This review is for the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream.
TL;DR

OK…are you ready for an unpopular opinion? Let’s talk about my experience with the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream.

Warning! If the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream is a ‘Holy Grail’ product for you then I strongly encourage you to close the tab, click a different post, or just get out of here.

The Basics

The Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream is well-known for its adorable packaging. I would agree! It does have super cute packaging, which has become a weakness of mine since moving to Korea.

It comes in a glass (40ml) jar with a blue screw on cap. Attached to the cap is a little spatula to help you scoop product out.

I’m going to tell you right now that as cute as this appears, I think it’s kind of crappy packaging. There are two main reasons I feel this way.

#1. The glass jar design makes it tricky to get product out once you start to run a little low. I find myself smacking the bottle on my hand trying to make the contents “move” to a more convenient spot so the spatula can scoop them up.

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#2. I think the spatula-in-a-jar design is a little less sanitary. It might be better in a squeeze tube (isn’t everything better in a squeeze tube?). This is not a huge issue, I’m mostly annoyed with point #1 stated above.

The glass bottle. You can see I’ve almost emptied it.
The spatula.

Shades:

The product only has two shades, 1 (Aqua Beige), and 2 (Aqua Natural). Aqua beige is a little warmer than aqua natural, though I’d say both shades run fairly light and would not be suitable for people with medium-dark skin-tones.

For the record I actually tried both of these shades! (So you know my dissatisfaction isn’t just caused by not choosing the right one for me)

Scent:

This product isn’t really scented (though I don’t think I’d classify it as totally “scent-free”), it mostly just has a typical makeup smell. Nothing intrusive. Fragrance is listed in the ingredients.

Consistency:

As the name suggests, it does have a sort of “jelly” consistency. I would say it reminds me of pudding, though that might be more of a North American reference. When I think of “jelly” I picture something like Jell-O. Have no fear this product does not have the consistency of Jell-o!

The Nitty Gritty

OK. Let’s talk about why I didn’t fall head-over-heels for this stuff.

The Colours

Though I can’t fault a product because the shades didn’t match my skin, I do want to mention this. When I was researching this product I found many bloggers commenting on how it was perfect for super fair skinned folk. Many were also saying it was too light for them. I have super fair skin, so when someone describes a foundation as “too light” generally I perk my head up and check it out. So that’s why I was surprised when I found this product too dark for my skin.

Not only was it too dark but it also seemed orange-y on me. Again I promise you all I did try both the shades they offer but they were still too dark for me. Something to consider if your skin falls into potential-vampire-territory as mine does!

The Texture

This product claims to make your skin “hydrated” and “bouncy” but I did not experience such results. I would warn anyone whose skin is dry or dehydrated, because I found this product too drying for me. Sometimes I would actually mix the cream with a little oil to help counter the dryness but still was not happy with the results.

I also found that the product didn’t spread as I had hoped. Generally I used a blender puff to apply it but it felt like it ‘stuck’ in some places. Also, if you have acne or fine lines AND have dry skin this stuff might just cling to those spots, making them more noticeable.

The coverage is actually decent for a BB cream. Even on a bad skin day I didn’t feel like I needed to add that much else (other foundations/concealers) which was nice.

I genuinely think this product is just not great for those of us with dry skin. Your experience might be different!

The texture of the BB cream. Very thick consistency. (Aqua Natural 2)
Spread out using fingers.
Blended using a beauty blender.

Ingredients:

Water, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol, Mica (ci 77019), Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sorbitan Isostearate Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Leaf Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caviar Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydroxyapatite, Agar, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Peg-8, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Atelocollagen, Carbomer, Tin Oxide (ci 77861), Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance(parfum), Ultramarines (ci 77007), Carmine (ci 75470

*Click here to see the CosDNA ingredient analysis

* I am curious if stearic acid has been contributing to some of my breakouts. I think this product might have contributed to my (seemingly) indestructible closed comedones (CC’s), but it’s tough to tell.

Repurchase? Holy Grail?

Believe it or not I actually went through two entire jars of this stuff before making my final decision. Sometimes when something is SO hyped-up in beauty communities online I just want to love it so badly. But alas, my experience was not the same. I don’t think I will repurchase this in the future, even if my skin’s dryness gets better the shades still just aren’t quite right for me. But, as always, I encourage you to experiment and form your own opinions! Everyone’s skin is unique!

Needless to say, this will not be a HG for me.

TL;DR

I thought the shades were too dark, the texture was crappy, and it might have given me CC’s.

-Fallon

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