I was just talking about how blind buying bases can go south quickly, then here I am reviewing K-Palette Zero Tema BB Cream in #2 Natural Beige that I totally blind bought (got it at Luxola for PHP 584 on sale; regular price PHP 777.50). Don’t worry, I haven’t gone mad yet. I did say that sales tend to tempt me into buying, but it doesn’t mean I don’t do the legwork before the purchase. I scoured blog after blog to get an idea of the color, and now it’s time for you to see if the risk was worth it.
K-Palette Zero Tema BB Cream
Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in Japan; SPF 30 PA++
Across the board, I actually like this BB cream, though it isn’t what I initially expected. The aluminum laminated plastic tube is lightweight and sturdy, making it okay to travel with. The formula—and here’s where the surprise comes in—is unlike most BB creams I’ve sampled, in that it looks and feels more like a tinted moisturizer. Zero Tema’s light, non-sticky, semi-matte finish formula spreads easily and gets absorbed by the skin fast, then leaves a sun-kissed, healthy-looking glow in its wake. With that said, 02 Natural Beige is a light-to-medium ochre color that can also work as an instant tan for pale ladies like myself.
The Ochre comes out when compared to other BB Creams from Missha, Etude House, Celeteque, and Fairy Drops
If you’ve noticed, I mentioned above that I consider this BB Cream to be more like a tinted moisturizer, so I find it strange that the packaging would also claim that it is both a makeup base and foundation. While it boasts six amazing properties that a BB cream is typically known for (according to the label: beauty serum, moisturizing properties, sunblock, makeup base, foundation, leaves skin luminous), the coverage is immensely sheer that it leaves me wanting. Blemishes aren’t covered at all, but it does offer slight redness correction. As a makeup base or tinted moisturizer, that can be expected. But as a foundation or BB cream, it’s simply too sheer that it isn’t forgiving on blemishes. The coverage is the polar opposite of K-Palette’s own Zero Kuma Concealer, which is probably why I was caught by surprise at first use. Also relating to its sheerness is how the formula isn’t sweat- or waterproof, so the color tends to come off during hot and humid weather.
Has Semi-matte finish and provides mild skin tone correction
I still like it, because it redeems itself in the end. For days when heavy makeup is a no-no, the breathable formula is a godsend. There may be only two shades available, but it’ll make a good tinted moisturizer dupe (comparable, but certainly cheaper than Laura Mercier’s) if you fall under either 01 Light Beige or 02 Natural Beige.
Verdict: It functions as an effective makeup base with SPF that can slightly even out skintone, but the packaging claims can be a bit of an oversell. I use this alone for days when I don’t want heavy makeup, or I’d utilize the makeup base claim by layering another BB or foundation over. IMHO, Zero Tema BB Cream’s formula is a 97% dupe of Laura Mercier’s famous tinted moisturizer. Just hope you fall under those two shades.