I’ve warned most of you on Facebook and Twitter that you will be seeing quite a few posts coming up about BB Creams. I am working through a backlog and I’d really like to get this out of the way as quickly as I can. In fact, I’ve had this Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion and BB Moist Cream for months now – and I do really like them, bar one issue – colour. But I’ll get to that in a bit 🙂
To get it out of the way, at time of writing, the Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion and BB Moist Cream is not yet available in Malaysia. It will likely come in soon but I picked these up online. They come in 2 textures – BB Moist Emulsion (light texture in a bottle) and BB Moist Cream (creamy texture in a tube). Interestingly they also come in 2 colours – Natural Beige (Light) and Natural Ochre (Medium) so those who are a little darker may now be able to find a match.
Another interesting thing I noted is that the colour in the BB Moist Cream is a little bit lighter than the BB Moist Emulsion. Mine is in Natural Beige for both which is the lighter shade of the two.
In terms of texture, I must say that I absolutely LOVE these BB creams from Hada Labo. I think the BB Moist Emulsion is a genius idea. It is very light on the skin, with a runny texture like the UV Moist Emulsion, and yet has a very nice coverage. A little dot does a long way towards evening out the skintone, although it is sheer, so pigmentation and imperfections still show through. Does not bug me, but it may bug you.
What I particularly like about the Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion is that it has an SPF50 PA+++ rating which puts it right up there with the Hada Labo sunscreen. In fact, when I was last in Penang, I forgot to bring my sunscreen (unthinkable!) but I applied this BB Moist Emulsion and prayed for the best as I went up Penang Hill. Wonders of wonders, my skin did not turn red from the midday sun, it did not feel like it was burning, and the BB cream stayed on despite me sweating! I was suitably impressed especially because it is so light on top of everything else.
The BB Moist Cream however only boasts a SPF32 PA+++ rating which is lower than the emulsion (I’m not sure why) but it too is light on the skin and keeps skin feeling very comfortable all day long despite the heat and humidity here. I believe that the cream version may be more suitable for those with drier skins but I like both and I don’t think that the BB Moist Cream feels any heavier than the emulsion although it does cause the skin to get a tiny bit oily as the day wears on. Not an oil slick like the Alaskan Exxon oil spill. More like an oil slick in a puddle.
The coverage is sheer-medium and buildable without looking thick, cakey and importantly, not heavy nor oily. Both the Hada Labo BB Cream and Emulsion fulfil everything I need in a BB Cream – lightweight, moisturizing, not oily, no fragrance and feels comfortable. All bar one that is.
Despite it being called Natural Beige, the colour of the Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion and BB Moist Cream has an unmistakable yellow tone. It is a very strong yellow tone indeed. See for yourself
L-R: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion Natural Beige vs Hada Labo BB Moist Cream Natural Beige swatches
See what I mean? The BB Moist Emulsion is noticably yellow. It is lovely on every count, but the colour really doesn’t do it for me. I can sheer it out and I can wear it but it can tend to make me look a little bit sallow. A bit of brightening powders can help but otherwise… sigh…
On the other hand, the BB Moist Cream is a little lighter in tone. Yellow still, but at least lighter. So I do find that it makes it a little more wearable for me. However, the BB Moist Cream is also a little heavier. Toss up I guess. Can’t have everything 😛
In a nutshell
The Hada Labo BB Creams come in 2 formula – Emulsion and Cream with relatively high SPF protection. Both feel very light on the skin and very comfortable, without turning oily. It also comes in 2 shades, which is very helpful for those who may have a darker skintone. The texture of the products cannot be faulted, but the shades tend towards being significantly yellow toned. They will suit those who have a warm or yellow skintone, but if you have pink tones or are neutral, you may find that this makes you look sallow.
Pros: Lightweight texture, No scent, Not oily, Does not oxidise, Keeps skin feeling hydrated, High SPF offers good sun protection, Can be used as a tinted sunscreen, Sheer but buildable texture, Affordable
Cons: Too yellow toned for me
And here are some comparison swatches for the Hada Labo BB Creams as compared to other brands. I’ve kept them within the pharmacy brand categories to compare like with like
I was a little upset with the failure of this range to suit my skintone perfectly. They otherwise have shot down every single BB Cream misconception I had before and if I come close to actually liking a BB Cream, you can be sure the Hada Labo ones are it. These are the best BB Creams I’ve used so far. Pity about the colour. Really 🙁
You can check out Cosmetic Candy and Sue Lynn’s blog for swatches of Natural Ochre which is the medium toned one. I do still use mine quite regularly – I love the texture and I love how I can just wear the BB Moist Emulsion as sunscreen. But I do wear them very sheerly (just to even out the skintone and cover redness) and use concealer for the rest.
It says a lot that I do because regulars will know my relationship with BB Creams. We aren’t the best of friends 🙂
I don’t doubt we will see this appear on our shelves soon. If you have by any chance given this a go, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Or perhaps you are keen to try this one? Go and bug the people at Hada Labo then 😛
Note: I don’t have the ingredient list as mine is all in Japanese so I have no idea what the ingredients might be. You could wait till it comes in and they translate the ingredients before deciding if it might be for you 🙂
Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion SPF50 PA+++ and BB Moist Cream SPF26 PA+++ were purchased online for US$19.50 each. Unavailable in Malaysia at time of writing but may make an appearance soon.