Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Tony Moly Expert Triple BB Cream

In Korea, I'm always bombarded with the countless choices for beauty and skincare products. As one of the top cities in the world famed for its beauty, you could be sure to expect that the beauty industry would also be intensely competitive. 

One of the brands that  have always stood out to me there was Tony Moly. I'm sure many of you have heard of Etude House and Missha, since these brands are more popular in the states. While the two brands I've named are definitely wonderful brands, when it comes to quality, affordable skincare, Tony Moly is one of my top choices. 

I have a tendency to shy away from using BB cream, since my skin tone is more on the light-medium side, I have a harder time finding a good match. Since I'm a huge fan of the brand, I figured that this would make a great product to review. 

So what exactly does the "triple" stand for? According to the Tony Moly Global Website, the triple function of this BB cream provides: 

Wrinkle Care 
Protection against UV Rays, SPF45 PA+++

"Red Ginseng extract helps regenerate the fibroblast and aggrandize the skin's immunizing functions. Organic Lavender Extract boosts to restore the damaged skin and Beta-Glucan substance protects the Langerhans Cell in skin, which gets easily deteriorated by UV Rays." 

"Usage: Apply this BB Cream to your face evenly and lightly after base make-up." 

As you can see, the product is fairly easy to dispense. It contains a pump and gives a decent amount of product. One to two pumps is generally enough, depending on how much coverage you want. 

This is two pumps of product onto my hand. At first, product comes out looking somewhat close to a light beige.

And here is the product after I tried blending it in to my skin. Upon first glance, it is clearly way too light for my skin and has a slight grey tinge. Don't worry, it does need a little time to oxidize and in no way is this going to look like how it actually does after it adjusts to your skin tone. 

After around five minutes, this is how it looks after it has oxidized on my skin. While it has definitely blended in better to my skin, it's still a bit too light. However, to best directly get the results of the product, I have demonstrated how it actually looks on my face. 

In this picture, I have my eye makeup and lips finished. I am wearing no face makeup whatsoever. My skin is more on the normal side but from time to time, it does get a little oily at the end of the day. My biggest problem are my pores and a little bit of skin color unevenness around my nose and eyes. 

Ahhh! I do apologize if my pores aren't exactly what you want to be seeing this close up. However, I wanted to demonstrate the before and after for this BB cream, just so you can gauge how its coverage performs. 

Now this is me with the BB cream applied with two pumps. The coverage is pretty decent and can be substituted as your tinted moisturizer. It does a fairly good job of covering my pores and evening out some of the redness around my cheeks and under the color under my eyes. The coverage is pretty dewy, which I definitely like. 

The only problem I'm really getting is that this isn't exactly the greatest match for my skin tone. While the finish looks nice and smooth, people may be able to tell the difference between my face and the rest of my body, which is a face makeup no-no. 

I had to add some blush and bronzer to bring some color back to my face. It still wasn't a perfect match, but it was a little better in making me look less pale. 

To test the staying power of the BB cream, I actually did a little working out at the gym to test its oil control and to see if the product would be able to withstand sweating. Surprisingly, it performed fairly well and most of it was still on my face despite me having ran a couple miles on the treadmill. After five hours from when I first applied it, I did experience a little bit of oiliness around my nose and cheek area, but it wasn't anything major. 


  • Contains a high SPF, which is great for daily daytime use
  • Gives a really lovely dewy finish 
  • Has long lasting durability and will not melt off during strenuous activity 
  • Blends well after oxidizing 
  • Feels super light on the skin 
  • Good oil control for normal skin
  • Medium coverage that is buildable 

  • Not a good match for skin tones below fair or light-skinned 
  • Scent is fairly reminiscent of sunscreen (unless you're fond of that smell) 
  • May get a little oily after a few hours for those with oily skin

Overall, this is one of the better BB creams that I've tried. However, I think I'll stick to using this in the wintertime when my skin gets lighter. I know the US has been catching on to the BB cream craze over the last year and there are tons of products out there that can match a wider variety of skin tones. I just might have to check them out sometime. 

For the more fair-skinned people, considering the benefits, I believe that this would be a great product to have on hand when you don't feel like wearing foundation everyday. 

 Anyways, what did you guys think of this product? Do you have any particular BB creams that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below! 

With Love, Tiffany 


  1. It looks really good on your face, Tiffany. But yes a bit lighter than your skin tone I guess but you look really flawless! And your pores are okay unlike mine haha xD daily I use skin79 orange vital bb cream :D it's a bit light too so I don't apply too much but it's a bit creamy so not so good for my oily t zone haha. But the packaging of this tony moly bb cream is pretty :D great review btw


    1. Thank you, Misa! <3 I've seen so many places selling Skin 79 in CA but I've heard that it is really light so I always stayed away from them. I can see how it would work for lighter skinned girls like yourself though :D

  2. Great review! This BB cream looks good on you, and definitely see the difference in your skin after you applied the cream, which is obvious that the BB cream works great for you! :)

    1. Aww haha thank you, Mai! It's so hard to find bb cream that will match darker skin tones but even though this is a bit light, this is probably one of the beter matches :)

  3. yay!! good job on the review tiff! lol and you skin looks practically flawless without make up! :D
    u know the one bb cream that i did try that didnt make my face super white was the lioele bb cream (i recommend).
    but yea, i stopped using bb cream and now im back to high end liquid foundations. haha. we'll see if i ever go back.

    xoxo Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah! <3 Aww thank you, you're too sweet. I just looked up lioele and you're right, it doesn't look too white, maybe I'll go check it out for my next bb cream. But I'm pretty much like you haha I always end up going back to high end liquid foundations, just because they'll always look the best. My go-to has always been MUFE HD Foundation but I'm running out soon and I'm looking to try something new :D

  4. Hi Tiffany! :D I recommend using this BB cream as a primer/make-up base with translucent powder to set the make-up. It does wonders to my extremely oily skin. I have my own review of this product you can check out:

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, I'll go check out your entry! :)

  5. I also use this BB cream regulary when going to school. The only thing I didn't like about the product is that it only comes in one shade. But other than that, there's a lot to love about this product. Great review!!


    1. I definitely agree with you on that! I wish it came in more shades since I can only wear this in the wintertime >< haha but it is a great product when you're able to wear it! :)