Encased in a simple plastic squeeze tube, this BB cream from Heroine Make still manages to look attractive, thanks to its print and fuchsia cap. Its 25g tube is smaller than most BB creams but the diminutive size can be handy.
Given to me to review by the people at Kiss Me Singapore, it surprised me with its texture. Most BB creams tend to be either heavy (Skinfood BB creams) or a tad too thin (Etude House BB Magic Cream) in texture but this one doesn’t have those problems. It feels just right and I get adequate coverage without cakiness…proof that the Japanese really know their stuff!
According to the brand, this bb cream:
- Covers blemishes (freckles, spots)
It does this to some extent but I would still suggest a separate concealer, if you have darker spots. My pigmentation dots are not fully covered by this BB cream (I don’t usually conceal them anyway, so this doesn’t bother me).
- Hides unsightly pores
It does seem to make pores more refined, sinking into them without emphasising them.
- Absorbs excess sebum, preventing unwanted shine
I’m fairly certain it does this for me (see my photo and explanation below).
- Prevents dryness
My skin feels dewy with this on but it doesn’t make me oil up. Perhaps this is because it adequately moisturises my skin? (I use it directly on my skin; no prepping with primer or moisturiser)
- Prevents sunburn
SPF 30 PA++ is great to have! I love base products that contain sunscreen.
- Provides high coverage in a light texture
Although the product feels light, I would peg its coverage as medium. It can also be layered for higher coverage, albeit thinly. I am not fond of the thick texture typical of many BB creams – they tend not to go on smoothly and sometimes skip on application. As such, I’m truly impressed with the light texture and emollience of the Heroine Make version. I also love that despite its lightness and smoothness, the product doesn’t compromise on coverage, unlike some of the more thinly-textured BB creams in the market.
- C0ntains hyaluronic acid and collagen
I can’t verify this but it’s good to know there’s a powerful humectant in it! ;)
Despite its great colour (a natural yellow tone that is a reprieve from the usual ashy/grey tone that many BB creams carry), the shade is unfortunately a tad light for my MAC NC 25 skintone. I reckon that it will suit NC 20 girls perfectly though. It only normalised somewhat for me towards the middle of the day, thanks to oxidisation.
If you have a darker skintone, you will have to compensate for its fairness with a darker powder. Although BB creams claim to adjust to individual skintones, the truth is that they contain colour pigments that do not always change accordingly. That said, the lightness of the Heroine Make BB cream can be mitigated a wee bit when I thin it out a little more with an angled sponge. The fairness might also pass as radiance; a visible brightening effect, so to speak.
As with most base products that have a moderately high SPF content, it has a slightly white cast with flash photography. Thankfully, it isn’t stark and doesn’t show up obviously under the right lighting.
Here I am, with the BB cream on my face* and Luv Carat Long Last Face Powder in Natural Beige over it, about ten hours after I applied both products. And yes, I took this photo with flash. (Excuse the limp hair; I need a haircut!)
This was after gentle blotting with tissue – only once, in the entire day – and a spritz of Skindinävia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish. Although I won’t attribute the shine/sebum control solely to the BB cream, I’m certain it played a major part because it was an exceptionally humid day when I wore it out.
Retailing at Watsons’s Kawaii Corner, this cute little tube costs S$21.90 and has the same price tag as the brand’s popular mascaras. :)
Image source: Kiss Me Singapore
* For the curious, my eotd was similar to the Urban Decay Vert+Zero combination that I love, only I used Absolem (whose original name is Homegrown) from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows, instead of Vert. I also used MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent from the Art Supplies collection as a base – the gold flecks in this green blue pencil give the eyes a teensy hint of warmth.
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