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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hanskin Magic BB Cream, Magic BB Sun Powder SPF 22 PA++ Pact and Gloss & Highlight Duo

I am a sucker for value kits (as I stated in another post lol)... and the Korean companies release really bang-for-the-buck-sets where you can save lots of Won (or US$ or whatever currency lol).

When I was browsing Hanskin's shop on Gmarket I found a very interesting kit which contains a BB Cream, BB Pact and a gloss/highlighter duo stick all for only 27000 Won (about US$27).

The only thing I had from Hanskin until today was a deluxe sample-sized tube (I got a trio set on ebay) of the Super BB Magic Cream which is ok but not my favorite. I also have tried a sample of the Gold Caviar BB Cream and both BB creams are quite pale so I was having high hopes that the Magic BB Cream and the Magic BB Sun Powder Pact in the kit would come in shades that work for me.

And I was proven right =D Both the Magic BB Cream as well as the Magic BB Sun Powder Pact are very pale and best suitable for fair-light skin-tones or they might look ashy.
I know that BB creams are a hard game for anyone darker than NC20-25 as most colors turn out very pale or too pink but I am lucky as they mostly work for me. I wish more Korean brands would release their BB creams in at least 2 or 3 colors but so far the standard is 1 color only =(

Magic BB Cream:

Hanskin claims that this product is:
-not irritating skin
-contains vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamin E)
-calms redness

(Please note that the skin on the back of my hand is about a shade darker than my face)
This is a thick cream but I feel it's lighter and not suffocating my skin like the Super Magic BB Cream. Though it should be noted that the weather is turning cooler now so I might enjoy using the Super BB cream more now in fall and coming winter as it's more emollient.
The coverage is medium I'd say. I think it's not fragranced. At least I can't detect any perfume when I sniff it.
My skin feels very soft when I wear this and the finish is a light sheen, not matte but not dewy either.
As I noted above it's a pretty pale color most suitable for fair-light skin-tones.
It's a pretty good BB Cream as far as I can tell.
The only thing I don't like is the ugly tube. It's white with silver and orange font and in my opinion it looks cheap.
Contains 50ml and retails for 27000 Won (this is as much as the whole set cost me!)

Magic BB Sun Powder Pact SPF22 PA++:

A constant problem I have with Korean powder pacts is that many of them are a tad too yellow for my slightly pink skin-tone.
The pics of the BB Sun Powder Pact looked like it would be very yellow so I was a bit nervous about it.

To my delight this is a pretty neutral very pale powder that melts into my skin perfectly and offers sheer-medium coverage, too.
Furthermore it doesn't dry my skin out like some other powders so it's a great item to use together with the BB Cream to set it and mattify the skin a bit.
The powder feels almost slightly creamy to the touch and patting it on with the enclosed puff gives a flawless result that doesn't look cakey or chalky at all.

As far as I can say from the website this contains various plant extracts but it's all written in Korean so I can't say which ones exactly.
13g retail for 28000 Won.

Gloss & Highlight:

This is a nifty little item to carry in the purse. It contains a translucent red lip gloss on one side and a pearly pink face highlighter on the other.
The gloss is very sheer but has enough color to make me look awake and give me pretty flushed lips. It's a medium-thick gloss with a light fruity flavour that's very pleasant to wear with medium lastability (I wore mine for 2 hours now and still can feel it).
I feel it does moisturize nicely so I am not seduced to chew on my lips like it happens to me with drying and goopy glosses.
The highlighter side gives a soft pearly pink highlight to any area of your face you want (suggested especially for the T-Zone and brow-bones). I can wear this on top of the Powder pact without problems.

Contains 6g of gloss and 4g of highlighter and retails for 25000 Won (currently available on Gmarket for 10000 Won)

All in all a very worthwhile kit as I can just add mascara, brow powder and a bit blush to achieve a simple and polished look.

And paying only 27000 Won instead of 80000 RRP is always a great thing, too.
The kit comes with a simple clear plastic pouch and I received a pack of sample sachets, too.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post! I was pretty much convinced that I wanted to buy the Sun Powder Pact ~ On the hanskin website and gmarket, what little I could see of the pact's color in the picture looked pretty dark and yellowtone. I think I'm NC25-30 (not sure) but I am termed an "Olive Medium" for a mineral makeup I use. I was surprised to see how different the color is in your picture @__@

I recently start to like buying the powder pacts ... but I am very frustrated sometimes with the lack of pictures of the pact's color. Thanks very much once again!!! Looking forward to more of your reviews :]

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