**EDIT: This is my official HG face product. This blew all my foundations, TMs, and other BB creams out of the water. My best friend commented that my face looks a lot brighter and better with this on :) It doesn't have an obvious makeup look at all like foundations do. I think the skincare benefits are there; I had a breakout in the morning, and by the time I washed my face it dried out and my skin looked healthier, softer and brighter.
**EDIT #2: If anyone is curious about the shade but don't have any local shops to swatch this, colour-wise it is very similar to Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in 150 Buff. Side by side, Whipped is just slightly more golden. On the face, the Skin79 applies paler. I think the high titanium dioxide content accounts for why it is so much whiter than Colorstay Whipped when applied to the face. On MUA reviews on the Whipped, Buff is commonly matched with NC15. Hope this helps :)
**EDIT #3: I've changed my mind. The wear and finish of this product is completely dependent on the condition of your skin that day. If you have flakier skin, it will emphasize all that by noon and look like a sloppy mess by the end of the day. Some days it looks amazing, but those are the days when there is a perfect canvas to work with. If you don't have especially flakey/dehydrated or super oily skin, this will work out for you. Bumping this down to 4 lippies (if I could, I'd give it a 3.5).
Claims of this BB cream (from the Skin79 website): "Upgraded Sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection SPF50. Strengthen's skin NMF and maintain balanced skin condition. Osmopur-N and Vital-V Complex soothe and protect skin from harmful environments for a moisturized, healthy skin."
Price: I got this for $30 WHICH is not the best price you can get this for, but I think it was a relatively good price compared to other places. However, I wish I had bought this on eBay for $14! Please take my suggestion and buy it from there if you want the best bang for your buck (if you live outside of Korea anyways).
Colour: To be honest, if you're darker than an NC20 and plan to use it on its own as a normal base product, I suggest you to look into another BB cream. I kind of wince when I see tanned girls wearing this BB cream on Google search; they look so ashy! I suppose if you really want to try this BB cream you can just wear it as a primer or mix it in with something else though. I'm an NC17 and this definitely is NC10-NC15 upon application; I looked ghastly! This DID oxidize to suit my skintone, but I think the effect would be rather jarring if again, you are darker than NC20. There is not as much leniency for oxidation here compared to other BB creams. This BB cream is light beige with soft yellow undertones, which are perfect for me. There is some greyness to it but it is VERY slight. It was barely undetectable until I compared my [yellow] arm next to my face. The colour did make my skin look brightened, very beautiful and "clean"-looking.
Finish: This BB cream sets as a satin finish. It is slightly dewy, but not shiny. There are no shimmer particles in this, which is a big plus. After 8 hours, despite the oil shyly peaking through my combination skin, it maintained a lit-from-within glow. I found the oil control to be very good, on par with my Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation. Very strange how my BB cream showed the very first signs of breaking down, but didn't appear as if it was melting off my face. Minus the slightly amped up emphasis on my flakies, I thought the effect was so beautiful. If you have dry areas, make sure to moisturize them very well prior to using this.
**EDIT: The oil verdict is... on my combination skin, I start to get obviously shiny/oily around the 8-9 hour mark, without any blotting and powdering midday :) Also with no ugly "oil breakdown". HUGE thumbs up!
Coverage: This BB cream is VERY concentrated; I would say it is easily a medium-to-full coverage. I don't need concealer when I use this. I use fingers to apply this because I don't really need to maximize the coverage with other brushes, though I think that you can also sheer this out with a damp sponge. I think that using a damp sponge to apply this would work better for dry skin types so there is a little more added moisture. Compared to other BB creams, I don't find this one particularly moisturizing. I would also like to note that PATTING this in works so much better than just buffing and massaging this into the skin; this way, it emphasizes less of the texture of your skin.
Packaging: Very sturdy, cylindrical orange canister that comes with a gold pump. I have no complaints about this. However, I had previously used the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream in the past and I know that the nozzle can get clogged after awhile, but I am not sure if the problem still persists. Just a heads up!
**EDIT: The pump squirts out WAY too much product in one go! Please use with caution! I use a little less than 1/2 of a pump for my whole face and neck including touching up on dark circles, red areas, pimples, etc. I was flabbergasted at the amount of product I had wasted that day :(
Who I think this would suit:
-anyone between an NC10-20
-combination to oily skin types
-someone who lives in humid climates
-someone with softer yellow undertones; if you are very yellow, this may be tolerable but probably not THE best choice (better than the standard "pink-grey" BB cream)
-anyone who likes medium-to-high coverage
I love this stuff. I ordered in online when I was in the States, but now that I am abroad where there is a Skin79 store, I know to buy more. I am not a fan of foundations so I decided to try a BB cream. This is great and the color is perfect for me. I am very pale and many American products are too pink for me. I love that it has a high SPF and I think it has improved the texture of my skin. I wear it with a primer to keep it from melting off in the heat of Southeast Asia. Love it! I think you should definitely try it.
Before I start with the actual review, I'll state this briefly: I'm Asian, NC20, Yellow undertone and depending on the weather then I'll either be oily or normal, but generally, I have fairly normal skin.
I got this product for about $15 USD so basically it was a bargain ^^ The packaging was neat and simple (Chic, almost?) and the fact that you can open the lid will actually save you money rather than buying another one when you think that it has ran out. Immediately after receiving it, I had to try it on my skin to see what all the fuss was about. Results? It had a powdery finish (funny, because some people claim it to be dewy), dry, cakey and...Slightly disappointing. It was also very pale despite me being an NC20 and my friend looked noticeably whiter with it on.
But to beat it's dryness, I went home and applied a moisturiser then JUST enough of the BB cream to cover my whole face. Now, I can finally see how it turns dewy :) It wasn't as powdery as before which is a thumbs up and the coverage was good. Generally, it would be a medium but if you're willing to build it up then maybe even a full? But that is also when it will become cakey.
+High SPF of 50
+Benefits to the skin
+Slight oil control
+Dewy (or slightly matte)
-High SPF also means paler skin
-Fragrance smells weird but tolerated
-Slightly hard to spread without moisturiser
For reference I am ppp - Chanel 0.5, mac 15, Laura Mercier Porcelain-with combo skin, very noticeable pores and,at 43,still getting hormonal breakouts. I've tried 4 of the skin79 BB creams-orange, pink gold and snail, and to varying degrees I've liked them all. Gold is my fave for everyday use as I live in the UK, so generally its cold and I need the extra moisture, but orange is my absolute essential when I go anywhere hot. I have to wear makeup as my skin looks pretty crappy without, but when its warm it starts to sink into pores/fine lines, and just looks vile-even so, I never thought I would venture out of the house in just a BB cream! My regime when I use this is as follows; moisturize, then a bit of clinique instant perfector in the more pore-y areas, then the BB cream. I apply it with my fingers like a foundation. As its spf50 and doubles up as my sunscreen, I make sure I cover my entire face. I then use a bit of concealer on any pink spots, and a touch of MAC blot powder on my T zone.Using this technique, 'my face' lasts all day, it doesn't migrate or oxidize -even when i was in Seville at 40+ degrees-I don't even need to blot! When I'm away I wear this every day for up to a fortnight, and its never broken me out-and I have skin that hates all foundation except Clinique anti blemish. I also think this has made a difference to the clarity of my skin-my husband has even noticed :-) You get a hefty 40g of this product, and the hygienic pump dispenser is really easy to control-no unexpected and wasteful splurges! Heartily recommended to pale, oil-prone people.
Definitely a drier formulation than other BB creams I have tried. This bb cream is meant for oily skin, and the formulation makes that very clear. Every cream I have tried has resulted in a shiny looking result after I apply if I do not powder. This one dries down quickly, and looks satiny (but not shiny) almost immediately. I tried wearing this by itself, but as it is winter, it was not the best fit for me right now. Currently, I am using this mixed with a more moisturizing bb cream, and it is controlling the oil while providing enough moisture. I would try this cream again in the summer by itself, but I would not recommend it if you have normal-dry skin. This is definitely one that is meant for the oily skinned gals.
For reference, I still do use a powder on top of it to set - a colored powder. The shading on this is definitely more yellow toned than pink/neutral toned, but achieves neutral tone when it sets for a bit. It lasts pretty evenly, but can cause flakes/dryness if your skin is already dry and you wear it for an entire day. I will use what I have left, but I will likely not repurchase.
I was so excited about this. It came in a cute orange bottle with a pump. The color was pretty and very flattering, more beige than greyish. It had a thick consistency so you needed just a bit to cover all imperfections. And it had a very high SPF, something that I truly appreciate. It was just perfect... until I started breaking out on my cheeks like crazy. I think the formula is pretty pore-clogging. Such a shame ;(
The only reason why I would not repurchase this item is because I have dry skin. I feel this product will work best for those with oily skin. I'm sure it says that somewhere on the label, but I only bought it because it was orange and had a high spf. I did like it for during the summer. During the cold, not so much. I felt that it embraced my dry forehead and nose. It did not moisturize and I did not notice anything with my face brightening/whitening up.
Pros; ^-^ its orange!, high spf!, good price! and great for oily skin or combo?
Cons; does not moisturize, and did not work well with my dry skin.
For reference, I'm nc25 with warm, yellow undertones and I have oily skin!
The only other bb cream I've tried is the skin79 gold label, and I hated that. (It was too gray and dewy). Did some research online and read that this orange label was catered more towards people with oily skin and it has more of a matte finish. Soooo true!!!
Crappy thing is that this comes in one shade and luckily, this is about a shade lighter than me, but I make it work with bronzer. I apply with my fingers and this bb cream sets pretty quick, but I apply matte powder over it anyways.
Lasting power is pretty alright. I've never worn it more than 8 hours but its pretty good. I only have to blot maybe twice within those 8 hours. Has a floral/perfume scent but not strong or overpowering that it bugs me.
This is my go to foundation during the day or if I'm just doing errands/lunch. Def would repurchase.
FYI, I purchased this on eBay through rubyruby76 for about $15?
Overall i like this bb cream. It has medium to full coverage which i like. Its a good on the go base makeup since it has SPF already. It has a slight scent like baby wipes but it goes away over time. Only downside is that it is tad bit light for my NC20 skintone and it only comes in one shade which is the only reason why I wouldnt repurchase.
I've tried this and the hot pink label. I am NW15 with oily/combination skin. This orange label cream seems to have more yellow tones in it than the pink label. With the orange label, I have to use a much lighter setting powder than usual because the orange BB cream is a little darker than my liking. The pink label seems to match my skin tone much better. When using a setting powder with the orange label, I can apply the powder right away. When using the pink, I have to wait 5 minutes. The setting powder is not necessary, but I find that it adds extra coverage, and also allows either cream to last longer throughout the day. (8 hrs +)
The orange label has a stronger scent, and does not apply as smoothly, it also leaves my face feeling a little sticky. The orange label has a higher SPF than the pink label. Like the pink label, it is easy to tell how much product is left, you just need to pull up on the inner container. The product lasts a long time, however, you need to be careful when you push down on the pump, if you press all of the way, too much product will come out. The pink label seems to be more controlled and will allow you to only pump out the needed amount per each pump.
Over all, I prefer the pink label more. But I keep the orange one for a backup for days when I need more SPF, or a darker coverage.