Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream SPF38/ PA+++ Review
Updated: Apr 2
I’m not much of a makeup person, focusing instead on skincare (not that you can’t do both), but I do like to have good quality basics on hand. For me, that's mascara, powder, and a BB cream in case of an evening out, a youtube video, or to camouflage redness and breakouts.
My first kbeauty bb cream love was Purito Snail Clearing BB Cream. It was one of the very first reviews on my blog - you can still read it here. Purito is constantly evolving as a brand, expanding and improving their offerings. Their latest release is Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream. Unlike the snail version, this one is vegan (made without any animal products).
Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream doesn’t contain phenoxyethanol, parabens, artificial dyes, triethanolamine, essential oils or artificial fragrance. It’s available from these retailers*: Amazon, YesStyle (use the code KBHOBBIT for an extra discount), Jolse, Beautynetkorea, and eBay in three shades. I have the lightest one - 21 Light Beige. It is my sincere hope that Purito and other Korean brands expand their shade ranges to be inclusive of deeper skin tones.
How to use:
Apply after SPF or after primer, if using.
I like to finish off with powder.
Even though Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream has SPF38, you still absolutely need a separate layer of sunscreen. Most people do not apply enough makeup / bb cream to adequately protect the skin from the sun. Not to mention, SPF should be applied not just to the face, but to the ears, neck and the sides of the neck. Conveniently, Purito makes some great options for that too - my favorite is their Comfy Water Sunblock (review here).
This BB cream has a natural, satin finish - not too matte but not shiny either. In my pictures, it looks more matte because I always use translucent powder at the end. It’s simply my preference to have a mostly matte face. It may come from years of having poorly controlled oily zones, so I do not go for the popular dewy look.
The formula is non-irritating; it could potentially even help with troubled skin due to the centella asiatica (cica) in the ingredients. Centella asiatica is a popular ingredient in products for acne prone and irritated skin.
On most days, my first choice is no makeup. My second choice is makeup that makes me look like myself but better. I do not use foundation often, but occasionally enjoy the little something extra it offers. And while I think there’s nothing wrong with having breakouts, redness, skin texture, and just being an imperfect human in general, I do like to look as good as I can (while still putting forth as little effort as possible). Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream is working very well for me.
Pic 1 - right after application
Pic 2 - after work (no touch ups, same day)
I like how easy it is to apply - just like a regular moisturizer. The consistency is very pleasant, not heavy or oily at all. I usually only apply BB cream to the areas that need it - not to the entire face. I dislike having foundation on my forehead, for example.
I’ve worn it at home and at work. Surprisingly, it didn’t stain my mask much. I had a little bit of color on the nose piece, but nothing else. That’s great news for people who worry about masks rubbing off their makeup.
The coverage is light to medium, at least the way I use this. One could probably layer more BB to achieve fuller coverage, but I prefer to still see my skin and its imperfections.
A bit more "glammed up" with other makeup and Purito Cica:
I’m not exactly gentle with my makeup - a mask at work, a toddler who loves to touch my face at home. For me, Purito has lasted all day just fine. I do not touch up.
Overall, I’m very pleased. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the original Purito snail BB cream, so I have to compare them from memory. I think the cica has a lighter texture and perhaps a little less coverage. Very similar results and wear. I also love that the brand is consistent in pursuing vegan formulations. Not all the products I use are vegan, but I always appreciate the option.
This is not a sponsored review, but the product was gifted to me.
Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream ingredients: Water, Titanium dioxide (UV filters), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UV filters), Cyclopentasiloxane (emollient), Butylene glycol (humectants), Ethylhexyl salicylate (UV filters), Cyclohexasiloxane (emollient), Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone (skin-conditioning agents), Niacinamide (brightening), Hydrogenated (C6-14 Olefin) (emollient), Zinc oxide (UV filters), mica (color stabilizers), Sodium chloride (viscosity increasing agents), Zinc stearate (color stabilizers), Dextrin Palmitate (viscosity increasing agents), Disteardimonium Hectorite (color stabilizers), Sorbitan Oleate (emulsifiers), Centella Asiatica Extract (strengthens skin barrier), Madecassic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), Asiaticoside (strengthens skin barrier), Asiatic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), ka Frill glycol (emollient), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (color stabilizers), Aluminium hydroxide (skin protectants), Allantoin (skin-conditioning agents), Panthenol (strengthens skin barrier), Glycerin (humectants), Caprylhydroxamic acid (product stabilizers), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolyme (viscosity increasing agents), Adenosine (improves wrinkles), 1,2-Hexanediol (stabilizers), Tocopherol (antioxidants), Iron Oxides (CI 77492) (colorants), Iron Oxides (CI 77491) (colorants), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) (colorants), Ultramarines (CI 77007) (colorants)