Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Battle of the BB Creams 2

Since I last did a collective review of BB Creams (read part 1 here), I have tried many other BB Cream brands. Some of them I really loved, some are okay, and some I don't recommend at all. Most of the brands I will review in this post are different from the ones I already reviewed with the exception of one, as I was really impressed with the brand hoping that another variant would suit my skin type better. Palpably, most of the brands featured are Korean brands with one Japanese brand. I really hope to get my hands on some Japanese brands as well (any recommendations?).

Just to give you a brief background, I have really oily skin - not just the T-zone but my entire face. I am also really sensitive to products and I easily breakout. I am pale and I also have a lot of acne scars. So my review will be based on my skin type, tone, and overall condition.

 L-R: Clio Professional BB Silk VF 21 | Banila Co Prime Primer BB Nude | 
Heroine Make Mineral BB | Missha M Vita BB Cream | 
Too Cool for School After School BB Lunch Box 

Heroine Make Mineral BB

I was really ecstatic when my Mom arrived from her recent trip to Malaysia with this on her hand. I really want to venture out of my Korean Makeup/Skincare realm and try some Japanese brands. I initially asked for an Ettusias BB cream as per Tricia Gosingtian's recommendation, but when she said it was out of stock, I asked for another Japanese brand. I Googled this brand and product before I told her to buy it for me. The very next day, I wore this BB Cream to work. Here are my thoughts:

  • Very close to my skin tone
  • It is very white upon application but immediately adapts to your skin tone
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes in a really cute pink packaging
  • A pea-size is all it takes to cover your entire face
  • Cakes up on my oily face. I was really disappointed because there are only very few reviews about this BB cream online and all of the ones I read was really impressed with this. I am not mainly because of the caking effect.
  • Not available in my country.
  • Everything at the back and on the packaging is written in Japanese, which I do not comprehend.
  • It has a very thick consistency and may be too heavy on the skin especially for oily skin type people like me.
Overall Verdict:
Maybe the caking effect is just for people with oily skin but I will not repurchase this one. But if it weren't for that, I would really like this BB Cream. Overall, I give it a  rating.

Too Cool for School After School BB Foundation Lunch Box

This is just a sample size that my mom gave me. Not many people are familiar with this Korean brand I presume because they don't use any popular KPop idol or celebrity to endorse them. This, I believe, is the advantage of this brand. They really use the power of their products to gain a following and to attract customers - aside from the really cool and eclectic ambiance of the store. Here are my thoughts:

  • Right consistency to easily blend on your skin and feels lightweight
  • A very tiny amount goes a long way
  • Readily available in my country
  • Not that expensive - the full size is about 950.00++ PHP (not sure how much it is exactly)
  • Doesn't cake on my face.
  • Provides medium coverage.
  • Does not have many choices when it comes to shades. I am not sure if there is only one shade or two, but there definitely aren't many choices. Suitable for fair-skinned only.
  • Can be too light on the face on initial application. It is still very light on the face after sometime.
Overall Verdict:
When I am done with this sample, I will purchase the full size because I really liked this BB cream. Actually, the products I have tried so far from this brand have been really good and I highly recommend you check them out. Their stores are not clad with handsome and pretty Kpop Idols or other Korean celebrities but I promise they work really well. If only they can make more shades of this BB cream, I would give it a 5-star rating. But even as pale as I am, it can be too light. For that, I give this a  rating.

Missha M Vita BB Cream Matte

If you read my first BB Cream review, you would know that I was deeply in-love with Missha. The day I purchased this, I wanted to get the same variant but a different shade that will match my skin tone better. But I was skeptical at repurchasing because I was contemplating on whether or not I should get the variant that is really meant for acne and oily skin. In the end, I decided to try this variant out - the one formulated for acne-prone and oily skin. Here are my thoughts:

  • Blends well with most skin tones. It comes in only two shades, if I am not mistaken, but they easily blend and adapt to most skin tones.
  • Available in my country.
  • Contains a lot of product giving you value for your money. 
  • It is supposed to have a matte effect but I don't think it lived up to that. I find that it still had that dewy effect which I do not want as I have oily skin already (or maybe it was the sebum on my face?).
  • It is supposed to control the oiliness of your face but again, it did not live up to that.
  • I find it becomes really dark on my skin after a few hours - just like my experience with the Etude House BB cream, which you can read here.
  • It is expensive. This bottle costs 1,700.00PHP (about $39-$40 USD).
  • I find that whenever I use this, I get whiteheads at the end of the day. 
Overall Verdict:
I do not recommend this variant from Missha. No matter how much I love the brand because of the M Perfect variant, this one shattered my belief on the brand. This was supposed to be better for my face because it is specifically formulated for people with oily skin. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations and what it claims it does. I will not repurchase this one. I give this BB cream a  rating.

Clio Professional BB Silk VF 21

I must admit that one of the reasons why i got so hooked on Etude House before was because of Sandara Park. For those of you who don't know her, she used to be an actress here in the Philippines until a Korean entertainment company spotted her and recruited her to be a trainee. Today, she is known worldwide as the visual of the Kpop group 2ne1 and she is now better known as Dara. When her contract with Etude House ended, I was genuinely saddened. But when I went to Seoul, South Korea October of last year and saw her face at the door of a different cosmetic brand, I was delighted. I wanted to try the brand and see if it really works. I must say, it was a good decision. Here are my thoughts:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to blend
  • Does not cake on my skin
  • Just the right color for my skin tone
  • Did not break me out
  • Has a matte effect that lasts for about 3-4 hours (already long enough for me as I have extremely oily skin)
  • Fairly priced (I think this was about 21,000KRW)
  • It came with a free mini BB cream tube 
  • The only thing I can think of is that it is not available in the Philippines (though it might be sooner or later as I saw a stand in the atrium of SM North EDSA last Friday selling Clio Professional products but I am yet to see a real store or a stand in department stores).
Overall Verdict:
This is now my holy grail BB cream. If it isn't palpable yet, I am almost out of it. I really want to purchase a new one and maybe stock up on it if it won't be available in my country yet. I give this BB cream a  rating.

Banila Co Prime Primer BB Nude

I have always been curious about Banila Co. I've heard this brand from Bubbi of Bubzbeauty use this brand before but I was really unfamiliar with it. When I saw a store in Myeongdong last year, I asked my mom to come inside with me. I really wanted to try their Prime Primer line of products and I was immensely impressed with the line. Aside from Jessica of Girl's Generation who is endorsing the brand at the time (not sure if she still is), the clean interiors really struck me. Here are my thoughts:

  • Smells really good. I am a fan of anything fragrant. For some people, they are immediately irked by products that are too fragrant because for them it means it contains so much chemicals that could be harmful for the skin. But I beg to differ. Just because a product smells good doesn't mean it contains too much chemicals. It could be the natural oils used in manufacturing the products. I was really impressed with how this BB cream smells. It is not too overpowering. It is very light and powdery - which I really love.
  • It is the right shade for my skin tone.
  • Easily blends on the skin.
  • You only need a pea-size to apply on your entire face.
  • It easily dries up on your face.
  • It cakes up heavily on my skin. But that is if I apply the product using a brush - stippling or foundation brush. The secret to this BB cream I found is applying it with your hands instead. Though it still cakes up a bit on my skin, it wasn't as heavy as when I use a brush to apply it.
  • A bit expensive. One bottle costs 25,000KRW which is quite expensive given the fact that one bottle only contains 30ml compared to other brands that sell at a lower price but you get 50ml.
  • Thick consistency which can be too heavy on the skin.
Overall Verdict:
If I can find a way in which this BB cream will not cake, I will really love this brand. But until that time, I will give this product a  rating.

Hopefully, you found this blog post, despite its length, useful and informative.
Have a lovely week ahead!


  1. Great post :))



  2. wish I can be as determined as you are in posting long posts dear. haha :)


    1. It takes a lot of effort and dedication.

  3. I never try BB Cream !
    Your review is very interesting :)