San San Hortaleza, M.D. BB Cream Review

Key ingredients:  squalene, hyaluronic acid, Vitamins A, C and E, SPF 43 and antioxidant.
 Lightens dark spots, nourishes skin and protects it from sun damage with antioxidant.
Price: 149.75

BB Creams have invaded the local beauty arena last year.  Evidently, the clamor for BB creams by Filipina Beauty enthusiasts urged local companies to come out with their own version. San San or HBC launched their first ever BB Cream last year. I got a sample last year but never had the chance to review it because of the tragedy. San San is too sweet to send me new products to review again. Thank you HBC!!

I find the packaging very nice. I love the idea of a pump dispenser. However, there are times when I have issue in dispensing the product. Sometimes, it does not dispense the product quickly. The packaging is very light and perfect for travel. 
The packaging is way better than my favorite San San Matte Foundation. Did you know that San San Matte Foundation is one of the products I immediately repurchase after all my makeup got burned?
This BB Cream comes in one shade only. Sadly, the color will not suit gurls and gals with skintone lighter than NC35. Here is a swatch at the back of my hand. Notice that the color is very close to my skintone? Sadly, my arms and hands have a darker tone compared to the rest of my body. Thus, the shade is  darker than my face. Whenever I use this alone, my face looks so unnatural and tends to look a bit orange while my neck looks so fair. Hello Oompa Loompa fez!! What I do is I mix this with a lighter shade of BB Cream like the Holika Holika Petit Essential BB cream or use a green makeup base underneath like the Etude House Sweet Recipe Choux Base in Mint. The San San BB Cream plus the ETude House Choux Base = LOVE!!! I have been loving this combo for weeks. 
The shade is dark beige with peach undertone.
The texture of this BB Cream is one of the thickest I have tried. It reminds me of the Missha BB Cream but I find SanSan more blendable and creamier. Thus, make sure to use just one pump or more than a pea size amount to prevent caking. The coverage is awesome. For a bb cream, the coverage is quite heavy compared to the others that I have tried. For me, it is like wearing a foundation. It has a full medium coverage which can cover redness, dark spots and dark circles in a jiffy. It gives my face a flawless and even finish. I love using my fingers to spread the product all over my face. The warmth of my fingers makes application easier. This has a semi matte finish, however, this absolutely fails in the oil control department. My face starts to get oily (not dewy) after two or three hours. Take note that I have dry sensitive skin and using this product can make me oil up 2 or 3 hrs after use. Can you imagine how oily skinned gals would look like after hours of using this? Yes, They may probably end up looking like a greaseball.
How do I remedy this dilemma? Use a good oil control powder and primer. I use Krave Mineral Oil Eliminator and Skin Hydrator to keep my oilies at bay.

Here are my before and after shots of using this product:
My makeup free face :))
I use more than a pea size amount of product to even out my skin tone.
Tadaaaa!!!! Hands down to the coverage of this BB Cream!!

What I Like About This Product:
  • The coverage is awesome. The pictures above will explain how great this product is in covering redness, dark spots and even dark circles.
  • The consistency is very creamy and blendable.
  • It has SPF 43!!
  • Very affordable
  • Locally available
  • It did not cause any irritation on my skin.
What I Dislike About This Product:
  • It has only one shade. The color is suitable to morenas and would totally off on fair skinned gals.  Dear HBC, please please release a lighter shade of this BB Cream!! PLEASE!! 
  • This product made my skin oily after two or three hours of use.
  • There are times when the pump dispenser does not work or dispense the product quickly.
Overall, I highly suggest this product to Morena and medium skintoned ladies out there. Finally, a BB Cream that will not make us look like a ghost!!! hehe Just make sure to set it with a good setting powder to prevent your face from oiling up. 

Godbless everyone!

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  1. Definitely loved this product. I also wish that they have lighter shades for this since it's really too dark on me. Good thing my sis, Trace, is tanner now and made use of it. :P

  2. Yay! Perfect for me too.. It just bothers me that it makes the skin oily for only a few hours. I have an oily skin and this might be a problem :(

  3. I really wanted to try this out but I'm fair-skinned so the shade is too dark for me! :(

  4. True, this is an excellent BB cream. I switched to another product only because this is a teeny bit too dark for me.

  5. I thought the first picture of you is the one with the BB cream na... You look so pretty even without it!

    1. agree. :) Gonna try this one. it looks good.

  6. I didn't know San San have a BB cream too. Will try this. Maybe it'll go great with my skin :) Thanks for the review! ;)


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