Review: Hada Labo Air BB Cream

I can’t remember how life used to be without BB creams – well, okay I do. I used to pile on the 2-way cake (and I remember my go-to brand was i Nuovi omg #majoroldschool) on both the face and the under eye area, apply a generous heaping of pink horizontally across the left cheek, nose and right cheek and head out. Unglamourous days indeed. Hah.

Back then, I guess my younger (and fresher) skin was better at adapting to the climate, be it indoors or out, so the oily combi skin wasn’t much of an issue – the makeup never caked nor oxidised as much.

These days (omg I have to stop sounding like a geriatric old fogey), I’m mostly reliant on BB creams, BB cushions and foundations – basically the liquid-based types cos of my dry cheeks, which can get relatively Sahara-desert on bad days. And hey, since everyone prolly remembers Hada Labo’s advertisement jingle (1 drop holds an entire ocean -orsomethingsomething-), I’m pretty sure their BB cream will have similar properties hohoho.


Hada Labo Air BB CreamHada Labo Air BB Cream with 10-in-1 Function


Hada Labo Air BB Cream (1)

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (2)

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (3)

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (4)Using Ivory Beige shade (this was the shade I received, so just disregard the colour mismatch but focus on the texture/finishing instead)

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (5)

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (6)Face / undereyes : Hada Labo Air BB Cream, Lips: IOPE Color Fit in shade 21 Fuschia Tint


I say…

  • It comes in a white squeezy tube that feels relatively weight compared to its size (this is due to the consistency of the BB cream).
  • The cap twists open to reveal a tiny pinhole opening for controlled dispensing of the BB cream, which is great, since I have a tendency to over-dispense (and therefore lead to waste).
  • There’s not much scent to the BB Cream.
  • What I love is its texture – it’s creamy enough to glide over the skin, and yet doesn’t feel too heavy.
  • It sets into a semi-matte finish with some glow – about 80% matte: 20% glow, so you don’t have that overall “shiny” effect, but enough to emphasise areas such as your nose bridge and cheek bones.
  • Over time, it settles into a mostly matte finish, so you can still do the highlighting.
  • The coverage is pretty decent – good enough to cover most skin blemishes , but not enough to combat the raccoon eyes. I’d give it 7/10.
  • As an added bonus, it does not oxidise. These days, I’m really up in guns about products that oxidise – having patchy sebum-makeup splotches on the face is soooo unsexy.
  • The wear time is pretty decent too – about 5-6 hours before it disappears.
  • In terms of oil control – I’d say it’s a medium. Don’t leave home without your oil blotters/tissue sheets, cos you’ll be needing them in about 6 hours after application.
  • Despite its creamy texture, you can apply several layers and it doesn’t cake much.
  • It comes in only two shade – Ivory Beige and Natural Beige. I’m using Ivory Beige (the lighter one) but it’s still a tad dark with a touch of yellow tinge. I’d liken this to Laneige shade 21.
  • Even though I didn’t apply any moisturising primer, the dry patches around the cheeks still looked relatively okay after 6 hours.
  • Note how even when I’m wearing a shade that’s not suited for my skin, it still looks somewhat healthy and decent – it’s cos of the finishing.

Overall, I’d say this is a pretty decent drugstore brand BB cream that you can try out. Ideally, if it came in my shade, I’d use it  short-term usage (a jaunt to my neighbourhood mall). For a full list of this BB cream’s benefits, check out their website here.




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