Thursday, June 17, 2010

Compiled BB Cream Review and Final (?) Decision--Picture Heavy


All of BB creams tried, even with light coverage, it did provide enough coverage to help foundation hide a lot of blemishes. Face actually looked airbrushed. In fact, when Mai saw me she thought that I had used the Temptu, which I hadn’t.


SkinFood Peach Sake Pore BB Cream and Etude BB Magic Cream



I’ve combined these two together because both were a thumbs down for me. These were both too matte and not hydrating at all. They didn’t work well for me.

Hanskin Caviar Gold

Light coverage, light in color, kind of an ashy color out of the tube but blends in nicely. Indeed moisturizing and hydrating. Skin with foundation on looked brighter. After 12 hours of wear, didn’t matte or emphasize fine lines. One thing that really pleased me was that it didn’t oxidize.

Lioele Beyond Solution

Color of this one is darker and matches my skin tone better than Caviar Gold. I still feel that it makes my face look a little white although on the swatch it looks quite dark. This one has a heavier coverage than Caviar Gold, but not by much. It also feels like it has a bit more of a matte finish but it still works with my skin and doesn’t bring out the fine lines the way most matte products do. This is not as hydrating as Caviar Gold and is not as glowy but it does wear quite well, even after 12 hours of wear. No real oxidization.

SkinFood Mushroom Multi Care

The color of this is in between Caviar Gold and Lioele. It is thicker so it provides more coverage, which is nice. Finish is again, in between Caviar Gold (CG) and Lioele, in that it’s more matte than CG but less matte than Lioele. This BB cream doesn’t seem to sink into the skin, it kind of sits on top so I found that after a few hours, it melted together with my foundation and looked marbled. I had to pat my face to put things back into place. After 12 hours of wear, I think that this oxidizes a bit. In looking at my photos, it does seem that my face looks a bit more orange.

Tony Moly

Color is very similar to Lioele. Coverage was probably the lightest with this BB cream, too light for my liking. It’s not a matte finish but not exactly a dewy finish either. After applying foundation, the overall look is good. After 12 hours of wear, I felt that it had been hydrating. I didn’t really do any touch ups. I think that like the SkinFood, this one does oxidize a wee bit.

Skin79 Super + Beblesh Balm (Hot Pink)

The color of this is very similar to CG. I even thought that it looked ashy coming out of the bottle. It did blend well on my face though but again, the color was quite light. This BB cream, like the SkinFood, doesn’t blend well into the skin, it just sits there on top. I did have to touchup a couple of times during the day. I had to powder my face, which I normally don’t do because it emphasizes the fine lines. Surprisingly, it didn’t show up over this BB cream. The finish, because of the powder, definitely is more matte and not glowy.

Swatches



The Verdict…

I realize that I ask a lot wanting to be able to wear my BB creams and foundations for at least 12 hours and not to have to worry about touching it up. Of course, if necessary, I will touch up and it’s not that big of a deal, as long as it’s not “Oh horrors! I really need to touch up!”

The final pictures in order (After 8 hours or more):
Hanskin Caviar Gold

Lioele Beyond Solution

SkinFood Mushroom Multi Care

Tony Moly

Skin79 Super + Beblesh Balm (Hot Pink)

Throughout all of the testing, it was really between Hanskin Caviar Gold and Lioele. I really liked CG because it gave me such a glowy finish, even with foundation on. The complaints that I had is that the coverage is a bit light and the color is quite light for me. It’s also a slightly ashy color. I think that I can work with that by wearing a slightly darker shade of foundation. Lioele I liked because the color was a much better match for me, albeit still slightly light. It’s also not a dewy finish, which I really like. Yeah, I guess that I like to glow. LOL! I like both because these two have the least amount of oxidization, if any at all.

In the end, I found the perfect foundation sitting in my cabinet so I choose Lioele Beyond Solution BB Cream. Towards the end of last year, I attended my first Nordstrom Trend Show and had a makeover done at the Bobbi Brown counter. I bought the foundation that the MUA used but after wearing it several times after that, I felt that the coverage was too light for my liking, even though it’s supposed to be a medium coverage foundation. I spent the weekend going through all of my containers, cabinets and bags of makeup to clean up and weed out the things that I’m not going to use any more. I found the Bobbi Brown foundation and decided to give it a try with the BB cream since I’m getting more coverage from it. It’s perfect! My complaint with the Lioele is that it’s not glowy. Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation in Beige 3 is the answer. It gives me that glowy, luminous finish that I liked with CG.

Lioele w/Bobbi Brown Foundation after 8 hours

See my glow even after more than 8 hours?

So that’s my experience after almost a month of experimenting. This is my own experience and result from BB cream testing. I have to say that all of these BB creams were given to me. The first two were gifts from a friend who went to Korea on a trip. The rest were from another lovely blogger who had used them and didn’t like them. She was ready to throw them out so I was really blessed to be able to receive the BB creams. Is it my final experimentation? Uhh…nooo! I have ordered and it should be arriving in a day or two, a BB cream that I ordered from Sasa. It’s Mentholatum Sunplay SPF27 PA++ Moisture BB Cream. I also want to order from A Pop Of Kawaii and try Kanebo Freshel Moist Lift W BB Cream. I don’t think that I will order this until some of the Fall 2010 makeup releases come out so that I can order all at the same time.

I hope that this was helpful to you.

*Kat*

8 comments:

BV said...

excellent post!! So comprehensive too..
I think BB creams are truly addictive in that you keep wanting to try out more and more...
I love how you have matched out the foundation + BB to get your perfect match - love the Bobbi Brown look on you!!

BV

PS I am very interested in finding out your new ones work out!

galpal.hi said...

Thanks BV! I think that even though I did separate reviews, it was easier for me to do a compiled review. You're right, once you start using BB creams, you want to keep on trying more, especially as new ones get released. Uh, kind of like your nail polish obsession.

I'm really liking the Bobbi Brown foundation now. I really disliked it after I purchased it because it was too sheer. It's perfect in combo with the BB cream.

Stay tuned for a new BB cream review...will be coming shortly.

*Kat*

BV said...

Kat.. I'm just going through a nail polish craze at the moment. I don't want to go too OTT because I haven't had any money spare to buy shoes, bags or outfits!!! HA.

I can't believe you are in your 40s!! Your skin looks fantastic in the FOTD!! If I ever get to Hawaii promise me you won't die of shock at my wrinkles!! ARGGHH.

BV
PS I am looking forward to the review!!

Lisa ✿✿✿ said...

I love the texture of the Bobbi brown foundation, their coverage's are usually are of a med coverage but I am also in between beige/natural shade so mixing the foundation are a chore for me at times so it's better to get one foundation rather than mixing both to get right color.

Your BB creams are interesting read,I want to try the Liole,skinfood mushroom works well for me.Iam wondering, you didnt mention much about the scent, are they all scented in some ways? Sometimes I do find some products abit overpowering for my own taste due to the smell of their product.

Have a great day =)

galpal.hi said...

BV, yeah, it would not be a good thing to have no money for the other good things in life. LOL!

Aaawwww, thank you so much! Honestly, I'm hitting the BIG 5-0 this year. OMG! Soooo OLD! I'm not sure what the conditions are in Sydney. In my mind, I think that when it gets hot, it's more of a dry heat like Las Vegas. I think that in Hawaii we are fortunate that it's a humid hot and not a dry heat. The humidity in the air helps to maintain our skin better. At least that's what I think. Honestly though, I hate the humidity.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks for commenting.

OMG! I used to mix foundations before all of the time. I finally gave up and just go with what is the closest match and I'll usually go lighter than darker.

You are correct! I totally forgot to put in the review on the scents of the various BB creams. Thanks for reminding me. I've already done another post.

*Kat*

Steph said...

this was probably my favorite post yet~
from the photos & your opinion i'm probably going to try the skin79 one
i want something that's matte which gives me more variety in terms of finish =D

the lioele & bobbi brown combo looks fantastic on you <3

galpal.hi said...

@Steph--Ah! You already found this post. I replied to your comment in the other post and mentioned this one. I'm so glad that you found this comparison review helpful. I hopet that the skin79 one works out for you.

BTW, thank you for all of your comments! It was such a surprise to receive so many comments from one person at one time. I appreciate you taking the time out to read and comment.

*Kat*