A couple of weeks ago I began sharing with you my love for South Korean cosmetics and skincare. Initially, I was to do BB creams in Part 2, however, it made more sense to continue on the skincare trend after Part 1. Background Info I first heard about a BB cream in roughly 2012/2013. I remember thinking, “what the hell is a BB cream?!” (and now they’ve gone and bought out CC creams as well, so you can only imagine my confusion after just getting my head around a BB cream!) With the trend gaining momentum rather than declining as many cosmetic fads do, I decided it was my duty to find out more about them! BB cream is short for Blemish Balm and has roots in Germany in the 1950s where a doctor, Christine Schrammeck, created the cream for post facial treatments. BB creams are essentially the collision of the cosmetics world and skincare in one. Schrammek’s BB cream was designed to soothe skin and minimise redness with it’s coloured tint. Years later, this concept was introduced to Korea. Korean celebrities loved the products and from there its reputation grew as a miracle product. BB cream versus tinted moisturiser? There are some doubters out there in the Western world who don’t believe a BB cream offers any additional benefits to that of a tinted moisturiser. Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice wrote a piece on her website about the idea of any real skin benefits from a BB cream as little more than fluff. I’m probably sitting in this boat. I certainly haven’t witnessed any sensational results from using a BB cream in terms of my skin’s texture and tone, however, I do love the product for purely cosmetic and aesthetic purposes. The coverage is sheer to medium, yet there’s this velvety finish which seems to have a real-life airbrush affect on your skin. The first time I wore it (I own the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream) my mum commented on how “glorious” my face looked. It’s perfect for day wear or casual nights, or for those who don’t require too much coverage. It does provide more coverage than most tinted moisturisers, and I love that it also has a high SPF – something Koreans covet as they loathe tanning. The BB creams There are now hundreds of BB creams available on the market outside of Korea. The cosmetics industry has exploded with brands ranging from Maybelline, Garnier, La Roche Posay, MAC, Smashbox and Shu Uemura all producing their own version of Schrammek’s original. I still prefer the Korean versions, as the Western varieties that I have sampled just feel like “try-hard” versions and often don’t include as much SPF coverage, tinting or impressive formulas. I’ve featured 5 of the most popular varieties to come out of South Korea for this post. Hopefully by the time you’ve finished scrolling you will be inspired to sample one yourself! Unfortunately I only own the Missha one, so I can only write a review for that. Be sure to keep scrolling though as I’ve included the top 5 most popular BB creams to look out for!
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream: As mentioned above, I own this cream currently and love it. It feels good on my skin, doesn’t clog my pores and the velvet smooth finish is immaculate. My only gripe is the colours can be hard to match. Koreans seem to have a slightly different colour selection to our common brands, so I was a little confused with which one to go for. Sometimes I mix the BB with a little dab of coloured foundation, or the L’Oreal CC cream to even it out. I have yellow undertones and I find Missha’s colours have an ash tone. It does still match, but it isn’t 100% perfect, however, the good outweighs the bad.
Dr.Jart+ BB Premium BB Cream (above)
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream (right)
Clio “Water Me Pls” BB Cream
Be sure to let me know what you think of any of the creams you’ve tried!