A friend of mine had been mulling over if she should get me to buy her a BB cream from Holika Holika, so I got curious and did some research on the Holika Holika BB creams. However, instead of wanting to buy HH BB cream (HHBB haha), I got curious about the BB cream from Innisfree instead. One of the blog reviews I saw was comparing the two, and the blogger gave more points to the Innisfree BB. So I am blaming all this money spend on her haha.
The Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream is one of 3 BB creams Innisfree offers. However, with the limited amount of English on the packaging, it seem the 3 BB creams are just different versions of the same green tea BB cream. One had the word “cover” on it, which I assume meant it was more of a concealer rather than base. I can’t recall what the other one said, but all three had green tea on it. I went with this one, because this was the one I saw the review on. That being said, I think Innisfree did a overhaul of this BB cream not long ago. Most of the pictures I saw were with a pump head, and claims to have calendula extract in the BB cream, which was what really got me curious about this BB cream. The one I got, however, only lists the green tea and says nothing about calendula extracts. The packaging is the normal squeeze tube type of packaging, nothing too exciting.
I have a fairly good impression of Innisfree as a brand. The “free” in their name suppose means that their products are free of many harmful chemicals, and they also seem to be fairly eco conscious and organic. They have a packaging recycling program, where if you return empty containers (from their brand) you can receive points that can go towards your next purchase. I haven’t bought enough of their stuff to do that, but I did get a membership card from them, just so I can get the sales when they do go on sale. Innisfree price range is a bit higher on the Korean brand scale. Nothing like Dior or Clarin’s, but compared to The Faceshop and Skinfood products the prices are a little higher. The tube of BB cream I got was 16,000 won (about $16) and my Skinfood BB creams were about 10,000 won (about $10).
With that out of the way, here are some swatch pictures. From left to right, dab, smudged, and blended. The top darker colour BB cream is my Skinfood Red Bean BB cream.
Indoor florescent lighting
Outdoor natural light
Outdoor direct sunlight
The colour of the Innisfree BB is a lot lighter than the Skinfood BB. Innisfree has 2 colours to choose from, this is the number 2, the darker of the two. Number one was pale white, I had a little inside voice gasp when I saw the colour. Skinfood colour definitely suits my skin better, that being said, there’s so little coverage from the Innisfree that the colour match doesn’t really matter. Innisfree also has a more yellow undertone rather than the pink that Skinfood has.
The texture of this BB cream is a bit on the greasy side, and you can see this from the blotting paper test that I did.
Both BB creams made the blotting paper turn pretty much black, but you can still see that the Skinfood (left) is a bit less dark than the Innisfree (right). I took this picture after I patted the sheet on to my hand. The Skinfood BB took a few seconds to turn dark. As shown in the picture below
You can see that the Skinfood (left) is just showing through, while Innisfree is already dark (oh hello foot XD sorry about that). I wish I had taken a vid instead. The Innisfree went dark right when the paper touched the BB cream, while Skinfood slowly soaked through.
As mentioned before, Innisfree has little to no coverage. I don’t even feel like it did much to even out my skin tone. Even a second layer did next to nothing for my blemishes and uneven skin tone.
I’d give this BB cream a 5/10. That being said, I’ve only used the product once, and I probably won’t have enough time left here in Korea to decide if I like this enough to hoard home, but currently my decision is a no. The blog review I saw described Innisfree as a light weight BB cream that’s good for hot summer days, I am going to have to disagree. I could feel the greasiness of this BB cream the moment I put it on, and I think it would be more suitable for winter months, so this may be good for the cold, dry winters of Canada.
Alright so it’s been a few more days since I’ve used this bb cream (total of 4 days), so wanted to do a short update of my overall impression of this bb cream. The whole not enough coverage thing was dude to the way I applied the bb cream the first time around, it actually does pretty well at covering spots and uneven skin tone. The colour difference is fairly noticeable if I apply too much on my face. The one thing I don’t like is the creasing. This bb cream immediately creases on my eyelid, that’s how oily it is. That being said, it seems to be doing wonders for my skin. I’ve been having less skin issues, my pimples are actually healing…it’s either the bb cream or because I am soon to be getting my monthly “gift” from mother nature. The bb cream definitely warrants more testing.