The Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB SPF30 PA++ is one of a range of BB Creams that Holika Holika have. There are different aspects to each of them. I chose the clearing one just to pick one, I did not really have any insight about them when I bought it. I just saw them on Gmarket and thought I would give it a try. It’s another older one and I think the have changed the packaging slightly since I got mine. I like the old design better as it has the cute cat on it.
It’s quite a cheap option and for that I think it’s quite a nice BB Cream. It’s currently on Gmarket for 5,800 won. There are five different versions, Clearing, Aqua, Bouncing, Moisturizing and Shimmer.
The tubes in this line are all nice and colourful. The clearing one I have is turquoise, It’s quite a small tube at 30mls but as with most BB creams you don’t use much so it will last. The small plastic tube is ideal for on-the-go life, you can easily pop it in your bag if you need to, it’s very light weight. I think it would be a good one to take on holiday.
It has a sheer to medium coverage and gives a semi-matte finish, I have read that it is supposed to give a matte finish but I don’t really think it does on my skin, it always still looks a tad dewy. I usually set it with a translucent powder to make it look a bit more matte as I prefer that look. It’s certainly not as matte as the Etude House Bright Fit or the Peripera I Love BB, they have a powdery kind of finish that this one does not.
The color of the product is a light beige, whenever I first put it on I always think it’s a tiny bit light but once I’m finished it usually looks fine. You can always use a powder that is a bit darker if it is too light. On the other hand if you have extremely fair skin then this might be too dark.
It does give a nice coverage and if I’m having a good skin day it looks almost flawless. It covers blemishes averagely, it won’t really cover obvious large bumps but you can go back and use some extra as a concealer. This is what I tend to do if I have any problem areas.
It has quite a liquid consistency, it comes in a squirt tube so you have to be careful when you squeeze it out. It is very easy to take too much. It’s very nice to blend and application is a breeze. I really like this one for day wear, mostly because it’s not much fuss. It has decent enough coverage for me as I don’t mind if it doesn’t cover everything up perfectly (I’m not going for that doll-like perfection), as long as it covers the red, evens out my skin tone and makes every thing look nice then I am happy.
It does have a fragrance, it’s not overpowering but it is definitely noticeable. I think it is because this clearing one has tea tree and some mineral powder to help with blemishes. I don’t usually like my face products to have a smell but this one is actually quite pleasant. It’s a nice fresh scent and once applied it does diminish.
It’s also supposed to be good for oily skin, I have combination skin and my nose gets really oily. I find this goes on okay around my nose which is great but it does wear off around the tip and creases of my nose pretty quickly (as do most BB creams). It is especially important that I ‘powder my nose’ otherwise it looks shiny after only half an hour or so.
It’s not hugely long lasting, as I mentioned I usually use a powder as well and that will make it last much longer. It will stay on for about 4-5 hours with the powder but I do have to do maintenance (blotting) and on my nose it will last about 2 hours. If you have less oily skin then it might last longer for you as it does last better outside my t-zone. So even though it is for ‘sebum control’ it is very average at best in this department.
Overall I think this is a nice daywear BB Cream especially for the price. It has SPF 30 which is good for during the daytime and I think it has a nice natural look. I like that it has skin clearing properties, it feels like I am doing something good for my skin rather than just slathering something on top of all the problems. I will give this one a 8 out of 10, because of the price and all of the good things about it that make it a good bargain. I would definitely recommend trying this line out if you are new to BB creams, they are such a good price so it’s not much of a commitment and you can see if BB creams are for you.