Over the last year we've seen some innovative and exciting trends come about in base makeup - after the huge popularity of bb creams along came cc creams, and then cushion makeup, which sent the Asian beauty blogging community into a tizzy.
And amongst that excitement Tony Moly released their own unique product - the BCdation.
It's exactly as it sounds - the BCdation claims to be the new replacement for bb cream, cc cream, and foundation, as it combines all the best qualities of the 3 items into one single formula.
Sounds kind of crazy, huh?
I was excited to receive a mini sized sample during a shopping haul on Beautynetkorea, because I had been eyeing it since its release. The full sized product comes in a rounded cylinder packaging, whereas the mini sample came in a squeeze tube, so I won't say much about the packaging.
Texture wise, the BCdation is thin and runny similar to common foundations. At first glance it looked like any other foundation, no hint of the thicker texture of bb cream, nor the capsule filled formula of cc creams.
It spreads really easily onto the skin, and can be applied by fingers, which is my preferred method. Scent wise, it's not strongly fragranced, but it has the scent baby powder and a bit of something floral.
I was actually really impressed with this the first time I used it. It spreads easily, and it 'adheres' to the skin really well. It doesn't cake up or look thick, yet for how light the texture feels the coverage is actually really good (medium coverage).
The finish is glossy on my dry-normal skin, and it didn't bring out any dry patches on my face - but it did cling to dried out blemishes. With a primer underneath the finish is not as glossy, but still radiant and partially dewy.
|Shade #1 (best suited to NC15 I think)|
It doesn't feel sticky, but the formula isn't smudgeproof, so it could still transfer on clothing and such. It also doesn't feel as long lasting on a primer free base, as opposed to using with a primer.
Regarding the three in one formula, I can't really differentiate the properties of bb cream, cc cream, and foundation in the formula. To be blunt, the BCdation simply reads more as a foundation in my eyes, simply because of the texture and coverage. In my defence bb cream, cc cream, and foundation all share many similar properties!
It's not a bad thing though, I still really like this, and even though I can't really differentiate the 3 products in this one formula, I'll just trust that they're in there >.<
For the negatives, I would say that the bcdation could appear oily rather than glossy in the warmer months, on oily skin, or under certain lightings. It doesn't completely cover red blemishes on the skin as claimed (better to use a concealer). It also only comes in two shades - I received Shade 1 and it's too light on my skin, though it's not too obvious in the photos below.
|Without primer, applied with fingers|
One layer all over, extra patted on cheeks for extra coverage - no concealer
|With primer on T-zone, and cheeks, applied with fingers|
But overall the pros outweigh the cons for me - I love how this applies so nicely to my skin - you can't really see it 'sitting' on top of my skin. It also doesn't feel heavy, and the coverage was good enough to disguise uneven skin tone and light redness. It did have a moist and hydrating feel to it, which I always like since my skin can be on the dryer side. The glossy finish is nice too, though sadly I would probably avoid wearing this in Summer.
I would definitely be open to purchasing this, though I'd probably go with Shade #2.
If you're a fan of glossy finish foundations, I'd say check out Tony Moly's BCdation ^^
You can grab the mini sized 20ml sample off Beautynetkorea here if you're interested, and the full sized product is stocked on the site too.
Also, if you're on Instagram do check out my mini beauty giveaway. I'm giving away one of Etude House's cute new castle shaped handcreams, plus a set of false nails and samples <3
Thanks for reading lovelies - have a super weekend!