Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Skinfood Gold Kiwi No Sebum Sun Matte SPF35 PA+++

I don't live near the equator, but I understand the importance of wearing a day cream with a small amount of SPF protection because UV rays lead to wrinkles, and also darken your scars. I've got acne scars from a year ago that haven't completely gone away and I definitely don't want those to go darker or slow them down from brightening. And since I'm almost a quarter of a century old, which is the age you start using anti-wrinkle products, it sounds reasonable to protect myself from the cause of these fine lines and wrinkles: the sun.

I already forgot how I got this sample. Either from my Skinfood purchases back when I was traveling in Korea or when I bought some Skinfood products on eBay. I love to try out samples during the weekend because I'm not as pressed for time and if anything horrible happens to my face, I can always just hide at home.

That strategy was put into great use with this product...unfortunately.

Description (taken from
  • A No Sebum Sun Matte that features its amazing sebum control quality with its light pink sun matte to keep your skin matte and clear, and substances rich in the peel of gold kiwi offer visible brightening benefits for oily, dull looking skin.   
  • After your daily skincare regimen, apply liberally to all exposed skin areas. Avoid the eye area.
  • For best results, apply at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply frequently while out in the sun
My impression:

I've been using Shiseido's White Lucent Moisturizer with SPF15. Sometimes when I'm in a rush I forget to put my Skinfood Fresh Apple Smooth Pore Cream for sebum control and I end up getting an oily T-zone in a few hours. So I was hoping this one, since it says "no sebum," will be better at oil control.

And boy it was. Because it felt like I was putting white powder on my face. I started spreading the cream on one side of my cheeks and that immediately left a white powdery cast. I thought maybe if I blended it in a bit more that would be less apparent, but I couldn't blend it because the cream became a white powder consistency that stuck on my face. I couldn't smooth my fingers along my face anymore.

I waited awhile thinking it may blend on my skin if I gave it some time like BB cream. But no, that white ghostly cast was still there. And this isn't the pale white cast you get with BB creams since BB creams are still beige colored. This is a PURE white cast. I was shocked. The worst thing was the texture of my face. I guess they held up their promise of "matte," because I felt like I just put on a very thin layer of Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask, forgot to wash it off, and became a dry powdery layer on my face. It definitely didn't feel like skin that had just been layered with a moisturizer or cream.

The description says it offers brightening effects for oily, dull looking skin. I would definitely NOT recommend this for people with dull looking skin because a ghastly white cast will just make your face even more dull. And this does not brighten. It whitens...literally. 

So far the Skinfood products that I've tried are all pretty good. Even if they may not be effective at what they claim, they're still quite moisturizing and refreshing to my face. This one is the worst Skinfood product, perhaps even the worst skincare product, that I've ever tried. I can't imagine someone having a face oily enough that they could use this cream and not have similar results. I know readers here may live in different climates and have different skin types. But my advice would be: please get a sample first!


Doesn't even feel like a cream
Not oily but it essentially feels like I'm putting powder on my face
Leaves a white and ghostly cast (not pale, pure white just like the background color of this page!)
$16 for 50g on eBay

Quality: 1/5 because it does what it says.. no sebum and matte by leaving a white ghost-like cast on your face and making your skin texture not like skin!

Value: 0/5 because I can't imagine anyone putting this on and walking on the street (I had to wash it off and reapply everything again)

Repurchase? Noooooooooooo way


  1. Thanks for the review. I have combination skin which is prone to acne, and finding a sunscreen that doesn't do more harm than good is really quite a challenge. Would you recommend potential products that may work?

    1. Hi there,

      I have the same problem with sunscreens actually. All the sunscreens by Skinfood that I've tried so far are on the greasy side (except this one but it was like white paste so that doesn't work either). The best luck I've had so far was with Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk ( in that it was really light and non-greasy. I only used it once because it was a sample but you can buy some samples and try it out to see for yourself. Hope that helps!