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Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream Review

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http://eng.tonymoly.com/product/product_view.asp?idx=125&c_cd=3&g_cd=27&ListType=2 A few weeks ago, after a long time of thought and consideration, I decided to pop by Tony Moly and buy the Goddess Aura BB cream. It came out last October so it has been quite a while but i’ve heard so many good things about this particular BB cream! Alongside many other high-end bb creams such as Dior’s UV Shield BB cream (rank 5), It was ranked no. 1 on the Korean TV show Get it Beauty for BB creams. Furthermore, the Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream only cost 13,000 won which is about 11.60 USD. Not only is it inexpensive, but the quality of this BB cream is said to be outstanding! Basic Information  Name of product: Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream (45g) Company: Tony Moly Release date: October 10th, 2012 Price: 13,000 won / 11.60 USD Functions of the Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream  – anti-wrinkle, whitening and UV protection – full coverage – anti-darkening – has the effects of soothing and moisturizing the skin – does not contain: talc, mineral oil, organic coloring, benzophenone, tar color Main ingredients Peptide, caffeine, adenosine, syn-ake, marin collagen After hearing so many positive things about it, I couldn’t resist to not buy this product. Especially because I am a BB cream freak!  I’ve been using this BB cream for roughly 3 weeks now and I decided to share some information on this product with you guys by doing a review, so I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Disclaimer – please note that this a subjective review based on my own opinions. So this is what the BB cream looks like! Love love love the girly packaging 🙂 But i’m Korean myself and I don’t understand why the name of this product is so darn long haha. Oh and it has an SPF of 37 which is extra good! (Front) IMG_0848_Fotor_20130415

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This is what the BB cream looks like. It has a fairly thick consistency. The only minus about this product is that it only comes in one color.

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(From left to right: Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream in light beige no. 2, Tony Moly Expert Hyaluronic Acid BB Cream, Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream) I did three quick swatches on my hand to compare the consistency. And as you can see in the photo, all three BB creams are fairly thick but once I started blending them into my skin, I found that the Etude House BB cream had a more watery touch to it and the other Tony Moly Expert BB cream also had a lot of moisture in it.

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I started to smooth out the BB cream using my fingers and indeed, the immediate feeling I got was that it felt like a liquid foundation! Also, it has a really nice scent — not my personal favourite smell…BUT it smells like a mixture of flowers and baby powder haha. But honestly, the smell was a bit too empowering for me. If you have a sensitive nose like me, you’ll understand what i’m talking about!!! lol One thing I realized was that 99.9% of Korean BB creams have a fairly powerful scent to it and I really want to know why. Sometimes, I really wish that they sold non-fragranced BB creams. IMG_0862_Fotor_20130415

I don’t know if you can tell, but I smoothed out all three BB creams in a straight line. You can immediately tell that the Luminous Goddess BB cream has a much thicker texture seeing that it looks like it has already soaked into the skin! Also, the BB cream has a fairly matte finish to it.

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And this is what my hand looks like after letting the three BB creams sink in for a minute or two. Gosh my hand really smelt of flowers and other girly things so my dog started licking it off haha. So first, I applied one layer of the BB cream to half of my face without using a primer or concealer. I really wanted to see what this BB cream was capable of doing! Especially for my uneven toned face. As you can see in the photo below, the left side is with the BB cream and the right side is without.

You can tell straight away that the BB cream covered up almost all of the redness and dark under eyes. I was really satisfied with the coverage. This BB cream does have the coverage of a foundation! Wow I am surprised. But one thing I noticed was that I have fairly dry skin and after letting the BB cream set for a few minutes, it dried up. I wouldn’t recommend using this BB cream by itself IF you have dry skin. I’d recommend using a moisturizing primer or cream before applying this.  This is a more precise photo of before and after applying the BB cream. In this photo, my skin looks a tad bit lighter after applying the BB cream but with natural lighting, there isn’t a big difference. Also, if you let the BB cream set for a few minutes, you’ll notice that the BB blends into your skin creating a more natural look! Untitled  This is a photo I took after I finished up my makeup. I also sealed the BB cream with a powder. When you take a flash photo, you’ll notice that there is a slight cast on the face. Also, it does have a matte finish to it.  I also applied the other half of my face with a foundation brush! And this photo is with just normal lighting. I was pretty worried that the BB cream wouldn’t match my skin tone but I was wrong! I think it matches fairly well 🙂 IMG_0866_Fotor_20130415

And lastly…Say hi to my puppy Choco 🙂 she is such a mischief maker…She started nibbling on the BB cream lid while I was doing my make up  hehe

Pros and Cons Pros – has an SPF of 37 PA+++ which is great for usage when going to the beach and in the summer – very good coverage; conceals dark circles, pimples and redness very well – has a smooth, matte finish to it – good for oily – smells good – a little goes a long way! You only need a small amount to cover up your whole face – affordable price – camera friendly Cons – it has a strong scent to it; I wouldn’t recommend this product for people with sensitive noses – not really suitable for dry skin. It dries up fairly quickly and sometimes can create cracks in the skin – you can look a bit cakey – if you have oily combination skin, you’ll notice that your t-zone will start to get a bit oily after a few hours – there’s only one colour choice available which is a big big big minus Overall, I love this BB cream! I think it’s an amazing product because the name of the BB cream speaks for itself. It’s camera friendly and the texture is very smooth and silky. It’s so inexpensive and I just love how it covers up all of those nasty zits and other buggers 🙂 The only main disadvantage is that it can get a little cakey if your skin dries up. So i’d recommend to spray on some face mist every couple of hours. That will help set the BB cream and keep it from not cracking your skin. I’d definitely recommend you to buy this product when you are in Korea because the product is really worth buying. Overal Rating ★★★★☆