Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: ALPHA BORNSKIN Caviar Moisture BB Cream

I got this BB Cream a while back... sometime in February or March.
I was actually planning to purchase another tube of Missha's M Perfect Cover BB Cream at that time, but decided at the last minute to try something new.

It wasn't exactly the packaging that appealed to me-- it was the description.
To sum it up, this BB cream was described as a revolutionary product that help clear and cover up discolorations (scars, freckles... etc). It boasts of skin cell regeneration, anti-aging, and whitening properties, and it claims to improve blood circulation. The formula is also said to be sweat proof.

Sounds great ne?
I bid on the product and purchase it for around $7 (steal!!) and received it two weeks later.
My first impression on this product was that, for a BB cream, the consistency is quite liquidity! I felt that it was more like a liquid foundation consistency (don't let the picture below fool you).

Like most BB creams, ALPHA BORNSKIN Caviar Moisture BB Cream only comes in 2 shades, a light shade and a medium. I chose the medium shade and found that out of the tube it matches my skin tone quite perfectly.

And from the picture above, you might think that it blends into my skin perfectly. Yes, at first it did but
it oxidized in like 5 minutes. And the resulting color was two or more shades darker than my natural skin tone. Not to mention the coverage was horrible. This BB Cream was more like a light tinted moisturizer.

I gave this BB several chances, but alas I can't seem to make it work!
I also found that the packaging (which I first thought was pretty decent) to be horrible. The product leaked onto the cap very easily and cap itself is very skimpy, it doesn't securely close! In general, its a mess to use.

Usually I trust products from Japan and Korea, but I found myself becoming weary of this product and the skin benefits it is claims to provide. I ended up trashing it.

Overall Rating: 1/5

Review: Innisfree Touble Care BB Cream

I am constantly on the look out for good BB Cream. I mean, we all would love to have perfect skin-- and foundation makeup help us come pretty close. But foundation provide no benefits, only aesthetics, for our skin. Actually, one might say it is not good for the skin. That's where BB cream comes in play. BB Cream is the "better" version of a foundation. It doesn't just provide coverage, it also provide the skin with benefits like anti-aging, and whitening. But of course, like all makeup, it isn't exactly good for your skin, just better.

Anyhow, I first heard of his BB Cream on It had a good rating, and was on sale ($14 oppose to $24), so I decided to try it.

Here is the description of the product from

Innisfree extracts botanical nutrients and essence from organic plants to correct various problematic skin types. By pure, natural, professional and effective therapy, Innisfree creates healthy and energetic skin and pleasant mood. All products are dermatologically tested.
Innisfree BB Trouble Care BB Cream simultaneously provides concealment and care for problematic skin. Skin looks smooth and clear. Diversified beauty ingredients:
  • Herbal essences hydrate skin.
  • Tea Tree extracts disinfect and soothe skin.
  • American Mint helps soothe pressured skin. It also calms skin. Skin feels cool and comfortable.
  • Vitamin A and Moneywort protect skin from external aggressions.
When it comes to cosmetics, especially face (skin) make up, I am VERY OCD.
So I love the fact that this BB cream has a pump. SKIN79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm (Which I reviewed last month. Click on the link for the review). The product doesn't get stuck in the pump hole like it did in the Skin79 one.

Like most BB Creams, the Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream has a slight grey undertone. Whys this? Mostly because Asian people have a yellower skin tone, so the grey "balances" the yellowness out and makes the skin look more pale. Its kinda like when Asian people dye their hair blonde-- it turns yellow instead. To get it blonder, they have to use a toner, usually blue toned, to get the reddish, yellow color out. After that, the hair should be quite blonde. Makeup works the same way. The good thing is that the greyness of the product eventually goes away. I guess this is what we called "smart makeup" when the product oxidizes to match the wearer's skin tone. But since there IS a grey undertone, the grey does neutralize the yellow and make the skin appear fairer.

The product is thicker than foundation (most BB creams are) and blends okay... Just don't try to apply this product with a brush, because it just doesn't work. A makeup sponge, or simply applying the makeup with your fingers work so much better (though I still find it a tad bit difficult). I read a lot of reviews saying that this product feels light on the skin, but I honestly think it feels thick. It feels like I am wearing makeup. And it feels all sticky and yucky.... So I would recommend going over the cream with some powder.

The coverage is light-medium. It is a build-able coverage, which is good if you need more coverage. And since it is thick, you can also use it as a concealer. It works as a primer too, since makes a good base for makeup to adhere to.
The wear for this BB cream is quite long. On average, I can wear this BB cream for about 10 hours before I need to retouch (but by then I would probably be going to bed XD). The oil/sebum control is okay.
And oh, the smell isn't bad. I don't mind it. I prefer my face stuff to be odorless, but this odor is faint, so it doesn't really bother me.

Coverage: 3.4/5
Texture/Comfort: 3/5
Smell: 5/5
Duration: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Price: 3/5

Overall Rating: 4/5