I’ve said often enough that I’m not that into BB Creams and the wonderful claims they proclaim to live up to. However, what with this brand and that brand available out there, I’m curious. I have since picked out one or two I rather like, but in the main, I’m still a little iffy about the whole BB Cream hype.
Today we have the Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream that is quite readily available at our local pharmacies at a reasonably affordable price. This one comes in one shade as most BB Creams do, but in two different formula – Normal-Oily skin (Silky BB Cream) and Normal Dry skin (Moisture BB Cream). I broke into the Normal-Oily skin one, because from experience I’d realized that BB Creams tend to go on a little oily on my skin. Mentholatum is a Japanese brand, but this particular product was produced in collaboration with a Korean BB Cream company (unnamed).
In terms of texture, I must say that this one agrees with me quite well. It feels light on my skin and spreads quite easily leaving quite a nice finish. Its not very thick nor does it turn oily on my skin. I have to give it that. It actually feels lovely on and does not slide off throughout the day.
However, the colour is too grey for my skin tone. I don’t quite get this grey tint in many BB creams. I have not found a grey colour that flatters my skintone and I’m Asian. I wore it a few times. The first time I applied it too thickly so it felt a little heavy. The trick I’ve learned with BB Creams is to use a tiny little amount, and then layer over the parts that need more coverage.
Sunplay Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream swatch Left: Unblended Right Blended
The swatch appears a little less grey and on the right, appears to have blended into my skin. I, in fact thought that I’d managed to get this BB cream to work for my colouring (since I did like the texture and finish). However, my friend told me, right in my face, that this made my skin colour look dull. Not texture, it seems to have a nice finish. But the colour was a little off for me. And here I was thinking that I’d managed to balance out the grey tones on my skin. Sigh…
Here is a side by side comparison swatch of the Sunplay Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream alongside some other BB Creams I have (some reviewed, some in the works):-
As you can see, the tone is clearly more grey. I read somewhere that the grey tone helps brighten skintone for those who have, perhaps a more sallow/yellow skintone. In my case, I prefer BB Creams with a beige/pink tone which are also colours I use in foundation, and match my skin better. If I use this, I sometimes apply a yellow based powder to set and balance out the grey tones which helps my skin look brighter too.
The coverage in this Silky BB Cream is quite good. Not too thick yet you can layer it on problem areas for more coverage so you don’t need concealer. So, what I’d suggest is for you to test this out if possible, to see if it will suit your skintone. Texture wise, I have absolutely no complaints!
Pros: Light texture, Not oily, Does not slide off my skin, Decent coverage, Affordable
Cons: Tone is a bit too grey for my skin
Here is the ingredient list for the Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream (Normal-Oily):-
I have normal-dry skin but for this particular one, I might venture a suggestion for similar skin types to try the Normal-Oily formula. I’m not sure how the Normal-Dry formula fares, but in our weather, it might turn out a little heavier than we like. I will suggest you apply this one with the piano method – I find it applies better and gives a better finish.
Have you taken a go at this BB Cream? Like it? Do you find it a little grey on your skin too or does it work well on your skin tone?
Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua Silky BB Cream comes in 2 formula Normal-Oily and Normal-Dry and retails at RM59.90/40g at all major pharmacies. Pick it up when it goes on sale.