Before The Evolution Of Alphabet Creams: Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream

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.


Skin79 Hot Pink

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.


one pump


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?


xoxo Lily



  • Ah you are so a girl after my own heart! Skin 79 Super + is my all time favorite BB cream. I used it before the fad and have been increasingly more annoyed by the BB, CC, DD craze as time has passed!

    β™₯ Jessica

    • I know right? I heard there’s an EE cream. It’s getting stupidly ridiculous. HAHAHAH!

  • Hanny Daforcena

    Hello again, I’m back!

    My all-time fave BB cream is still the Dr. G BB Cream (the silver one with the yellow stripe) and although I’m slightly too dark for it with my little tan, I still go back to it from time to time. ^.^

    • Hi Hanny! How have you been?
      I haven’t tried Dr G before, but I have tried Dr Jart and that’s not too bad either πŸ™‚

  • I’ve used this one before and remember liking it even though I have drier skin! It’s not bad at all-just wish it had more SPF would be my only thing! It looks lovely and natural on you Lily!

    • Thanks Tracy. The low SPF doesn’t bother me because I apply my SPF50 before this anyway. I HAVE to, because the sun here is very unforgiving to the skin. Today’s been overcast though, and I’m enjoying it while it lasts!

  • Nida Moughal

    Its really grey but you don’t look grey that’s great.

    • Hahahaha, Nida. I know, I don’t look grey. Whew!

  • I really liked this BB cream, I’ve used a whole bottle of it. My skin is normal with oily T-zone and it did get a bit shiny after a few hours but nothing too oily!

    • Glad this works for you too, Emma! You’re right about this not being oily. I like that the skin is dewy but not too shiny…

  • I’ve tried one Korean BB cream (Erborian), but the gray undertone really bothers me! I don’t think it disappears on my skin tone. Maybe it’s because I’m darker?

    • Hey Sunny, hhmmm… interesting. I don’t think you’re that much darker than I am, so can I say, it’s not you, it’s the BB cream? LOL!

  • I kind of skipped the BB craze and have only tried EstΓ©e Lauder’s so far but I’m planning on getting Dior next. EL does have a bit of grey undertone on application but it disapears with a little bronzer. I guess it would be the same with this one. Not sure I’ve ever seen this one but again, my interest is pretty recent. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I haven’t tried the EL BB creams. I don’t have much luck with EL bases because they tend to be too pink for me. Yes, you should try Dior. Other than the limited shade selection, the performance is tip top!

  • You reminded me that I still need to check out the Dior BB cream πŸ˜€

    • Awesome πŸ™‚ I would think it’s thicker than your NARS one, but if you don’t mind that, you might really like it!

  • Liz

    So it’s called Hot Pink, looks grey, but is actually normal on skin? lol

    I plan on exploring Asian brands a bit more now. Will look out for this whenever that happens.

    • LOL yeah… well, it wouldn’t sound great if it’s called Chameleon Cream…
      There are so many brands out there though. It’s getting confusing

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    LOL @ alphabet creams πŸ˜‰ It really does look ashy in swatches so it’s amazing how it blends into your skin, looks totally undetectable

    • I know right? The key to the natural look is to apply just a tiny bit, by patting it into the skin πŸ™‚

  • My skin doesn’t need any heavy coverage foundation, this bb cream is just perfect for my skin, it gives me a glowy natural look.

    • Glad you like it Emily πŸ™‚