Review: Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF30 PA++

I have always liked the idea of BB creams. It sounds like the perfect all-in-one beauty product for lazy people like me as they are meant to act as a moisturizer, sun screen, foundation and concealer altogether! 
Sounds too good to be true!
Then again…. It’s all about finding the perfect shade. Most BB creams come in only one shade where companies claim the BB cream will adapt to your skin colour. Rubbish, I say! 
I know of many people who have found their perfect BB cream but I do know of people who have simply given up on searching for the one due to the limited shades they come in. 
This is the first BB cream I purchased! I only jumped onto the BB cream bandwagon sometime during Christmas last year when a friend introduced me to I went a little berserk and started purchasing various Japanese drugstore products when this one caught my eye. It was ranked No.2 on their bestsellers list so I thought why not give it a go if it’s so popular it should work on me! 
Bad, bad choice. *scolds self for making impulse purchases most of the time*
Let’s have a look at some swatches!
The moment I squeezed the product out of the tube I went 
‘uh-oh why is it so dark?’
Colour wise, it takes on a pinkish undertone but does oxidise quite quickly too, I must say as after applying it onto my face I gasped as I watched my face turn ash grey. Okay it sounds more dramatic than it really is but this does turn ashy on me but I initially thought it’s that ‘skin-adapting technology’ at work. 
Forgive me, I know nothing about BB creams! Sheered out, this is actually the silkiest foundation-like-thing I’ve ever used! 
According to the tube, the Dr who created this BB cream (Dr. Gowoonsesang)
 ‘applied special skin moisturization system using 2 different ingredients, hydrophilic and lipophilic ingredient. It focused inner and outer in human skin. Inner care is for the water holding effect using hydrophilic ingredient. Outer care is for the water preventing effect using lipophilic ingredient.’

I don’t understand it. At all. Nevermind I shall attempt to translate it into layman terms.
This is a moisturizing BB cream. The end. 
LOL! Anyway, I blended the BB cream all over my arm and here’s the result:
If you look at the top left hand corner of the photo you will see my true skin colour peeking out. =p That’s how dark this BB cream is! =(
I got the bf to take a comparison photo with both my hands:
It’s a good 3-4? shades darker than my original skin tone T__T so much for my foray into BB creams. 
On a lighter note, this doesn’t break me out which is saying quite a lot seeing my skin enjoys acting up if it dislikes something I use. Also, this provides full coverage in my case where all my redness and even minor blemishes are hidden just by using this product! I would love this if not for the shade! 
I don’t like throwing products away so I usually use this and then finish it off with a dusting of Bare Escentuals’ Illuminating Mineral Veil which does help brighten my skin a little. =) 
What are your favourite BB creams and do you have any to recommend for fairer skin tones? 
Happy Monday, everyone! xx


  1. Arhani "Hanny&q August 22, 2011 / 16:04

    I used to use this BB Cream, and then I got darker and it looked like a geisha mask on me. >.<Now that I'm back to being NW 30, I can finally use this, yay! ^.^ That being said, I want your fair skin. I shall hunt down Snow White and flay her skin to use as my own. MUAHAHAHAHA

  2. S August 22, 2011 / 16:06

    Hahaha! I'm not that fair lah. OMG you are so evil it sounds hilarious =p but yes this is such a lovely BB cream, isn't it? Then again it's my first one so I don't have anything to compare it with! =p

  3. Lily August 22, 2011 / 16:24

    What shade are you? I use MAC NC20 and Skin79 hot pink suits me just fine. I apply a thin layer and it'll do. I tried Dr Jart too but it clogged my pores like crazy. The formula is too thick. Tried face shop and étude house and they don't control oil much. I always go back to skin79 hot pink.

  4. S August 22, 2011 / 16:27

    Hi Lily! My skin tone's actually lighter than NC15 but I think I probably go up to NC20 during summer =) I hear Skin79's amazing but their darker shades put me off! =(

  5. Lily August 23, 2011 / 09:33

    In that case, you can look up a post on BB cream swatches from Jen of frmheadtotoe. She has a very detailed write up on it… like what works for lighter and darker skin.

  6. S August 23, 2011 / 17:10

    Thanks for the heads up, Lily! =) I'll have a look!

  7. KATHERINE July 2, 2015 / 23:22

    Hi! Thank you for these hilarious comments!

    I lived in Hong Kong for a long time and every time I walked into a Sasa, the sales women accosted me and said “Oh, your skin (pasty white and powdered at the time) is so dry! I can help with that.” And dragged me to a product and tried to get me to buy it. Eventually I relented and tried this BB cream. I loved the results. Yes, too dark for me, but it was better than all of the other steps and yes, looking chalky and dry. So I’ve used it since (for 8 years?). Now I’ve been back in the U.S. for years and have finally run out of my stash. I tried a super expensive one from like Barney’s or somewhere and then some common one by a mainstream brand. No luck.

    The expensive one doesn’t adhere at all. I’m terrified I’ll scratch my cheek or something and have a line on my face all day. The cheap one is greasy and feels really … artificial or something. Sigh. Please let me know if you find a favorite! I need new BB cream! : ) (Oh, and an inexpensive one which is accessible would be perfect if you have any pull with the makeup Gods!)


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