Swatch & Review: Erborian Ginseng BB Cream — the Magic Solution to Skincare + Base Makeup?

Hey everybody!

I promised you yesterday that I will buckle down and write out this review, and here it is!

BB Cream is a product that holds all sorts of wonderful promises, and the Erborian Ginseng one is no exception. It promises to even out the skin tone and camouflage the imperfections as well as give a “baby skin” effect that feels perfect to the touch. The imperfections are supposed to be erased, and texture of the skin refined. It can be used with or without your day cream and functions as a perfect base of your makeup (I loosely translated the instructions on the box).

When I tried it out for the first time, I was a little shocked. The BB Cream has quite a thick texture, perhaps even thicker than most foundations. After I blended it in, it had a gray cast, and the shade is obviously lighter than my skin tone. I was not sure how to react, but luckily after 10 minutes or so the gray cast disappeared, and the shade blended in with my skin tone.

Here I am going to show you the lighter shade on the back of my hand. Note it was taken right after I applied it, and there was way too much for the back of my hand anyways, so you see the gray cast and shade mismatch I’m talking about:

Here is a picture of my face with the BB cream blended into the left side, but bare on the right side. It was taken 15-20 minutes after I applied it, so the difference in shade is minuscule (I would say it’s there, and the undertone is not as yellow as my own, but if you use the color of my neck as reference it’s not very far off):

Here is a closeup of the side with BB cream. I do think it reduces my pigmentation spots and dark circle (without covering them up completely, but then again that should be the concealer’s job):

I have also received a small packet of the BB Cream in Dore (golden), so I thought I’d swatch for you guys even though the shade is obviously darker than my own:

What I like about this BB cream is that it does even out my skin tone and cover imperfections to a certain extent. I have never been very picky about coverage in terms of base makeup, so this level of coverage is just fine by me. However, I can’t really use this without my regular lotion. It is not hydrating enough for my cheeks, but at the same time it doesn’t really control the sebum production in my T-zone, either. I have never had any problems with my foundation not staying in place, but I did test it out as a foundation primer. Unfortunately I am not the biggest fan of too many layers of base products, and I do think using a foundation over this BB cream makes it look a little too cakey/powdery for my liking.

All in all, the best way for me to use this BB cream is to use it after my lotion on its own. You really only need a VERY tiny bit each time. Just put small dots of this on your face and start blending it in, adding more if you feel the need to. I like the fact that it has an SPF 25. I have tried to take photos with flash in a poorly-lit room, and it didn’t give me the ghost face effect so good job!

Here is one last picture of me wearing this BB cream on my left cheek under the foundation. If you look VERY closely, you will notice the left side is slightly more powdery-looking, and the undertone is not as yellow as my own, but that’s only if you look VERY closely.

Bottom line: Depending on your skin type, you might or might not be able to use this as a lotion and foundation replacement at the same time. If your skin is oilier you might get away with it, but with my normal cheeks that lean dry when the seasons are changing, I do need to use a lotion underneath it. Again, depending on how much coverage you want, a foundation on top of this BB cream might be a little heavy-looking. However, I do like the fact that it has a good SPF without giving a white cast in flash photography!

What do you think? What BB creams you have tried? Are you a fan?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

The full-size tube of Erborian BB cream contains 45ml and retails for 32 euros exclusively at ICI PARIS XL. Here’s the ingredient list if you’re interested in taking a look:

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Event: ICI PARIS XL Press Day with Black Up, Erborian, F Fekkai, Philosophy, Kenzoki, Orlane, Qiriness, ONLY YOU, & Madonna Truth or Dare

Hey everyone!

I had the great pleasure yesterday of being invited to the ICI PARIS XL press day to check out some of the new exclusive brands they are carrying. Let’s take a look at who/what was there!

Black Up is a French brand founded by a makeup artist of African ancestry. The brand focuses on products that will enhance the beauty of black and mixed beauties, but just look at those lipsticks! I’m sure if you are a lipstick lover you will adore these! It’s funny because I was sitting down for a break before talking to the ladies, and they were already telling the ICI PARIS XL PR representative that I should go over there as soon as possible. Why? Because I was wearing NARS Mexican Rose and they were sure I’d be intrigued by their lipsticks. They were not wrong!

Erborian is a Korean brand. BB cream has been all the rage in Asia and North America, now we’re finally going to be able to lay our hands on one of the earliest BB creams available! I tested it out on the back of my hand, and the texture is very light and pleasant. Promising, very promising!

F Fekkai is a professional hair care brand. I have long wanted to try their shea line, so it was pretty exciting to see the line-up there! For this summer, they are launching two new products including Salon Technician Highlight Care and Marine Summer Hair to help hair cope with the humidity and the sun. I don’t know how they work yet (but I will find out for you), but both products smell amazing (that’s a good start)!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the long-awaited Philosophy products in Belgium? I can tell you I behaved like a crack addict at that stand, trying to inhale as much delicious smell from their products as possible! Their skincare products look exciting too. I loved the microdelivery peel!

Kenzo launched a skincare line called Kenzoki. Look at that pretty packaging! They had their white lotus line there. Since lotus happens to be one of my favorite flowers (if not THE favorite. It reminds me of summer at home), I was practically swooning.

Orlane is another French skincare brand that has 5 lines of products (though we only saw 4) targeting hydration, anti-fatigue, firmness, first signs of age, and anti-wrinkle. The lady was very enthusiastic and kept putting all kinds of creams and serums on the back of my hands (actually everybody did, but there were SO many at Orlane). By the end of the day the back of my hands was certainly baby-soft!

Qiriness specializes in SPA products that everybody can pamper themselves with. The lady demonstrated some products that would take a smidgen of time to take care of your skin in the comfort of your home. I like how she said (to me and another lady):” Leave your children to your husband for 15 minutes a week, and you can take care of yourselves in the bathroom.” I don’t have children yet, but it sounds like a good deal!

Remember the ONLY YOU nail polishes I talked about a while ago? Look who’s here! The entire lineup including the limited edition summer shades! The product manager told me they’re already developing the winter collection, and I practically begged her to include some shimmery and maybe even holographic shades, so we’ll see!

Last but not least, do you know what this is?

Want a closer look?

It is Madonna’s new perfume Truth or Dare! Here in Belgium it will be an ICI PARIS XL exclusive! I will receive more information soon, and I will definitely let you guys know more when I find out about the exact launch date. The scent itself? I smell a great dose of gardenia, some jasmine, some vanilla, but I’m sure there is more! The story is that Madonna lost her mother early, so she created this perfume with the scent of her mother in mind, kicking it up a notch with a modern twist. If you like gardenia or flowery perfume in general, do check it out when it comes out!

That’s my report of the ICI PARIS XL press day! If you have any questions about these brands, please do not hesitate to ask, as I might be able to dig out more information for you! I received some PR samples yesterday, but since these are skincare products, please give me a bit longer to test them out thoroughly. I promise I will let you know what I think as soon as I can!

What do you think? Which brand looks the most exciting for you? Would you like to try the BB cream or maybe some Philosophy?

Sunny xx

Thank you Jean-François, Marie, and Stefanie for the invitation, and everybody who was there xx