Bit late of me to jump on the BB cream bandwagon eh?
The reason is because after I tested BRTC’s BB creams (I believe they were the first ‘credible’ BB creams to make their way more prominently in Malaysia, via Watsons), I decided that I’d be nuts to spend on those things. The color was too fair, too pink, too thick, and come on, really? Moisturizing, healing, evening out skin tone, and what not? Yeah, pfft…right.
Then Lioele’s Waterdrop BB Cream SPF27 PA++ kicked my arse for being so disbelieving.
I got this from Lyn via a beauty swap because it was so unlike the other BB creams I’ve seen. There’s a reason it’s called ‘Waterdrop’. The dang thing needs some lovin’ shakin’ to emulsify and mix up the H2O and pigments. If you don’t shake till the cows come home, you’ll find that the formula separates quite easily and you’ll get clear liquid running out as opposed to a tinted fluid. The tone is also slightly on the greyer side and it wasn’t thick. It was pleasantly liquidy. I was intrigued.
Wanna know what I mean?
The texture is sublime – really like water, just a tad more viscous. As you apply it to your skin, it turns into water droplet-lookie-likeys.
It’s easily spreadable – really like water and it absorbs so quickly into the skin. As you can tell from the picture, a touch grey-er than what I normally would wear, but after a few minutes, the color self-adjusts and my skin tone is more even. Don’t expect any miracles though; this gives you sheer coverage only and I still see my acne spots, but it gets rid of redness very well.
Packaging is great – a small nozzle and squeezable tube, but you don’t need any squeezing with this. The BB cream just flows out on its own.
This is how it looks like, after I blended it in. Slightly lighter, but not drastic:
Here’s the long story short: I have combo-oily skin, and when I wear this on my own, I don’t find myself oiling up more than usual. If anything, the oil control is pretty normal – I find myself oiling up even more with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisturizer! I normally set it with powder, and for extra coverage, I use foundie on top of the BB cream – it provides an excellent base. I’ve totally skipped out on moisturizer for the past 2 months and I might be imagining it, but my skin feels a tad bit better and looks a bit better too. It could be my Clinique Even Better serum kicking in, but what I love about this Lioele product is that it didn’t break me out, didn’t cause any clogs and for something that’s purported to have moisturizing qualities, it does do the job very well. On the website, the product is stated to be great for dehydrated skin, and I can see why. This is a very water-based BB cream – it’s like they added water to a tinted moisturizer and gave birth to Lioele Waterdrop BB cream.
It retails online and at Sasa for RM69.90. I think it’s well worth the money, and a good reason for me to start believing in BB creams again. I really do love this little gem, but not crazy enough to use it at night for obvious reasons ;).