Pond’s BB Cream Review – 01 Original

Last updated on 31 May, 2022

I have tried many BB creams only to realize they absolutely don’t compliment my skin tone. My skin tone is fair to medium which is a bit pinkish. I picked up BB cream Pond’s after trying out Garnier BB cream, Lakme CC cream (in shades beige and bronze) both.

Let’s get into the review of the Pond’s White Beauty BB+ cream SPF PA++ in the shade 01 Original

Ponds BB Cream Review - 01 Original

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What is a BB cream?BB cream is a mixture of skincare and makeup that provides the hydration of a moisturizer, coverage of a light foundation and in some cases, the sun protection of a sunscreen.

Pond's BB Cream Review - 01 Original

Brand Claims
The first all-in-one BB+ Fairness cream SPF 30 PA++ from Pond’s that works from outside and inside. This unique skin colour matching fairness cream gives you a natural looking instant glow on the outside while working from deep inside. For a perfect and glowing look everyday. Pond’s White Beauty BB+ Fairness SPF 30 PA++ us specially designed for Indian skin.

Pond’s BB Cream Ingredients
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Potassium chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, CI 77492, Dicapryly Carbonate, Magnesium Sulphate Heptahydrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cyclomethicone, Disteradimonium Hectorite, Palmitic acid and stearic acid, Cyclotetrasiloxane, cholesterol, bisabolol, ginger root extract, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, Sucrose distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantonin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Butylene glycol, Idopropynyl butylacrbamate, Aplha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77491, CI 77499

Ponds BB Cream Shades
Pond’s has come up with an extra shade to suit medium to deep medium skin tone. When I picked up the small tube only one shade was  available which is labeled as 01 Original now. So when I picked up the big tube I picked the original shade which suits me perfectly. The brand needs to come up with more shades to suit all skin tones.

  1. 01 Original – Best suited for light to medium skin tone
  2. 02 Medium – Best suited for medium to deep medium skin tone

How to use?
You can directly apply for the skin with your fingers spreading and blending at the same time.

Packaging, Colour, Consistency and Fragrance
The packaging is quite travel friendly and is housed in pink and white tube with a silver cap. Nonetheless the packaging is compact and can even fit into your small vanity bag. The colour I have is beige one which perfectly matches my skin. The product has a nice fragrance which is more of a cosmetics’ fragrance. The fragrance feels very nice and doesn’t feel over powering or isn’t much lingering. The consistency of the cream is very nice and it blends very easily into the skin without being tacky or oily.

Ingredient benefits
UV Protection from below ingredients:

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Titanium Dioxide

Brightening ingredients

  • Niacinamide
  • Alpha-Bisabolol
My experience with Pond’s BB Cream

The product, as stated above, the cream has a satiny finish without any sticky or oily or greasy feel. The cream blends and spreads easily on the skin and matches my skin tone perfectly. On one occasion I applied the cream and was out roaming in the sun from 9 am to 3 pm. In spite of the harsh and hot sun rays the product did not sweat a bit or did not make my skin oily. I didn’t even use a compact powder on top of it or didn’t do any touch ups as such. Even after being out for so much time my otherwise oily skin was looking pretty good.

Pond's BB Cream Swatch - 01 Original
Pond's BB Cream Swatch - 01 Original

No sweat Formula
The best thing is that it doesn’t even sweat upon immediate application or even after some time or some hours. Now let me tell you why this is utmost important. Any sun protecting cream or lotion if it sweats the sun protecting agents in them become less or zero effective. Pond’s BB cream has absolutely nailed the formula with a sweat proof SPF 30 which offers light coverage plus sun protection.

Natural looking glow
Now coming to the claim of colour matching to the skin tone while giving a natural glow. This holds very true in case of the shade 01 Original for my fair to medium skin tone. The product gives a medium coverage while making the acne marks look ashy. But it definitely conceals the pores on the nose and the face. I don’t suffer much from pigmentation issues especially around the mouth, so this coverage is sufficient for me. However the product might look ashy on the pigmented areas or dark acne marks.

It doesn’t work on dark circles much, I still like to apply the cream on my under eye areas to reduce the oiliness of my eye lids and it perfectly does this job (applying a liner and kajal totally preps up my droopy eyes). Keeping in mind the performance, price and formula of the BB cream, I find this as a very minor point, because no BB cream can really conceal your acne marks or pigmentation perfectly. If you apply the product in excess it will end up looking very artificial and cakey.

Non comedogenic

Now coming to the non comedogenic formula claim, the cream absolutely doesn’t clog pores or give any bumps post usage or with daily usage. My skin is oily and acne prone and this cream perfectly suits my skin. I like how it gives me an even toned skin while not giving me any acne. Another point I would like to mention is that I always apply this BB cream over a light weight moisturizer or sometimes I even skip using a moisturizer beneath it and it perfectly works in both the cases. However after talking about so many good things of the product I have mentioned some negative points of the product below in ‘The Out’ sectionThe In

  • Gives a natural glow to the skin while giving an even skin tone
  • Blends and spreads easily across the face
  • Paraben, Alcohol Free Formula
  • Instant spot coverage of light acne marks
  • Has SPF 30 for sun protection
  • Non comedogenic Formula
  • Light texture which blends easily into the skin
  • Non oily or non sticky texture
  • Doesn’t make the skin oily or greasy after immediate application or even after several hours
  • Doesn’t make me sweat at all
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Can be used on daily basis
  • Very affordable BB cream
  • Travel friendly, stylish and super sleek packaging
  • Gets absorbed into the skin nicely after some hours without causing any problem

The Out

  • More than two shades should be available to cater to all skin tones
  • Dry skin will need a moisturizer beneath the BB cream
  • Contains silicone
  • Not fungal acne safe
  • Gives ashy look to the dark acne marks and pigmentation
  • Pond’s is a not cruelty free brand
Price, Shelf life and Availability – 145 INR for 18 gms with a shelf life of 3 years from the date of manufacturing. Available in stores as well as online.

Ponds BB Cream Review – 01 Original

I would highly recommend you to try the Pond’s BB cream once, they have very small tube available. Especially keeping in mind that they have two shades now as opposed to the previous one shade (although they are less). The light to medium coverage it offers with a sweat proof formula without making the skin oily is amazing. The cream blends in very easily without the help of any cosmetic tool and this makes the product worth an investment. The product is affordable, easily available and apt for day to day use. Moreover the application and touch up is hassle free. However if you are into cruelty free products or brand then this is not a good option as Pond’s is not a cruelty free.

About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.