I have a few samples of these (a single packet is enough for one application – and since BB cream is like makeup, I don’t need a full month of use to review it), and although I am not in need of any BB cream, I thought I would try it out to see whether my opinion would change regarding BB creams (since I am not a big fan of them).
The last time I tried a BB cream was close to 5 – 6 years ago, and the brand I tried was Dr. Jart. I had more redness back then, but my experience with that BB cream was not a good one. When I threw it out after a year, the tube was practically full, which was really regrettable. I used it on and off as a spot concealer but still, most of it was wasted because the tone of the BB cream was really ashy and made me look pinkish gray, and it smeared if I didn’t use a powder over it.
This O HUI BB cream claims to self adjust to your natural skin tone. When I applied it, the shade was somewhat ashy and slightly pink too, much like the Dr. Jart one I used years ago. It was almost the same kind of consistency – very creamy – and I did need to use a foundation brush to blend. But once blended in (the only way to get the perfect flawless blend is with a good foundation brush), the shade matched somewhat. However, as time progressed, the shade would darken quite a bit. By midday the shade was already one to two shades darker than my natural skin tone and my neck. Despite all these BB creams claiming to be the final step and all-in-one products, I still needed to set it with a loose powder on top to prevent smearing. And I have dry skin!
My opinion didn’t change – and I still don’t look at BB cream as some kind of magic, miracle product, and I don’t have any need for it. I can only assume that people with moderate to severe redness will benefit more from using a BB cream. For me, it’s just a thick tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. But surprisingly, despite the thick consistency, it didn’t provide that much coverage (my light freckles were still visible after application). I would prefer using a sheer foundation if I wanted to use a base makeup, since BB creams still need to be set with a powder anyway.
Botton line: if you have reddish skin tone and your skin is dry, this will probably work for you. If you otherwise have little to conceal and your skin tone isn’t red, you are better off using a regular foundation with a sunscreen.