Friday, February 25, 2011

Skin79 VIP Gold Super+ Beblish Balm - Review

If you haven't heard of BB creams, or blemish balm creams, you're probably not alone. These creams were developed in Germany for patients that had just gotten laser surgery done and needed soothing, and revitalizing creams to help heal their skin. For whatever reason, Korean women went crazy, and Korean skin care companies (and other Asian brands) immediately followed suit, providing umpteen million options. This is one.

Skin79 is a well known brand in Asia, and claim to produce the best selling BB Cream in the world. When looking to try a BB Cream, their VIP Gold Super+ received very good reviews, so I purchased a tube on eBay for about $25 shipped.

I was extremely impressed by the packaging. This tube looks awesome! A soft metallic gold background, holographic logos - very cool. The box isn't too shabby, either. I was impressed that most of the verbiage on the box and tube is in English, however, there are some grammatical errors that make it fairly obvious that a English was not the first language of the individual or team that put it together. No big deal, though.

The actual cream is dispensed through an airless pump. You can see in the picture above a white nozzle sitting in a small channel. As you press down on a portion of the top, the product comes out the white nozzle. Inside of the outer packaging, the bottom of the tube is pulled towards the top, preventing air from entering the tube. This keeps the product relatively hygenic, and fresh.

This product is only sold in one shade - greige. That's the only way to describe it - greyish, beige-ish blah. Immediately after I apply this product, you can definately see the color. After about 10 minutes, however, it blends in. I have a fairly oily T-zone, and this really wears like a poor tinted moisturizer on me. To be fair, all tinted moisturizers that I've tried haven't worked (they include Smashbox's Sheer Focus and Stila's Illuminating TM [ugh]). I'm greasy-looking after about an hour, even after setting with MAC Blot.

I haven't mentioned the scent - but, it's not exactly pleasant. When I was a kid, my sister took horse riding lessons at a stable near a mushroom-growing facility. The smell of this product totally reminds me of that smell, only not as strong. I can't smell it once it's been applied, and no one has mentioned to me that they can smell it on me.

All things considered, I wouldn't repurchase this. It's just not suited to my skin type, and I really feel that these products, overall, are gimmicky. You may see improvements in your skin's texture, tone, etc, but I can't seem to wear this without looking... very, very, VERY shiney. Not the look I'm going for.

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