Wednesday, February 16, 2011

AMW Reviews: HBC's San San Mousse Blush

Any student readers out there?  Raise your hands please?

I believe I have a couple of students reader base on the emails sent to me asking me for tips or product reviews on more inexpensive products!  Well, the request is acceptable and even if I'm working and earning my hard earn cash, I would still like to purchase products that are of quality and worth the price!  

I haven't been purchasing much makeup nowadays because I hoarded a lot when I started beauty blogging, I've even hoarded more when I studied makeup!  Back-ups after back-ups, sales after sales!  I am doomed to be laying down on a bed of cosmetics!  (Aawww, that sounds really nice if Bon Jovi can sing that exact lyrics!)  *laughs*

Though I wanted to purchase more makeup to help you girls with product reviews, I do apologize because I just can't!  That's why its a great timing when HBC contacted me to help them review their products!  I told them yes, as long as I'm interested with the products!

Here's a review on the first San San makeup I own.  The packaging, the shades, the price, is really interesting!  Feel free to smile and continue reading for my thoughts on HBC's San San Mousse Blush.

San San Mousse Blush in Pink Blush

San San Mousse Blush in Mocha Blush
San San Mousse Blush says ---

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl isononanoate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceresin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Propyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben.

  • SPF15
  • Vitamins A, C &E
  • Net Wt: 0.32 oz/9g
  • Made in People's Republic of China
AMW says ---
  • On clear glass packaging with plastic lid which is quite nice to look at.
  • Inexpensive!  
  • Very pigmented, a little is enough for one cheek!
  • Stays for the whole day!  Less blush touch-ups.
  • Work well as a blush base!
  • Both comes off matte, which I really like on a Mousse Blush!
  • Tricky to apply.
  • Difficult to pick up product with fingers especially if you have long fingernails like I do!
  • May cause allergic reactions to people allergic to Parabens.
  • Difficult to blend if you have acne scars or your skin is very dry.
  • More shades and colors would be very much appreciated!
For the price and quality, you've got nothing more to complain!  Again, it is very tricky to apply but with a lot of practice and different tools, you will find your best tool in application and you can stick to it!

I find using my fingers the best because the warmth of my fingers help "melt" the product which makes it easier to glide on to my cheeks!

  • Close lid tight after every use.
  • Use a spatula instead of your fingers to pick up product.
  • I like putting a bit on my hand then warming it up with my fingers first prior to applying it on my cheeks!
  • You can choose to use a foundation brush (synthetic) or a stippling brush!  Personally, my fingers are fine.
  • Make sure your fingers and tools are clean!
  • You can purchase this and share with a friend!  If you plan to split this product with a friend, try to transfer it to a glass container (from old skincare samples) instead of plastic containers!  Product dries up easily on a plastic container!
  • If you applied too much, do not panic!  You can brush off excess with a "loose powder" or a powder foundation.
  • Always start by applying minimal mousse blush and add as you go on!
  • If you prefer shimmer on your cheeks, you can top your favorite shimmery blush as this San San Mousse Blush helps power blush last longer.
  • If you have dry skin: moisturize your skin adding a bit more on the cheek area prior to mousse blush application.
  • If you have oily skin: use a primer prior to mousse blush application.
  • If you have acne scars or pimple marks: continue with your mousse blush application, once the part of the acne scars or pimple marks are showing up, go back by mixing the mousse blush with your favorite cream concealer, use a concealer brush and spot correct!  (Will do a tutorial on this in the future!)
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  If they have more shades available.

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who likes to have a nice mattte "blush" that lasts the whole day!

Where to purchase and how much?
At HBC stores for Php120.00 (approx $2.85)

Applied on hand, very tiny amount, no base

Lightly applied on cheeks (as is)
San San Mousse Blush in Pink Blush

San San Mousse Blush in Mocha Blush

If you are a newbie on Mousse Blush, you can always give this a jump start because it doesn't hurt to shell out such amount of money for product that works and lasts for months!

If you own these pots,
what tools will you use to apply these?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. now i prefer to use powder blush than mousse/cream blush because of the irritating dry skin, i tend to pull my skin a little when i try to apply it evenly.

  2. I love the price of San San products and I have been on the hunt for a good mousse/cream blush! I will check this out once I run out of my blushes.

    The mocha one looks great on you!

  3. this product reminds me of Maybelline's mousse blush that Ive tried before pero too bad phase out na ngayon.. this is a great alternative though. I read they have a mousse foundation too!

  4. wow!
    a great alternative to those expensive mousse blushes & what's great is that it's locally available & cheap!

    yay for that!

  5. Xin, it is very tricky to use mousse or cream blush but I love the long lasting power :)

    Michelle, agree! I am glad you like the mocha on me, I am liking how natural it looks too!

    Khymm, agree! It reminded me of the Maybelline's too!

    Thia, agree ..double yay!


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