Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 | 2 comments

A while ago I hauled a bunch of makeup items from Korea to test. I finally decided try some of them out. =) I have two products to review today: Holika Holika Aqua Petit B.B. #1 and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.

 

Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB Review:

 

Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB

Price: $12

Purchased from: Ebay

Size: 40 ml

Shade: #1

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Packaging:

Korean makeup is so darn cute. O_O I can’t believe I didn’t buy any earlier…how can I resist this adorable pudding/jelly shape that is this BB cream?

The bottle is made from frosted glass and it’s quite sturdy. It looks super cute sitting on my bathroom counter but I can’t imagine I’d bring this anywhere for touch ups, boo.

It comes with a squishy sponge. The sponge is good quality, although I haven’t tried applying the BB cream with it yet so I can’t comment on how well it works.

When you unscrew the lid, there’s a spatula for you to scoop out all the cream. It really does look like pudding, yum! This is convenient but I think I would’ve preferred a pump because it’s more hygienic.

Ingredients:

Holika Holika advertises that this BB cream contains 80% mint water and marine collagen.  That’s pretty good considering the low price point. Exotic ingredients, yay, it does feel nice and refreshing when I slap it on my face.

Shade:

This BB cream comes in only two shades, #1 and #2. #1 is more yellow based and #2 is neutral. I prefer yellow based foundations/BB creams because, ahem, I’m Asian and I am yellow. It blends well with my skin tone and I notice that yellow tinted foundations neutralize blemishes and redness better.

This BB cream looked too light on me when I smudged it on my wrist, but it actually blends well. Surprisingly, it brightened up my face in a flattering way. I love it!

Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB Swatch (Shade #1)

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Swatch (#1)

Texture:

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly—as the name implies, it is very watery! The texture is super light and glides on my skin like a light gel. You do have to work quickly because it dries and is much harder to blend.

Coverage:

I find this to be pretty versatile in terms of coverage. One thin layer applied with a damp sponge gives me natural coverage. Using just my hands gives me a thicker application. Coverage is buildable too. I would say that it’s light to medium coverage and this BB cream is a great choice for people who don’t need to hide a lot of flaws. Once set on the face, it’s a nice satin-matte finish.

SPF:

Another reason I like Asian makeup products is that they usually include SPF. This has SPF 20. It saves me a bit of time when I’m too lazy to put on sunscreen.

Scent:

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB is scented. It’s a very refreshing and unobtrusive scent in my opinion, but people who are sensitive to fragrances may not like it.

 

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Review:

 

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

Price: $6

Purchased from: BeautyNetKorea

Size: 5g

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Packaging:

It comes in a small green plastic tub that unscrews to reveal a cosmetic puff. No frills, very typical of the packaging you would expect for a translucent powder.

Ingredients:

Innisfree has a great reputation for using high quality ingredients. I’m not sure if they fall under the organic category, but they have a 6-free system, which means their products are free from “paraben, talc, artificial colorants, animal products, mineral oil, and flavors.”

…Flavors? I’m assuming they mean their lip products? Not eating this powder to test it out, sorry guys.

Product Performance:

I bought this powder to suck up all the oil my skin secretes. On a good day, my skin could be complimented as glowing…but it’s mostly just a shiny mess the majority of the time. I am one of those people who will need to blot every hour if I wear makeup unless I want it all to slide right off my face. If I’m not wearing makeup, I still need to mattify my skin because I am so, so reflective, argh!

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Did this product work for me? =)

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is so finely milled and I’ve tested it both to set my foundation and on my bare skin as a mattifier. Either way, it performs incredibly! It’s translucent, so there is no color when you layer it on your face. When I dust this on top of my foundation or BB cream, my makeup stays fresh and bright all day long. I no longer live in fear that my base products will oxidize and turn me into a sweaty mess. ^_^ Dusting this over bare skin instantly gives me a matte finish that’s natural.

Innisfree also advertises that this can be used as a dry shampoo, what?! I haven’t tried to do so yet but I have no doubt it would suck all the sebum from gunky unwashed hair.

I love this product so much. Really really! For the price, it cannot be beat. I’ll probably go buy a ton of backups so I never run out.

Scent:

I’m horrible at describing scents, but this is scented. The scent is very pleasant and it doesn’t bother me at all.

 

On Me:

 

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I’ve taken a photo to show you how these products look on me. On the left, I’m wearing Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB alone. On the right, I’ve set the BB cream with Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, which mattifies my face perfectly—any glow you see is probably from my shimmery blush.

Anyways, I love both these products. ^_^ Hope this is helpful for anyone else wanting to try them.

Oh, and I also had the pleasure of attending my friend’s piano concert that day, so here’s a picture of my outfit. Love being girly when I can, because I am usually…not. <3

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That was long. Thanks for reading!