Review | Za True White Instant Brightener SPF 30 PA+++ and Za True White Two-Way Foundation SPF 20 PA++

Pegged as a face brightener with the benefits of a BB cream sans the greyness that the latter may have, Za True White Instant Brightener SPF 30 PA+++ (S$15.90/30 ml) promises to impart radiance and even out skin tone.

On me, this pink-tinged liquid visibly brightens the complexion – it might even make me look half a shade fairer – but it doesn’t even out my skin tone as well as the brand’s powder foundation. It has a silicone-slip to it, as well as minuscule shimmery particles but I like that it doesn’t emphasise/give rise to skin flakiness. It can easily double up as a sunscreen too, though I’m not too fond of the somewhat tacky sensation. Thankfully, however, this product isn’t as greasy as some of the sunscreens I’ve tried (L’Oréal UV Perfect, for instance) and settles nicely under the powder foundation.

A revamped version of its predecessor, Za True White Two-Way Foundation SPF 20 PA++ (S$9.90 for the case, S$20.50 for the 9 g refill) is a smooth powder foundation that comes in four Asian-friendly shades. When paired with the brightener, it easily gives my skin an even appearance just with a fluffy powder brush alone.

If such a tool can impart adequate evenness, I’d imagine that a sponge would do better and give more coverage. It does seem to emphasise my forehead lines a little but that could be attributed to the brightening base (caking?), my drier, deepening lines or my lack of buffing.

Besides the smoothness, I appreciate the fact that it doesn’t give off an obvious white cast when photographed, unlike its older version in the blue casing. You can see its effect in my recent drugstore makeup face.

Another plus point? The new sleek and shiny compact, albeit a fingerprint magnet! ;)


  • TheUndercoverGypsy says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about these products, I think I’ll take a look at them. I’m happy to see this new trend of having a sunscreen/base/primer product as part of the cosmetic line itself.
    Could the emphasising of lines on the forehead be attributed to the hellish weather we’ve been having? I find that a lot of powder foundations ball up on my skin at the slightest hint of humidity despite blotting my face before application. The case sure does look good – it does not have the slightly clinical look that the original blue ones did :)

    • makeupmag says:

      Hi TUG,

      I don’t know – maybe it is the humid weather. :) The case looks classier than the older ones but it has a certain lightness to it. :P

  • amber says:

    Hi there,
    What brush do u use to apply it?

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