There was a time (circa 2012) when I was full-on strung out on Korean Beauty – my own personal brand of heroin… (Scarleh for yiz if you get that reference). One total gem of a find was Liole’s Triple The Solution BB Cream, which was up there as my favourite base of yonderyear. Koreans know there BB creams, none of this tinted moisturiser shite avec the western world. And so, when The Makeup Monster listed one such cream as her bridal base I knew I needed in. Presenting: Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream!
A quick spree on Ebay tracked down said product (for in or around €15), and less than a fortnight later (impressive considering!) it was mine to test out – along with some other beauty shrapnel from the seller which caught my eye YOLO.
So, the Skin79 Super Plus BB Cream is SPF30 and claims triple powers; whitening, toning and brightening. You get a major 40g of product for your buck, and I’m all about the packaging – the pump dispenser makes for a more hygienic/less wasteful experience. Don’t let the ‘whitening’ claims put you off either; I’ve been wearing this daily for the past three weeks and (so far!) there’s zero sign of my freckles fading… It does however contains rice bran particles (à la Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant) which are thought to brighten/whiten your complexion.
In short – if you like a natural, medium coverage base then you need to invest. This won’t cling to dry patches, nor does it highlight visible pores, yet it blurs out any imperfections making for a ‘your skin but better’ finish. Alas it comes only in the one shade (and a scarily grey shade at that) – yet it somehow oxides to your perfect skin tone match when given a hot minute.
If you love a full coverage finish, then this is not for you – as y’all can see on my face(s) below (no filters, although AM/PM lighting) – my freckles are most definitely not masked, but for a summer foundation I’m head over heels. So much so, it’s literally the only base I’ve worn since trialling it out. I’ve been applying it with either a damp beauty blender or a buffing brush, where it melts into my skin using either application.
What I’m most impressed by, is it’s inability to cake up when applied over day old makeup. For this alone it gets a gold star – none of my high-end foundations can compete with that.
On a side note, I feel this may have reopened my Korean Beauty addiction, and I’ve already reordered a back-up of this. But sure look, it’s a bargain. I’m also itching to try out the cushion foundation version, and also Gold Super Plus….