I’m sure you’ve all heard the word “BB Cream” floating around, but in a sea of foundations, compacts and high end powders, we lose sight of what this ‘miracle’ asian sensation really is. No, it’s not a bird, toy or a plane, it’s just healthy makeup. I see BB creams everywhere, yet I have no incentive to try it out myself so I was happy to meet up with Lorraine, brand manager of the StarAsiaGroup which distributes a very special BB brand, Skin79, at The Marmalade Pantry last Monday.
So What are BB Creams?
A BB cream is makeup designed to be good to your skin. In the most idiot-proof way, Lorraine explained that it originated from a group of German dermatologists who wanted to provide makeup for their patients after treatments with downtime, without harmful chemicals or impurities. It was basically a therapeutic moisturiser that provided lighter coverage and healing benefits. This is why it is often associated with the word “Blemish Balm” because it heals blemishes and its more a balm with coverage than a foundation. It’s much like a tinted moisturiser, amp up the coverage a bit but boost its skincare properties to the extreme. Its glowy, radiant makeup thats healthy. Sounds good to me!
An Introduction to Skin79:
Skin79 is actually the first brand to make BB creams available to the Korean consumer market and have gained large market share in Korea, Japan, Singapore and lots of asian countries. Known for its adorable packaging making it an accessory to any vanity, it boasts skincare benefits from rubies, diamonds, gold and many precious gems. In fact, over ten million Skin79 bb creams have been sold worldwide since its launch with 5,556 sold every day! The brand offers 16 different types of BB creams, but it extends to powder compacts, concealers and highlighters and in fact, Skin 79 has turned the word Blemish Balm to “Beblesh Balm” to coin their own unique term. Even, the famous Taiwanese popstar, Jolin Tsai, remains the face of Skin79!
With the large range of products, Lorraine chose to introduce to me Skin79’s diamond collection that consists of the Beblesh Balm, Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm (Highlighter), StarGlow Ball Powder, UV Screen Beblesh Compact…
And Diamond Collection II with their concealer, sun powder, crystal pearl bb, and UV Perfect BB pact. Their prices aren’t cheap with an average price of $40 sum dollars per product. But, these products do contain Diamond Powder and a Jewel Complex Powder of rubies, amethysts, corals, tourmalin and pearls so I’m pretty sure the $40 is justified.
Here is what I received from Skin79:
*Note that this is a sponsored haul. My opinions about the product remain 100% Honest as always!
1. Skin79 Diamond Collection, The Prestige Beblesh Balm
I must say cute packaging and quite tall so you get a very decent amount of product in there. I like how you can pump the product so its an easy application with your hands. It aims to whiten, improve wrinkles and its SPF 25 PA++.
It’s also really generous with the coverage. The mega downside is that there is only one shade. Yes, you read that right and I don’t even think that this is my shade. Its so light but apparently, one of my youtube viewers said that it gradually adjusts to your own skin tone for a really radiant complexion so I’m for sure going to give the product a second chance. A very nice finish too it, definitely not too greasy at all. Cross fingers for a shade match though!
2. Skin79 The Diamond Collection, Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm
The applicator reminds me of YSL Touche Eclat with a growth hormone. It’s basically the same product with a bit more radiance to make it a highlighter. It does have just about the same coverage as the BB cream so it might do justice as an under-eye concealer as well but you’d basically dab a little on your cheek bones to heighten them and perhaps at your brow bone to give your look some oomph.
It’s cute, but its too big for your face to act as a highlight applicator. This big a brush would only be good for an all over foundation applicator.
It does give a brilliant glow though! It’s a luminous pearl shimmer.
3. Skin79 Diamond Collection, Star Glow Ball Powder
And this is Guerlain Meteorites in a pink halloween costume. The four colours, colour correct and add radiance. I would prefer this to be a highlighter because I don’t want to look like a disco ball out in the sun. I’ll give it a try though!
Hope you liked the haul and hope you’re a little more informed about bb creams! Look forward to the review :)