Surprise: this is the very first BB cream I ever bought. When my intrigue with BB creams first started, I bought this on Amazon along with some Skin79 sample sets. It sounded like the perfect BB cream for my skin–I wanted something with high coverage, something with oil control, and something that wasn’t simply a tinted moisturizer (I’m looking at you, Western BB creams).
Enter Skin79 Intense Classic Balm, the ‘Premium’ BB Cream. Since I’ve had this beast for over a year and haven’t reviewed it yet, you might think that says something about the product. But it’s not bad, honest. It’s just way more Intense Classic than I can handle. I don’t use this BB cream all that often, and when I do use it, it’s in heavy moderation.
Obviously mine has now seen better days.
UV Protection: SPF 35 PA++
Soothing and concealing
For oily/combination skin
From Skin79 North America:
The Perfect Finish! The Upgraded Original BB Cream. This BB cream has sunscreen plus whitening functions which leaves skin feeling satiny and smooth and looking transparent, raising confidence in one’s skin.
This BB cream has grey undertones and smells like sunscreen. It’s heavy and very rich, thus providing high coverage. It’s a little difficult to blend and apply due to not being very lightweight. I imagine you could combine it with some moisturizer to remedy this, but as it’s already pretty moisturizing, it might be overkill.
As you can see, it definitely covers blemishes and masks uneven skintone. Despite claiming to be good for oily skin, this has a glowy finish, and I am not a fan of that. It mattes out fine with a finishing powder, but the oil control is lacking on my t-zone. My nose and forehead got shiny just as quickly as usual, but when I’m wearing heavy makeup it gets extra gross. Smudgy and dotty and pore-sinking. And a little goes a long way here–this stuff can get cakey super fast. Also, before powdering, it seems to accentuate the texture of my skin instead of giving the BB ‘airbrush’ effect. I like faux-smoothness, so that makes me a sad panda.
Another note–illuminator is a must for me when using Intense Classic, because even though it has a glowy finish, powder completely absorbs that and makes my face totally one-dimensional. And if there’s anything worse than being a glowface, it’s being a flatface. No, I take that back. Glowing sucks.
So it sounds like I’m ripping this BB cream a new asshole, right? But alas, it’s still a staple in my cosmetic bag. Why? Because I use it as a spot concealer. It covers blemishes and impurities SO WELL, and it is perfect as long as it’s not slathered all over my skin. Moderation is key.
Pros: High coverage.
Cons: Heavy, not great oil control, can look cakey.
Final Verdict: Would I buy this again? No, because since I only use it as a spot concealer it’ll last me forever. But if you’re looking for a super high coverage BB cream and want to give this a shot, you can find it at Skin79 North America or Amazon for $19 USD.