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Review of Maybelline Pure BB Mineral BB Watergel

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Another day, another BB cream.  Yes, I know there’s a new alphabet cream in town going by CC, but blame it on these words – “Japan Exclusive”.  Yes, as soon as I read that, I whipped out my Hong Kong dorrahs ($99 to be precise) for the Maybelline Pure BB Mineral BB Watergel.  You see, I am under the impression that everything from Japan is AMAZING – e.g. ramen noodles, sushi, sashimi – oh wait, that’s just food.  Okay, um, my fave beauty gadget Hitachi Hada Crie and I also like Liese Bubble Hair Color Dyes.  So I assumed that I would love this BB Watergel… (but be warned, you should never assume because you make an ASS of out of U and ME)


iSwatch : Rimmel London BB Cream

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I’m rolling out a lot of new tester posts this week with Tried & Tested Trio, Initial Impressions and today I give you – iSwatch.  iSwatch is basically  swatches of beauty products taken with my iPhone – see what I did there?  *winks*  The photos won’t be the best quality and there won’t be in-depth product reviews but it will just be swatches and basic product info.  Today’s iSwatch is the new Rimmel London BB Cream which has just landed in Australian shores.


Asian Beauty : Review of Rachel K Neutral CC Cream

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I’m back from an epic weekend in Sydney and as promised from my previous post on { CC Creams }, here is my review of Rachel K Neutral CC Cream.

My Scottish Asian friend who is currently on a working holiday visa in Australia stopped off in Hong Kong before arriving here and I was only allowed to get one beauty product (as her luggage allowance was WAY overweight) and it was either Shiseido Foundation Brush or Shu Uemura Face Powder (it’s my favourite face powder!) or Chanel Pirate Lipstick or YSL Glossy Stain or Rachel K CC Cream – and I chose the last option.  I loved the first BB Cream to ever grace my face (Missha BB Cream – which I have stupidly not reviewed on the blog!!) so when I heard that CC Cream was a more refined version of BB Cream, you can see why I had HUGE expectations for Rachel K CC Cream.  And kill me now because it did NOT live up to its hype!


A Review Of Skin79 BB Creams : Diamond Luminous Pearl, VIP Gold Super Plus, Hot Pink Super Plus & The Oriental Gold

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In the BB Cream community, one of the popular brands is Skin79 – a Korean BB Cream.  Last year, I bought the most adorable Miniature Set which contained 4 samples of :-

1.  Skin79 Diamond Luminous Pearl BB Cream
2.  Skin79 VIP Gold Super Plus BB Cream
3.  Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream
4.  Skin 79 The Oriental Gold BB Cream

Don’t be fooled by the miniature size of these BB Creams because surprisingly, they have lasted me for ages and I have nearly just finished one of them – The Oriental Gold BB Cream – which must mean it was my favourite out of them all!

Swatches Of Skin79 BB Creams

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My Mini Reviews On Skin79 BB Creams

For ease of reading, I am going to break them down and talk about them individually :-

1.  Skin79 Diamond Luminous Pearl BB Cream

This was my least favourite out of them all because it was the only one without SPF, whereas the rest had SPF 25+, and it contained too much shimmer for my liking,  Complete with a whiter-than-my-skin-colour and pearlised finish, it made me look like I was a Twilight vampire.    It is also a lot runnier than the others and it squirts out the tube too easily.  I must give it credit for being the only BB Cream here which has a name which makes sense to what it truly is – diamond luminous pearl, indeed!

2.  Skin79 VIP Gold Super Plus BB Cream

This warmed and adapted to my skin tone relatively well.  I liked it for its nourishing feel and medium coverage and gave a nice glow.

3.  Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream

It’s so similar to the VIP Super Gold Plus that I can barely distinguish them except the Hot Pink one has a slight pink undertone in its shade – but when blended in, I can’t tell which one is which.  I do like this a tad more simply because of its hot pink packaging.

4.  Skin 79 The Oriental Gold BB Cream

Again, this is quite similar to its Gold and Pink sisters, but it’s marketed for the more mature skin.  And hello, that’s me!  No wonder this was my favourite.  It is thicker and has a more tacky feel than the rest of them because it is simply more nourishing and hydrating for the dry, mature-skinned ladies.  When I use this, I like to lightly dust my face with finishing powder just to help take off the excess shine.


The shades are slightly off from my NC-30 face but it adapts better when I warm it up with my fingertips and apply it light-handedly and build it up slowly with lots of blending.  I didn’t experience any breakouts from any of these BB Creams and they don’t budge even after 15 hours of wear and tear.

Skin79 has a wide range of BB Creams to suit different skin types and needs.  If you’re a newbie to BB Creams, I would highly suggest getting your hands on a Miniature Set like this to test out which one suits you.  And ooh, I found this useful guide to help choose the right Skin79 BB Cream.  I’m sure I read somewhere about the launch of a new orange Skin79 BB Cream but it’s not featured on the guide.

Have you tried Skin79 BB Creams before?  Which one did you like?

L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream – Review & Swatch

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The BB cream craze took off in Asia years ago, but it’s a relatively new thing in the Western beauty world.  A number of Western cosmetic brands (e.g. Biotherm, Garnier, No7, 17, MUA, L’Oreal – mainly from Europe as Australia haven’t caught on yet) have jumped on the BB cream bandwagon and come up with their own interpretations of BB creams.  This has upset some hardcore Asian BB cream fans because they feel that the Western BB creams are not “real” BB creams.  But that’s probably how lipstick started out too; i.e. matte lipstick is different from satin lipstick.  I think it’s great seeing all different types of BB creams on the market because it means more choice for us, ladies!  Anyway, let’s all be friends and declare our love for all BB Creams and get on to today’s review of L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream.  (Thanks sis for buying me this!)

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About L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream

L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream is the ultimate all-in-one perfecting cream.  A feather-light hydrator which transforms on contact with skin, releasing smart pigment capsules to correct tone, cover imperfections and refine skin texture.  Has SPF 12 and provides up to 24 hours hydration.

My Review On L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream

First up, I’m going to shorten the name to L’Oreal Paris BB Cream because I am too lazy to type the entire name.  The L’Oreal Paris BB Cream is housed in a sleek squeezy tube with a thin nozzle which is a winner in my eyes because it is easy to control the amount I will use without excess waste.

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Initial Impression

Here comes the shocker…

I squeezed some out onto the back of my hand to swatch and was shocked to see that it was quite runny and it was white with tiny purple granules (the “smart pigment capsules”).  White with purple??!!  What kind of BB cream is this??

I sniffed it.  It’s unscented.

And then I gently rubbed it into my skin.  I could feel the grittiness of the smart pigment capsules but within seconds, they disintegrated and miraculously, they blended beautifully together to match my skin tone and my skin lapped it up.  L’Oreal Paris BB Cream has a dry, matte-ish finish and its definitely not like the traditional Asian BB creams.

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On My Face

I’m really impressed how L’Oreal Paris BB Cream adapts to my skin colour and it doesn’t oxidise.  It is ultra-lightweight and doesn’t leave behind a tacky finish like the Asian BB creams I use.  Being so light means that it doesn’t exactly mask all my sun spots, but it does even out my complexion.

As it provides a matte-ish finish, I don’t need to set it with powder.  But it’s not as moisturising as I would like it and it doesn’t give me a radiant glow so I need to bring out the illuminators.  And don’t get me started on the SPF 12 – it’s so low!  What’s the point?


Classifying L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream as a BB cream may infuriate BB cream lovers.  The formulation is nowhere near Asian Blemish Balms nor tinted moisturisers – it’s in a BB cream category of its own.  I can sort of see why they called it Nude Magique…  It’s made for girls who have almost flawless skin.  For girls who have acne scars, I point you in the direction of the Asian BB creams.

One more thing - L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream comes in Fair and Medium Skin Tones…but if the smart pigment capsules are that smart, surely one shade would suit all…??

Anyway, what are your thoughts on BB Creams?  Love them or hate them?  Or are you still a BB Cream virgin?

Australia BB Cream Reviews

At the time of writing, Australia has welcomed 2 BB creams into the market – Biotherm White D-Tox Translu.Cell BB Cream SPF 25 and Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream.  (For ease of writing, I shall refer to them as Biotherm and Garnier BB Creams instead of their long-winded names!)  I have been a big fan of BB creams for a long long time so I was delighted when I got my hands on both BB creams to test out.  (FYI, I got a free sample and I won a giveaway.)

What Is BB Cream?

BB cream is short for blemish balm and originates from Germany, even though it is highly popular in Asia.  It claims to heal skin and prevents wrinkles from its SPF content.  It’s not a tinted moisturiser because it is much thicker in texture.  I’ve been using BB creams for years now and I don’t see any healing on my scars, but I like Asian BB creams because it gives great coverage with high SPF and the shades can be a bit off but they blend very well.

Difference Between Asian BB Creams And The Aussie BB Creams

I think it’s important to establish that they are different.  Aussie BB Creams are thinner in texture, contain less SPF and more creamy than balmy.  I don’t know if that makes sense but it makes sense to me!  But saying that, I’m really loving the Australian BB creams!!  Let’s check them out…

Australia BB Cream

Biotherm BB Cream

Admittedly, I only have tiny samples of this – but a little goes a long way!  The shade is definitely too white on my skin but it blends out really well and keeps my face moisturised and shine-free.  In fact, I took one of these samples and used it at the ABBW and I used it for 3 days straight with no problems at all.  But I’ll be honest and say that I won’t repurchase unless there is a shade closer to my NC-30 skin.

Available from Adore Beauty for $49 AUD.


Garnier BB Cream

This product has been getting rave reviews from all over!  And I can see why!  It smells great, provides fantastic flawless coverage and requires little effort in blending because it glides on smoothly.  It’s closer to a tinted moisturiser than the Asian BB creams.

It comes in 2 shades – Light and Medium – but that’s the problem.  I am neither Light nor Medium – but thank God I won both of these from a giveaway because when mixed together, it is a perfect shade match!  In fact, I used it this morning to go to the hairdressers and I thought my skin looked really good seeing as I had to look at myself in the mirror for 2.5 hours at the salon.  The only downside is the lack of SPF with its measly 15 rating.  Pah!  If only Australian BB creams had extra oomph in SPF like the Asian BB creams.  Nevertheless, I can see myself repurchasing these highly affordable drugstore BB creams.

Available in drugstores and supermarkets around $15 AUD.

Have you tried any BB creams? Which are your favourite brands?