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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.

Image is a photo of the packaging for the holika holika bb cream. There is a box and a squeeze tube. Both packages are pink with a girly theme. The box features art of a cute girl in a peach color, and holographic lettering. The same girl appears on the tube.
Here’s what the packaging looks like.
It’s so cute, amirite?

Image is a photo of the packaging for the holika holika bb cream. There is a box and a squeeze tube, the tube's cap opens up with a flip-top to reveal a cream blush. It also works as a normal screw-top in addition to a makeup storage. Both packages are pink with a girly theme. The box features art of a cute girl in a peach color, and holographic lettering. The same girl appears on the tube.
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

Image is a photo swatch of the holika holika bb cream and its creme blush. They are swatched on a hand, and the bb cream color seems like a close match to the skin of the hand.
You can see by the swatch that the color match is spot-on.

Image is a photo comparison of three bb creams swatches side-by side. The first is from holika holika, the second is from missha, and the third is from skin79.
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.

Image is a photo comparison of three bb creams swatches side-by side. The first is from holika holika, the second is from missha, and the third is from skin79.
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.

Image is a photo of the cakepie, she has white blonde hair, pale skin, and no makeup in this photo
Beware my ugly makeup-free face!!
Consider what my skin looks like because this BB does a great job of cleaning me up!

Image is a photo of the cakepie, she has white blonde hair, pale skin, and she is wearing one coat of the holika holika bb cream in this photo.
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.

Image is a photo of the cakepie, she has white blonde hair, pale skin, and she is wearing two coat of the holika holika bb cream in this photo.
This photo is after two layers of Holika Holika. Now my skin looks near perfect.
How big of a difference do you see?

Image is a photo of the cakepie, she has white blonde hair with pink on the bottom, pale skin, and she is wearing one coat of the holika holika bb cream in this photo.
This is another image of me wearing 2 coats of Peach Girl and nothing else.
Different lighting, different hair, (more eyebrow!), same awesome skin.

Image is a photo of the cakepie, she has white blonde hair, pale skin, and she is wearing her final makeup look in this photo.
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.

The Good:

  • 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.

The Bad:

  • 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?

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26 Responses to “Review: Holika Holika Peach Girl BB Cream #01”

  1. Natasha Says:

    This one sounds like a winner! And the packaging is just so cute! Glad you found this!


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I’m so glad too, it’s a good one, and a definite winner ^_^


  2. Sam Bear | A Curiosity Says:

    Ohh! I was recommended this when I asked for some suggestions! I’ll definitely purchase this! The only thing I’m concerned about is the grey tones in this product – would you say its oxidizes well or not?


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Sam Bear,

    Great question!

    I know a lot of people are concerned with the grey tones in some BBs, and if you’ve tried grey-toned formulas before (like Missha Perfect cover #21) I’d say the grey oxidizes even better than the Missha one. The color warms up and finishes a bit golden. In the swatches you can’t tell but in the photos of me wearing the BB you can (I’m not wearing bronzer or highlighter or anything like that).

    It oxides well, and has a great finish too (:

    If you try it out, I’d love to know what you think! Two shades may not be enough for everyone but it really is a nice BB Cream ^_^


  3. Eva Says:

    The packaging is very cute and I want to get that BB cream! But I can’t find shade 1 at all or in reasonable price. I can only find shade 2 I dunno what’s going on!

    Well said about looking and googling to find a BB cream suitable for you! It also can be fun.

    Thank you for the review xxx


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Hey Eva!!

    Sorry to hear it’s hard to find, I did not have a super easy time either but it was worth it for me.

    I was able to find this one, not sure if the seller is good or not:

    Thanks for your kind feedback ^_^ I think a lot of western consumers want BBs but aren’t used to having to really nerd up, but it’s also part of the fun (: I know a lot of us are getting good now too so we can teach others so they don’t have a hard time ^_^


    Eva Reply:

    oh thank you for the link! I looked around ebay but I didn’t find this seller for some reason! xxx I might actually buy it! My birthday wish list is getting fat XD


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Yeah no problem, hon! It seems like peach girl is being discontinued, so it may get harder to find soon too. Sucky, huh?

    From what you posted on your site, your birthday list ended up being really awesome!

  4. Arya Says:

    the packaging is really cute and the bb cream has great coverage maybe that’s why many favor holika holika bb cream. have you heard of cc cream?


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I have heard of CC, here in the west it’s just a new gimmick riding the BB cream gimmick. We don’t have a lot of Asian brand products at ALL here, and what is sold as BBs by western brands are all tinted moisturizer. I’m concerned that what I could buy here would be the same >:

    I know CC is supposed to be more coverage, but I’ve never tried one.

    Have you tried any CC’s you like?


  5. Bethany Says:

    Ohhh, I like the sound of this. Missha Perfect Cover in 21 is my go-to BB Cream when I’m looking for some serious coverage. If I’m honest, I’m probably closer to shade 23, but I kind of like the pale effect I get from 21. Haha. Either way, I think I could make this colour work, which is more than I can say for my most recent BB cream purchase (Canmake Perfect Serum -extremely yellow). I’ll have to put this on my mental ‘to buy’ list, because my skin is totally oily.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Try it out! It’s not bad (: As for oily skin, some BBs are totally unsuitable due to their dewy nature, I find blotting paper and powder a necessity for most of them. HH Peach girl works great with powder too, so it’s one of my go-to’s as we begin to head into summer up here in the northern hemisphere. Oily skin is such a pain, don’t you think?


  6. Eugenia Says:

    sounds good but I want to buy the aqua petit bb cream from Holika Holika first, this is going to wishlist!
    thanks for the review


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I also want to try the aqua petit oh man, the reviews are so good for it!

    You’re welcome, dear ^_^ I hope the review is helpful~


  7. Arya Says:

    I don’t have it yet but it’s gaining so much popularity in Korea and aside from the coverage it can also heal the skin so I got interested but can’t find enough english info in the net. I’m looking in gmarket and a few local resellers here are selling them at a not so friendly price which is yikes


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    There are some good, reputable sellers on eBay, they seem to have the best prices too. I posted a link for Eva in the comments (not sure if it is still valid now, though).

    It’s also being discontinued, which sucks huh? It will be harder to find.

    If you try it come back and post your review here ^_^ I’m always reading the comments~


  8. Nancy H. Says:

    This sounds great! I loved the Skin79 Oriental Gold, but also needed more coverage than it offered. I like that it also has a pretty blush! 😀 OMG your hair with pink at the bottom is so PRETTY!


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Skin79 products are pretty good, though you’re right, they’re a bit more sheer. I have acne and scarring I need to cover up, so more coverage is needed most of the time! If I use sheer BB’s I have to load up on concealer, and who has time? Much faster to pop on a high coverage BB ^_^

    Thank you for saying my hair is pretty ^_^ I love what you do with yours too. I’ll be trying some new things soon, maybe teal, maybe orange/yellow gradient. The jury is still out on that one!


  9. Yun Says:

    Wow it looks really natural and nice on you! I’ve seen this BB Cream everywhere in the beauty community and its nothing but good reviews. Since my skin is oily during summer maybe I would purchase this and try it out plus the packaging is cute!


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Thank you hon! I think it looks really natural too, one of the best things about BBs in my opinion.

    It might really help with oil, but you may still need powder or blotting papers depending on your skin.

    It’s also being discontinued, so it may be harder to find soon. Bummer, huh?


  10. Renee Says:

    Wow, that has really great coverage! I also love the packaging ^^ Btw, I really love the pink in your hair! Off topic I know but 😉


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Yeah, one of the embarrassing things about posting before pictures is that everyone has to see my ugly flaws but then you can see how great the coverage is!

    Aww, you love the hair? Thank you dear! I plan to change it soon, white + teal, or maybe tangerine/yellow gradient. Not sure yet, what do you think?


  11. Chloe Says:

    love what you’ve done with your hair! BB creams never work for me ;c they always break me out like crazy and i think i’m too dark for BB creams, a lot of times they leave a white cast on my face, NOT attractive haha!

    à la foliee


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Aww, thanks for your kind words, I love playing with my hair color ^_^

    BB’s break you out, oh no! If it helps, try doing double-cleansing if you use BBs, less stuff can get trapped under the silicone layer of the BB and cause less irritation/breakouts.

    Do you use Asian bbs or western ones? There are a few Asian brands that carry darker shades (like Missha), so don’t give up. Their natural look is worth it ^_^

    I know what you mean about white cast, that comes from the sunscreen in the formula. Some BBs do not have sunscreen, and you can find one without the white cast~

    I hope you try a few more, if you do, you should let us know! Blog it! ^_^


  12. Heather Scoggins Says:

    I’m love BB creams, but not as everyday wear. Weekends or times I don’t wanna do the full routine I will slap on some BB cream, my favorite is the Skin79 pink label. I will say that I am interested in the CC creams emerging because they are more geared to the aging, oily, acne prone skin type. In otherwords right up my alley 🙂


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Yeah, I want to try CC Creams too, they seem interesting. The ones in Asia are lighter coverage, too, so if you don’t need much it’s going to be the sweet spot for ya (:

    If you try those, let us know what you think!!


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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 25th March 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews