Recently, I’ve been toying with the thought of trying a full-on BB cream. You know full well that I’ve pledged my allegiance to this product, but somehow I feel that for versatility and variety, I could do with a bit more coverage. I’ve carried and filed away this thought with me until one day I stepped into that brightly-lit store called the Face Shop.
And just like a dream, BB Creams of all sorts and sizes were there neatly lined up in a big shelf! Talk about a kid in a candy shop!
They have everything from the basic Lovely ME:EX, Aqua and HD formulas (there’s a whole lot more!). See my swatches below:
I tried those I like on several areas of my face and left. I really want to see how it will set and wear out on me. It also gives me the chance to check it out in different lighting conditions, so I highly suggest you do too. The HD-Perfect type stood out because it gave me the sensation that it’s working, I felt my skin kind of warmed up upon application.
The next time I was in a mall, I tried the HD-Perfect variety on (almost) my entire face. Same drill, I walked it off. I happened to get a glimpse of my reflection somewhere and I really imagined thought I was glowing!
Eventually, I did get the HD-Perfect, for several reasons, aside from the glowingly obvious:
Face Shop HD-Perfect BB Cream in Natural Beige (Php 495)
1. It’s available in two shades, Light Beige and Natural Beige. You know how BB Creams almost always come in a single shade, and that is usually a bit pale for us South-Easterners. Natural Beige is a much better fit for me, at least.
2. It has SPF 30/PA++. My Dr.Oil Anti-Shine BB Lotion comes with SPF20, so I’d take that extra 10, thank you.
3. It’s HD! I feel kinda foolish for jumping in on the HD wagon here (without fully understanding what that means), but who doesn’t want this: “…meticulously conceal skin flaws and blemishes while covering widened pores and uneven skin surface to provide a fair and smooth HD skin appearance”?
4. It comes in 20 and 40mL flat-ish tubes. While this may not be a big factor for you, it is for me. The Dr. Oil can be a bit bulky, so I leave it at home. The 20mL is just the perfect size, besides I can’t commit to anything more than that. I would always want to try a another one, eventually.
Okay, so in the spirit of thoroughness (hehe), I’ll now show you two versions:
Un-powdered (and a few hours after application):
What I’m wearing: Face Shop HD-Perfect BB Cream in Natural Beige, Face Shop Brow Powder Duo, Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, Lip Ice Lip Balm
Powdered (and a few minutes after application):
What I’m wearing: Face Shop HD-Perfect BB Cream in Natural Beige, Face Shop Brow Powder Duo, Lip Ice Lip Balm, Maybelline Clear and Smooth Face Powder, MACxWonderwoman Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power
Note: These were taken under two different lighting conditions, time, date and shade configurations.
An Artechoke Hearts/Farts: Hearts. Over and above everything, I heart it because it satisfied what I was on the lookout for. The bonus is that it looks great on, even without powder. The real challenge though, as in most thick/cream formulas is evening out the application, which a good, dense foundation brush can solve. It costs a bit more than other BB Creams from similar Korean drugstore brands (Dr. Oil was Php 498 for 30mL) but then again I was after the smaller quantity. Anyway, lucky for us, BB Creams abound. I suggest you think of things you need from a coverage product before looking around. Think of it as intelligence work before going to war. Good luck! 😉