After I ran out of my last CC Cream I started to look for a new one to replace it. In Korea any time I go out I see lots of women using these compacts. After doing a little research on which ones people thought were the best I decided to try the one from Holika Holika. I usually use a sponge and a regular squeeze bottle type instead, so this was a change for me, but not necessarily a bad change.
Brand: Holika Holika
Product: Face 2 Change White Cushion (BB Cream)
Color/Tone: Fair to Medium-fair
Expiration: 12 Months
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5
The reason why people like compacts is right in the name, they're compact. You can take them with you and use them any time. Everything you need to apply is inside including the product, a cushion/sponge, and a mirror. Over the last few months pretty much every cosmetic brand in Korea has come out with at least one version of the BB or CC cream cushion to call their own. I seriously cannot go anywhere without seeing an ad for one of these things. So after seeing the popularity everywhere I finally broke down and bought this one in a local store. The lady gave me the compact, along with an extra replacement cushion (which I have not needed yet).
This is one of many compacts that Holika Holika is selling, they also have Photo Ready, Water, Moist, and Glow versions. They also sell primers, CC creams, and other products in their Face 2 Change line. What makes the one I bought different from the other options is that it is made to help even out and brighten your complexion underneath as you wear it, and is for dry skin types.
The White Cushion that I bought comes in two shades, light beige and natural beige (of course "natural" for me is the lightest shade, so I have the light beige version). There are several different extracts and ingredients that were added to the BB cream including menthol, tea tree oil, peony and lily extracts, as well as sunblock and anti-wrinkle ingredients. First, the menthol/mint extract helps to sooth skin and can even reduce pore size. Tea tree oil helps for people who have sensitive skin and can prevent breakouts. The flower extracts are to gradually lighten and even out skin tone, which they claim will brighten your complexion. One of my favorite things about this BB cream is that it has SPF 50 sunblock built into it, especially since it's summer and I need that extra protection against the sun. Finally, this BB cream was formulated for dry skin, so there are a lot of moisturizers (as apparently "fresh cliff water") added to keep your skin healthy and prevent dry patches and wrinkles.
When you first open the compact you'll need to pull a sticker off of the BB cream pod. It comes off cleanly and without any mess, and after that you can use the compact right away. The packaging is nice, and it's easy to open and close the lid and has a nice, tight seal. The cushion is separated from the BB cream part, which is great for keeping it mostly dry and clean when you aren't using it. You can hold it upside down and nothing is going to drip out, and all of the little pores in the sponge that keeps in the BB cream holds the product well until you press down to use it. I do like the clean and simple look of the packaging because it gives a really fresh feeling, which I can appreciate when using something on my skin.
The cushion has a really soft and smooth texture, and because it's thin and flexible you can get into the difficult spaces (like around your nose), so it makes it very easy to apply the makeup. However I found that after using it for a few weeks most of the cream in the center had been used up so I had to start getting it from the sides, which is a bit messier. The first time I used the cushion I applied way too much on my skin and it felt very heavy. This is mainly because at first it was difficult to tell how much I was using (when you use a tube you know exactly how much when you squeeze it out). After a few tries however I got the hang of how hard to dab it in and was able to spread it more evenly.
The color matched my skin fairly well and the coverage is good enough to help cover up red spots and even most of my dark circles, but dry patches still show up if they are more severe. Although it claims to have a matte finish it has a very glossy look to me, so if you prefer a matte finish you will need to apply some powder afterwards. It feels very light on the skin, although before it sets in it's a bit sticky to the touch, especially if you are applying more than one layer of it.
Overall, I didn't get any breakouts from this product, even with my sensitive skin, and I'm happy with the amount of coverage as well as the convenience of keeping everything in one, cute package. If you have sensitive or dry skin (as well as combination) I would suggest trying this out! I have been using the same little pod of BB cream for a month now and still have not run out, and also have the replacement left, so I think you can get a lot out of the product. I bought this in a makeup store here in Korea, however you can also find it online in select places including Amazon or Ebay for around $20 (I believe I bought it for around 25,000 won, about $23, including the replacement). The amount that you get for the price, as well as the fact it's a mirror too, makes it a great deal I think.
If you have ever tried this out yourself or have similar recommendations let me know in the comments! It's always great to hear how products work on different people and skin types. Also, please let me know if there's any product you would like me to review in the future!
See you next time you jump down the rabbit hole,