BB Cream Review: BRTC, Missha, Maybelline, Hyalin
A lot of my colleagues have been asking me to write BB cream reviews for about…well two years now. I have been a fan of this innovation even before it became a craze in the Philippines, mostly because I’m a lazy gal. I’d be happy if I can slap on moisturizer, sunblock and foundation in one swipe.
That’s why when I found out about this super beefed up tinted moisturizer, I immediately ordered from my friend Anna’s Multiply store.
BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream
This was the very first BB cream I have ever owned. It’s anti-wrinkle, has SPF 20 PA++, provides good coverage. It also came with a freebie: SPF 46 PA++ Perfect Protect Balm, which, I found out later on (after I gave it to my aunt’s secretary), served as a pretty good skin conditioner.
The Gold Caviar provided a decent coverage. My only problem was that my skin was too young for it. My face would turn into an oil slick after a few hours so people thought I was hitting puberty for the second time. In all fairness, my skin did not break out.
BRTC Blemish Recover Balm
A few months later, I decided to give BB creams another chance. This time around, I ordered BRTC’s answer to oily skin: Blemish Recover Balm. I found out that this is an improved version of their Perfect Recover Balm. It has SPF 28 PA++ and is very light.
It actually is the best BB cream I’ve ever used. Though I thought I would look like a geisha — what with the white film that initially manifests itself upon first application — it can even out your skin tone. A little goes a very long way and my photos reflected my radiance all throughout the entire day. The only downside is my difficulty in applying it as its consistency is pretty thick.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
I bought this (from Missha’s SM North Edsa store) out of curiosity because I have seen rave reviews from YouTube make-up gurus, who regaled their visitors with tales of wonderful coverage. Plus the SPF 42 PA+++ positively made me drool. When I bought this, there were only 2 shades: #21 for people with pink undertones and #23 for those with yellow undertones. Of course, I instantly knew I should pick #23.
But I forgot that the YouTube make-up gurus do not live in an unforgivably humid country like the Philippines. As you can guess, my face became like a slightly buttered Teflon pan, which is why I now use it only for my neck.
Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals
At P250, this baby is not so bad. It’s easy to spread and blend, plus it has SPF 26 PA+++. I’m not so sure about its “instant skin perfecting” qualities because its weakness, like most BB creams, is its oil-control feature. You still need to dust your face with loose powder to set it. (And I’m too lazy to want to do that.)
This happens to be the only non-Korean brand among the BB creams I’ve enumerated here. It also happens to be the cheapest. None of the other brands here are worth less than P1,000 so I believe you still get value for your money with this one. Available at Watsons.
Hyalin Beauty Insurance
Said to be organic, I bought this from Lizz Buenaventura’s online shop. When I checked its ingredients, however, I realized that it’s not totally organic but has organic ingredients. (There still are parabens in it.) Even with that little nitpick, I believe this is the second best BB cream that I have ever used. It instantly brightens up your face. When I looked closely, I realized why: that “shining pearl plus” literally makes you sparkle. You know, like Edward.
The only reason this very good BB cream landed second is that it isn’t as camera-ready as BRTC Blemish Recover Balm. While people compliment me when I’m wearing this, the look doesn’t quite translate well in photos (and being in the multimedia industry means we’re always doing photo shoots). This has stronger SPF, at 35 PA++, though, so I wear it on non-working days.