Thursday, January 19, 2012

REVIEW: HBC San-San Matte Finish Liquid Foundation

Product Info:

  • 30 ml.
  • comes in three shades (01, 02 and 03)
  • 01 shade- very fair skinned; 02 shade- fair skinned; 03- morena skinned
  • I got this in its original price of 130-ish (sorry I forgot the exact amount.haha!) (approx. $3)


  • Aqua
  • Silicone oil
  • Inorganic Mineral powder
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Retinol ( Vitamin A)
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E)
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C)
  • Glycerol Monostearate
  • Propyl Paraben

May contain:

  • Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491)
  • Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492)
  • Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499)
  • Titanium Oxide (CI 77891)

I am using two shades, 02 and 03. I mix them together to achieve the color closest to my skin. I put more of the 02 shade. 

02 shade

03 shade

It has this spatula to scoop out the product from the bottle.


  • It's cheap.
  • One bottle lasted for a few months.
  • Small amount can cover up my entire face.
  • It doesn't give a "heavy" feeling on the skin upon applying. 

  • I don't like its packaging 'coz it's boxy and crystal-ish. hehe
  • It has three shades available which can force you to buy two shades if you find that yours doesn't fit any of the shades. 
  • It has this coconut smell but it's tolerable actually. I just don't like it. :)
  • It's heavy (packaging) so I don't prefer carrying it around in my bag.
  • It still makes my face oily.

My Verdict:

This product is a so-so for me. I have super duper oily skin; oil still manages to see through even when I'm in an air-conditioned place. *sob* When I saw Maricarl Janah's review on her YouTube channel (on this product), I decided to try it out because she also has oily skin. Janah's raving about this foundation so it made me more eager to check it out. I'm a little bit disappointed with this because I still get oily a few hours after application. I still need to have several blottings and re-touches. I don't understand why this is happening to me; I was thinking maybe it's also due to the fact that Philippines is a tropical country and I have a super duper oily skin--- not a good combination! But my face still gets oily in an air-conditioned room...what is that??? Am I the only one suffering this unfortunate situation? T_T 
Anyway, if you have a dry skin and prefers matte finish for a foundation I'd recommend this. However, if you're oily-skinned you can still try this. It might work for you! Lastly, if you're looking for a cheap liquid foundation especially when you're just starting out with make-up, this is actually a nice grab. 

Additional note:
This is not a good foundation for pregnant women because it contains chemicals unsafe for the little angel growing inside your body. For a list of chemicals/ingredients that a pregnant woman should stay away from, refer to my previous blog post here

Have you used this product? What can you say about it? Comment below! :)

love lots,
Geline <3


  1. my dear, since your face is oily, before you put on any foundation, you should apply foundation primer first or a base in order for it to last for hours...and then after that, you should put a finishing powder as well.I have been using this product on a daily basis for months and I use it with my ellana face primer and then I lightly dust my powder foundation as a finishing powder to seal my make-up... :) you should try it my dear..

    1. hello sis! I use a face primer din, Revlon's Beyond Natural smooth primer base but I neglected the finishing powder.hahaha! what can you recommend pala na finishing powder? thanks for reading my blog and commenting! <3