The US market has been flooded with all these "BB Creams" but they are not as spectacular as the original ones in Asia, and they do not boast the same benefits.(According to my research) I have tried a few of the US ones and this Korean one, and I can tell you there are differences. Personally I didn't like the American BB Creams I tried. They were more like tinted moisturizers parading as a BB. That's another review. But the one I found and liked was the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #27. You can order from the Official Missha Website to ensure you are getting the real deal and not a knock off product. There are many knock offs on Amazon and Ebay, while there are some legitimate ones too, save yourself the hassle of combing through all that crap.
So you can read what the bottle says. I got this in #27, Honey Beige and also a #23 Natural Beige. Natural Beige made me look ghostly, so I gave it to my mom who is lighter than me. Honey Beige is closer to my color, but it is still a shade lighter than my skin tone. Once I lighten up for the winter though, it will be a better fit. I don't know much about the whitening and wrinkle effects, as I need neither. But it does provide pretty good coverage for my minor imperfections. I have large pores, redness, some acne scars, and dark circles under my eyes. Nothing too serious, but enough that I want it covered up. My skin is combination - oily T-zone with some dryness around mouth/chin. My hormones are all over the place so it depends on my levels, but for the most part not too many breakouts. Using this I can feel good about myself when I leave the house, without a ton of makeup. It doesn't make me super oily and keeps it at bay, unlike other products. It is slightly thick and can be hard to blend. I use my fingers to put it on and then use a powder brush to buff it out. Initially when you put it on, it looks light, but after a few minutes it 'settles' and looks better and darkens up a bit. Here's some before and after pics.
Yikes I look gross up close. Anyway you can see the spots, redness and all that good stuff in the before shot. While it doesn't cover it completely (and I wouldn't expect it to) the BB covers up most of it and makes it more bearable. The coverage it gives me around my nose alone is amazing. This is only one layer, I have not used more than one, and you can use another layer to build on it, but at that point you might as well use foundation. Here's a full face before and after.
It's a little blurry (sorry) but you can see the redness and spots etc. Now here's after:
Voila I have less redness and look more decent. I can run out of the house with this, no problems at all. I am not conscious of my crappy skin and I'm not wearing a shitload of makeup. Win-Win situation for me.
Here are the swatches of #27. I don't have #23 anymore, I should have kept it until after the review. Oops.
- moderate amount of coverage
- no harsh/over powering smell
- does not make me break out
- high SPF (PA 42+++)
- several shades to choose from
- does not make me oily (no setting powder needed)
- does not dry me out, feel moisturized throughout day
- does not slide or melt off face, even in humid conditions
- don't need a lot of product to cover face (1 pump is even too much product)
- pump makes it hard to get all product out
- no shades for women of color
- can get streaky when not blended properly
- can transfer to napkins and it transferred to my BF's shirt when I laid down on him
- can stick to really dry areas of face (moisturize those areas first, then apply BB)
- not available in stores
Bottom line, I think its worth it. I like the way it works for me. After a 12 hour day, it still provides good coverage, no touch ups necessary. From all day in the office, even to the gym, my face still looks good. I wore this all summer and it held up in the humidity and stood up to the sweat. As for the transfer issue, I'm sure a good setting powder will help with that. (I'm still on the search for a better powder, along with foundation, suggestions appreciated!) As this is made mostly for Asian market, they don't need darker shades. They do have a shade darker than #27, which is #31 Golden Beige, but nothing for anyone too much darker than me. I may need #31 for the summer when I actually get a tan. But the Honey Beige worked for me with some light bronzer and I can go bronzer-less in the winter.
This was a lot. Whew. Until next time.
*These products were bought with my own money and I was not in anyway paid for this review*