Review and Swatches: Tinted Moisturizers Alphabet Soup

Tinted moisturizer alphabet soupThey are tinted moisturizers. Period. BB cream, CC cream, ZZ cream… those are marketing rather than functional categories, for me. Over 15 years nothing has convinced me otherwise, so there!

My initial bout with BB creams weren’t a success, mostly they were ashy and gave too much glow. In the last couple of years, a few have wowed me: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion, Kate BB gel cream, and Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. They’re swatched below.

BB and CC creams

Rohto Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion was the first finding amongst the trio, based reviews of Keto (who sadly has ceased blogging). Although she didn’t like this too much, it sounded like something I would like and the shade match seems good. It’s not until a few years later that I was able to find this item – in slightly used condition so the price was also right. Verdict? I really like this. It is lightweight yet provides sufficient coverage, which can be taken up to medium. The finish is very nice, especially atop moisturizers. The sun protection is a great bonus. The shade is spot on (I aim for MAC NC25).

Kate BB Gel Cream was bought on a whim when I saw this in a store in Manila, and was able to swatch it in person. There’s been a mini hype of this product, and so it went to my cart. Verdict? The shade OC-D is great, but the finish is too dewy for me. It is also thicker and provides higher coverage at one layer. I’ve let this go, but for those looking for a dewy finish and is around NC25 with strongly yellow tones in their skin, this might be worth a try.

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Using Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Rose Beige

Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade Rose Beige was acquired late last year, and it’s the best of all the above. On its own, this shade is a bit too apricot-y for me, in a good way. It gives that peaches-and-cream kind of complexion which is slightly unnerving given one’s age. Ehem. What’s amazing with this CC cream is that it’s such a great addition to my other foundations which are mostly slightly too red. This CC cream evens out everything, making my already HG foundations even better! How about that. This is a must have for me, and I hope Bourjois does not discontinue this – I am hopeful as this brand is quite good about keeping their line up for longer.




Review: Kracie Naive and Rohto Hada Labo Cleansing Oils

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Kracie Naive (left) and Rohto Hada Labo (right) cleansing oils

Before I tried the Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin, i tried others and found that they require double cleansing (following up the cleansing oil with a mild foaming cleanser), so it is not a superior cleansing method compared to others, e.g. the cleansing milk + foaming cleanser. This all changed when I tried Muji Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin, and I’ve been a convert ever since: one step cleansing (as the Muji rinses away squeaky clean) and no need for cotton balls!

But not all cleansing oils are created equal (duh!), and unfortunately Muji is not sold in Indonesia. I always keep stock of some Muji (they are sold elsewhere in Asia, e.g. Manila and Singapore), but I’m always in search for a substitute that is more easily available in Indonesia.

Kracie Naive cleansing oils are sold at the Watson drugstores here, and I’ve heard they’ve been available at least since a year back. I rarely go into malls, and the ones I’ve been too never stocked these, until I briefly went into Artha Gading Mall a few days ago. There was a Watsons, and quickly I scanned the skincare section and voila! There it was.

Like most cleansing oils, the Kracie Naive cleansing oil is clear, and to be used as per usual way with these things: apply on a dry face and rinse off with water. There is a very soft fragrance that is not at all overpowering. The cleansing ability is ok, and I found it removed most makeup, although there was still some eyeliner around my under eye area when I tried this.

The first ingredient in the Kracie Naive cleansing oil is mineral oil, although it does contain olive and sunflower seeds oils. It’s made in Japan, is 250ml and costs about Rp100,000, a very good price as cleansing oils go. A couple of interesting things that I noted. The label outside says it can be applied with wet hands. I did try that, and of course it is not AS GOOD as if you apply with dry hands and dry face, because water will just dilute the cleansing power soon. Also, the instructions said to pump 4 times for one use. I DID NOT try that. What are you kidding? Even one full pump is too much for me. Four is just draining, unless what they mean is four tiny squirts.

The second cleansing oil I tried is from Rohto Hada Labo. The Hada Labo line has just entered the supermarkets in Indonesia, and you can find cleansers, lotions and creams in most supermarkets (I buy mine at Giant). However, the cleansing oils I never could find until that eventful half hour visit to Artha Gading Mall, where I found this at Century, and cost about Rp67,000 for 100ml. The size of the bottle is quite small compared to other cleansing oils, so it’s quite handy for travel, as there is no pump that could break and the bottle is secure (I’ve taken it on one trip). This cleansing oil is made in Indonesia (under license and control by Rohto Japan).

The Rohto Hada Labo cleansing oil does not contain mineral oil, and the first in the ingredient list is Ethylhexyl Palmitate (a derivative of palm oil), and there are olive and jojoba oils in it. Well, at least I think it’s jojoba – Simmondsia chinensis as the list is so small I almost crossed my eyes trying to read it. Haba Labo’s signature ingredient, the hyaluronic acid, is also present.

The cleansing ability of Rohto Hada Labo is quite good, it clears away all makeup and oils off my face. It is slightly thicker in texture than the Kracie Naive one. But one thing they both have in common: they do not rinse off squeaky clean with water. So the verdict: Muji still makes my favorite one and I will keep looking for an alternate. However, if I’m asked to choose between Kracie Naive and Rohto Hada Labo I’d choose the former because of its price.