Friday, April 11, 2014
Lioele Water Drop BB Cream: Review, Swatches and Before & After
Where do I begin to sing the praises for Lioele's Water Drop BB Cream? I bought a set of mini Lioele face products in Hong Kong just because I had heard about Liole for years but never had a chance to try their famous BB creams. Well, the hype is real and the Water Drop BB is one of my favorite BB creams for everyday wear.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I like this BB cream so much. First off, it only comes in one shade which means it won't look completely "right" on most people. However the coverage is very light so it's easy to blend and it suits my skin well in the winter. The BB cream has SPF 27 PA++ which is great for everyday use. There is no detectable fragrance in this BB Cream which is nice because a lot of Asian cosmetics are often heavily fragranced. This Water Drop BB claims to hydrate the skin and provide a natural glow without the use of shimmer. It also claims to cool the skin and reduce redness.
Lioele is pretty hard to find so your best bet will be to purchase this online. Pretty and Cute seems like a legit website that sells the Lioele line and the Water Drop BB retails for about $23 which is not too bad. Seeing that this is one of my favorite daily base products, I think it's well worth the price for a 50ml tube as a little goes a long way.
Here I swatched a bunch of my bases so you can get an idea of the shade range. Please excuse my misspelling of the brand because I always forget the first "e".... The Lioele Water Drop BB is actually darker than most BB creams from Asia which I like. The Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream is almost exactly the same shade as the Water Drop variation but maybe a tad warmer. The Water Drop BB definitely has a tinge of gray to it. But once blended out, the gray cast disappears and I think it looks pretty natural. The consistency is light and creamy but not watery or too thick.
On the left you can see my bare face with a bit of untinted primer and on the right is after a few dots of the Lioele Water Drop BB Cream blended out with a flat top brush. You can still see some discoloration and my acne scars aren't 100% covered up but it is evident that most of the redness is toned down and my skin looks very vibrant and fresh. I only used a large pea sized amount and that was enough to give me the coverage I need for the day.
My favorite thing about this BB cream is how comfortable it is to wear. It never feels heavy or cakey and wears decently throughout the day. Even though this claims to be moisturizing, I don't feel that it is particularly so. Those with very dry skin might experience clumping around dry spots as this doesn't glide over the dry patches on my nose very well. Eight hours after application and my makeup isn't melting off and my oily-combination skin is not feeling gross. Powder is always a must no matter what base I am wearing and a blot session or two throughout the day keeps shine to a minimum.
I can see myself repurchasing the Lioele Water Drop BB if I ever run out of BB creams and foundations (which won't be anytime soon). It's a great shade for me in the winter when I'm pale and I can always mix it with some darker bases to adjust the color. The blendability and comfortability are huge pluses and I would highly recommend this to those with normal skin who want a natural, my-skin-but-better look. What do you think of the Lioele Water Drop BB? Are you sick of BB creams yet or do you think they're a great all-in-one product?