When I first I learned about BBs I did a lot of research, I read a TON of reviews (both domestic and foreign) and this product kept coming up. I bought it because I wanted to start out with a good quality BB cream rather than randomly experiment, and overall I was glad I did. If you’re new to BB creams, it might be good to start by reading about what they are, as there are no truly analogous western products.
Skin79 is a large brand from South Korea, but it’s more popular and well-known in the west in that it’s a big deal here, and not so much in South Korea. Most women outside of Asia try a Skin79 brand for their first BB cream, but most women in BB-popular countries aren’t as into Skin79. It’s not an inferior brand, personally I think the difference in popularity is a matter of marketing because Skin79 spends a lot of time enticing the foreign market.
Water, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sodium Chloride, Arbutin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Sorbitan Isostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Sodium Hyalorunate, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Talc, Ozokerite, Sorbitan Olivate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 77492, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, CI 77491, CI 77499, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Natto Gum, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Gold, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caviar Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Ceramide 3, Asparagus Lucidus Root Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract.
After trying many, many BBs now, I can say The Oriental Gold is one of my favorites. The coverage is light to medium depending on how much you build up but it is far less than most foundations so if you’re new to BB’s you should know that coverage is not as heavy. Also, you don’t put so much on! The most common mistake I see with people trying BB cream is people caking it on and being like “ERMAGHERD This crap is SO THICK.” It’s not their fault, maybe no one showed them how to put on a BB Cream. Protip: use a smallllll amount to start. If it’s not enough coverage, apply another small amount after you’re done.
The Oriental Gold is available in either a 40g tube or a 40g cylinder that includes a pretty pink cream blush. I bought the one with the cream blush because I wanted to try it out:
The top opens to reveal the cream blush. [Manicure is Shiseido/Majolica Majorca's Artistic Nails Speedy & Glossy #GR222 Sudden Impulse, which I purchased in my Imomoko.com haul]
Swatched. The cream blush has light coverage, performing more like a cheek tint.
It dispenses using a pump.
Push down and the product dispenses from the center. No matter what you do this can be messy, I always have to clean it.
Here’s a swatch. It’s a good thickness, so don’t apply too much!
This is what my hand looks like with nothing on it.
This is my hand with The Oriental Gold blended in. You can see the color match for me is very good, and the product casts a subtle glow without looking cakey or obvious.
With the BB Cream and blush together, and blended.
Oh no! My bare face is not very pretty. You can see my skin has problems with oil and acne, as well as dullness and discoloration. I’m also starting to win at wrinkles.
Even with one layer only my skin looks much better. My discoloration is evened out, some of my acne is covered, and my eyes look awake and brightened, but I still look very clean and natural.
With two layers you can see that the color is building nicely, most of my problems are covered and my overall skin looks much nicer. The glow is subtle, and for those who don’t like it either a blotting tissue or a powder on top can help.
My finished look with two layers of The Oriental Gold, the cheek tint it came with, Tarina Tarantino lip gloss in Parade, Julep lengthening mascara in Espresso Brown, on my waterline and inner eye corner I’m wearing Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil in Sin, and my eyeshadow is from Coastal Scents Shimmer Palette. I am also wearing Youngblood primer for my face makeup, and Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eye makeup. To cover up the last of my spots I used ELF’s Zit-Zapping concealor in medium.
I did a gradient with the Coastal Scents makeup. (This eye makeup will be covered in an upcoming review.)
What I love:
- Perfect color match! This is nearly unheard of because my skin is so pale and my undertones are strange.
- It looks very natural. The coverage is nice when built up, but can also be applied lightly enough to be indetectable.
- The accompanying blush is a sweet color, looks natural, and is a great bonus.
- Relatively easy to find for an Asian brand, as it is from a brand gaining popularity in the USA
- Hides my flaws for the most part, a few hardcore pimples still need concealor.
- Smells fine.
- If you’re into that sort of thing, it has arbutin which can prevent skin from pigmenting, over time that means it has a “whitening effect.”
- Non-sticky. Makes my skin glow.
- Priced well: I found this on Amazon for less than $20 including the shipping.
On the other hand:
- There are other BB creams that are better at oil control, coverage, and contain fancier ingredients.
- It only comes in one color: super pale!
- Some people hate that pump. As for me it wasn’t so much of a problem except that you can’t tell when you’re close to running out of the product.
- Not very much SPF considering it promotes itself as being an anti-aging formula. While serviceable, it only has SPF 25 PA++.
Overall this is one of my favorite BB creams, I use it a lot in the evenings and at night, but not as much during the day because of the low SPF. It matches me like it was made for my skin, which is a big win, as I’m hard to match for. I would repurchase it, but I don’t use it as my HG, instead it’s my back up/secondary choice.