Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream


Hello out there!

Today I bring you a re-review about one of my ultimate beauty must haves (in the category of "I'm-stranded-on-a-dessert-island-omg-freaking-out"). I had initially written brief review on this product about a year or so agao but that was so visually awful that I decided it must be redone!


Here I re-introduce......
Skin79 VIP GOLD BB CREAM


Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream

* Everybody all at once now: "Ooooo shiny!" *



If you are unfamiliar with BB Creams (aka "beauty balms", "blemish balms", "beblesh balms"), they are essentially created to be a multifunctional product that combines both skincare and base/foundation properties into one daily use makeup essential. Think hydrating, sun protecting, skin healing, acne treating, wrinkle targeting, spot covering magic in a tube! Certainly different BB creams focus on different age groups or concerns but you can often find any combination of these properties in any BB cream. In a sense, you can call it the the Swiss Army knife of the foundation world...for women and men as well. I have tried a good handful of popular BB Creams from Asia yet this one remains one of my favourites based on quality and overall effectiveness.


Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream



The Basic Stats: as from Skin79

  • Produced by WIZCOZ Korea
  • Air tight pump dispenser
  • Lightly scented.
  • Sturdy weight plastic bottle
  • Shade: 1 only
  • SPF 25 / PA++
  • Claims: Whitening, UV protection, anti-wrinkle, (hydration)
  • Gold and Caviar extract creates beautiful shiny skin
  • Sebum control and great adhesion to the skin. 
  • Korean Food and Drug Administration approved 3-functions.
  • Full size 40g @ approx $17-20 Cad (online/ebay)
  • Also available from Skin79 North American website HERE.
  • Other travel sizes/tubes available

Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream


Minor changes have been made to the design over the years that I have purchased it but the main look and feel of the product (and ingredients) remained almost identical. It has a very clean, sharp and high end aesthetic that would sit well on the vanity of consumers from any age range. Skin79 markets itself to be a very pharmaceutical brand (along the lines of say VICHY, La Roch Posay and Clinique), producing a wide range of skincare for men and women as well as a  number of BB creams. The VIP Gold range is on the more prestigious end of their BB cream selection but they do have many options for various budgets and age groups.
 
 
The Video Review







Before and After

Skin79 Vip gold before-after-01

I must say that my skin has been pretty stable in the past few weeks so you're not seeing me at my worst. However I have have also used this during my bad skin days to smooth out bumps and redness and it works wonderfully. You can see details on my skin statistics HERE.

While it is a shame there is only one shade (poor colour selection is a fault with many Asian BB Creams), you'll be happy to hear that it does do some magical shade adjusting after minutes on your skin. From my experience, BB creams are not meant to be actual foundation (though the higher coverage ones can be) but rather an extension of your skincare with some coverage properties and sun protection. Those that are able to find a good shade match may want to wear it solo but others who can't might want to try this as a foundation primer/base (hence less of a colour matching issue).


Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream

As you can see from the ingredients below, the composition of this product seems rather complex with your standard slew of foundation/skincare binders and emulsifiers but also a notable list of natural extracts as well. As with all natural extracts, effectiveness is often arguable but I'd like to think they do play an important role in the product. I am always happy to see natural ingredients in my products!



Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream
*photo can be enlarged on flickr, just click it*


The Final Breakdown
  • A daily use all-in-one product, better seen as an extension of your basic skincare but with some bonus foundation properties.
  • Closest skin tone match: NC20/NW20 - NC30/NW30
  • Natural / Satin finish if applied sparingly, glossy if applied heavily.
  • Smoothes over the skin, softening visible pores and fine lines.
  • Helps skin stay hydrated through the day, increased skin elasticity.
  • Average lasting ability: 5 hrs (no powder, no primer)
  • Best for skin types: slightly dry, normal/combination, slightly oily.
  • Best used as a foundation primer or tinted moisturizer.
  • A concealer and powder is also available from the same line.
  • THINGS TO NOTE:
    • This is not an oil-free product, although it has never gave me spots on my acnegenic skin.
    • Be weary of wearing this in flash photography, there is physical SPF (titanium dioxide) in this product.
    • You still need to REMOVE this at the end of the day like you would a foundation, don't sleep with it on.
    • This version, I feel, feels slightly less dewy than previous releases although I can not be certain if they have changed the product itself.
While you might be put off by the lack of colour selection, I would still highly recommend you give a chance to this BB cream from Skin79. Although many brands claim wondrous results, this is one of the few BB creams that have lived up to the claims and with extended use I have seen real improvements to my skin. And you know what else this would be good for? An exciting luxury feeling gift for your girlfriends or mother that doesn't cost a fortune. Win-Win!



Used this Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream before?
Share you thoughts in the comments!

14 comments:

  1. seems okay! though I might just stick with the Hot Pink BB Cream cuz that's what I'm okay with, but have you tried the new Orange Vital BB Cream? I would love to use that if it weren't so expensive

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  2. I've been researching BB Creams! I'll have to check this one out.

    http://beauty-twist.blogspot.com/

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  3. @Imah Ayub ♥

    I did the new orange one when I was browsing online but wasn't quite sure what it was suppose to do and if it's different from the others. Might wait a bit before I try it I have other BB Creams I want to try first!

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  4. There is no difference in your before and after. FAIL.

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    1. I'm wearing a thin layer of the bb cream and this is not a full coverage product, the finish is also very natural so it takes a trained eye to spot the differences. From what I see, it took down a bit of redness on my cheeks and brightened up my skin by a half a shade to one shade. This product can be layered to offer a bit more coverage.

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  5. i am extremely fair, for reference Mac nw15 is my very tan end of the summer shade, i was wondering if this BB cream would suit my skin tone or would it just look a tad "off" even though it's meant for fairer skin tones.
    Would very much appreciate an answer and i really like your blog!

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    1. I think wearing this alone, the undertone and paleness level might be a problem for you. What I have been told by others (with darker/lighter skintones) is that they just mix a dollop of this with their regular foundation and it works great like that.

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  6. Thank you for your review, I have been reading your posts for a while now and it's just great how you combine cuteness and beauty knowledge ^___^. I was wondering if you have ever tried vichy's dermablend foundations? I think they do a great skincare line so maybe their foundations are, like the bb creams, infused with skin goodies? Keep up the good work! :)

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      I've actually tried the Vichy Dermablend like a long time ago (when they still had the old tubes, before the new sticks came out) and found it good for coverage but a little poor in colour selection when it came to the liquids. They've also released a bb cream called the "ProEven" but I've yet to try it out.

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  7. hi i love your reviews, been watching you on youtube for ages but never asked you any question, however, i've recently been deciding on whether i should get the orange bb cream or the gold one, i am quite pale even as an asian, the missha 21 is a bit dark for me, and i want a bb cream that can have very good coverage, and hopefully will not oxidise too much during the day, because for my missha one it got really dark after a day, and my face and neck were completely different colours. ( i watched your review on the orange one, and i thought it might be my colour, but after you said it cracks, i didn't want to risk it and end up with a cracked face ==")

    this might be a bit too much to ask but, i would also looooooove it to have great skincare benefits because i do put on makeup everyday.

    thank you sooooo much for your help!!! i will continue to support you :D

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    1. If you're looking for coverage then the Orange version is the better of the two and because the shade is more natural. However given what you've described, have you considered the Mizon snail repair bb cream? It's been my favourite for the past few months because the ingredients really work well on my skin, the colour is good and so is the coverage (it's very thin but buildable without being obvious). You can wear it more glowly or more matte depending on if you powder or not. I just found the Skin79 Orange too heavy feeling on my face.

      Here's the review link if you want to take a closer look!
      http://www.pbunniep.com/2012/11/review-mizon-snail-repair-bb-cream-best.html

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  8. Hi, thank you for your videos, they are very informative. Im wondering if you recommend a specific seller from ebay? i noticed a price disparity (15$ is the average, but there are some going for 40 &50$) is there are reason for that? might they be fake? thanks :)

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    1. I jump from seller to seller all the time on eBay depending on what I'm looking for, who's running a deal etc.
      My rule of thumb is to buy the product from where they are made, so if you're getting Skin79 I would go with a Korean seller located in Korea, also take a rough survey of the average price and cut out anything that is too high above or below that range, of course looking for a seller with impeccable feedback (99% and above) and lots of returning customers is important too.

      Generally, products being sold much below the market average have a higher chance of being fakes as it's a tactic used to attract customers hoping to save a few bucks. Anything marked up very high above average probably is meant to cover shipping/importing costs, say the seller needs to buy the item from Korea then sell it in the USA or that they just want to earn more.

      I'd say for this particular bb cream, the international price average should be around $16-20 or so with slight variation but I certainly wouldn't pay $40-50 for it.

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  9. Love your video and review! thank you so much for your help!

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