I love the idea of BB cream; it’s a foundation, it’s a moisturizer, and a sunscreen. That is if you find one that matches your skin tone. Most of BB creams that I have come across are either way too orange, or they are so sheer that they don’t really accomplish anything tint wise, but then I came across Holika Holika Essential (the yellowy- orange package) Petit BB Cream and I fell in love. It is epitome of my lazy make-up routine, Petit BB cream, concealer, powder, and I’m good to go. This BB cream has a good amount of coverage, but matches to lighter skin tones, especially to that jaundice like undertone of my skin. This is also one of the more affordable brands of BB Creams. It retails at Pretty and Cute for about $8.99, but most independent Korean sellers offer the product for around 4 or 5 dollars.
The product has a light, perfume scent, I personally like it, but I might be a bit strong for those who are sensitive to odors and perfumes. The special ingredient in the Essential BB cream is caviar which is supposed to provide extra elasticity and moisture in order to benefit aging skin.
I just couldn’t stop the essential BB Cream I had to try the other varieties available. I had to catch them all, so to speak.
Out of all the Holika Holika Petit BB creams I tried, the Moisture (the purple package) was my absolute favorite. You can tell by the feel of the product formula that is very lavish and moisture rich. The special ingredient in this formula is Hyaluronic acid, which is an excellent ingredient for anyone with acne prone skin that still needs. It feels amazing on the face and I saw a vast improvement in my skin quality, I had blemish free skin while wearing this product.
I would rank the Moisture BB cream the highest, the Essential as second, and the Shimmering (the pink package) as third. I had never worn a “shimmering” face product before and I was intrigued by the idea thinking that by wearing it I could also skip highlighting in my make-up routine. The special ingredient in the Shimmering cream is pearl powder and since my favorite highlighting product is Lorac’s Oil free luminizer which has a pearlescent finish I thought that it would be right up my alley (especially since I think Lorac has discontinued the luminizer).
When I first put on the Shimmer cream I looked sweaty, like I had a just three blocks on the hottest day of July sweaty. After the cream oxidized and I applied some powder it didn’t look as bad, but I didn’t really care for the finish. I just don’t think a dewy glow goes with my black eye shadow and red lipstick, Unlike the Moisturizing and Essential creams, the Shimmering is not a full coverage product and because it is shimmering product the color is also lighter than the previous products. Interesting to note that out of all of the products, the Shimmering cream has a higher SPF level. The other products offer and SPF 30 and the Shimmering is an SPF 45.
The Clearing BB cream (the blue-green package) sucks. The special ingredient in Holika and Holika Clearing BB cream is tea tree oil and it claims to rid the skin of blemishes and imperfections with the tea tree oil. This product is more useless than a mesh condom. This BB cream caused my skin to break out. The consistency of this product feels oily in compassion to others and though the product claims it contains oil controlling powders in it, it feels like you have oil sitting on you face after applying it. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who has acne problems. If you have acne, I recommend the Moisture BB cream. This one is snake oil, in the literal sense.
I am aware that Holika Holika has a Watery Petit BB cream as well, but as far as I can tell the special ingredient in it is green tea and it claims to shimmering, moisturizing, and clearing all in in one. It is also the one product with the lowest SPF level of 25. After doing some research on the product, I think I’m just going to skip it. There are many people who complain of this cream causing break outs, much like the Clearing formula. Also the color of this cream is runs closer to brown with pink undertones. I think I am quite happy with my Moisture formula, and I don't want to go down that road again. I'm not even sure why Holika Holika made another Petit BB cream other than to just try and stick everything their previous BB creams did together. Sometimes you should just quite while you are ahead there Holika Holika.