Sunday, August 28, 2011

Skin79 Super Plus Hot Pink Beblesh Balm

I honestly thought I had hopped off the BB cream bandwagon with my last purchase of BRTC's Jasmine Water BB Cream. A few days ago, I was wandering around aimlessly in a nearby mall and came across a range of Skin79 BB creams at Watsons.

I picked up a slimmer, travel-sized version of the Skin79 Super+ Hot Pink because it was really cute.

Skin79 calls their products Beblesh Balm but it essentially means the same thing as Blemish Balm (ie. BB). I heard somewhere that they had to rename their products as such due to copyright reasons. I won't go into the origins of BB creams and will recommend that you read Wikipedia if you are interested. BB creams are usually marketed as a 3-in-1 type of product, combining the functions of skincare, base and foundation into one.

Product Description:
• Triple function: sun protection (SPF25 PA++), whitening and anti-wrinkle.
• Easy to blend, smoothes out skin imperfections very well.
• Good staying power and coverage.

The colour may not be an exact match when freshly applied but the Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream has a rather magical ability to self-adjust to suit my skin tone. It may look a tad bit grey at first but in less than 5 minutes, it will oxidise and settle into a pretty close match on my face.

I normally treat BB cream as a makeup item, such as foundation or tinted moisturiser, and will not rely on it for skincare properties. Therefore, I would still apply my serum, moisturiser and sunscreen below.

What I really like about this BB cream is how easily it spreads on my skin. The texture is quite smooth and feels a little creamy. The coverage ranges from light to medium, which means it will help hide some minor imperfections but still allow your skin to show through. I usually prefer something natural-looking so I only need to use very little product. It is also moisturising and does not emphasise the dry skin on certain parts of my face and yet leaves a semi-matte finish. Oil control is quite good and I was pleasantly surprised when my face didn't turn into its usual oil-slick by midday.

It has a light floral scent which fades after a short while, so it doesn't bother me. The packaging is hygienic as it comes in a pump canister and is easy to control. Only half a pump is required for my whole face and I pat it on with my fingers.

So far, I've been rather pleased with the Skin79 Super+ Hot Pink BB Cream and have been using it daily for the past 3 days. It has not broken me out and is easy to wear. It ought to suit skin tones ranging from NC20 to NC30 and I will not recommend it for tanner or darker skin as it may end up looking ashy. I have not used it long enough to see if it lives up to its whitening or anti-wrinkle claims but I'll definitely update again if I notice something miraculous happening.

What I Like:
• Contains SPF25 and offers some sun protection.
• Good oil control.
• Doesn't enhance flaky skin, especially on cheeks.
• Smooth texture.
• Light to medium coverage.
• Oxidises and matches skin tone well.
• Skin looks healthy and natural.
• Pretty impressive ingredients (listed below).

What I Don't Like:
• Slightly grey cast but goes away when settles into skin.
• Comes in one shade only (similar to most BB creams).
• Full sized bottle is rather fat, so may not be very portable.

Ingredient List:
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sweet Almond Oil, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Stearate/Rosinate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Portulaca Oleracea, Trihydroxystearin, Glycosyl Trehalose, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Talc, Methicone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Zinc Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Propylparaben, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Unshiu, Schisandra Chinensis, Lycium Chinense, Helianthus Annuus, Ivy Extract, Caviar, Camellia Sinensis, Aloe Barbadensis, Iron Oxides, Peg-8/Smdi Copolymer, Peg-8, Butylparaben, Aluminum Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide Iii, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bht, Nelumbo Nucifera, Vinyldimethicone, Adenosine, Triclosan, Phytic Acid, Cholesterol, Ubiquinone, Gold, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Madecassoside, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract

Skin79 Super+ Hot Pink BB Cream is sold at most bigger Watsons in two sizes for RM69 (full sized) and RM29 (travel sized). They sell several other Skin79 products and they all look pretty interesting.