That’s right. Before all these CC, DD and EE creams, we only had BB creams. Before it was so widely marketed in the Western countries, we had mostly Korean BB Creams. My first ever experience with BB Creams was with Skin79 Hot Pink. It was before I started this blog, and way before I had too many foundations.
Of course, what you see here isn’t my first bottle. This is a repurchase, because I remember liking it a lot. I’ve started to use this again to see if my views have changed after my experiences with so many other foundations and alphabet creams. The Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream comes in a sturdy air tight pump bottle. This keeps the product fresh but I can’t tell how much there is left in the bottle.
The Hot Pink BB Cream is more suitable for those with combination oily skin because it controls shine without compromising on moisture. I still need to set this with powder and I only have to blot this once or twice the whole day. I suspect this might still be much for those with very oily skin so perhaps skipping moisturizer might help. For me, I still apply the works – moisturizer, sunscreen before this BB Cream because to me, it’s another form of foundation no matter how much skincare benefits they claim to have.
The texture is much thicker and I only need a tiny bit for my face. What you see in the photo below is one full pump, and there’s no way I could use it up. Probably less than a quarter of this amount. Way less.
What I like to do is to warm up the product between my fingers before patting it onto my face. There isn’t much slip to this product because of the tiny amount I use, and if I use more, I find it too heavy for my liking. Warming up the product first helps it absorb into my skin much better. You can see in the swatch below that once blended, it is fully blended into my skin.
The downside for most Korean BB Creams is they only come in very limited shades. This claims to adapt to your skin colour, but I doubt anyone darker than, say, NC35 can wear this without looking ashy. Please correct me if I’m wrong. For reference, I’m around NC20 but I can never get a good match in MAC foundations. You’d also notice that there is slight grey cast in the swatch and you’d be right. This BB Cream is greyish in colour, but when applied on my face, it transforms into my skin colour. Here is what I look like, with one thin layer of BB cream on my face. Redness is gone but you can still see my freckles. My skin tone is evened out and there isn’t any shine (no powder). Also, I don’t look grey.
When it comes to lasting power, this pales in comparison to Dior’s BB cream. By the 6th hour, most coverage is gone and I’d need to touch up with powder foundation when I’m at work (or not when I feel lazy!). In the end, yes, I still like this for what it is. My skin feels soft during and after application and it’s much better than some newer BB and CC creams around.
I saw some miniature sized ones at Watsons so I recommend getting the smaller sized ones to try. There are other versions from Skin79 as well, like Gold and Diamond, but I’ve never tried those. Have you tried any of the Asian BB Creams?