May 3, 2012

Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream Review & Swatches

Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream is another of my top BB Creams. I’m trying to review BB Creams that get a lot of airtime in my stash and not so much ones that sit around unused and unloved.

This isn’t the best BB Cream in the world mine you but it is one I tend to reach for a lot. It has a fairly large cult following with some folks absolutely adoring it and others not really feeling the love.

Of course, as I mentioned before, BB Creams are a super personal experience. You have to try a ton to find your perfect formula and shade.

Let’s take a peek at the Aloe Sun one and see what’s so great about it.

Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream comes in two shade selections however even the second shade is quite light. I use Shade 2 myself and it’s a fairly good fit since the product is a but sheerer than other BB Creams I own, don’t let that fool you though as it has plenty of coverage to conceal problem areas while perfecting skin.

Shade two is a creamy paler beige with pink undertones. The shade is pretty pale but it does adjust accordingly once applied however a little pastiness is noticeable if too much is applied. However, since it runs a little sheerer I seem to get away with it and it looks very natural.

I find the SPF 20 a bit disappointing but I typically apply a separate SPF prior to any makeup so I’m not sure I entirely mind the lack of protection here. However, it proves crummy if you’re relying on your BB Cream to provide the longest and best SPF.

This contains aloe extract for a soothing, hydrating effect. For my drier skin, the creamy texture is extra moisturizing. It applies smoothly and blends seamlessly into a lightweight finish that evens out my skin tone while easing dullness. Pigmentation should hide redness, dullness, and dark spots if you have them however it isn’t as pigmented as other BB Creams so if you have major issues you’re wanting to conceal or if you want your BB Cream to act as a concealer under your eyes you might find Aloe Sun a little lacking.

I find the finish soft and smooth with an airbrushed like appearance and the hydrating formula doesn’t accentuate my drier areas but acts as more as a cover for them so my skin looks moist and healthy even when it’s busy being dry and/or flaky.

As with most BB Creams I’ve tried, it has a solid wear time and doesn’t oxidize or fade away quickly so I can get through my day without touching up while remaining flawless.

Overall, Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream is a solid choice if you want basic in your BB. This provides fairly good coverage in a soft, creamy formula. However, it does lack solid sun protection as well as many ingredients that would make it a multifunction BB Cream such as anti-aging, brightening, and whitening ingredients.

It’s one of my favorites because I enjoy the lighter texture and hydrating feel that never, ever looks over done and always feels and looks fresh. As if I’m not wearing makeup at all!

What more could a girl want? sells Skin Food and also E-bay is a good place to purchase however do be a safe shopper when buying BB Creams on the Internet!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • HapaGirl84

    This is definitely a solid go-to BB cream for me. I’ve seen Muse and so many other bloggers recommend it over and over because it’s fabulous – I love the texture and how well it blends/sheers out and matches my skin tone! Thanks for turning us on to these Asian beauty gems, Musey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Odyssey

    I have been contemplating getting this one so your review could not have come at a better time! Thanks!!

  • Lulubelle

    Do you use a BB cream instead of a primer under makeup? I doubt I could get away with wearing a BB cream instead of makeup, although I haven’t tried one so not sure.

    • the Muse

      no, I always prime before using BB Cream or any foundation product lulu ๐Ÿ™‚ How do you mean instead of makeup…? BB cream is a full coverage foundation product of sorts so you can most def get away with it ;-D It prob has more coverage than your foundation of choice.

      • Lulubelle

        I’ll have to check one out then! I need one for oily skin, which I saw the Skin Food line has.

  • Cj

    Hey muse umm do you know how light #1’s are? I’m thinking about buying a couple skinfood bb creams off evilbay ๐Ÿ™‚ Also do you have any more skinfood rec’s? So far Im looking at this one and the black tea one

    • the Muse

      funny cj as I feel like 1 and 2 are almost identical shades. lol! What shade mac are you again? skinfood everything recs? or skinfood bb only recs?

      • Cj

        Oh ๐Ÿ™ I’m nc15 lol. Fairest of them all lol. If #1’s are practically identical to 2’s they probably won’t work for me. Bb’s only

        • the Muse

          naa no good cj! might be too dark…! almost all of skin food’s bb creams have been good if you want super light try their grape cell, that should be good for your skin! It’s a little lighter in texture than a traditional creamy bb but still offers full coverage. shade 1 should be good for you! I’ll try to swatch next week and review! i have shade 1 ;-D

          • Cj

            Ooh looks good! It’s in the same packaging as skin79’s bb creams. This one seems a bit more on the pricey side tho. But still way cheaper compared to regular foundations lol. Thanks :)!

          • the Muse

            my pleasure! it is actually a bit $$ compared to the other skin food bbs! but very light. Not sure you absolutely need it tbh but the color is right for you! all the other skin food ones might be a little too dark for nc 15..!

          • Cj

            I’m not sure I “need” half the stuff I buy lol! But I’m bored and wanna try a new bb cream, not saying I don’t like the orange skin79 one anymore, which btw might be too light for you :/

        • HapaGirl84

          Hey Cj, not sure if you have access to the Face Shop BB creams, but I found those to come in a really wide range of skin tones and there are definitely some super pale ones, plus the quality of Face Shop BB creams are great – high coverage, for the most part.

  • Tohnia

    I LOVE this BB Cream! My mom brought me back a tube from South Korea when she was there and it was my go to until I used it up! I’m trying to track down a local supplier so I don’t have to pay shipping online (often shipping to Canada costs an arm and a leg). I’m hoping Koreatown here in Toronto has it! I can get Skin79 no problem, but Aloe was the best for me in the summer before I get tan! Really light, and just enough coverage.

  • Grace

    I loved it the first few times I used it, but it broke me out pretty badly after a week or so ๐Ÿ™ But for those that don’t have sensitive, acne-prone skin I totally do recommend it! The finish is perfect! ^^

  • Dezdez

    hello,muse, I’ve been trying this aloe bb cream, the price is affordable and the shade surprisingly can blend with my skin tone (although I’m not fair), but unfortunately it has poor oil control, for my combi-oily skin, I have to blot 2 hours after applying it.
    But still, it is a budget product, cheap and useful for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    thanx for sharing

  • Cherry Bee

    Hi Muse, I would like to try a bb cream but haven’t a clue which to start with. I thought of trying this aloe be cream out. Do I need to use a moisturizer beforehand? Your advice would be great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      cherry bb creams are typically very moisturizing so if you have oily skin you can use it as your base and moisturizer. my skin is dry so I typically use moisturizer before application. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rica

    I totally agree with you! This is a much love bb! I have this and thought I would like it the least against all of my bb creams in rotation since it is the cheapest bb cream that I got here in Hong Kong. i think I got it for less than $10? Probably around $5-7 usd only here in colourmix hk.. (it’s like sasa with a little bit more of dedication to korean cosmetics) i love the scent, coverage, the wearing time and everything about this BB! I’m so happy I purchased it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, how do you rotate all of your bb creams and foundations all together? I only have 7 (i think) and it’s been a problem already.. And how do you test the promises of the bb creams while rotating it? ๐Ÿ™‚ i really do need advice in rotating my makeups… Most of them gets unloved, untouched and stacked inside the stash box leaving untouched… ๐Ÿ™

  • CrisC

    Do you know if Koren BB creams will work in a medium to deep complexion? I one to try one but my sister keeps telling me they won’t work for me because they are not meant for more deep skin tones. Can you please help me? I know they “adjust” to your skin tone but I don’t know. Thanks!

    • the Muse

      cris missha offers some darker shade selections that will adjust to a deeper skin tone. check out their site and you can see the variety of shades they offer.

  • Shraddha

    Hi, Muse..
    totally loving your blog!
    could you pls tell me which skinfood bb cream shade would be good for me? i’m fair with pink undertones, and shade 2 of the good afternoon bb cream in berry is yellowish, while the aloe one in 2 is pinkish. quite confusing..

  • Sheye

    Can you please suggest me a BB cream for dry skin? I have a super dry skin problem . Will this skin food aloe help me?