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Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell BB cream SPF45 | Product Review

I had not tried Skinfood BB cream, I am not sure why. The first BB cream I tried was Bioessence, followed by Maybelline, and I stuck with Skin79 hot pink. I didn’t think there was a real need to keep exploring other brands if I were happy with one already.

See, I received MANY samples with purchases. I am growing to be more ‘adventurous’ with skincare products and cosmetics, but given my history of chronic skin allergies and conditions, surely you can understand my skepticism.

Ironically, it is my chronic skin condition that is giving my ‘gut’ (metaphorically, that is!) a boost. I have a ‘safety net’ to catch me if I fall – the strong prescriptive antihistamine and a bunch of other antihistamines, ointments and creams.

I wasn’t really keen in trying them out, in fear of any undesired skin reactions. In addition, many of these samples come with Korean instruction, so I didn’t know what were they for, really.

Now that I am ‘protected’ by strong medications, I decided to sort the samples, google to check on the individual sample and jot down on the functions.

The first that I tested was Skin Food Platinum Grape Cell SPF45 BB Cream; #1 shade – light beige.

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This triple functional BB cream not only protects your skin from UV rays but also contains adenosine and arbutin which firms and brightens skin, and has platinum with grape cell extract providing skin elasticity.

This BB cream creates a vivid and attractive skin and keeps your skin moisturized and shined all day long such as you apply the essence.

[The Missy’s Say]

Texture:
Watery/runny consistency, (see the photo with comparison of the content at top of this post) but quite easy to spread on skin

Scent:
Light perfumed scent, not overwhelming to me

Coverage: (Refer to the image below for comparison)
I have Petechiea (pin sized red dots – said to be bleeding under the skin, I was told that they are just micro blood vessel bursts) on my arms, as well as a tiny mole. It makes perfect ‘canvas’ to paint the BB cream over, yes? Just know that my lower arm is probably the darkest part of my skin due to exposure to the sun.

So, in the top left photo, you can see clearly the multiple petechiea and a mole on my bare lower arm. I use just a small amount of the Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell BB cream – seen in top right photo.

I think the coverage is light to medium; you can build up the coverage but it is unlikely to cover major skin imperfections. It covers some of the Petechiea, and leaves a natural sheen.

After touch:
It leaves a light slick feel which can be easily dealt with by tissue paper blotting – simply place a soft tissue paper on the skin, and press lightly. I do that all the time instead of using the sebum blotting sheet because I want to keep the natural sheen, just not too much shine.

Color:
My skin color profile is NC15. The platinum grape cell BB cream blends perfectly into my skin. It evens out and brightens the skin tone without creating a white or grey cast. (Best fitting color by far!)

Moisture/Oiliness:
As compared to the Skin79 Hot Pink – which dries matt, this grape cell BB cream is more moisturizing. I have combination skin with drier patches on the side of cheeks, I think this suits me better than Skin79 Hot Pink. That said, you do need to blot off some sheen after a couple of hours; or use sebum control powder from Innisfree.

Staying Power:
Just average, like most BB creams.

Side note:
Although the cream is more runny than Skin79’s, a little goes a long way. Use the ‘patting’ method to pat the cream into your skin if you have pores/scars to conceal.

I am liking this better now, so I have ordered a few more samples from Skinfood brand. The color and coverage are better for skin with yellow undertones, like mine.

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Cross-brands comparison:

Skin79 Hot Pink – Leaves a tint of grey cast after application, but usually settles after skin oxidizes; light coverage; dries to matt, and dry to touch; creamy consistency, easy to spread

Skin79 Vita – Brightening effect, medium-heavy coverage; a little goes a long way, if apply more, it can look like thick foundation; slightly tacky to touch; I find it unsuitable for my skin tone even though it has heavier yellow undertones the brightening effect leaves a distinguished difference between the shade on face and neck/other parts of skin; creamy consistency, easy to spread

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