Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB in 02 Aqua Neutral

Identifying Information
Product name: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB SPF 20 PA++ in 02 Aqua Neutral, 40mL
Price: PhP 625.00 + shipping fee; in Holika Holika shops this retails for PhP 755.00
Description: "Jelly BB makes moist and bouncy jelly skin. Has jelly texture that helps spread evenly and creates fully hydrated and shiny skin. It is also perfect for covering up facial blemishes. Mint water hydrates facial skin, and marine jelly complex makes soft and bouncy skin."
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it:
History: I've had this for about a month now and I've been using it regularly since I got it. Prior to ordering this I read a lot of reviews as usual so I was pretty excited when it arrived! 

Physical Examination:
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral box, bottle and sponge

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral description and ingredients
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral spatula
The spatula
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral jelly BB
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral hand swatch
Unblended hand swatch. I am so sorry for the difference in lighting! >.<
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral hand swatch
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral hand swatch blended

Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Methyl Methacrylate, Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Codium Tomentossum Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caviar Extract, Atelocollagen, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyapatite, PEG-8, Glyceryl Caprylate, Agar, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (Cl 77492), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491), Iron Oxides (Cl 77499) 
Salient Features
  • Feels cool on the skin upon application
  • Does not look cakey even when I get oily
  • Has medium coverage
    • It's able to cover the redness of my skin and most of my hyperpigmented scars from pimples.  
  • Blends easily using fingers, foundation brush, or make-up sponge
    • This BB comes with a white sponge in the box but I haven't used that yet because I love my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge too much. 
  • Matches my skin well
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Has a demi-matte finish
    • From the description of this product I believe this was supposed to give a moist and dewy look but I'm glad that it doesn't. My oily skin doesn't live in harmony with dewy products. 
  • Does not emphasize my dry patches
    • I get some dry patches from the topical acne medication that I use. I find that this BB does not make them visible.
  • Cute packaging
    • The glass bottle is shaped like a little bundt cupcake and it's nice to look at! There's a negative point to the packaging mentioned below.
  • The bottle's cap has a spatula attached to it.
    • There is no need to dip your finger inside the bottle to get the product out so contamination is lessened. What I do is get some product on the spatula and put it on the dorsum (back) of my clean hand. From there I use a brush or a sponge to get some BB and apply it on my face.
  • Has a mild herbal scent which I like; does not trigger my allergic rhinitis
    • The scent goes away after about a minute or so.
  • Has SPF 20 PA++
    • The SPF it has isn't very high but it's good that it offers additional protection from harmful UV radiation. Please use a sun cream/sunscreen under this for full protection.
  • Has not caused any skin irritation or acne breakouts
  • Affordable
  • Not so good at controlling oil
    • My skin starts to become shiny (SHINee? Hohoho~) at about the 4th hour of wear even with primer and setting powder.
  • Limited shade range
    • Only comes in 2 shades: 01 Aqua Beige and 02 Aqua Neutral
    • The shade I have is 02 Aqua Neutral. During the first time I put some of this BB onto my hand, I thought it was a little bit dark but when I blended it out, it seemed to be lighter than it initially was. 
    • I believe this runs a bit lighter than other BB creams. 02 Aqua Neutral would perfectly match up to NC20 skin. For NC25 skin this may give a brighter, paler look.
  • Bottle is not travel-friendly
    • The bottle is kind of heavy as it is made of glass. It is also prone to breakage because of that.
  • There is no safety seal or sticker on the box or bottle.
    • I just think that it would be better if they had this to ensure the freshness of the product. :)
  • Limited accessibility as Holika Holika only has very few branches here in Metro Manila
    • I would've liked to visit their shop and purchase this from there but they don't have a branch or a stall in the malls near the Ortigas area. I believe they have plans on expanding though so hopefully I see them soon in SM Megamall. 
    • EDIT: 8/24/2015 Holika Holika is now at SM Megamall Department Store! Yaay! :D
Impression/Rating: 8.5/10

Discussion: This jelly BB is the first product that comes to my mind when someone mentions Holika Holika. This is a well-known product of theirs and for good reason. I've heard about this BB several years ago but I only got to purchase it recently. When I first learned that Holika Holika has opened a branch in the Philippines, I wanted to buy this unfortunately though they didn't and still don't have a branch in any of the malls I frequent. I read a lot of reviews prior to ordering this because I wanted to know if it would work with my skin and what shade is most suitable for me. There are a lot of positive reviews out there and this one I'm writing is going to be added to that long list. ;)
I'm pointing at my acne and acne scars. They weren't completely covered but their appearance was greatly lessened! Without the BB they are truly red. >.<
This is the first BB product I've tried that has a jelly texture and doesn't come in a tube or pump bottle. The packaging is cute but it isn't very convenient. The BB itself looks great on my skin. I like how it evens out my skin while still making it look natural. It's able to provide adequate coverage of my hyperpigmented scars and redness that I don't find the need to use concealer on them. I've received compliments on my skin while using this BB! :) Sadly it doesn't provide good oil control but even when I do get oily, this doesn't clump up on the sides of my nose or look cakey and that's good! I prefer using a brush or a sponge to apply this on my face. Overall, this is a lovely BB cream (err, jelly). It's one of the better BBs I've tried. It does a great job and I do quite like it!

Prognosis: I like this jelly BB and I will continue using it until I finish it up. I love how my skin looks when I have this on. The only major downside this has for me is the poor oil control but all the other positives outweigh this. This BB is the first make-up product I purchased from the brand Holika Holika and because of the good experience I've had with it, I'm interested in trying more make-up products from their brand. I consider this as a candidate for repurchase. I don't want to say for certain that I will repurchase it because I'm always interested in trying out make-up from different brands. :)

What are your top Korean BB products? Any favorites from Holika Holika? Share them below as I am genuinely curious! ^__^

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