Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation Review

The Dermacol Make-up Cover is known for being an extremely high coverage foundation that can cover up pretty much anything, even tattoos.

I don’t exactly have a lot to cover or conceal on my face except for slight blemishes on my cheeks, redness in certain areas and my uneven skin tone. I have never actually tried a lot of high coverage foundations because they always tend to be matte and too drying for my already dry skin. I have yet to encounter a high coverage foundation that will not accentuate the dry patches on my face and emphasize my dry under eyes. This is the main reason why I knew I had to get my hands on this Dermacol Make-up cover– it does not claim to be matte nor dewy.

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It has a sleek metallic tube that looks very nice. It also contains 30g of product and claims to be waterproof, hypoallergenic and with SPF 30.

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In the Dermacol website, it says:

The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions.

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It has an expiration date written on the back of the box.

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I have the shade 218 that has a yellow undertone. I believe 218 is the go-to shade for Filipinas who are medium to fair skinned.

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The product is sealed and you’re 100% sure that it’s brand new.

This is not available locally in the Philippines, so you have to source it and buy from online shops like Shopee. I bought mine from Girllabph for P880. (I love Girllabph, the seller is very accommodating and I’m a frequent buyer in her shop. She sells 100% Authentic US/UK Makeup.)

In buying Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation, the key to making this work is finding your perfect shade. I find that picking the wrong shade will not look good as it is a very full coverage and a thick foundation that lasts longer than your color correcting powder.

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The consistency is thick but creamy. A little goes a long way. This tiny little drop will already be enough to cover your entire face already. Feel free to add more if that’s what you prefer.

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Here’s how it looks like once blended. It looks darker on my arm but on my face, it matches well. Note that my arm doesn’t have any primer or moisturizer before the Dermacol was applied, so it looks rather patchy.

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Photo was taken with flash. No flashbacks!

I mentioned above that the key to making Dermacol work well is to find the right shade for your skin tone. Especially if you’re trying to make it look like your skin but better. This will be tricky since you’re ordering online and you will be guessing which shade is the right one for you. Another good thing about Shopee’s Girllab, is that she sells testers for only P180 for each 4g tube. The testers are cheaper than the full-size so you wouldn’t feel too bad about spending for a few tubes just to get your right shade. However, if you’re thinking that a little goes a long way and you can do away with buying just the tester… I actually considered that at one point. But I was liking this foundation so much that I had to buy the full-size just to make sure I don’t run out. (It’s already too obvious that I like this foundation!)

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Now, back to the review. I personally think that all the claims that they have with this foundation are true. It really does have extreme coverage, it is waterproof as well. This review was honestly really hard to do because I had to stop myself from just saying I love this and I’m speechless. This stays on forever on your face, until you decide to remove it. Although it said waterproof, I didn’t have any trouble removing it using my Garnier Micellar Water.

Below, I’ll just write a quick list of the PROS and CONS for easier judging.

PROS:

  • Extremely full-coverage.
  • Hypo-allergenic.
  • Waterproof but very easy to remove. (However, I still double-cleanse just to make sure there are no more residues.)
  • It won’t budge anymore after it has completely set. For me, it was transfer proof.
  • You can either set it or not. It depends on your preference. It works fine either way.
  • Does not set into a flat matte finish, it’s very much like your skin but better. Has a little bit of a healthy finish, almost velvety with a very slight glow.
  • Does not look cakey as long as you blend it well and use ample amount.
  • It was lightweight for me. (Although it will probably depend on how much you put.)
  • Doesn’t oxidize.

CONS

  • Not applicable for daily use, probably just on special occasions, photo shoots, events, etc.

Before anything else, I just wanted to explain why I think that this is not applicable for daily use. Yes, it is very lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy at all and it does say that it’s hypo-allergenic. However, I was so happy about how this foundation looked on my skin that I started using the tester every day for a week. My skin was fine, no immediate breakouts or whatsoever. But– a week after, I started getting tiny pimples on the areas that I applied this foundation. (Note: I only had the tester tube that time and the full-size tube hasn’t arrived yet so I was just using it as a concealer and not all over my face.) I’m not 100% sure if it was the Dermacol that caused those tiny pimples, it wasn’t anything serious. It wasn’t cystic or anything, just tiny little pimples that can pass as bumps. I had about 3-4 of those tiny little pimples after the next 2-3 days. I stopped using Dermacol to rest my skin and the bumps still continued to be there but it started to heal. Thus, the theory that this might have been the cause of my little breakouts. I still love this foundation though, it’s just not good for everyday use as it might have too much pigment that can possibly clog your pores, regardless of how lightweight it feels on the skin. Which is why I recommend double-cleansing in order to make sure that you have removed any residues of the makeup on your face.

I prefer applying this using a damp sponge. I know that using damp sponges could lessen the coverage, but it blends the foundation seamlessly into your skin. It looks more natural and less cakey. If you don’t need too much coverage or you don’t have a lot of areas that you want to conceal hardcore, I find that it’s better to be applied with a damp sponge. I also don’t recommend using your fingers with this, it’s harder to blend that way and the thick creamy formula makes it hard to manipulate with just the warmth of your fingers. I’m not sure if this will work well with a brush either unless of course, you’re aiming for that perfect and flawless coverage. You can always use two application methods for this, a damp sponge for areas that are prone to caking or areas that don’t need too much coverage and brushes for areas that need more coverage.

This foundation will work well for photo shoots, special events or occasions. Longevity wise, this can probably last as long as you want it to. The longest wear test that I can do with this foundation is probably up to 8 hours and it still looks flawless! I oiled up a little in my nose area but it’s nothing that a blotting paper can’t fix. You don’t really need to touch up the rest of your face aside from your T-zone if you’re oily or combination skin type. It creased a little on my dry under eye area after a while, but nothing too extreme. You can just fix it with your damp sponge and you’re good to go. And don’t get me wrong, I find that after the initial touch up for the creasing, you don’t have to do fix it again. It’s probably excess foundation or something. But I think it’s because this foundation should not be layered too much, a little really goes a long way. The thinner the application, the better it seems to look. Plus, what’s the purpose of it being 50% pigments when you’re going to layer it on like crazy? I honestly think that even a dot-sized amount can cover up most of your skin imperfections already. Don’t go cray cray with this.

I may have said more PROS than CONS, but I still cannot get myself to rate this a 5 over 5. I would still give it a 4 or maybe a 4.5. Mainly because this was so good and I wanted to use it every day, but unfortunately it gave me tiny pimples. It wasn’t anything that my skincare regimen couldn’t handle, but since I rarely get pimples, the fact that I started having them is not fun at all. I’m currently having a love-hate relationship with this foundation now and I will probably post an update regarding this foundation after a month or so.

I have laid out all the positive things this Dermacol foundation offers, so if you think that your skin isn’t all that sensitive and you think that this foundation will work well for you than it did for me, or if you’re just planning to use this on special occasions, then you might really love this.

Will I repurchase? I’m in the search of a concealer now and this Dermacol tube will probably last until next year, so I don’t know. I just purchased a highly raved Korean Brand concealer called The Saem Covertip Perfection Concealer and I’m going to figure out if I love that more than this Dermacol foundation. Until next time!

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L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

When I first started liking anything makeup related in general, this L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer was all over beauty blogs and YouTube. Some refer to it as a cult favorite and it was really raved about. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy something that’s a ‘holy grail’ status for most?

We have L.A Girl counters here in the Philippines and I was so excited about checking it out for the first time. This was 3 years ago, I think.

So I purchased my first L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Robinson’s forum. The shade I purchased was creamy beige I think and the mall price was somewhere between P395 or P495.  (Please note that 3 years ago, I was new to buying my first few makeup essentials for my kit. Plus, I wasn’t brave enough to start buying makeup products that are P300+ unless it’s a foundation. In short, this is a very big decision as per my budget.) As per the SA, the creamy beige was the lightest shade available in the PH. The first time I swatched it on my hand it looked fine. It seemed to blend well on my skin and it looked like a perfect match, the SA said so too. Since I’ve already read tons of good reviews about this concealer, I didn’t hesitate to immediately buy it.

The regret started about 30 minutes after.

It oxidized. It became freakishly orange against my fair skin tone and I was like–OH MY GAWD. Sure, the coverage was awesome but I didn’t want orange under eyes paired with my fair toned cheeks. I tried making it work by putting it under lighter makeup, but with L.A Girl’s extreme coverage, as soon as my foundation base has faded, I’m left with weird orange streaks under my eyes and orange polka dots on my cheeks because of the blemishes I tried to conceal. I stopped making it work. The shade was so wrong. It oxidizes really bad!

So, after my scary experience with that previous shade, this year, I came across the Shopee app. It has a lot of legit stores that sell US/UK/Korean/Japanese makeup. The selection is crazy, just go find yourself a legit seller that sells 100% Authentic makeup products. Note that there are fakes too so buy at your own risk.

I saw the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer again and it retails for about P180-P250. It’s cheaper than the mall price and it has a wider range of shades to choose from.

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It’s the same product that I’ve used before, I just chose a lighter shade and hoped that I got the right one this time.

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I got the shade Light Ivory. As per Google, it’s the second lightest shade available.

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The previous shade I bought was creamy beige and the Light Ivory is waaaaayyy lighter. I knew I could always make lighter shades work because I could use it for highlighting. It was a better way to start than stark orange shades.

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Here’s how the shade translates to my arm. It looks fine, right?

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When blended. (Is it still there???)

Here’s where the real review starts. When you look at the picture above, it blended almost into nothing. That’s supposed to be good, right? Well, not until you really want to conceal something and your concealer just vanishes once blended… That’s not good. With a concealer that’s as pigmented as this, a little should have gone a long way. But for some reason, the way this concealer blends depends on how much product you put. (Well, isn’t that wasteful?) At first, I thought that this concealer was fake, but I have ordered a bunch of products from that shop in Shopee and the rest performed well. It was just this one that failed. I also compared the previous concealer that I bought in the mall, and it looked pretty much the same. 101% the same so I knew it couldn’t be fake.

The thing is, you have to squeeze out a lot of product in order to get the most out of it. I’ve used this tube for about a week and it’s already 50% empty. It’s an affordable buy for P180-P250 but still, this is a raved product. I expected more from it. But then, if it works on them, it won’t always work for me.

I’m not a fan of the packaging/applicator as well. A brush tip applicator isn’t the easiest to work with. You can barely control the amount of product it dispenses. It’s either you can’t even dispense anything, or it dispenses a sh*t ton of product. A doe-foot applicator would be highly appreciated or just a simple squeezy tube would have been better.

I also have dry combination skin and even with moisturizer and a primer underneath, this concealer looked very patchy under my eyes. It accentuated my fine lines and dryness. You have to work around it quickly, as it sets very fast.

I guess it will only work for those who have oily or normal skin. I blend this with a damp sponge and no matter how much I try to thin it out, I’m left with the same outcome every time. Not sure if it was really not meant for my skin type or what.

The shade I picked wasn’t all that bad. However, don’t get scared when you dispense it on your skin because the pigment itself looks very off. But once you blend it, it tones down.

Coverage wise, I’d still say it’s a medium, despite how it didn’t make my skin look flawless. I had better experiences with other concealers than this one.

I just think that this product is too overrated. The shade range is also a bit off. I don’t think anyone is that orange or yellow. Be careful about choosing your shades especially if you’re buying it online. The swatches in Google look lighter than the actual shade. My skin isn’t that fair and the second lightest shade is still a shade darker than my actual skin tone. If you’re fairer than me, I suggest that you try Korean brand concealers instead.

Would I repurchase?

No. I have recently found something so much better and I think I found my HG concealer/foundation!

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Lily’s Touch Snail Serum Review

Snail filtrates in skin care have been a growing trend nowadays. Brands are going back to basics with their all natural skin care products.

Today, we will talk about the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. Below is how the product looks like.

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“Contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discoloration of the skin.”

In the Lily’s Touch official website, it says:

Snail serum was popularly used in Ancient Greece as an ingredient to reduce inflammation. It is known for its regenerative properties and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring.

Snail serum contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes appearance of dark spots and discoloration of skin.

It is the perfect product if you want to slow down the ageing process of your skin.

Good for:

Dark under eye, scars, melasma, warts, visible pores, dark circles, puffy bags, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone, and dull skin.

Snail slime becomes latest beauty must-have as mollusc mucus is touted to clear acne, heal scars and beat wrinkles.

The science behind snail slime as a viable beauty cream is mostly derived from lab studies where the effects of the slime have been tested on a variety of cell cultures. In these studies, research suggests that snail slime will stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, increase fibronectin protein production, and stimulate increased proliferation of fibroblasts. The perfect thing if you want to slow down the ageing process to a snail’s pace.

Slime harvested from the creatures is the key ingredient in new range of anti-ageing products.

The makers claim they can make users appear six years younger in just four weeks. The benefits for human skin were discovered by Chilean snail farmers who noticed their skin healed quickly without scarring when they handled the creatures which were being exported to France.

  • Dermatologist tested
  • FDA approved
  • Tried and Tested
  • Mercury free
  • Paraben Free
  • All Natural ingredients

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It retails for P550 per 30ml bottle on their website but is usually on sale via Shopee app for about P275. Always check with the seller regarding the expiration dates especially if the item is on sale.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

These are the things that I wanted to correct when I decided to purchase the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. I’m currently using their best-selling Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream as a part of my morning routine, but for my night time skincare routine, I needed a potent serum to cure or improve my skin woes overnight.

I have been using this serum for more than a month now. I still haven’t seen any drastic improvements on my skin, considering I have been using this 3 times a week with intervals.

3 times a week with intervals instead of everyday, because I noticed that with everyday use, I tend to have more whiteheads on my nose and chin area. I think it’s because it’s very thick and oily on the face, probably clogs my pores to an extent. I feel the need to exfoliate 3 times a week instead of 1-2 because of this.

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It doesn’t break me out, nor did I have any allergic reactions. I’ve read that there are people who get allergic reactions to any type of snail filtrate products. So if you want to try this out, start with patch tests first.

It has a scent that’s hard to explain. No, it doesn’t smell like a snail. It’s something between powdery or your grandmother’s old makeup or perfume. It’s not that bad at all, I personally don’t mind it since I usually apply it at night.

Don’t go overboard in applying this. A little goes a long way. Just make sure that you distribute it on your face in small amounts so it’s easier to blend and spread. If you apply too much, it will feel tacky and warm against your skin. Almost as if your skin is saying that it’s suffocating and it can’t breathe. The first time you use this, you will notice a slight tingling sensation. It’s somewhat itchy but after awhile, the tingling sensation goes away. It’s not an allergic reaction, at least for me it’s not. The next day, I woke up to glowy soft skin that looked so hydrated and healthy.

However, the moment I washed it, I could barely see the difference. It seemed as if the product was only working when it’s on your skin. But the moment you wash it off, you’re back to your old skin but slightly better.

I don’t recommend using this during the day since it feels very heavy on the skin and it doesn’t set or dry even after hours of application. It stays oily and tacky until you decide to wash it off.

The reason why I keep on using this product, despite that I hate the feeling of having a thick oil against my skin, is because it did improve my complexion in a way. Whenever I feel like my skin feels so patchy and dry, I would apply this at night and I’d wake up with a better and normal skin without the dry patches or bumps. After I wash it off, it does feel dry again but without the patchiness. I would just apply moisturizer and my skin looks and feels so much better. I think that this serum is a decent moisturizer that can remedy extreme dryness overnight. It does claim to ‘encourage skin repair’. But the rest of its claims is something I haven’t seen. I don’t think it lightened my blemishes, nor did it shrink my pores. Also, I think that this isn’t meant for everyday use, probably just on days that you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up.

If you’re looking for a snail serum that will work wonders for your skin in all aspects, I honestly don’t think that this will deliver the best results. It’s a so-so product, given too much credit because Lily’s touch is known for their best-selling Miracle Cream that’s patronized by local celebrities. That’s the main reason why I purchased it, regardless of how very few reviews are available online for this product. Although I wouldn’t say that this is a bad product, it’s actually a decent one.

Would I repurchase?

The 30ml bottle is a lot and it will last you for a long time. However, in the Lily’s touch website, it says that it’s best consumed within a month. I don’t think that you can use all of it in a month, since you’re basically just using 3-4 drops of it for your entire face. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, there are probably better snail serums out there, especially in K-Beauty brands.

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Wet ‘n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Review

The Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette is probably one of those products that “YouTube Made Me Buy”. It was raved so much by Pinay YouTube bloggers that I decided to finally buy my second contouring palette.

I was a late bloomer. I wanted to find my perfect base first before I ventured into the more complicated side of makeup such as contouring. I wasn’t exactly in the search of my holy grail contouring palette because I haven’t really found my holy grail base just yet.

My first contour-blush palette was from E.L.F, which I wasn’t really a fan of, because it was too patchy for me and the blush felt so gritty and rough in texture, I stopped buying contouring palettes in general because it’s not something I really use every day and I feel like my first experience in E.L.F’s contouring palette ruined the whole thing for me. (A lot of people like that blush-contour palette though, it just didn’t work well on me.)

 

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I bought my Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring palette in Shopee for P340 each. It took me quite a while to finally check that item out after it has been in my cart for more than months already. I wasn’t sure if I needed it, but I finally gave in after watching a series of YouTubers rave about it.

I bought the shade of Dulce De Leche. It will suit those who have light to fair skin tones. For those who are morena or darker, there’s another shade called Caramel Toffee that’s available.

I saw this in Landmark Makati’s Wet & Wild stall once, it was sold for P495 if I remember correctly, but it seems to be out of stock already as per the SA. I’m not sure for how long it will be out of stock, but before I bought this, I would always check their counter whenever I would go to Landmark and it’s always unavailable. I recommend that you buy this online instead since it’s cheaper. Just make sure that you buy from legit online sellers and make sure that they pack the package properly. You don’t want to be looking forward to a brand new contour palette and end up with a broken, and an unusable one.

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It contains 0.44oz or 12.5g. It’s one heck of a big pan. It’s honestly very cheap for P340 and it will probably last you forever.

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Here are the swatches. Seriously, the pan is almost as big as my fist.

Be careful when applying this product. A little goes a long way. Lightly tap your brush on the palette, don’t drag your brush heavily against it. Make sure you tap the excess from your brush before you apply it on the hollows of your cheeks, as it is very pigmented. It’s very powdery though, but very finely milled. The palette’s surface easily gets scraped by rough brushes, so make sure you use a soft brush.

This contouring palette is great for beginners. It’s very easy to use and blend. Although I’m not sure if it actually lasts for a long time because whenever I would use this, when I get home after a 4-8 hour lakwatcha, I find no trace of the contour in my face. Even with my base still intact. I don’t exactly have the habit of checking my entire makeup when I’m outside, I usually just notice my lipstick/lip tint above anything else once it’s gone. I just avoid looking pale and sickly when I’m out.

I do think that this is good for your everyday makeup look where you want to have a great mix of light and shadows for more emphasis on the dimensions of your face. It’s probably not for those fully made-up looks for parties and events because of the product’s longevity.

However, the highlighting shade in this palette is not something I actually use. It’s matte and has no traces of sheen to it, so it’s just like a setting powder but not an actual highlighter that illuminates. It seems to have a bit of a pigment on the swatch, but it blends into my skin seamlessly and adds no coverage or whatsoever. I don’t think it highlights at all. You won’t have much use for it if you have your own favorite setting powder.

But who am I to complain? It’s very cheap for P340 and it’s such a big pan.

This is a very good product if you’re new to contouring palettes. It’s very pocket-friendly and easy to use as well. No expertise required in using this. Just contour, blend and you’re good to go.

Would I repurchase?

More like… Will I ever run out of this product? I would rate it a 4 out of 5. Not bad, Wet & Wild!

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Cathy Doll AA Cream First Impression Review

When Cathy Doll first launched here in the Philippines, I wasn’t an immediate fan. We were walking around SMDC Jazz Mall Makati when we saw this Cathy Doll stall in front of the Hypermarket. It was the packaging of the products that immediately caught our eye. (Pink and metallic tubes with animal prints too!) Most of the products they had in that stall were glutathione and whitening lotions.

First of all, I’m not a fan or a user of whitening products.

My skin is already fair and I don’t exactly feel the need to use whitening products to improve my complexion. Plus, when one of my friends tried the lotions, her arm turned all white and soapy. Even with constant rubbing, she couldn’t make the lotion blend seamlessly into her skin. (I think most glutathione lotions are like that, they’re thick in consistency and very hard to blend into the skin. It has an instant whitening effect.) We were frightened and we all laughed and walked away.

Sooo….

The first time I fell in love with Cathy Doll products is the moment I tried the all-in-one Makeup Remover + Toner + Serum + Foam Cleanser. (But that’s not what we’re going to review today!)

Now, let’s talk about the Cathy Doll AA (Automatic Aura) Cream in the shade Natural Beige. I bought this in Watson’s for P649 in a 50g tube. (It’s a little expensive for me, considering it’s a small tube. But I used to love Etude House’s BB Cream that’s 60g for a P850 something per tube, so what the heck, there’s not much difference.)

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As to what I’ve read online, AA literally means Automatic Aura. So it probably means that this cream will give you that instant healthy glow on your skin. It also contains tea tree oil that’s known for helping with acne problems. It also has an SPF of 45 PA+++ which is good, but probably won’t look good in flash photography.

The first thing that came to my mind when I tried this Cathy Doll AA Cream for the first time is that the shade range isn’t good. Even for a Filipina that has a fair to light complexion, this will probably look ashy to them, but probably less, compared to those who are morena. It’s not yellow undertone, it’s slightly pinkish. (Although I’ve heard that the AA Cushion has a yellow undertone compared to this one even with the same shade names.)

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It has a slightly watery consistency, but not too runny.

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Swatches on natural lighting. After blending into the skin.

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With flash. Gosh, that’s light and ashy. Good SPF though, it’s SPF 45 PA+++!

This AA Cream really did brighten my skin and gave it a glowy look. Although my skin tone isn’t really for pinkish toned bases, so it looked a little off and had to be corrected or topped off by a yellow-toned powder.

When I used this AA Cream, I knew I was going to sweat a lot but I was relying on it’s SPF so I tried it anyways. Longevity wise, after I’ve sweat for about 2 hours, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as good as when I applied it.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

Coverage wise, this AA cream offered a light to medium. I’m not sure if it was buildable, I didn’t try because it already looks ashy against my fair yellow-toned skin. Adding more product will already make my face look ghostly and unappealing. It did even out my skin tone but did not fully cover the redness around my nose and below my chin.

The scent was okay, I’ve heard a lot of reviews about the tea tree scent and they love it. It’s very mild and barely noticeable after a few minutes of putting it on. As for the tea tree ingredient, I’m acne prone but I don’t suffer from intense acne to the point that it’s bothering, so I didn’t really mind if the ingredient was there or not. I do break out from time to time, especially when I use products that my skin doesn’t like, but it’s nothing my skincare can’t fix.

The shade range needs to have more variety, especially those that can cater to Filipina skin tones. It can be easily corrected by a setting powder, but if you’re that type of person who prefers bases that can act as an all in one foundation+powder, this isn’t the product for you. It sets into a slightly dewy, slightly tacky base. I have dry combination skin but I still prefer setting this with a powder to avoid the sticky feeling on my face. My hair sometimes sticks to my face if I don’t set it. It’s not transfer proof as well, so yeah, just set it.

It’s good for everyday use. It’s definitely lightweight, as it claims to be ‘air light’. It didn’t break me out as well, I tend to have rashes on my cheeks whenever a product feels too heavy on the skin and I didn’t experience that at all.

If you’re going to be doing physical activities and you’ll be sweating a lot, it will only last for about 1-2 hours. If you’re going to be staying in a cool place where you won’t be moving around and sweating, it will last for about 5 hours or more. Using the baking technique can also make this last on a hot weather.

Would I repurchase?

Probably not until there are more shades available that look better on my skin tone. I also find it to be on the expensive side if this is something that you’re just going to wear on a daily basis for errands, work, etc. It doesn’t even last on my skin that long even if I set it with powder. My daily basis would probably consist of sweating a lot, so I’d prefer something that won’t slide off of my face as soon as I start to sweat.

I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the shade range and I think that’s the most crucial part of loving a base product.

Update as of 8/17/2018: I’m still using this! I still hate the shade but bronzing your face and setting it with a yellow-toned powder does the trick of getting rid of the ashy color. Another thing that I failed to mention in the review is that the longer it stays on your face, the better it seems to look during the day. But again, too much sweating can cause the product to slide off. The excessive ashy color fades after a while and you’re left with a naturally brighter and healthy looking complexion.

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