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Thanks to trinketti who repackages ample samples of bb creams, i purchased a 10 gram sample of the ever popular (on the internet) BRTC bb cream in perfect recover. The perfect recover variant claims to be formulated for oily combination skinned people like myself. and i quote the website:

Applicable to: Best for Oily and troubled skin, skin that requires soothing and calming or anyone with slightly Oily skin.

•Skin that requires the effect of natural skin cover up and protection
•Skin that requires quick and easy makeup
•Skin that has acne, psoriasis, eczema or other dermatological problems.
•Skin after going through the process of peel or laser treatment

Main ingredients: Tea Tree Oil, Lavendar, Chamomile, Grapefruit Seed, Aloe vera extract, and many more Botanical Ingredients.”

pramis, i just copied and pasted that from the brtc website! Gee, ano kaya mga yun??? is it so hard to google the spelling of lavender? What are bb creams again? BB creams : “All-in-One Cosmetic Product BB CREAM = Base + Foundation + Concealer + (Natural Makeup) + Sunblock + Moisturiser + Oil Control + Healing Properties (Skin Regeneration, Pore Tightening, Skin Toning) + Optional Feature (Anti-Wrinkle/Brightening/Whitening)”. …from trinketi’s site.

So let’s see if my brtc perfect recover fit the claims.

Base + Foundation. = wow, this thing is thick! slightly thicker than my TFS skin bb cream, thicker than my missha perfect cover, way way thicker than either of my skin food bb creams. i had better luck using a foundation brush. because it’s thick it’s difficult to blend or spread out. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! its thickness does not mean coverage with this product. i still had to layer it on twice to camouflage my purply zit scar and it’s only so so in filling in my pores. I guess my under eye circles weren’t too dark the whole week i tested out this product because i didn’t have a hard time covering them up. it doesn’t look like ly-na pearl cream Photobucket or chin chun su Photobucket oh ha how do i know? hahaha check out youtube and search ly na pearl cream baka magulat kayo.

Sunblock = it boasts an SPF of 28, i guess that’s better than the usual 20 from skin food and the face shop.

Moisturizer = I must say that this variant of BRTC did keep my dry areas, mostly everywhere except my t-zone, moisturized and the product didn’t give me any dry patches. It also didn’t break me out, in fact, it helped a couple of pimples dry or mature quickly for pimple’s cycle to go through its thing and heal.

Oil Control = for something that boasts to be THE oil control bb cream, it only did as well as my missha perfect cover (a product that doesn’t even claim to be formulated for oily combination skin but only for “normal” skin”. i was feeling the feeling some weight of “moisture” on my nose and the area around my cupid’s bow in 3 or 4 hours, at the office where there is airconditioning!

Healing properties = I mentioned that it dried up my zits quicker than if had i not used the product.

More Thoughts: There is no noticeable scent. It doesn’t rub off the way my bobbi brown foundation (oil free variant, shade in warm sand) does. There is only one shade. My foundation shade is NC25 for mac’s liquid foundations and 117 for MUFE’s HD liquid foundation so my shade borders on the pale and really fair shade, or my shade is always no. 2 for nearly all Korean face products (since the no. 1 shade is scarily-edward-cullen shade on me.). The shade of BRTC’s perfect recover can be described as a shade between the usual no.1 and no.2 whether the face product is from skinfood, tfs, laneige. So unless your foundation shade is less than nc25, mufe 117, sand for bobbi brown, buff for revlon’s color stay: be very careful in piling this cream on your face or it would not only look cake-y, you’re liable to end up looking like a prettified sister of the joker.

like other bb creams, the shade does adjust to my skin tone or is “self-correcting”. but it remains quite fair on me and it kinda looks like i’m going out rather than the “natural looking” the website proclaims.

Lasting Power: this bb cream oxidizes on me after about 6 hours. That’s typical of nearly all foundations (except for those that are long wearing like Revlon’s colorstay and other long wearing foundations.

In conclusion: I will not buy the full size of this bb cream. I also don’t get why it’s so popular. I don’t get the price tag either. It’s just a thick, very tinted moisturizer with sunblock, it doesn’t even hide my pores well. DOCTOR JART on the other hand, is another story…that’s coming up, asap.
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Product Name Texturue Scent Oil control Lasting Power Shade Match to my skin
Skin care: Moisturizing / Blemish Balm SPF
Elianto Miracle Multiplex shade#1 SPF 25 pa+
creamy, slightly watery, lotion-like awful, strong scent like ly-na had to blot within an hour (possibly because of our humidity) 3 hours
almost 90% match no effect
SPF 25 PA++
The Face Shop Skin BB SPF 20 pa++
thick, difficult to spread
baby powder +dimetapp scent
had to blot within 2 to 3 hours
5 to 6 hours
pinky white cast but color adapts within 10mins
helps dry up my pimples
SPF 20 PA++
Missha Perfect Cover SPF42 pa+++
thick, difficult to spread
less intense than tfs’ skin
had to blot with 3 to 4 hours
5to 6 hours
shade 23 is a little yellow on me but at least it isn’t scarily white or have a grey/pink cast
helps dry up my pimples SPF 42 PA+++
SkinFood Ginko NO SPF watery, lotion-like, easy to spread
like bark, earthy
had to blot within 2 hours
about 4 to 5 hours
shade #2 is yellow on me but at least it isn’t scarily white or have a grey/pink cast
moisturizing without making me too oily
The Face Shop Quick n Clean NO SPF slightly thick but not as thick as tfs skin bb
like baby powder
had to blot within 2 or 3 hours
about 3 hours or less
grey cast initially but adapts in 10mins moisturizing not too oily

there are two more columns not shown on this post but can be seen on my which is they are blemish balm effect and spf. as a blemish balm it should be able to help lighten our pimple scars or surgical scars. elianto’s multiplex bb has no effect and made me oily. the face shop’s skin bb helped my zits dry up more quickly than usual and is a good makeup base. missha’s perfect cover also helps dry up my zits faster than normal. the skin food’s ginko bb is moisturizing yet i have yet to see my zit scars lighten or brighten. the face shop’s quick and clean is moisturizing and not oily but i saw no difference in the healing rate of my zits or scars.

these are just some of the bb creams i have started to use at home. this list has no particular order. i have some more waiting to be opened and used. out of all the bb creams on this list, my favorite is missha’s perfect cover and skinfood’s ginko bb cream. after i’ve consumed at least half of the products listed above, i will review the following: L’egere white multi, the skinfood aloe shade #1, doctor Jart silver, etude silky, and brtc perfect recover.

if anyone of you have suggestions on what i should look for in a bb cream apart from the qualities i’ve listed above. leave a comment below.

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i bought this bb cream back in may and i’ve been wearing it almost everyday since june. i think after about two months i can safely give a proper review on this bb. 

FIRST THINGS FIRST, WHAT DOES BB STAND FOR? bb means blemish balm. it first came from Germany and was intended for post op coverage and treatment of cosmetic surgery in case the patient needs to go out. bb creams are supposed to be an all in one cream. short of being a blusang itim bb creams are proclaimed as the only cream you need since most of them have SPF of at least 15 or 20. most of them have moisturizing properties, are used as makeup bases or primers. some have oil controlling factors. some have whitening features. some have anti aging properties. most of all, by the very name, the product is a blemish balm. TAKE NOTE I DON’T KNOW WHAT ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH A BEBELISH BALM IS, Korean speak english and well enough so i don’t know what this “bebelish” is all about. all of these creams are supposed to help heal scarring and other forms of blemishes. it’s supposed to be a miracle cream because of its challenge of being an all in one product. I have seen the German bb cream online, but it’s like a hundred U.S.!

i wanted a bb, as in I WANTED! my first bb ever was the face shop’s skin bb cream with spf20 pa ++ click to read my review that was pretty ok except for the pinkie gray cast (parang ly-na at chin chun su) and the baby powder mixxed with dimetapp scent. i also bought the quick and clean bb cream from the face shop (review on that hahaha someday).

currently, there are only 2 big named cosmetics brands from Korea in the Philippines, they are the face shop and skinfood. this ginko bb is one of my first purchases from skin food. i’ll find out tomorrow if laneige has finally opened in trinoma, it’s been under construction for the longest time.

what’s a review without pix? here’s my bare face without anything on my face, not even moisturizer.bare facedhere’s a pic of me with the ginko bb on my facewith ginko bbwahaaa, almost no change! well, i see it, my skin tone’s evened out, there’s less of my under eye circle and some of my gray zit scars have been covered, sheerly but well enough to see it, i mean NOT see them. and an after picture setting it with my favorite tns mineral foundation, my current favorite lip and cheek stain from vmv in water melon, mascara from max factor 2000 calorie false lash effect, and tight line with prestige’s midnight blue water proof eyeliner, nudy grey geo lenses available from my trusted multiply sellers trinketi and dainty shop. since i didn’t know my grade when i got the geo lenses i bought the contacts without grades on them.Photobucket Photobucket

as a primer/foundation: it’s a cream, it’s a whole lot easier to apply than my tfs skin bb cream, since skinfood’s ginko bb is runnier. i bought shade number 2 in natural beige. it’s yellow based and looks like any foundation as compared to dark ones like doctor jart’s bb. shade number 2 is a bit darker on my skin upon first application but it somehow adapts and as you can see my face is almost the same shade as my neck and shoulder.
as a primer, which supposed to make your makeup last longer, this ginko bb cream fails in doing that. it’s a tinted moisturizer at most in that department.

AS A SKIN CARE PRODUCT: ginko applied on the face is supposed to be an antioxidant. all i can say is, after 2 months, i’ve had no break outs with this bb. well wala rin naman kong break out with tfs skin bb, in fairness.
the cream doesn’t smell bad! it kinda smell like a plant. though some might smell a plastic-y scent, i kinda like it. does it smell like ginko? no i haven’t taken any ginko capsule/tablet that smells like this cream and i’ve been taking ginko biloba tablets for school (instead of glutaphos) since my BSPT days.

NO SPF! this is the only Skinfood bb that do not contain sun protection factor out of all the skin food bb’s. so i either wear it with neutrogena sheer water light or mix in the face shop’s skin bb.

ALMOST ZERO TO NO OIL CONTROL. i have to blot in about an hour, even with mineral foundation on top (tns’ mineral foundation has kaolin clay). i still get shiny on my t-zone almost right away. which brings me to how long it lasts.

LASTING POWER: because my face is oily nothing lasts long on it except revlon’s colorstay foundation with softplex for oily combination skin (SPF 6). the skin food ginko bb doesn’t last on my face, unless i mix it with either the neutrogena sun block or my tfs skin bb. as i write this review, there is less and less of the skin food’s ginko bb’s coverage and my pores are much more apparent now then when first applied.

THE PACKAGING: it doesn’t have a pump but it comes in an up side down tube as shown in the pic. like your rimmel stay matte foundation or your revlon active light foundation. it contains about 1.76 oz or 50 g and the tube is easy enough to squeeze out the product. None of the skin food’s bb’s come in a pump.

PRICE: may vary depending on which country you get it or from which ebay seller you get it from. i got this from the landmark skinfood stall at trinoma. (hahaha di parin sinabi yung presyo)

WILL I BUY IT AGAIN? NO. not just because of the aforementioned thoughts but i need a bb for oily skin or oily combination, and the recently released peach sake and agave cactus bb from skinfood are for such skin types.