So, I’ve run out of my Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly, which I reviewed ages ago. I should update that post with my current opinion on the product – that is, I really like it as a sheer kind of base in conjunction with either a higher coverage foundation/bb cream or concealer.
I was going to buy it again, but before I made the decision to repurchase, I had a quick look around the internet and saw that fairly new Korean Cosmetic Brand Too Cool For School, in their After School range, released what they call a ‘BB Foundation Lunch Box” – an adorable tube thing that includes a BB Cream that looked to be similar to the Aqua Petite Jelly.
I purchased it in #2 Watery Skin, which looked a little darker than the #1 Shade. Generally, most Korean cosmetics are too light for my NC25-30 skin so I always purchase the darker shade if available. At first, looking at the product on the spatula I thought it was too dark – but luckily it looks fine blended in. It also has SPF 37, which is a plus.
I bought it from Ebay for about $AUD 24 – I know it can be risky buying cosmetics online but I don’t think the brand is high-end enough to really have fakes/duplicates made for it, tbh. I found out later that you can also purchase this from the city, on Swanston St in Melbourne (next to So Good Jewellery – 215 Swanston St) for around $25, which might be more worth it than having to wait a few weeks for the product to arrive.
As you can see, it has a spatula applicator thing, very much like the Aqua Petite Jelly – but don’t be fooled! This BB Cream is far less sheer than the Holika Holika and, while it is still watery, it is also a little thicker. What drew me to this product is the fact that it is All-in-One, with a mirror, concealer, highlighter and BB Cream – it’s super travel-friendly. And the packaging is adorable.
Swatches: Firstly, this is the BB Cream/Foundation portion of the product – It is very smooth and easily blendable, but it is quite sheer (though not as sheer as the Aqua Petite Jelly). I really wanted to like this. Really wanted to. But I can’t say that I’m a fan though. The lack of coverage really doesn’t do it for me, and unlike the Aqua Petite Jelly, it doesn’t feel as light on my skin – perhaps the scent kind of contributes to this. Also, I don’t get the same radiant looking effect that I do with the Aqua Petite Jelly – this BB cream makes me look really grey with it on, which is definitely a bad sign.
The concealer is okay, but it doesn’t have much staying power. It is definitely inappropriate for the under eye area, far too cakey and hard to blend for that. It does alright in covering blemishes… but as I said, it comes off easily.
The highlighter is really my favourite part of the product – it isn’t irritating and it creates such a lovely glow! It’s also very blendable and looks good highlighting the nose bridge and cupid’s bow. Use it sparingly and you will have a pretty glow, but overuse it and the product will look weirdly white on the face.