Alright I will admit I have an obsession with BB creams…I currently own more than I can use, and am still curious about other new BB creams…I are cray. (click here for previous post of a collective BB Cream review)
Today, we will be looking at 4 different BB creams from 3 different brands, from left to right in the picture:
1) Holika Holika Petit BB Cream
2) ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White
3) Skinfood Aleo Sun BB Cream
4) Holika Holkia Snail BB Cream
Let’s start with Holika Holkia Petit BB Cream. My friend actually gave me this one. She said that it gave her whiteheads. I’ve only used it once, so I will reserve final judgement until I’ve tried it more. Though, I will say that I’ve had a very bad first impression with this one.
Colour: Grey-ish. The colour is the main reason I didn’t like this BB. I absolutely hate grey undertone BB creams, that was the reason I threw out my Skin 79 one. The grey undertone accentuates my dark circles and acne scars etc. Basically all the bad stuff on my face. It also leaves me pale and ghost like, which isn’t exactly what I am looking for.
Texture: A bit on the creamy side. Feels thick while it sits on my face, and tends to settle into lines. I think I may, underline may, change my mind about it, if I put on a little less, but we’ll see.
Coverage: A LOT, but also makes the colour difference very obvious
Scent: Strong floral scent
Sun Protection: SPF 30 and PA++ (which is basically Asian way of saying you won’t get darker, because white skin is very important for them, the more + the better).
Properties: if you can read Korean, please let me know, because I have no idea.
Price: 5000won (about $5) 30ml
Made in Korea
Overall rating: 2.5/5 barely passable, but is worth another try
Colour: The number 2, shown here, has a pinky-yellow undertone. The number 1 in Skinfood BBs has a yellow-white undertone, which is too pale for me. I also want to point out unlike the other brands of BB creams that I’ve tried, where different lines tend to have a variation of colours, Skin 79 for example has this problem; Skinfood BB creams, regardless of the line, has all the same colour, which makes it really easy for me to try them.
Texture: Creamy but slightly liquid, thinner formula, and easy to spread. More balanced formula not too dry and doesn’t feel greasy, unlike InnisFree.
Coverage: Decent, but usually requires two layers. Does help even skin tone and gives a sheer glow
Scent: Light floral scent, but stronger than the Red Bean Skinfood is still my current go to BB cream.
Sun Protection: SPF of 20 and PA+
Properties: Hydrating and soothing. Although each BB from Skinfood is suppose to have different properties, I really feel no difference between them.
Price: 10,000won (about $10) 50g or 50ml
Made in Korea
Overall rating: 5/5
Here it is with flash. If you compare it with the Holika, it is definitely a bit darker in colour, but lighter in texture
Under natural lighting. You can see the pink undertone here more. And on the very right, there’s no colour difference from my skin at all, just a sheer glow to the skin, which I love!
Next on the list, ZA Total Hydration BB Cream UV White. This was an impulse buy from Taiwan. The reason being the annoying amount of times I’ve seen the commercial, it was insane. But this was actually my HG while in Taiwan, more than my Skinfood. Originally I didn’t want to try it in Taiwan, as I still had some Skinfood left, and I wanted to use it up, but gave in because I wanted to see if it was any good, and worth hoarding. Unfortunately, logic got to me and I never hoarded this BB cream (as in the logic that I have more BB cream than I can use up XD).
Colour: Similar to Skinfood, pinky-yellow undertone
Texture: A little dryer than Skinfood, and that was why I liked it better in Taiwan. Taiwan is a humid humid, sub tropical island, and is HOT, meaning I sweat a lot, and my skin produces more oil than it normally would in Vancouver or even Korea. This BB stayed on my skin for the long haul, and didn’t grease up my face. Like Skinfood, it’s easy to spread and has a thin formula
Coverage: Good, just needs one layer. Evens out skin tone, and has a semi-matte finish
Scent: light floral scent, has a bit of sunscreen smell to it as well
Sun Protection: SPF 50+ and PA+++. Suppose this means it’s got more SPF than 50, but Taiwan’s FDA equivalent will only allow cosmetics companies to label up to 50, if it’s more you can only show by adding a “+” sign to it, so we will never know if it’s 60 or 100. Whatever it is, I still think it’s important to put sunscreen underneath any base make up, regardless of the amount of SPF labelled. The reason being we don’t put on enough of base make up for it to protect our skin effectively. Of course it’s still great to have some SPF in base make up, it’ll give a little extra help for the protection, if like me, you don’t put on a thick layer of sunscreen either.
Properties: Whitening (claims to do this in 10 days: I’ve never wore this 10 days in a roll, so I can’t tell you if that’s true.), non-comedogenic, and long lasting (definitely true).
Price: 300NT (about $10), 20g or 20ml
Made in Taiwan (I think it’s a Taiwan brand)
Overall Rating: 5/5
Here it is with flash. The colour of this BB is similar to Skinfood, but it has a bit more yellow undertone, possibly because Taiwanese girls are generally more yellow than Korean girls. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and that was also something I liked about it.
Again, in natural lighting, on the very right, you can barely see any colour difference with my hand. I kind of regret not hoarding these. Last, for this post anyways, is the Holika Holika Snail BB cream. This was a gift when I purchased about $145 worth of stuff from Holika Holkia (yeah don’t ask…). That was in Korea, and this came with a face cream and a toner from the same Snail line. I brought this along when I went on a 10 day Japan trip, and I did not like it. The main reason I don’t like it, actually has nothing to do with the product itself, but the packaging: it explodes. At first I thought it was just the plane ride, but I cleaned it up after I got home, and it still exploded…it just makes a big mess. That being said, since this is the sample size, I don’t know if the regular size would be like that.
Colour: Here’s another example of how BB creams from the same brand but different line can have a colour difference. The Snail BB cream has a bit more yellow undertone than the previously mentioned Petit BB (also from Holika). There is less of a colour difference (on my face) for this BB.
Texture: Lighter, more liquid than other BBs. Thins out better than the Petit, but still feels thick on the face.
Coverage: Covers quite well, but again, makes the colour difference obvious
Scent: Like all Holika Holika products, it’s got a strong floral scent.
Sun Protection: SPF 30 and PA++.
Properties: The BB is suppose to be moisturising, cause of the whole snail slime thing, it isn’t, it’s more greasy than moisturising.
Price: I am not sure of the price, as this was a gift with purchase, and I was never really into the whole snail slime hype, I would never pay money to get this. The tube I have is 10ml.
Made in Korea
Overall rating: 3/5 it wins the Petit BB by 0.5 because of the better colour match and thinner formula, but still barely passable.
And I guess I can’t really do a BB cream post without the mandatory grease test. Sorry it’s so crowded, I ran out of room. The arrows point to the respective BB cream blobs. The first to turn up grease was the Holika Holika Petit BB, followed by Snail BB, then Skinfood, and lastly ZA (as you can see it’s got the lightest grey circle).
My suggestions for someone who has skin like me (normal to dry skin, oily T-zone, and semi-sensitive skin). If you live in northern cold and dry places like Canada (Vancouver is more mild but nothing compared to more southern cities like LA or Asian cities like Taipei), I’d suggest Innisfree or Skinfood. Innisfree is definitely more greasy than Skinfood, so it depends on your own preferences. I personally like Innisfree better than Skinfood during the cold winter months, but during the mild temperatures of spring and fall I would reach for my Skinfood. If you live in southern humid and hot troipcal/subtropical places like Taiwan or LA, I’d suggest ZA. It is very long lasting, especially considering how much I sweat while in Taiwan, I absolutely love it. During the more humid weather of Vancouver summer (all two weeks of it) I would reach for ZA. As for the two Holika Holikas, well, I think it’s safe to say, I would reach for them if they were the only BB creams I have left in my make-up bag, which is not likely to happen.