REVIEW | San San Hortaleza, M.D. BB Cream

The past months I have gained a lot of weight that my body can't fit in to most of my clothes. Together with my mom and my sister, I started going to the gym again. It's been 3 days already and I can now feel the pain. I can barely raise my arms and my legs and thighs hurt. I feel like I want to give up already. I need more motivations.

Anyhow, I know I need to make up for my lack of posts. I can't promise anything to you right now with regards to the schedule of my next one but surely, I will continue to blog as long as I can.

I wan't to share with you now this BB cream that I've used the past 3 weeks. It is no other than San San Hortaleza, M.D. BB Cream. I know there are lots of reviews about it already and I don't know if this will make any difference but I wan't you guys to know if this is worth the hype or not based on my experience.

Product Description:

San San Hortaleza, M. D. BB Cream

  • Squalane

  • Hyaluronic Acid

  • Vitamins A, C, E

  • SPF 43

  • Lightens dark spots

  • Nourishes skin

  • Protects skin from sun damage

  • With antioxidant

A multi-benefit Blemish Balm Cream that evens out skin tone as it nourishes and protects skin from harmful UV rays and free radicals. 

This cosmetic product with dermatological benefits is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane to provide moisture for healthier skin. 

Directions for use:
Apply sufficient amount on the face then blend evenly. 

Squalane, Titanium Dioxide, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilia Wax), Methylsilsesquioxane, Boron Nitride, Beeswax, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzophenone-3, Phenoxyethanol, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Arbutin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Cl 77492, Cl 77891, Cl 77491, Cl 77499.

Php 149.75 per 1.01 fl.oz or 30 ml

(All from the box it came with)

When I purchased this BB cream in HBC branch in Robinsons Metro East, it was placed inside a sturdy box. For its price, I did not expect the box to be very decent. I mean, it exceeded my expectation already.

Although the BB cream is housed in a tube type packaging, it also came with a pump. At first, I got disappointed because I wanted it to be a squeezable type for me to be able to really empty the product but I found out the you can actually detach the pump. So that's fine with me. :)

This is available in one shade only and is suited to morenas like me. I heard they will release a BB cream that will come in different shades to cater to both fair skinned and morenas.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bare face, with one layer of bb cream, after setting with translucent powder
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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bare face, with one layer of bb cream, after setting with translucent powder
Under artificial lighting[/caption]

This bb cream matched my skin tone really well. It did not create a gray cast on my face.

I tested it using my phone's camera with flash (on a different day that's why I am wearing a different top) and it does reflect but I was surprised that I did not look too white on the photo.

In the photo above, I already have my complete makeup. I did not use any foundation or concealer here. Also, my powder is translucent. As you can see, my under eye area needs a little more concealing. Other than that, I think the BB cream was able to even out everything.

This BB cream can last up to 4-5 hours on me with blotting. Beyond that, you can really see shine on my face especially on my nose and forehead. I also observed that it faded away on the sides of my nose. Other than that, I think it held pretty well.

What I like:

  • Decent, sturdy and hygienic packaging.

  • Ingredients and manufacture and expiry dates are provided on the box.

  • Has ingredients that will benefit the skin.

  • Has high SPF but does a decent job on flash photography.

  • The pump is very convenient to use.

  • It has a slight floral scent to it that didn't bother me.

  • Easy to blend.

  • The shade matched my skin really well.

  • Medium to full coverage.

  • Held up pretty long on my combination type of skin.

  • No irritations and breakouts observed.

  • Affordable.

  • Locally available but only on HBC outlets nationwide.

What I don't like:

  • Came only in one shade (soon, they'll have more).

  • I had a hard time reading the information on the box.

  • The blue packaging get dirty easily.

  • Although it lasts pretty good on me, I think this contributes to my oiliness so blotting is a must.

  • Although it did not cause any irritations, I still think that the scent might be off to some.


  • Packaging: 4/5

  • Scent: 4/5

  • Texture: 5/5

  • Effectiveness: 4/5

  • Staying power: 3.5/5

  • Affordability: 5/5

  • Availability: 4/5

Overall rating: 4/5

I am amazed by how well this product works at a very affordable price. I just hope to see more shades really soon.

Check out HBC's Facebook page and Twitter account for updates.



Disclaimer: Product purchased by my ow money. Reviews are based on my personal experience with the product.



  1. Good BB cream product has a lot of rich ingredients. This cream will provide
    hydration to skin and makes skin soft and healthy. I will try this BB cream
    product.visit more skin cream products revitol skin cream

  2. I love this BB Cream because it fits my skin tone perfectly but it can make my skin oily especially on the T-Zone. Great review! :)

  3. Wow.. their BB cream looks nice!! I so love San San lalo na blushes nila :D

  4. Really? I think I should check it out as well. :)

  5. Yes. I liked it..

  6. Mataas ang overall rating. Hmmm.. looks sulit huh. Your face really looked more youthful and flawless in the after photo! :D

  7. I like the shine-free finish! :)

  8. The cream look so natural and gave you a much fresher look after.

  9. Most BB creams don't work on me because they tend to make my oily skin, way oilier. :| I hope they'll have a shade that will match my skin. Would love to try it since its very affordable.

  10. Never tried it pero infairness maganda yung effect niya! matry nga pag minsan! :)

  11. seems like it can be seen from the product itself that it will get oily when lasted to the face. anyhow, the finished product is great. :)

  12. would love to try this out,,i really need it for my oily face

  13. San San products are actually good but haven't tried BB cream yet.

  14. I also tried this product and liked it very much. I just wish they come out with more shades soon since this is a bit darker than my actual skintone.

  15. It looked good on your skin... Still on a search for a good BB cream... Will give this a try.. Thanks for sharing...

  16. Stella JezebelleJuly 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    ooh, sansan got bb cream din pla.. and the result is not bad... the price is very affordable as well...

  17. I thought it's going to be a bit dark for your skin on the swatch, it's nice to see it matches and adjusts to your skin tone. I want to try this too but I'm still bombarded with BB Creams to finish. Nice review btw. :) Browse sexy girls photos sis, that's what I do whenever I lose my motivation to work out :D Inspiration ba. :D

  18. Wow okay sya noh? but prang for now I dont like bb creams this day I got oily and i think i need foundation for a lasting makeup.. I might try foundation these days.. they have foundations right?

  19. Yes because, like my other bb creams, lasting power reached 4-5 hours. Only concerns are the shade selection and some minor issues like packaging getting dirty easily. :)

  20. It's not very dewy, not dry either. Somewhere in between. :)

  21. Aside from shade selection, getting oilier is really an issue with bb creams. That's why I blot and bring a touch up powder with me whenever I go out.

  22. Yes, I've seen that effect to most bb creams I have tried. I have yet to find a bb cream that is really matte. :)

  23. Since you have oily face, you will be needing a good setting powder and some oil blotting sheets. :)

  24. I think they will improve shade selection for their bb cream. :)

  25. I actually have lighter skin on my hands than my face. Weird ba? Haha! Thanks for the tip sis. I will do that para mas pumayat pako. :)

  26. Yes, they have foundations din. I think maganda yung matte one, yung nasa frosted na glass. :)

  27. This BB cream is back at HBC stores but now priced at 175.. They have 2 shades now beige and natural.. planning to try it.. may red blemishes kc aq due to pimples..


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