My first encounter with the brand Cathy Doll was during the hype of Thai beauty products here in the Philippines, long before the Korean fad started. It was then that thousands of beauty and skincare products from Thailand are floating on my Instagram feed. The testimonials are really very convincing seeing how Thai women has come about such lovely and flawless skin synonymous to that of a Korean. To think that they also belong to the tropics country of Asia. So when my brother got the chance to visit Thailand, I specifically asked him to buy me a Cathy Doll. In fact I also made a review on one of the products he handed me when he got home. Unfortunately my happiness was cut short when I finished one bottle after the other. You see, though they are abundant on online sites you can’t be so sure that they are legit. Just imagine my happiness when finally after a year Cathy Doll has decided to venture business in the Philippine shores. You won’t be having difficulty anymore of finding your favourite product because they are already available here. Actually I was pretty much overwhelmed when I saw one of their stall in Watson’s. I can’t figure out what to buy! Until I finally decided to have their AA Cream.
What is AA Cream by the way?
I know you are all confused with the number of letter creams ( BB, CC, DD and ZZ ) coming out in the market nowadays. To what is their use? Benefits and the likes.
I really wonder what’s AA to be exact.
Automatic Aura is what Cathy Doll’s AA stands for. Usually from the letter itself that you’ll find its use like BB for Blemish Balm or CC for Color Correction.
This AA cream foundation provides incredibly lightweight texture like the air. This easy-to-blend formula automatically delivers an aura complexion all day long with the Auto Aura, Anti-Acne, and Anti-Aging effects. It provides perfect coverage and naturally smooth appearance to the skin. Moreover, it contains the properties of Tea Tree Oil that helps to control oil and reduces the occurrence of acne; Korean Herb Extract that helps to fade off dark spots caused by acne, while Titanium Dioxide brightens skin tone and protects skin from dullness with the 45x sunscreen protection benefit. This item is well-suited for every skin types including sensitive skin.”
I suppose from the name Aura it’ll give you that instant glow. I purchased the trial pack only which costs me Php 54.00 at Watson’s. They only have two color variants which is Light Beige and Natural Beige. I chose the latter since it’s leaning closer to my skin color but not exactly.
Here are the following thoughts on my Cathy Doll AA Automatic Aura Cream SPF 45 PA+++
- Has a strong tea tree scent upon application but fades eventually
- Turns grayish on skin
- Creamy and thick consistency makes it easy to blend
- Feels lightweight on the skin though it’s a little bit tacky upon application
- Medium coverage
- Good oil control coverage
- Tends to emphasize some dry parts of my face
- Matte finish
- Good spectrum coverage ideal for summer ( SPF 45 PA+++)
- Has a tendency to cake when applied with brush or by using your fingers.
As you can see it has a very thick consistency that I resent applying it using my fingers on first use.
I’m not sure if you noticed but it looked cakey on me. But surprisingly it held up to my face without the oilyness for 4 hours. Really not bad since the only oily place noticeable is around nose area.
As oppose to this one wherein I used a beauty blender. I love that it adhere to my skin very well though you might notice that it emphasizes the dry parts in my face ( side of nose and side of mouth ) The freshness it gives due to its matte finish is very ideal for everyday specially this summer since it already has SPF 45 PA+++ in it.
Though it was never a love at first use I learned to work it’s way out to be a suitable companion this summer. It really pays that you have to try everything possible before you ditch a product. The only downside is the grayish color it gives to your skin making it difficult to find match. And I do hope they would have at least four color variants for the in between. Other than this, everything is workable.
Cathy Doll AA Automatic Aura Cream SPF 45 PA+++ is from the AA Series. Other product included is the Cathy Doll AA Matte Powder Cushion Oil Control SPF 50 PA+++
The Cathy Doll AA Automatic Aura Cream SPF 45 PA+++ is available in tube and trial packs. Both are sold in all Watson’s and 7-11 branches nationwide.
Cathy Doll is a Korean inspired brand made in Thailand.
2 thoughts on “Cathy Doll AA Automatic Aura Cream Review”
I would expect something named Aura to be more lightweight! But I guess like you said, you can try to make it work. Do you apply with a damp sponge? That might help to sheer out a bit better. I’ve not tried any Thai cosmetics and I didn’t know they were popular pre-Korean beauty. To me, pre-Korean beauty was Japanese beauty, which will always have a soft spot in my heart!
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I actually did on the second time and it’s much better.👍 Oh yes! Aura and lightweight seems synonymous.:)
The only bummer is the grayish color which I find hard to conceal.
We’ve been introduced to Thai cosmetics and skincare first, sad truth is that I believe we’ve been caught up with the whitening of all the things. And I think in some areas this is also the case with the Korean and Japanese beauty trend that we have after the Thai whitening stuffs phenomenon. Eventually the people became more knowledgeable that it’s more than just the lightening but taking good care of the skin that these two is all about. I’m glad that with that more Korean and Japanese stores came making everything much accessible.
Hands down to Japanese beauty. Hmm, I think I need to feature the stores sometime soon. 🙂