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I’m a mod for a community on reddit (called /r/asianbeauty) and I see questions all the time about “which is the best BB cream?”, or “which BB cream should I buy?”. I try to give people help whenever possible, but usually the two best things a person can do to find out are: 1. Try things out 2. Read reviews. Getting samples online, having friends swap with you, or getting travel-size products are great ways to try stuff out. There’s no way around having to learn a little googling skills if you want to find BB creams that will help you.
Asian beauty products are getting more popular, but they’re still far from mainstream (and western BB products are completely different from a typical Asian BB, and in my opinion not a “BB cream” at all). This means we have to get a little nerdy, a little dirty, and do some work to find out what will suit us.
Today, I can share with you what I’ve learned from trying out Holika Holika’s Peach Girl BB Cream (shade #01). This one is a little harder to find for some reason, and I think I picked mine up on eBay. It comes in two shades and I got the lighter shade because typically when you’re wall-paint pale like me, you need to.
Here’s what the packaging looks like.
It’s so cute, amirite?
Flip the top and SUPRISE! Cheek cream, not BB cream!
To reach the BB cream just twist off the top. Trixy!
Checking out the ingredients reveals what I understand to be a pretty typical bb formula. Among the first ingredients (IE the most concentrated) we have glorious silicones and a hefty dose of Titanium Dioxide (physical sunscreen for the win!). Silicones can even help with scar healing (read this Futurederm article to understand how), so I like to use BBs to help reduce my acne scars; and physical sunscreen is in my opinion more effective than chemical sunscreen. Thankfully this product is protected from contamination by a range of parabens, the most effective antimicrobial ingredient in makeup formulas. No breakouts from my makeup please!
Water,Cyclopentasiloxane,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane,Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Glycerin,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Stearic Acid,Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance(Parfum), Propylparaben,Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben
You can see by the swatch that the color match is spot-on.
Here I compare the Holika Holika Peach Girl with a few other BB’s I use.
The color is very similar to the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #21,
but not as yellow as the Skin79 Oriental gold (the sheerest of the three).
You can read my Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream review here.
These are the same swatches, but blended in a bit more.
If you look at the bottom of the swatch (where the flash isn’t too ridiculous) you’ll see that both Missha and Holika are quite matte, while looking natural too.
Beware my ugly makeup-free face!!
Consider what my skin looks like because this BB does a great job of cleaning me up!
After just one layer (“coat”) of the Holika Holika Peach Girl shade 01 you can see huge improvement. Not only that, but my neck and face match! Huzzah!
Irritation, tired eyes, acne and acne marks, ugly pores: all reduced and evened out.
Despite describing this formula as matte, you can also see that it doesn’t make my skin look dry.
This photo is after two layers of Holika Holika. Now my skin looks near perfect.
How big of a difference do you see?
This is another image of me wearing 2 coats of Peach Girl and nothing else.
Different lighting, different hair, (more eyebrow!), same awesome skin.
This is the final look, with mascara, blush, concealer, and whatever crap I put on my lips that day.
BB creams are my big secret to faking naturally good-looking skin.
I first tried Peach Girl reluctantly, I had already fallen for my Skin79 Oriental Gold because my skin looks so good in it, but I lamented that the coverage still wasn’t good enough to hide more of my flaws. I also used Missha Perfect cover in those instances when I needed to cover more, so I thought I wouldn’t need anything else. Boy howdy, this BB was so fine it made its way into my heart. I think for those who find Missha Perfect cover too grey (Even after oxidation) might like this one a lot, and for people with oily skin this is a must try.
- Great color match for me.
- It has staying power and lasts all day.
- It has a more matte finish which a lot of women prefer.
- Not expensive.
- Coverage is really good, comparable to Missha Perfect Cover BB cream.
- Comes with a freebie cream cheek product.
- Pretty good for oily skin all on it’s own, but a little powder makes it that much more lasting. One of the best I’ve tried yet for oily skin.
- Good SPF 37 PA++
- Looks natural and not cakey.
- Only comes in two shades.
- The free cheek cream accentuates pores.
- Harder to find than Missha or Skin79.
- Packaging is cute and hard to resist!
- May not suit very dry skin without a good moisturizer.
Bottom line: This is one of my favorite BB creams, and it does especially well on days when my skin is oily. The coverage is great while remaining natural on the skin. It has a more matte appearance (usually I like a little more glow, but sometimes it’s appropriate to have a matte finish!) than a lot of other BBs, but it still isn’t fully matte. It’s a nice look for my skin and I will repurchase. I wear this often as one of my HG BB products!
Have you ever tried HH Peach Girl in Shade 01? What other Holika Holika BBs have you tried?