This review, has been sitting in my ‘drafts’ for probably half a year already. I’ve had struggles with this because on some days I would ADORE this product, and then a bit later my mind would flip and I would think HM, BUT DO I REALLY? And with that happening for a while, I just can’t write anything about it. But, I’m passed that now. I’ve made a decision. BB Creams were all the rage a few years ago. I remember when I got my first tube of BB Cream from a sales lady in SASA – she recommended this one by BRTC, which I used for longer than I should’ve.. o_o!
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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Makeup is something that I don’t wear often. Mainly because I’m lazy, but also because whenever I wear makeup, my skin feels like it can’t breathe. It feels uncomfortable. That’s why I can never do high coverage/heavy makeup looks, and if I do decide to them, it’s rare. I applaud those who can wear makeup all day! It’s pretty tough. Which is why I personally prefer BB Creams because they’re not as high in coverage, and they’re meant to be more moisturizing.
Total out of 5: 3.4/5
$17.20 USD (currently on sale) on Roseroseshop
*price is subject to change
I don’t remember how much I got it for, but I believe it was around 120-150HKD. I got it from the Nature Republic store in Mong Kok.
- High coverage
- Dewy finish (only good if that’s what you like)
- Could be heavy for oily skin or combo skin during the summer / humid weather
- Transfers easily
- Only 2 shades
Will I buy this again
Nope! Not a fan of the packaging. I like the snail ingredient, but I’m going to look for a BB cream that has a more hassle free packaging. The price is okay, not too cheap and not too expensive.
Keeps skin moist and firm, makes skin healthy and radiant, excellent adherence and coverage for long-lasting makeup
The packaging is different from usual BB Creams, this one comes with 2 sponges (mine did at least), and the sponge is attached to where the product is dispensed.
Switching the sponges requires a bit of strength (and I mean quite a bit). Especially when you’re trying to remove the sponge from the connector that connects the sponge to the BB Cream compartment.
There’s two sponges, one has a much more narrow end compared to the other and smaller in size.
I’m not sure if it’s visible in this side by side image. I’ve tried both, and if I had to choose one I would choose the one on the left. It’s much easier to get the corners of my nose with that shape.
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, MyrothamnusFlabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, C12-14 Pareth-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Vynil Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Stearate, Adenosine, Pentylene Glycol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Iron
Here’s that CosDNA for those interested. It contains a lot of emollients, which is what I think contributes to give it that smooth texture and finish when applying it to the skin.
Since the BB Cream comes with a sponge, you can choose whether or not you want to squeeze the product out through the sponge, or take the sponge out and squeeze it, pop the sponge back in and apply it with the sponge. I took it apart and squeezed it out from the tube in the photo above. I found it quite easy to blend.
I personally find squeezing it through the sponge a bit messy, and some of the product gets stuck in that middle area of the sponge.. which is why I prefer removing the sponge & middle connector thing and getting my product from that since it’s got a pointy tip. Then I would put the tip back on and dab the product gently onto my skin. Image below is me squeeze the product out from the sponge.
I wouldn’t blend this BB Cream with fingers, blending it with a sponge is way way way more easier. You don’t have to use the sponge that comes with the product, but just use some sort of spongey thing and gently dab it. I was able to get a more even application that way.
There’s a bit of residue that gets stuck in the hole as you can see. If you don’t mind, you can use a Q-Tip or something spongey to pick that product out, but in all honesty, I can’t be bothered to do that and I like hassle-free products.
For a BB Cream, this has really high coverage. At least to me, it’s high coverage. My old BB Creams wouldn’t cover my pores to this extent.
I noticed though, sometimes in the corners of my nose the application ends up looking a little powdery. On Instagram, YouTube, Social Media and what not, I’ve noticed that people mixed their foundations with a drop of oil. It might be too much for BB Creams, since they’re basically moisturizers.. but I gave it a try anyways. Although I’d probably only use it for the drier parts of my skin.
The product that I used to mix the Nature Republic BB Cream was the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. It’s the first oil I’ve ever used, but it feels quite light (to my surprise). I’d probably use more of this during the winter, since it’s been really hot for the past few days.
I’d only use one drop, regardless of how much BB Cream I use. More oil = Less coverage. More BB Cream = Higher coverage. Depends on how much you feel you need! Test it out several times to find the perfect amounts for yourself :)
Mix it all. It was noticeable that the BB Cream got diluted (of course). I used a Q-Tip because I don’t have any other tools to mix things with.
It doesn’t look as flakey in the corner of my nose or patchy (which is why I liked mixing it with the oil). I usually get a really uneven or weird application in that area because it gets pretty dry. The coverage is slightly.. less though (you can tell from the visibility of the pores in this photo compared to the one above).
I’ve used this BB Cream at concerts, work, and other daily things. But.. I always forgot to record the before. However, I can say that it holds up well. At the end of the concerts that I’ve been to, my pores are still not very visible. Of course, a bit has come off because you sweat, and get oily… but for the most part it hangs in there pretty well.
The BB Cream oxidizes, so it doesn’t look as grey/pale after a while. The pictures above are a couple hours apart. I went out in the hot summer weather, ran some errands, and it still looks okay! Gotta live that poreless life. The areas in my cheek to look a bit shabbier, but I get a bit oily in that area throughout the day (ugh).. T-zone was lookin’ good though.
The image under longevity does is not mixed with 1 drop of oil. However, you can see that the finish is still pretty dewy. In fact, on hot days it does feel a little heavy for me. Especially when the weather is more humid. I do like that it makes my complexion more even (dur, with that coverage it should). And a slight glow! If you want more glow, you can add a drop of oil.
Here is an image of my full face where I mixed 1 drop of oil with the BB Cream. It looks really dewy (no need for highlighter!). And I think it’ll work better for those with dryer skin types. Or for dryer weather conditions. Otherwise, it’d be too heavy in the summer.
Overall, this is a good BB Cream for those who are looking for something high coverage, and are in love with Snail Mucin!! as an ingredient. The only downside to this is the fact that it gets messy when you try get the product out while having the sponge part in. Or well, the fact that it transfers quite easily also bothers me, but hey, I don’t set my makeup often.. so I’d take that thought with a grain of salt. The price is alright, and you get around 40mL for a long-lasting high coverage tinted moisturiser. It might feel a little heavy in the summers, but it really depends on the weather conditions and skin types.