SANA Pore Putty BB Cream Smooth (as a Primer) Review

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

If you live in Asia, you might have seen the Japanese brand SANA around, especially their most famous product, Pore Putty! I bought the SANA Pore Putty BB cream on my most recent Japan trip, and I can't remember how much it cost, but you can buy it from Ebay for $23 AUD (I definitely paid a lot less).

I don't normally use primer because I have dry skin, but recently it feels like everyone has been raving on about the importance of primers so I dug this one out of my stash to review. I do have the SANA original Pore Putty primer and didn't think it was that great, so this time I tried my luck and bought the BB cream hoping that it would save me time as it contains primer + BB cream in one step. 

From what I can see online, SANA has 3 types of liquid BB cream products: Smooth, Enrich and Original. At the time of purchase, all I could read were those 3 words because everything else was written in Japanese. Now I see that Smooth is for oily/combo skin and Enrich is for dry skin. Noooo! I purchased the wrong type for my skin condition! So please keep that in mind as you read this review.

The packaging is a simple squeeze tube in a lovely baby blue colour. The print is in metallic gold which looks beautiful, but is quite hard to photograph so apologies for the very reflective images. There is 30g of product in the tube. I also like the thin nozzle which helps keep the opening and lid very clean.

It sure looks like a pigmented BB cream at first, but to my disappointment it turns translucent when blended out. I do not think anyone can possibly use this product as a BB cream, to me it can only be used as a primer. It has a very silicone-y, silky formula that can be spread thinly across the skin, and leaves it feeling dry to the touch, very powdery and silky smooth. 

I photographed my nose and forehead right in between my eyebrows as those are the problem pore areas for me. My skin is getting better, but is currently dehydrated and flaky despite skipping washing my face in the morning. As the day goes on it remains flakey, but produces lots of oil underneath, lucky me. All in all, it's the perfect recipe for cakey makeup. 

As you can see, in the before photos my skin does not look dry at all. In fact it even looks oily! You can really see the uneven skin tone and pores on my forehead especially.

After the SANA BB Cream
Wearing only the primer fills in all my pores nicely and the oily sheen is taken away. The pores on my nose are practically invisible now! My skin feels and looks much smoother and a little less red, which shows that the 'BB cream' provides minimal coverage. It looks promising right?

After Foundation
Here's where it all goes downhill. As soon as I put on my least cakey foundation (Loreal True Match), painstakingly warmed up and applied with my fingers, you can see every single flake on my face that didn't exist before. Enlarge the pictures to grasp the full extent of what occurs on my face. My nose is not that noticeable, but the cakiness on my forehead is terrible and very obvious in real life. 

Obviously, this product is not made for dry skin, so keep that in mind as you read this review. It showed so much promise though! It feels wonderfully light on my face and fills in my pores perfectly, however simply does not work when any BB cream/foundation is applied over it. Normally my foundation does cake when applied over my bare skin, but not as badly as this. 

I'd say this is a great pick for oily skin, as shown by its number #1 Cosme Japan ranking. I would like to try the Enrich version, however Pore Putty is known for the silicone, silky texture of their primers and I am worried that it will provide the same result. 

Does anyone know of any primers for dry, flaky skin? Please help me!

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