One thing I love about purchasing from certain online beauty stores is the samples. Although, I am at a bit of a hoarding level on these at the moment - so it's time to actually sample some shit.
First up - Korean makeup bases, in the form of BBs, CCs, and whatever the heck a BCDAtion is...
These samples all arrived in a recent Jolse order. I'm pretty sure I have actually used Lioele's Triple the Solution previously, so I decided to leave that one until last.
Below you'll find a quick review of each of these base products, and which one came out as the winner. Please note, all product descriptions in each About section have information taken from the Jolse website, where available.
1. Lioele Dollish Cera-V CC
- SPF34 PA++
- Whitening & wrinkle care
- 4 IN 1: Skin care + make-up + nutrition + moisture glow
The CC cream is one of those white creams with minuscule capsules of colour which explode/melt when applied. The thing is you can definitely NOT use a sponge or brush to get this to work - hands only. The cream is quite thick and hard to work with. I barely got a full faces coverage out of the sample. Once applied I noticed it immediately settled into any fine lines and made them more noticeable. Also left a really pale cast which looked like I had applied full on sunblock to my face. Four hours in I had much regret I had tested this on a work day. I'm not a fan.
2. Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB
- SPF25 PA++
- Six natural vitamin ingredients to improve skin condition.
- Comes in a lilac (one I tried) and green base to assist with correcting skin tone and covering blemishes.
- Creamy and long lasting.
A very similar texture to the above, in a very light lilac base cream. Application felt a little draggy on my skin but once applied, this BB has more of a matte finish and looks way better than day one (which kind of ended up looking like greasy sunscreen on me). The wear on this was not that great. Pretty much the same outcome as the above. Plus I've just realized I really don't like applying my base with my hands anymore. Kind of fail.
Let's take a meme break:
3. TonyMoly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream
- SPF37 PA++
- Superb coverage, lightening, gives glowy goddess aura.
- Dense texture with great adherence.
Out of the packet, I had high hopes for this BB. The texture, color and application were all really good for me. I found the coverage to be a medium, maybe leaning a little on the light side. Unfortunately it didn't really wear well on my skin. By four hours in there was noticeable patchiness around my T-Zone. At the end of the day it had pretty much completely worn of my chin and nose.
4. TonyMoly BCDATION+
- The sample was clueless ... WHERE IS THE SPF PA INFO MY DUDES?
- AMIRIRTE... THERE IS NO SPF PA PROTECTION... WHUT?!
So, I didn't really find a lot of information on the Jolse site or on the sample package for that matter, however it looks like it comes with no sun protection. So there's that. This BCDation comes in three shades - I received a sample of shade 02 Skin Beige. I wasn't really a fan of the application on this one TBH. I can't quite put my finger on it, it just didn't really go on very smoothly? The finish however was pretty nice once applied - kind of semi-matte. This actually had pretty good staying power on my skin, at the end of a 6 hour day it still looked OK. There was some definite oiliness in my TZone, and it had settled into my pores on my cheeks and chin. Overall though, I wasn't too impressed.
5. Lioele Triple the Solution
- SPF30 PA++
- Whitening & wrinkle care.
- Provides UVA and UVB protection.
- Natural coverage to provide flawless complexion.
I absolutely reckon I have tried this one before and not liked it. I kind of remember it being a pain in the ass to apply. It's a little thicker than the others so far, that said the coverage (once managed) is pretty good. I put it on the heavier side of the medium spectrum. Also for something that only comes in one shade, I was lucky enough that this oxidized to look pretty good on my skin. The wear was pretty good too - while in the later part of the day (calling it 8 hours - it was Friday OK? I can't exactly remember) it did settle into my pores and creases and show some wearing on my chin it actually still looked pretty good overall.
I'm going to have to call it - Triple the Solution, despite it's inadequacies, actually managed to win Sample Week 1. I am absolutely shit sure I have used this and been impressively unimpressed in the past, however skin does change with age... so there's that. All that said there is no clear winner here, so I guess I'll keep searching.