Crazy Monkey is a relatively new BB cream brand which sells ONLY BB Creams using organic ingredients. There are currently 4 products under the Crazy Monkey brand , this being the cheapest of the line. There is also the Premium To Be Natural BB Cream ( 24,000 Korean Wons), D’Argan BB Perfect Liquide BB Cream – an anti aging BB Cream (44,000 Korean Wons), and just recently they have launched the Rolling Powder Pact (27,000 Korean Wons). Note that there is two different shades for this BB cream – No.21and No.23.
Lovely. First of all, the name and the logo itself catches your eyes. The BB Cream comes in the form of a tube ( which i do not like due to hygiene reasons ). I love the logo . There are two different packaging for this, one pictured above in a 30ml tube, and another one which is 20ml (pictured below)
Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Arbutin, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ozokerite, Zinc Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, ± CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
When i see cosmetics which claims to be certified ‘organic’ i would definitely link it to No Parabens, Talc Free, etc ( Not that i have any problems with Parabens ). However this product is not paraben and talc free. One would notice that there is lots of flower extracts used here :
1) Lavender and Chamomile extracts – well known and widely used in BB Creams for their soothing properties.
2) Arbutin – it is widely used and appears in almost every whitening skincare or BB cream after the dangerous effects of Hydroquinone was found and it was subsequently banned. It is also known as Bearberry Extract. Arbutin is also found in wheat and is concentrated in pear skins. Known for its whitening and de-pigmentation properties, it can inhibit the formation of melanin pigment by inhibiting Tyrosinase activity.
3) Talc – is basically a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate and it’s powder is used widely in cosmetics in the powder form. However, many BB Creams are starting to steer away from the usage of Talc (Talc- Free) after it was associated to the potent carcinogen asbestos. However, cosmetic grade talc claims not to contain asbestos. Talc particles were found to cause tumours in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. Talc is used widely in Baby Powder because it absorbs unpleasant moisture, and it is widely used in cosmetics (especially in BB Creams and Foundations ) due to its absorbent (therefore making it anti-sweat/water/natural skin oil), anti- caking properties, and it’s ability to improve the feel of the product
4) Sodium Hyaluronate – which im sure everyone knows it as the famous water-retaning moisturiser Hyaluronic Acid. Sodium Hyaluronate is actually the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid and is the key water maintaining substances in human skin. When it is applied, it forms an air permeable layer and keeps the skin moist and smooth. Small molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid can penetrate into the skin – fully combine with water molecules to promote skin blood microcirculation and plays a role in anti-aging as well.
5) Tocopheryl Acetate – or known as Vitamin E.
6) Angelica Extract – if anyone of you who is familiar with the brand Decleor, this would be familiar! Angelica is the main component in Decleor’s line for Dry Skin and is known for its protective and soothing benefits while nourishing the skin. It is also known as Dong Quai for the chinese.
The color is probably around NC 20-NC 25.
As seen in the photos, Crazy Monkey’s No. 23 is about the same colour as the Enprani’s Vital BB cream but a tad darker than the Enprani Rayshot.
What i love about this BB Cream is that it blends well with my skin color, and makes it look natural and bright.
I’d say the texture is more to the thick side, and would need a little more force to spread the BB cream around. It is creamy and rather smooth in texture. However, it does give a bit of the cakey finish which i am not a fan about – so you’d have to be careful of the amount that you use. It feels comfortable on the skin and does not give the oil-ish feel to your skin.
Coverage is pretty good with this BB Cream. However it does give a cakey look but it does a good job in covering your imperfections. A little pat with your powder would probably make the cakey-ness look less obvious.
The Crazy Monkey BB Cream has some fantastic oil control properties. It was compared to the Enprani’s Rayshot BB Cream. Picture was taken every 1 hour, and the last picture was taken after 12 hours.
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Price & Availability
This BB cream is retailed for about 20,000 Korean Wons which is about less than 20$USD. Currently, it isn’t easy to find this brand. However, you can order it from http://koreanthings.com/ , but however you have to be willing to pay almost double the retail price. Please check out their website http://www.crazymonkey.co.kr/ for further information. You are also going to be able to find them in Korea, in the duty free shops. . Also, Hope-in-a-Blog is giving this away for free to one lucky reader – click here for more details.
Crazy Monkey has a fantastic brand to it – a brand that could be easily marketed due to it’s cute name, cute packaging and cute logo. I do see a potential in this company – as the BB Cream is of good quality – although since it is focusing on its ‘organic ingredients’ concept, it would really do better without the talc and parabens in it. To avoid making it too cakey, make sure that you do not apply too much of the cream, or simply mix it with your serum/cream to avoid making it look cakey on your face. The colour is very natural and blends right away with your skin colour. Hopefully this brand would find itself on the shores of Asia soon, so at the meantime, if you’re in Korea, drop by the airport or Seoul’s duty free shop to grab one of these cute babies.
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