September 19, 2012

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Review, Swatches, Photos

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream ($39) is a surprising launch for me as I’m not familiar with the brand. After browsing, reading, and learning more about Hydroxatone, it seemed logical they would introduce their own BB Cream considering they sell a variety of skincare products that address common anti-aging issues.

I located a tube at Macy’s but the brand is also sold at Ulta.

Here’s a few thoughts…!

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream is available in Light, Medium, and Tan and contains SPF 40. SPF 40 is quite good considering many of the BB Creams launched here in the US have had a lower sun protection.

I tried the Light and Medium shades and finally settled on the Medium but I must say both colors seemed very similar. Even the Medium seemed a little too light for me so be careful when selecting your shade. The color is beige with a little gray (although it does look a bit yellow in my swatches) and a bit of a patsy finish. The color does seem like it would embrace a more pinker undertone. Once I applied my makeup and completed my look it seemed like the color did tone down some so I wasn’t left looking to ghostly.

It wasn’t overly pasty since it does sheer out considerably once applied. They get the texture down of a BB Cream wonderfully as this is rich and creamy. However, although it appears pigmented, it actually applies very subtly with a sheerer finish that isn’t very buildable.

The bad news is if you have a ton of issues that need concealing such as acne or acne scarring this won’t work well for you. However, those with redness, dullness, or just in need of coverage to perfect skin but not conceal problems will like this well enough.

Overall, this is quite a nice BB Cream. The texture is beautiful to work with as it blends easily, leaves behind a satiny finish, and hydrates skin delicately without being oily or greasy. It’s lightweight and very breathable coverage as well. It evens out skin tone and brightens skin for a more flawless complexion. However, the sheerness of the product might be a deal breaker for some. I liked it a lot but I’d have liked it even more if the color was better fitted to my skin tone. Sadly, it seemed all the shades run quite light. I was also disappointed with the anti-aging aspect as the ingredients reveal that there isn’t a lot here that will aid with anti-aging benefits.

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream is quite an excellent pick for those seeking a BB Cream that’s very close in formulation to Korean BB Creams since it does nail the texture and sun protection down of one. However, a few quirks do prevent me from giving a full recommendation for purchase.

Tried it?

Do share!

Available at Macy’s, Ulta, and

I purchased this item.

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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  • Littlecreek

    Seems like it would be interesting, but the price surprises me. You can import a Korean BB cream for so much cheaper. I’ve used amazon and direct from Missha and both were cheaper even with shipping. At least someone out there is trying to get the formula right.

    • delta_dawn

      Two things I’ve found using a BB cream, one you can add a bit of your own darker favorite foundation if needed to create a better match. Remember to always using a lite hand when applying any product and make certain you exfoliated prior to application.. Major benefit is SPF 40 for those that take care.. love this product keep an open mind and make it work for you…

      Delta Dawn

  • Phyrra

    I’m glad to see a review on this. I think I saw it at ulta and was wondering about the brand.

  • Tiffany Martin

    I need a good quality cover for BBs, this one looks like a pass. I’m glad you reviewed it, I had seen it around and it made me curious.

  • kimkats

    Hey Muse – what are the sunscreen ingredients? Didn’t see ’em on the label.. also, how did it wash off? It’s got a ton of ‘cones in it, so I wondered if you had to use an oil cleanser to get it off..

    Still lovin’ my Missha BBs – Someone’s gonna have to come up with something mighty fantastic to get me away from those! 😀

    • the Muse

      titanium dioxide 12.16% kim 🙂 washes off easily for me, I do use cleansing oil to remove all my makeup anyway! oh girl missha is nice but there are better ;-D you need to try brtc or skin79!

      • kimkats

        dangit – I was afraid you were going to say something like that! 😀 Where does a person get skin79? I keep hearing lots of good things about that one…

        The Omorovicza people never did send me samples. 🙁 Well, that saves me a crapload of $$ that way! 😀

        • the Muse

          i suggest zinopark on E-bay. He’s an excellent ebayer with fresh product and reasonable prices also and 😀 aw sorry to hear but damn girl that was some expensive stuff haha maybe it’s a blessing!

          • christi

            Does Zinopark have authentic skin79 and others? I have a hard time trusting any sellers on evil bay,but they can’t all be fakes! (Hopefully anyway) I trust urn opinion tho! U turned me onto and I am currently waiting for skin79 orange, skin food, and holika BBs. I tried to pick ones for very pale skins.

  • kimkats

    One more question, O Muse! 🙂 What are your favorite BBs? I went through the listing of BBs on here and nearly exploded! 😀 I think the innisfree and the skin79 are faves of yours and my skin is just about identical to yours in color and everything, so rather than blow up my head, I thought I’d be lazy and ask which are your absolute favorite faves? THanks for turning me on to BB – I’d never in a thousand years have tried ’em if it weren’t for you!

    • the Muse

      they change often kim! ;-D right now I love Clinique, Dior, and skin79 the oriental and gold label ;-D aw I’m glad you discovered them, they are amazing imho! truly perfect skin!

  • Laura

    Birchbox claims the new thing is CC creams. BB creams are so yesterday! You are the person I turn to for fun new make ups. Have you heard of CC creams? Gonna be reviewing any? Or is Birchbox full of it?

    • the Muse

      hi laura yup, that’s true but there aren’t a ton available as of yet. Chanel released on in Japan which I tried and liked a lot. It’s the same concept as a BB Cream but just loads more anti-aging abilities “supposedly” 🙂 I will be reviewing the Chanel one shortly but that’s the only one I have at the moment…as more become available you’ll def seeing me reviewing.

  • cheryl edmond

    hi girls i really need help here,
    i am an australian and living in texas ATM for the next few years for hubbies work… I’ve been here since july 2012 and have noticed my skin has gone from breakouts to dryness in just a short time… i am 41 and luckily not too many ageing problems yet, but i need help with what type of bb would be good for my skin…. i am quite fair (irish background) when its hot as it gets here in texas my skin is oily and i find even my daily moisturiser (laurer mercier) gets oily within a couple of hours and then in the cooler months its completely opposite… i have tried garner, estee lauder bb’s and they make my skin feel oily and the hydroxatone bb makes my skin feel heavy and dry… please if anyone has any tips or advise i would appreciate it..


    • delta_dawn

      Dear Cheryl, only guessing but perhaps the change in climate may have taken it tole are you drinking enough water? and eating a balanced diet? exercise that suits you? I would perhaps look at getting acclimated to Texas climate and be good to yourself. My skin went south when I moved from the desert to NC not to mention the stress from moving 🙂 anyway I mentioned on my last post that what ever you use be creative if you have something that works for you that you love incorporate it and make it yours.

      delta dawn