Holika Holika is a newer brand that launched in Korea. The brand is starting to gain an online awareness now so you’ll see it pretty much popping up everywhere as it begins to go viral.
Part of its popularity could be due to the fact CN BLUE endorses the brand or the fact that it has a certain Harry Potter/Gothic witchy deal going on. Store employees are all dressed like witches and products all have a boil, boil, toil and trouble potion vibe going on.
I chose to believe everyone is flocking to the store because they really dig Jung Yong Hwa in manliner and they feel bad he didn’t get the guy errrr girl in You’re Beautiful. Let’s give Yong Hwa all our money because he was the odd man out in You’re Beautiful! Awwww! Poor Yong Hwa! Boy, you can put your dupetastic, Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara look-a-like mascara on my lashes any damn time you want!
See? Korean brands know what we women want! A cute Asian boy leaning in to apply our makeup that wears liner better than us! Yes Siree bring that on now!
The brand has a line of Petit BB Creams available in five formulas. I believe they dubbed them Petit due to the small tubes they come in. I really like the size because I find it hard getting through BB Creams since 1. I have over 30-40 of ’em and 2. they are so pigmented a single tube can literally last you into the next millennium.
Let’s take a look at Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moisture.
As you know Boscia has a brand new BB Cream available. Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++ is a skin perfecting Blemish Balm to create a more flawless finish with a moisturizing formula that hydrates, firms, and soothes skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and pores plus added SPF 27 for sun protection.
So far we have four major BB Cream releases in the US, one from Boscia, two from Dr. Jart, and one from MAC. Early June, you’ll see another from Smashbox. Obviously, the BB Cream craze that has swept Korea and Asia for the past few years is finally capturing the apple of America’s eye.
If you aren’t familiar with BB Creams I do urge you to check out my What is a BB Cream? post and also to brush up on your knowledge of how they are different from tinted moisturizers in my BB Cream versus Tinted Moisturizer post. Both posts will aid you in discovering BB Creams, understanding them, and give you a slew of various facts about the product.
My main complaint with BB Creams I’ve tried that have released here in the US is the lack of pigment. They aren’t typical BB Cream fare that I’ve come to know and love from Asia however props to getting the word of BB Creams to the Western market, finally.
Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++ is the first self adjusting BB Cream thus far. Since BB Creams normally come in one shade they adjust to fit many shades…of course, this doesn’t always work well but I’ve had great success with many Asian brands who do support this “technology”. Boscia actually gets this down quite well in my opinion where as versions from both MAC and Dr. Jart did not successfully adjust (in the case of Dr. Jart they didn’t really promise it would in their defense).
So you wanna know the deets on the new MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35 eh? I’ve had it for several months now heck maybe it’s even been a year….I believe mine came from Duty Free in either Japan or Singapore, not sure which. This was around the original date when it was available within Asia only.
The tube I’m reviewing for you is from Asia but I do want to indulge in the one that has released on our shores as well just to see if the formulas are the same. I suspect they are but out of curiosity I will be buying the other version and comparing the two for any differences.
If you’re unfamiliar with BB Creams or have questions about them I do suggesting familiarizing yourself with them by clicking here.
With BB Creams finally taking the Western market by storm I was quite hyped about testing out US formulations of a BB Cream plus add to the fact that we’d have options available that were easy to purchase and needless to say you can add to my excitement. Most folks that have never tried an Asian BB Cream will probably rave the new collection of Dr. Jart BB’s available at Sephora. It’s a given that having never tried something superior that you’ll instantly like these rather brilliantly formulated products however being a connoisseur of BB Creams I can honestly say so far these options prove very, very low calorie compared to Korean BB Creams.
Korea is the birth place to the BB Cream but within the last year or two the trend has branched out to various Asian countries with brands featuring their own version of the BB Cream.
I’ve been using BB Creams for about three or four years now. They are my foundation of choice as they do wonders for dullness and dry skin in my opinion.
Up until now BB Creams have not been available within the US and brands such as Estee Lauder and MAC who all have released a BB Cream in some shape or form in Asia have not extended the same friendlessness to the western market. It’s understandable they haven’t released the product here since many of these BB Creams offer whitening and brightening options something that isn’t necessarily embraced by American women.
A true BB Cream offers an anti-aging formula, pigmentation that conceals and acts as a foundation, brightening or whitening benefits, and a high SPF, and has some sort of healing benefits for scarring. Supposedly the formula was created by dermatologists and prescribed to heal laser skin surgery patients as it contained soothing ingredients and had skin regeneration properties.
In my experience it hasn’t healed any problems areas and I honestly can’t say if it’s preventing or slowing the aging process but I do have my doubts about this. I will say I love the coverage, I love how lightweight it is yet pigmented, and I love how it instantly eases dullness and makes my skin look refreshed, awake, and gorgeous.
The exciting news is of course the fact that Dr. Jart has released two BB Creams to the US market that are available at Sephora. This is the first time that BB Creams have made their way to the western market officially and I have a feeling you’ll see alot more of them as the months go by.
I purchased Dr. Jart BB Beauty Balm which is one of two new BB Creams available at Sephora. I was very eager to compare it to the many Korea BB Creams I’ve tried and particularly to the Dr. Jart BB Creams from Korea that I have.