering it. Several women in my family have battled melanoma so I value using sunscreens. I was concerned at first that the cream felt thicker than other moisturizing sunscreens I have used, but it went on smoothly, felt light rather than thick when on, and evened out my skin tone so well that I do not use another liquid make-up over it. The medium shade is slightly too dark for me, but I plan to still use because it works so well.I have tried to research good vs. bad sunscreen ingredients only to get more confused the more I read. So far, the ingredients in this cream appear to be safe if used correctly. It protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15.This is one facial moisturizing cream with sunscreen that I can highly recommend to others and will continue to use as part of my daily skin routine. Pond’s has a winner with this one!

Laverne Ossian, IA

Doesn’t last long — becomes blotchy

I really wanted to like this product. After reading the reviews, I thought it sounded great — a bit more coverage, a bit creamier than other BB creams. I ordered the medium — I am pretty fair being Irish and German with a little French in there for good measure. The Irish/German makes me quite fair with light blue eyes, the French gives me my medium dark brown hair and allows me to tan easily. At least that’s what I like to think. Anyway, the medium appeared dark, but blended in just fine with no line of demarcation at my harline or jawline. Other’s have said it was "dewy". I found it a little greasy looking. I’m at the age where using powder over foundation does not make me look "fresh". It makes me look "embalmed", so I did not powder over the BB cream. Probably a big mistake. I used a nice cream blush and I looked great when I left the house, and for about 2 hours after. Then, when I was at work, I looked in the bathroom mirror — harsh lighting to be sure — and boy did I look scary. The makeup was pretty blotchy looking and had a somewhat orangish cast to the parts that were still stuck to my face–basically on the jaw and upper cheekbones or the dryer areas of my skin. Let me say that my skin is not flakey-dry, its just that those areas aren’t as oily as my T-zone. The makeup did stay a bit in the T-zone, but did not look fresh just 2 hours later. I tried to blend it in with my fingers, but to no avail. Anything left had disappeared, so I managed to wipe away the blotches, but then I was left with just bare skin. Now the bare skin wouldn’t have bothered me, but the orangish blotches do. Perhaps I just don’t know how to make this work for me. I have tried many BB creams — 2 Korean ones (too greyish in color for my complexion), The Body Shop (only comes in one color, works pretty good, lasts 4 to 6 hours) and Rimmel (my current favorite — good color, good coverage, even wear for about 8 to 10 hrs.) So, another 11 bucks down the beauty hole for me.

Lessie Del Valle, TX

Heavy Coverage

This product has a heavy consistency that does even out skin tone. I didn’t notice “luminous coverage”, just coverage. I will look forward to “dark spot reduction” in two weeks. The directions indicate that this product is mainly to be used as a sunscreen with a UVB SPF15. This is how I will use it.

Clarissa Bicknell, UT

Not for my sensitive skin

My skin is very sensitive – there are a lot of products I can not use on my face. This is important to know because my experience may not be yours.I put this on then headed off to work. By 9 am my skin was burning and I was in the bathroom taking it off.I liked how this product went on – a nice thin layer with a little bit of color to even the tone and SPF to protect. But then it started to irritate my skin.

Kathryn Belgrade, MO

Check the color before buying – much darker than other brands

I am white and of northern European stock. I normally wear light foundation in the winter and medium in the summer. This medium is way, way too dark for me. It would be great for medium black skin, but is several shades too dark for me. I had to immediately wipe it off my face. The resulting bare skin felt nice due to the included moisturizers. I use the mediumL’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic B.B. Cream, Medium, 1 Fluid OunceorMaybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream, Medium, 1 Fluid Ounceand slightly prefer the L’Oreal, except it does not have sunscreen like this and the Maybelline. Both the L’Oreal and Maybelline come out white and adjust to my skin tone very nicely. The Pond’s comes out the color it stays and is much thicker.This would be a good choice for darker skin (what is “medium” anyway? ), but is not appropriate for all but very tan whites. I recommend checking out the color in a store before buying it on-line.

Kerri Selden, KS

BB cream

This product is little more than a tinted moisturizer.This seems to be pretty standard among beauty products, as is the low SPF protection.I probably would not purchase this product again.

Janis Nathrop, CO

Excellent BB Cream

This is probably the best BB cream I have used especially considering the low price. I still have trouble with clogged pores and rosacea in my 50’s and this product does not cause or aggravate either condition. It really makes my skin look more finished as well as protecting it from the sun. I will now be buying this on a regular basis.

Judi Lowell, OH

Not a BB cream, simply a foundation with sunscreen

Do not purchase this product if you are looking for a true BB cream.As the product is packaged and advertised, it is simply a tinted foundation with sunscreen.The application instructions focus solely on the sunscreen aspect (“Apply 15 minutes before going outside.”)Note: This product is available in only two shades: light and medium. So if you are white or black, Pond’s makes foundation in your skin color. If you are Asian, Indian, Hispanic, or any color between white and black, the medium bb cream is better for you than the light bb cream… but even so, it is really not a good color for your skin. The foundation color has a very grey undertone, it’s very unflattering. Really, I was looking forward to this product, but it’s just not good, at all.This product is very different from the Korean BB creams (which made the term “BB cream” famous) in that the Korean creams go on thicker and smoother, and the Korean creams have a skin whitener. I personally wasn’t enthused about bleaching my skin, so I thought an American BB cream would be great (can you imagine the outcry if an American company put skin whitener in its face creams?) Sadly, the Pond’s product falls very short.Give this product a pass. I know the Korean BB Creams byEtude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit SPF30/PA++ #W13 Natural Beige,MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml),Skinfood Mushroom Multi-Care BB Cream SPF20PA+ – #2 Natural Skin 1.7oz/50g,SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream VIP Gold (Gold Label) 40g (Autheticity label & perforations with Free Hot Pink Sample!!!)are all considered really great. Try one of those instead for an authentic bb cream.

Kayla Kennedy, AL

Great affordable product

I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup any more (did in my younger days), but I love this BB+ cream. And the fact that it doesn’t cost three arms and two legs (like many BB creams I’ve seen) makes it fantastic.I love the medium shade, just perfect for my skin. The cream doesn’t cause any irritation to my facial skin and actually smooths out many of the imperfections. So for me, this means that this will be a product on my make-up table from now on.While I wouldn’t recommend this shade to those who have very fair skin, I can find nothing wrong with this affordable product.

Amber Perham, MN

Pretty Good BB Cream

I really like BB creams and have tried many. The Pond’s version is a nice shade in medium. The color is a tiny bit darker then others I’ve tried in the past. When it’s applied though-it looks fine. (I’d rather have a little warmth in the color like this has-then have it look pasty) It has a nice mild scent. The coverage is light, but luminous as stated. I prefer a little heavier coverage. This reminds me more of a tinted moisturizer. I haven’t noticed any results for fading dark spots–but will update after I’ve used it longer. Overall–fairly good BB Cream.

Lou Worden, MT

One product should not try to do it all

This is a very thick product. I have combination skin and felt that this product was not easy to spread on my face, especially in the dry areas. To get even coverage I ended up using too much product and too much pigment was applied. I washed it off and tried again, this time diluting it 1:1 with regular face lotion. I had much better results doing it that way.These “all-in-one” products are good in theory, but in reality they fall short. To get adequate sun protection you need to use this product every 2 hours as directed. If I used this product every 2, I would end up with WAY too much pigment on my face.

Ramona Courtenay, ND

Works Great

I’ve been using this product for a couple of weeks and it works great. This is a nice smooth cream that for me, works very well under my face powder. It leaves my skin nice and smooth and works great with my other make-up products. The medium shade is a little dark but it does blend well enough not to be a noticeable difference with my skin tone.I have tried many products as a base make-up under my regular face powder and this works as well as some of the better ones I have tried. I don’t like to spend a lot of time putting on make-up and I’ve found that this with my powder and regular blush works very well for me for a quick and easy make-up routine. I’ve not had any break outs from this BB cream and it does even out my skin tone very well. The Luminous Finish also contains SPF 15 making it a good choice for daytime wear.

Allie Kealakekua, HI

Like foundation more than sunscreen

I swim a lot in the summer, so the idea of something that could reduce the dark spots that I get on my face and hands was appealing. Unlike typical sunscreen, this product has a darker tone like foundation for coverage of spots, as well as an SPF 15 sunscreen. I normally use SPF 30 or higher for my sunscreen, and I will continue to do that except on my face and hands, where I am using this Pond’s product. Since it takes awhile for so-called age spots to fade with any product, I am reserving judgment on that. But this product has a nice scent, and since it is tinted it does help cover the spots and make them less noticeable.

Ethel Ford Cliff, PA

I’ll continue to use it, but…

Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream in Medium was a good match for my skin, went on ultra-smoothly, however…I was just a bit disappointed that the coverage was lacking. I felt it was more like a moisturizer with a tiny bit of color to it. I really wish that there was more color there, but I will continue to use it because it promises results in two weeks. That’s quite a claim!The product is all-around good quality. I used a powder on top of it to add more depth to the coverage, so I was good to go. For more casual occasions, I’d use it alone.

Angie Harpersfield, NY

Great combination of sunscreen, coverup, and spot reducer

I take it that "BB" stands for "beauty balm," but whatever it stands for, this is a great idea. It’s a combination product – sunscreen, mild cover-up, moisturizer, and spot reducer. It goes on light and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all, and results in smoother looking skin. I had my family test it, and they report that they love the light feel of it, and think it’s great for going out in the sun, when you might not want to wear heavy makeup, but just want a combination of sunscreen and the smooth polished look that this cream produces. (We weren’t able to test the spot reduction, but the product also advertises that it reduces dark spots over the course a few weeks.) Strongly recommended by our whole family.

Eula Georgetown, TX

Love it!

I had used a BB cream before that dryed my skin out a bit but I love Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream with SPF 15. The texture of the lotion is satiny smooth. It has a tint to it, which is pretty sheer. If you’re looking for foundation-level coverage, this isn’t it. It does, however, blend in nicely and even out skin tone to some degree, with basic coverage. I use it as a base and then touch up with concealer where needed. I usually finish with a light dusting of a mineral foundation powder. I would describe my skin as a light medium, so this color was fine for me. On at -home days I just wear this to give my skin a break because I love how it makes my skin feel. I have break-out prone skin but I did not experience any break-outs while using this. I also like that it has a sunscreen, SPF 15, which is minimal but probably adequate. Overall, I loved the look and feel of this product and will certainly consider purchasing it.

Judi Drain, OR

This drugstore option impressed me!

I really enjoyed the Pond’s Luminous Finish BB cream. Although the name says Luminous, it did not leave me shiny (I have combination skin with an oily T-zone, so that is a concern for me). The cream was thick to apply. It does not blend as easily as my Smashbox BB (Light Medium) or CC (Light Medium) creams or Tarte BB tinted primer (Medium) and is not as silky as the Tarte, but it does leaves a nice finish. I like to blend with a brush – the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Color match is pretty good. It looks a bit dark coming out of the tube, but it blended in fine and topped with powder, I think the color match was good enough – I’d say that it is closest in depth to my Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Chamomile – so it probably is more of a Medium to Tan shade. I have this in Medium by the way and I am MAC NC30 (a warm leaning neutral). The coverage is light to medium. I have pretty good skin and this evens out out.As for longevity, I don’t use a primer with this (I never use primers when I wear tinted moisturizer or BB cream) and it lasts pretty well throughout the day. I top it with powder for extra oil control, but I do that with every single product. I like this product for a no makeup makeup week end use. I have only tried one other drugstore BB cream – the Garnier BB cream for Combination Oily skin. That one has a more liquidy texture. I prefer the drier texture of the Pond’s.This is a pretty good deal at around $11 for 1.5 oz of product. Most foundations and base products are 1 oz. I will say that this isn’t my absolute FAVORITE weekend product. I prefer the Tarte BB tinted primer. But having tried this, I can’t see myself repurchasing the far more expensive Smashbox BB cream, Smashbox CC cream, Tarte BB tinted moisturizer (formerly the Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer), or the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. This is pretty good, even if I think all of those other products blend a bit more easily if I use my fingers.Overall, I am impressed. I think this is a good pick for people with normal to combination/oily skin. I don’t think this would be hydrating enough for people with dry skin. I can’t comment on spot fading. I don’t use it often enough to notice a difference and while I’m prone to hyperpigmentation, I use other products to even out my skin tone (e.g., Paula’s choice serums, exfoliants, and the like).

Jennifer Curtis, NE

Just all right…

It’s okay… I didn’t love it. I’m usually right in the middle of medium with most other cosmetic brands, but this one was awfully dark on me still. Also, it wasn’t very moisturizing or smoothing. It was a pretty mediocre finish. Pond’s usually has better makeup products. I wasn’t overly impressed with this one.The one good thing about it was it didn’t seem to cause any breakouts after wearing for a few weeks. But it didn’t seem to do anything positive for my skin, either. I wouldn’t purchase it again. It wasn’t for me.

Teri Cutler, IN

Great coverage!

I have never tried a BB cream so I was excited to see what all the hype was about. This Pond’s version provides great coverage and dries to a nice matte finish. I was impressed with how long it stayed on too. The medium shade was a bit darker than I was expecting, it gave me almost a bronze look. It went on smoothly but I did feel like it was a bit heavy on my skin. It also had a funny smell that lasted almost the whole day. I think I would try this again in a lighter shade.

Ruthie Monroe, NY

Not My Cool Weather Product

The medium shade matched my tan complexion better than many BB Creams without looking ghostly. I like that the SPF is included but I’m not sure what a “luminous finish” really is. This is thicker than anticipated, leaving my skin dry looking, fine lines emphasized with a matte finish.. nothing luminous to me.I do think this would do better in warm weather when my skin tends to be oily. I didn’t use 14 days straight to see if it really faded spots.

Janet Declo, ID

What ingredient fades dark spots?

Why did Amazon offer this product in its Vine program? You can’t buy it from Amazon, the product page refers you to other sellers. And the $37.xx price makes me gasp. JULY 2014: Glad to see that Amazon now sells this product for ~$11.I wanted to review this foundation because it has SPF 15 which is pretty common, but the product description says it will give “visible dark spot reduction.” The active ingredient in many dark spot treatments is hydroquinone, a ‘bleaching agent’ that has proven to fade dark spots when used continuously for weeks. However, some sources say it’s carcinogenic.Some dermatologists have prescribed therapeutic dosages of retinol for fading dark spots although it’s often described as good for smoothing fine wrinkles. My experience with it is it stimulates the skin to regenerate faster but many dark spots are not affected.This Pond’s product only lists a single active ingredient: Octinoxate (7.49%) and describes its purpose as ‘sunscreen.’ Not listed as an active ingredient is Zinc Oxide (5.12%) which is also a sunscreen. So what ingredient will reduce dark spots? I am not a dermatologist but I believe that once hyperpigmentation (a dark spot) happens, it doesn’t fade on its own even if you put SPF 100 sun block on it forever.I put the product on generously. It spreads well and the color seems to match my skin well although it seems darker than most makeup that’s called ‘medium.’ I will wear it daily, continuously for weeks and update this review with whether my skin, including dark spots, looks better.UPDATE July 2014I don’t think this makeup has done anything to lessen my dark spots. What seems to work for me is a 25% TCA peel which helps the minor imperfections. For major dark spots and even small moles and whiteheads, Freeze-off (for warts) seem to work best. The wart treatments have drugs to kill the virus that causes warts but the freezing kills the cells. If it’s not a DNA fault (‘variant’) the new skin cells ought to be non-over pigmented……………There are other foundations with SPF 25 and 30 or even higher, but sadly, they are not available from Amazon (as of this writing in 2013). Revlon and Rimmel each make a higher than SPF 15 foundation which cost less than this Pond’s product ($10-20 at Walgreen’s). They make no claims about fading dark spots.

Laverne Langston, AL

Slightly different that other BBs I have tried

I have tried a few different brands of BB creams, mostly samples thrown in my bag at sephora. Some I love, some I like, some…not so much. I was hopeful that this brand would be one of my favorites since it is cheaper than some “premium” type brands. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me well.First the color was off. I didn’t take any stars away for that, since i may have just used the wrong one. I did take one away for the way it left my skin. Some BB creams are more like moisturizing foundation, and some lean more towards tinted moisturizer. I like the ones that leave my skin soft, yes, but also the tone evened out and a more matte finish. This one seemed to sink in more like moisturizer, and didn’t cover very much of my reddish areas or freckles. It also left sort of a shine (which I fixed with pressed powder…and needed to touch up throughout the workday.) No BB cream IS a foundation, but I don’t want to spend money on something that needs too many additional products. I did like the light feeling of it and the moisturizing benefits, but I still prefer the Tarte and Smashbox ones over this. They are about double or more the price though. Still, I seem to save a little on the fact that I don’t need to use as much concealer under those or powder over them.Overall not a bad product at all. Nice price for a different type of product. I may try it again as the weather gets colder. Sometimes I need more moisture that time of year and this may be a good choice for then.

Geneva East Tawas, MI

Same old same old plus sunscreen

The product blurb calls this BB cream a “breakthrough” which is overstating things to a tremendous extent. Check out the ingredients: there is nothing much going on, and that’s exactly what you can expect from this glorified sunscreen. A lot of zinc oxide, which is used to prevent diaper rash and may help with inflammations and breakouts to some extent, is very effective when it comes to blocking UV rays. Octinoxate is another sunscreen, and a decent one.The other ingredients nothing special and found in just about every skin care product on the planet. A little chamomile, some hydrating ingredients, some antioxidant vitamins, a little ginger extract (boosts circulation which spurs cellular renewal, but I don’t think there is a sufficient amount here to do much). And there is nothing in here that will fade dark spots or make them go away. Labels make all sorts of promises. Ingredient lists don’t lie, and this one doesn’t have what it takes.BB Creams were a big buzz, but all they are is a combo of ingredients. The name itself means nothing. BB Creams were introduced in Korea where the word “blemish” is trademarked. To get around this, other skin care manufacturers used the initial intead for their acne products. Beauty/Blemish Cream equals BB Cream. Somehow it started a trend, the Japanese became aware of this new BB Cream and next thing you know, every skin care line has its own. Now it means multi-tasker: tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is a very popular variant. In fact, the trend was so hot, and skin care manufacturers were so convinced of the gullibility of American shoppers, we now have graduated to CC Creams. Cowabonga. If we continue to throw our money away on these silly items, we can anticipate DD and EEs soon.In the case of Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream, you aren’t getting much of anything beyond the sunscreen. If you are looking for foundation-type coverage, this will disappoint. The “luminous” effect is nothing more than a pale sheen created by the zinc oxide. I’m not crazy about the way it feels on my face, either.Ponds is obviously trying to dump its Granny’s Cleansing Cream image and reach the mainstream of beauty products. This is not going to pole vault them into Regeneris territory. On the basis of the sunscreen ingredients only, which are good and effective, this was almost worth 3 stars, but that silly “breakthrough” claim is just fabrication, so, two stars, no more.

Naomi Rockwood, ME

Great product!!

I really do love this cream, I don’t have alot of things to cover up so this is a nice lightweight cover cream. It has a smooth feel to it and goes on well. I would recommend it highly but then again I don’t think I have ever had a bad product from Ponds.

Edith Roanoke Rapids, NC

My Favorite Pond’s Product

This is the best Pond’s cream I’ve tried. It has a light scent, caused no problems with my skin (I have very sensitive skin, and it’s rare to find a product that doesn’t have an adverse affect), the inclusion of sunscreen was terrific, and it made my skin brighter and clearer. I saw reduction in fine lines, as well!I had to blend this cream with my regular foundation. I have a difficult skin tone for general "fair, medium, dark" products (gold-toned pale), but blending the recommended amount of this cream in with slightly more of my usual foundation (L’Oreal TrueBlend, for reference) did the job.Overall, the results were very good for the price, and I will buy this product again.

Claudine Owensville, OH

Definitely recommend

I remember the first time I heard about BB Cream and thinking, “I need to try that!” Then I did and it did absolutely nothing except make me break out. Buuuuut I still decided to give Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Cream a chance and I am so happy that I did!Pond’s BB Cream is light enough that I can wear it when it’s warm out and moisturizes, so I can wear it when it’s cold as well. It blends well and covers most of red spots and the occasional odd skin discoloration that always seems to happen at the most inopportune time. I still use powder over the BB cream, but I don’t have to use as much concealer or foundation (which always seems to make me break out).I’ll definitely keep buying this product, as it works well with my finnicky skin and is a quick fix.

Lakesha Jamestown, MO

Nice coverage

I got this product through Amazon Vine because I have those unsightly brown spots. I have tried many products, including lazier and honestly none work completely. The advantage of BB plus cream is that it provides instant results because it is really a mild cover up. That said the spots are still visible and I’ve seen no change without the make up.The product does have a nice light feel that is comfortable for daily use. I usually hate the feel of face products. The color (medium) is perfect for my skin and it even has a nice very minimal scent. When I use it with a powdered bronzed or rouge the coverage is fine! Alone it’s not quite sufficient.All in all I do like the product and recommend it as a light base make up. I can’t really say yet that my skin has improved, but I would purchase this product.

Monica Santa Elena, TX

Pond’s BB Cream- Medium

Love this BB cream! I have started using this in place of my usual foundation and it covers wonderfully. It evens out scar/dark spots and balances my ever-red cheeks to give me a nice smooth complexion. I received this product complimentary for review from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Barbara Murphy, ID

Great light coverage

I wear foundation every day but on the weekend I like to go with very little make up. This BB cream is surprisingly perfect for that. It offers very light coverage with a bit of color so it looks quite natural. I like that it has some SPF protection without that heavy creamy feeling or whitish effect. It doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t clog my pores. It goes on like a primer, the way it smooths out the skin. On the down side, there’s been no correction to my dark spots nor is there any ‘luminous’ effect on my skin.

Beatriz Belmont, CA

great BB cream

l really enjoy this BB cream. It looks very natural and feels very good on the skin. Will buy it again.

Carolina Leesville, LA