Mar 29, 2013



I have been trying out foundations from local brands here in the Philippines but so far only two has stood out. One is a cake foundation from Pinkies Collection and the San San Matte Finish Liquid Foundation. However, there is no Pinkies Collection here in Iloilo so I was not able to repurchase one. HBC can be found in almost all department stores here. I have been reading a lot of reviews about this foundation for a long time and there were some who liked it and some who don't. If you have seen my videos, you will see that I have been using this foundation and I guess, it is about time that I do a review on it, so here it goes:

SHADE: #3 (Shades are available from 1-4)
PRICE: P132.00  (US$ 2-3)

It comes in a glass bottle with a blue twistable cap.

 The cap is attached to a small spatula so that it will be easier to scrape the product inside.

The formula is quite liquidy but thick.

This is how it looks like when blended and with flash. Quite scary!!

When blended, without flash.

Problem areas:
-Uneven skintone
- Dull skin
-some scarring from my pimples

Skin type:
Normal to Dry skin

I applied some on the right side of my face first. The formula itself is quite liquidy so I have to use a lot of product to cover my whole face. It smells like coconut.

I used  my Beauty Cosmetics Flat Top brush to blend the product. It was not difficult to blend since the formula is not thick and does not dry easily. As you can see, it did brighten my face and evened out my skintone. It also felt a little oily and I can really feel that I have product on my face.

 As you can see, though it claimed to give a matte finish, it is NOT matte. It gives a very dewy finish.

I dont like the finish so I always set it with a setting powder. Here I used  a small amount Bench loose powder and dusted it on my face using a  large powder brush.

 As you cans see, it looks way better when set with powder and  has no white cast.

It does not cover my large pores though.

My overall thoughts:

It does not come in cheap looking bottle so it is a plus, however I would have preferred a pump bottle for hygienic purposes.

HBC stores can be found almost anywhere in the Philippines but shade 3 which is my shade gets sold out a lot so I usually buy two or three at a time. It is quite cheap!

Though it says it is a matte finish foundation, it is NOT a matte finish foundation! It is oily and has to be set with powder. It is easy to blend though and I could say that it gives a light to medium coverage depending on your skin condition. However, a bottle will only last me for 1-2 months since I use it at least 5 times a week since I have to use quite a lot of product. 

Lasting power:
It does last on my normal to dry skin type.
If used with primer/ setting spray, it can last up to 6 to 8 hours without retouching and I kind of notice that my t-zone is not that oily. Without primer/setting spray and just setting powder, the product itself is still there but  I  do notice that my T-zone becomes shiny after about 4 hours (of course it depends on the weather) so I have to retouch with a light dust of powder or blot with an oil control film.

Color Range:
With only four shades, I was quite lucky that it matches my skintone. They should have more colors to suit a lot of women. But, since it is quite cheap, you can buy two and just mix to get your desired shade.

What I like:
-No pungent smell
-matches my skintone
- has little to no white cast 
-blendable and offers good coverage
- good for those with dry skin
-did not irritate my skin or gave me breakouts

What others may not like:
- You have to use a lot of product so you might be repurchasing again after 1 to 2 months
-The spatula is not hygienic.
-Gives a dewy finish so you have to use a setting powder 
-might not be good for those with oily skin

-Make sure to set with powder.
- Use a small amount first then blend. Continue layering the product until you get the desired result.
- Use a sponge to apply your setting powder then brush the excess using your powder brush. This will make your setting powder stick better to your skin.
- Since it is summer and the product can be quite oily, I mix it my water-based moisturizer and I feel that it makes my foundation less oily but the coverage is still there and I do not have to use a lot of setting powder to set it. 

  Though I have used other foundations in the past, I still keep on coming back to this. I have been using this on and off for more than a year now and I love it. It is quite cheap so I don't feel bad about using it on a daily basis.

Here is my before and after picture: 


  1. Love d pics and detailed review hope u can drop by my humble blog

  2. thank you!! followed you on google already :)

  3. Great detailed review! Looks good on you! I have to say though, I don´t think you have dull skin or an uneven skin tone! A tinted moisturizer with concealer would do just fine for you! Either way, you look great!

    1. thank you for the compliment and thank you for dropping by!

  4. very detailed description of this product!
    The result s very natural =)

    1. thank you!!! I try to do my best! :)

    2. Hi =)
      I've tagged you in my last post ;)

  5. Hi I want to order this product can u plz tell me where I can buy it in ireland r how I can buy it online


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