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Monday
Jan142013

Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream

I'm sure you've already seen the raves about the Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream (P1,550) from the other beauty bloggers. No question about it, this stuff is da cheese! It's a great face base for two reasons: the flawless satiny finish and color match (at least on me). It's also the first BB cream I've encountered that has no SPF whatosever.

While other BB creams focus on skincare claims and sun protection, the Fairydrops Candy Bar is all about perfecting the skin. A Japanese newscaster, who needed something that will look good on harsh studio lighting, is credited for helping formulate it. It's supposed to have micro-gold pigments and soft focus powder in the waterproof formula.

Here's what I think!

What I love about the product

  • It makes my skin look fantastic. Not just good or nice, but fantastic both in person and on camera. It has light to medium coverage, which evens out my skintone well. It won't cover major blemishes or acne but it can give brighter-looking skin.
  • This has no perceptible shimmer. It has a satin finish which means that it's not glowy or dewy; more like matte but with a bit of fresh lustre to it. Like real skin.

  • Ochre is my perfect shade match. Fairydrops Candy Bar only comes in Light Ochre and Ochre which is limiting but I find that the product adjusts to the skin after a few minutes. I reckon these two shades can accommodate NC20 to 35 (light to medium).
  • Has a light, non-greasy feel on skin. It feels sticky initially but when it dries it just doesn't feel like anything.
  • Helps control oil. It won't block off oil completely (nothing does) but when I'm wearing this I oil up later even in very humid weather. It usually takes me four to five hours before I oil up with this.

Hand swatch. You can see how very thin and skin-like it is.

  • Lasts all day with only minimal retouching. It doesn't fade or cake up. I only usually need to retouch once if I'm wearing this for a straight eight hours.
  • A little goes a long way. I usually use two pea-sized drops of the product for the whole face if I'm using the detachable sponge; one small squeeze if straight from the tube.
  • Doesn't break me out.
  • Smells very faintly of candy.

Worn

Flash. After five hours and one retouch.

What I don't like about the product

  • The white tube is a magnet for smudges. It's not even a straight-out smooth plastic thing; it has a rubbery texture that grabs on to any mess you have on your hands.
  • You have to be careful when squeezing the stuff out of the tube. It's hard to get the right amount, and it tends to squirt out glops of BB cream! Always, always aim it downwards, on your face or back of the hand. One time the product landed on the lapel of my newly laundered white dress shirt. :/ 
  • Issue #3 with the tube: it's opaque so you don't know how much you have left. Seriously Fairydrops should change the packaging pronto!

Neutral 

  • The sponge is a boon and a bane. If you're lazy/busy and don't like picking up a separate applicator, the sponge is a great way to apply the BB cream in a jiffy. But it's wasteful as it absorbs the watery product too quickly. I suggest limiting the use of the sponge and just apply the BB cream straight from the spout. 

Recommendations

If you're oily and want a light yet perfecting, photogenic face base, the Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream is a great option. It stays put and makes skin look fantastic - provided you're a match with one of the only two shades available. This isn't a tinted moisturizer or a traditional BB cream. It's an all-out foundation.

It's ideal to use for special events or for everyday office or school stuff. :) If you have good skin this would be all you need, otherwise a bit of concealer would be in order.

Verdict

Love it! I don't love the tube it comes in but my flawless face ain't complainin'. Haha. What do you think? Worth the P1,550 or not? I think it is because it's rare to find a perfecting demi-matte base that feels this light and comfortable.  

Fairydrops can be found in Beauty Bar branches. They're also on Facebook.


 

Reader Comments (35)

bakit walang maitim na haponesa?

so unfair that most asian brands only have fair to medium shades.

the finish really looks good based on the first photo, liz.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPong

Wow it looks really great! You look so blooming :)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

This product needs to be in my purse! perfect for a combination skin like me. Been looking for some perfecting face base for months now. Too bad it's not so available locally and the price is not that affordable. Japan cosmetics are really expensive! I once told my friend from Japan to buy me cosmetics but she just can't because its truly expensive daw. Oh well, its the quality that counts, I believe. You look good on your FOTD Ms. Liz! The fairydrops really does wonders! Your skin looks so flawless and photo-friendly ♥

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDesire

I need this for everyday look. But it has no spf so I will just put sunblock prior to this :) I really want to know which do you prefer? This one of Perfect Sun BB from EH? I want to buy the latter until I bumped into your post hehe. Thanks Ms. Liz.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGenzel

Oh, I mean which do you prefer, Fairydrops or Perfect Sun BB of etude. Thanks! :)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGenzel

Thanks guys! <3

@Desire it's available in Beauty Bar!

@Genzel the Etude House is better at oil control and has SPF50. But finish is not as nice as Fairydrops. You win some you lose some.

January 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Your skin looks perfect! Seeing your FOTD photo makes me want to buy this product agad even before I read what you had to say about it! Maybe I'll buy this when I finish my tube of VMV skintangible, if budget permits. :) I think we're the same shade so Ochre would most probably suit my skintone as well. Thanks for the review!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

This BB cream looks good on you.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

Hi Miss Liz,

First, let me start by saying how much I love your blog! This has been really helpful for frustrated beauty enthusiasts like me.

But anyway, I'd just like to ask, how do you know if a particular makeup brand is legit? Well, there are a lot of cheap and pricey makeup brands out there but even price don't really determine if they're good or not. Because sometimes, those cheap makeup do your face good and expensive ones can actually damage your skin. What are ways to know if it would be good or not for your face. Like, I don't want to go gaga by buying just because another person said it's good right. What would be your advice?

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Really looks great but a bit expensive for a BB cream :(

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

"This isn't a tinted moisturizer or a traditional BB cream. It's an all-out foundation." Yey!!!! This statement alone sealed the deal for me! You've just addressed my hesitation with going all out with BB creams. I have stuck to using foundation amidst the BB cream craze, and this review blows me away.

I like how you mentioned it's ideal for special events! I'll be doing my niece's prom makeup and I think I'll get this for her! And then I'll use it on myself after. Hehe.:-) I'm about to run out on my current foundation -- Max Factor Second Skin -- and I'll definitely give this one a go since it's virtually detectless on you! You just look like you have really good skin! I hope it matches my skin tone too!

It's nice as well that although Fairy Drops added the sponge applicator, the product can be dispensed from just the spout. I have another foundation like this - I don't know if you've tried Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup. It gets frustrating come application time! It's so limiting because you can only get the product through the sponge. Sponge application supposedly blurs the lines thus "age rewind" but I'd rather they use just the regular pump instead. Plus I'm not totally sold on the claim that there's no need to clean the applicator. Not sure how hygienic that is!

Anyway, love love love your review and the product! I would definitely check this out!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

Wow Liz your skin looks naturally smooth! I will check this out when I finish my Maybelline BB cream. I hope they had samples of 10-15g so that we could try the product without paying too much in one blow. On the other hand your photos are great so I'm keen on trying this out.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

waaa it's too pricey for a tiny tube. But good thing the shade seems to be yellow toned, though I'm sure that would still be too light for me.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

Sounds very nice, wanting to buy it cz it looks good on you! But I dont know if it'll match my skin. :(

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

wow this looks fantastic, liz! i love that BB creams here in the Philippines just keep getting better and better. I never leave the house without BB cream- currently using Maybelline BB cream now, and sometimes an eyebrow and lipbalm is all I need for the day. :) thanks for the recommendation, it makes the quest for HG BB cream a little bit easier now that people like you take the time to review and give feedback on the multitude of products out there :) cheers!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdianecapile

Looks great on you Miss Liz! Might have to pick up some of this for myself :)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Love how it visibly made your face smoother! I'd buy this if it has a darker shade. Been looking for an everyday face base but to no avail. :(

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Ok na sana kung may spf. I feel spf lang naman ang use ng mga bb cream apart from the coverage. Youre right the packagibg looks so impractical. Btw napukaw ang atensyon ko s lips mo on the 2nd photo. Wat lippie was that

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermizeloise

Does it oxidize on the skin? Sad that there are very limited shades. If it oxidizes sana it won't look too light, if it's light. But plus on the applicator. That's cool. Your photos totally speaks for the product. The first photo looked blurred out, then I thought, wow, that's medium coverage? Cool stuff. If only it had more shades!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Hi Ms. Liz! I love your blog! It's very informative! And I must say, I can always relate to your skin woes and what-nots. Probably because we have the same skin type and tone! Anyway, just a question. Which is better in terms of coverage, oil control, and color match? This one or Etude House's Precious Mineral BBdation? Thank you in advance!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

You're post about this product is the most convincing among all the beauty bloggers I read on; It's precise and neatly photographed as always. Makes me wanna rush to the nearest Beauty Bar store in my place and get one for myself but the sponge and the packaging doesn't look so appealing to me :( plus it doesn't have any SPF at all pa. I think i'll stick with my trusty Etude house Sun BB Cream muna.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryan

Well your post help me a lot. i really want to buy it but still waiting for a good review. i am really a sucker for cute packaging that is why i bought their mascara right away. but your post is very convincing. :)

Mz. liz your skin looks really good with it. :)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchiena

I love how it looks natural on your photo. I am on a dilemma if I want this one or the Kate BB cream because they both give a natural finish , but I'm still leaning more on the Kate BB because it has a little more spf.
Ms. Liz, I'm so envious with your photo with the colored eyeliner. I wish I could pull off something like that and be able to draw a decent cats'eye on myself. Still not good at applying eyeliners. sigh!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpoato_md

shoot you look so haggard in the second photo!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriya

Had a bad experience with that kind of packaging. *ehemEH-SUN-BBehem* It's a good thing it's just an optional applicator. I love that it was formulated to "perfect" the appearance of skin (like a your skin but better kinda thing) and not just for coverage or for sun protection. If it lasts really long (water proof-ish), I would really love to try it out. It looks like its not just hype cause most bloggers who tried this raved about it.

Just a question: do you need to set it? What powder should you use? Cause it gives a natural finish (satin finish) so it would be a shame to mattify that with powder just to make it last longer.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

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