November 18, 2012

Review: Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream SPF 37

If you read my blog, you would know by now that BB creams will always have a special place in my heart. I love experimenting on different types of BB creams, not because I haven't found the right one yet but because they have all these too-good-to-be-true claims to do wonders on your skin all the while giving you your desired coverage, and you just have that urge to see it for yourself. They're basically enough to make the make up junkie inside of you  go "Oh my gosh I have to get this right now and try it out for myself!" 

You may not utter those exact same words but just so you get my drift. :)

Koreans really do have a knack for making cute and clever designs, don't you think? A surefire way to catch anyone's attention I tell ya! So here I am, with yet another review on another BB cream from Tony Moly, which I'm sure most of you have hard of. Its called Luminous Goddess Aura. 

What a fancy name for a BB cream don't you think? 

This BB cream comes in a no nonsense nozzle-type tube with a pink transparent cap. The product is a tad bit watery, which only makes sense because this is a moisturizing BB cream so if you have oily skin, be sure to have a good setting powder because this alone is not enough if you want it to last the whole day. It has SPF 37 which is perfect for an ordinary day here in Manila. You may or may not skip sunblock, whatever floats your boat. :)

Here's how the box looks like: 

What Tony Moly claims:

So you're supposed to mix this with the Aura Beam, which would cost you another 700php or so. Here's a little tip if you really are pegging for that "luminous"/dewy whatever you call it, look, but don't want to spend on it. Mix this up with a teeny tiny bit of oil (I like to use sunflower oil from Human Heart's Nature) and you'll see, it will work just as good as when you use the beam.

When blended out: 

This is my problematic side of the face just for reference: 

As you can see, upon application its a few tones lighter than my neck. Yup, that's a common problem with bb creams so to fix this, I use a darker setting powder. 

Below is a picture after putting on concealer & setting it with powder. Except for those tiny bumps, I think this bb cream did well, coverage wise. 

The Good Bits: 

  • Locally available
  • Affordable (748php or $18.14)
  • Has SPF 37
  • Ideal for dry skin because of its moisturizing properties 
  • Covers skin discolorations & minor blemishes 
  • Not heavily scented 
  • A little goes a long way so a tube should be good enough for 6-8 months
  • Does not break me out
  • Good for all skin types (my combination skin surely loves this!)
  • Doesn't settle on dry areas and instead gives moisture to it

The Bad Bits: 

  • For those with extremely oily skin, apply primer beforehand and set it off with a good finishing powder. Always carry around a blotting paper in your make up bag should you feel the need to retouch by midday. 
  • There's only one shade available. 
  • The shade is on the light beige side and is much more ideal for ladies with pale skin. I am on the warm side so a darker finishing powder is a must for me to pull this bb cream off. 
  • Not a full coverage BB cream so for those with pimples to hide, concealer is still a must.
Who would you recommend this to? 

This is ideal for all skin types but obviously this would fit those with normal/dry skin better. 

Your Rating: 

I would have given this a perfect 5 had it not been for the poor shade selection.

So how about you? Have you tried this BB cream yet? If not, what's your favorite to date? Would definitely love to hear about it! Let's chat! 

As always...


  1. Thank you for the review! I was thinking of buying this but seeing that it won't really work on oily/combination I might skip it. Your review was really helpful ^^)

    1. Hi Eva! This would have been a nice BB cream if it had more shades because it was just too pale for my warm skin. Yup, there are many other BB creams out there that would suit those with oily/combination skin as oil control for this product is so-so. I still prefer my Missha over this but not a bad product considering its price. Thanks for dropping by!


  2. thanks for sharing and great review ^_~

  3. Hello
    I happened to read your review, and I'm kind of surprised. Your skin looks paler than mine, yet this bbcream matchs perfectly my skintone and not yours O_O. I have also yellow undertones, and as you, tried the Missha M perfect cover 23 and was way too beige. I tried also skin79 vipgold and Hotpink, but didn't adjust well since they had a greyish undertone.

    I was thinking of trying Etude House Shini star, has it the same yellow undertone than goddes aura? I have give up on Missha since it always has pinkish undertones...won't match any shade to my skin u_u

    Thanks for your review, it was really helpful

    1. Hello there!

      That is surprising indeed! Last time I checked this bb cream only comes in one shade. Or maybe the photo didn't do my skin justice because I am honestly yellower in person than in the pictures above. Anyway..

      I'd have to agree with you on Missha though. As much as I love the coverage that it gives me, I can't use it alone because it makes me look funny. I sometimes mix it with my concealer and it works great. I really wanted this bb cream to work for me but its just way too gray! Hope they offer yellower shades soon!

      Yes, actually Etude House Shine Star has a yellower undertone. But have you tried Skin Food's Peach Sake? I reviewed that one and that suited my skin a lot better because it has stronger yellow undertones. It has a light coverage but you can always build it up to achieve a medium coverage. Hope this helps! Good luck dear!

  4. love the post ! totally love the Korean fashion and makeup, especially because I live in Korea
    I’ve been blogging about beauty and food of Korea here, please drop by ^.^
    oh and my friends always ask me where to get stuff and now there’s finally a website !