5 months ago
At first glance, this appears to be an oily girl's dream. Even though it has "aqua" in the name (it's made of 80% mint water!), I can get a solid medium coverage with this. It reminds me of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, except even more lightweight, and the finish is more satin/natural than dewy. When I wear this, my skin looks fresh and hydrated but never greasy, even when I don't set with powder. You won't get a full day's wear out of this, but it's a nice everyday BB cream. This has a strong, fresh mint scent, so stay away if you're sensitive to fragrance. I don't know what, if any, skincare benefits mint is supposed to have, but it does feel really nice and cooling going on the face. I'm not a huge fan of the packaging -- it's a hefty glass bottle that feels very luxe, but you have to scoop out the cream with a spatula, and it's increasingly difficult to get product out as you reach the bottom of the bottle. I wish they'd gone with a pump bottle or squeeze tube, but I can look past packaging if the product is good. My only complaint is the shade range. They have all of two (2) shades, both very fair. I wear Aqua Natural, the warmer-toned shade, and it's still too light for me. (And I wear MAC NC/NW15 and Fenty 145, so... that's a feat.) Like other "tone-up" creams, it also has a strange pink/grey undertone that made me question if I'd bought the cool shade by mistake (I didn't). I can make it work if I go in heavy with the bronzer afterwards, but if I'm not careful I end up looking, well, vaguely funereal. If they ever improve their shade range and undertones, this might be a holy grail for me. I'll use it up, but as things stand I doubt I'd repurchase. Edited to add: I also bought the Aqua Petit Jelly Starter, the primer that's meant to go with this. That one I don't like at all. It's very illuminating, to the point of looking like a liquid highlighter -- it has a metallic pink sheen that doesn't blend away, and sometimes peeks through even when I have a matte foundation on top. Maybe someone with dry skin would enjoy it more. I think I'm just going to end up using mine as a body illuminator to finish it up.
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SkinAcne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
HairBlack, Wavy, Fine