I've finally gotten around to reviewing the Missha BB cream I hauled a few months ago! Sorry this took so long guys >.<
~~~~~~~~~~~~* PRODUCT INFO *~~~~~~~~~~~
The Missha Perfect Cover BB (Blemish Balm) Cream is probably one of the most popular BB creams out there. I've seen this reviewed on a countless number of other blogs, and was tempted to try it after hearing such great reviews on it.
The BB cream is MSRP $29.99 for 50mL of product, and is easily available on Missha's website, as well as at many other e-tailers. The product claims to provide an even and natural-looking coverage while moisturizing the skin. The cream also has whitening and anti-wrinkle properties, and SPF 42 PA+++ protection.
The one I purchased comes in a pump bottle dispenser, which I prefer because it is easy to use and a lot more hygenic than other dispenser types. I believe smaller sizes come in a squeeze-type bottle.
The BB cream is available in 5 different shades on Missha's site, which is pretty impressive because most only come in 1-2 shades max. The one I will be reviewing today is #21 - Light Beige.
Ingredient List (taken from Missha's site):
Water(Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Adenosine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance(Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol
MAY CONTAIN[+/-; Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]
~~~~~~~~~~~~* COLOR & FINISH *~~~~~~~~~~~
Missha says #21 is a light beige, but the shade looks more pink than beige. The BB cream seems to lean on the pink side more than the yellow, and isn't an exact match for my skintone. As you can see in the blended swatches below, the BB cream initially is a bit warmer toned than my own coloring.
After blending it out well and letting it sit for a bit, the color eventually adjusts so it matches my own skintone pretty well. However, I am going to reserve this for use during the warmer seasons when my face has a bit more coloring to it. I've read on many other reviews that this BB cream leaves a grey cast when oxidized, but personally I haven't experienced this problem.
Swatch of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream - lightly spread onto skin:
Swatch of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream - after being well blended into skin:
I have dry skin year round and on me, the BB cream looks pretty matte. Those with oily skin have reported that this gives them more of a dewy finish, however.
~~~~~~~~~~~~* COVERAGE *~~~~~~~~~~~
As for coverage, amongst the few BB creams I have tried to date, I have to say that the Perfect Cover provides the greatest level of coverage. It definitely won't have the coverage of a regular foundation, but compared to the other BB creams I've tried, this does a better job of concealing my dark circles and sunspots.
~~~~~~~~~~~~* MY THOUGHTS *~~~~~~~~~~~
I love the coverage of the BB cream! Compared to all my other ones, this one does the best job of concealing my undereye circles and sunspots. The Perfect Cover BB cream isn't as moisturizing as some of my other ones, but it doesn't dry out my skin either. I would say that this would be suitable for all skin types. I have dry skin, so I can't really comment on the oil control properties of the BB cream, unfortunately.
That said though, this product isn't without it's faults - just one, in particular. For some reason this BB cream clogs my pores and I always end up with 1 or 2 small pimples the morning after. I have a feeling that the mineral oil in the product is to blame, as it is relatively high in the ingredient list (#6). For this reason, I try to use this BB cream only on days when I know I'll only be out for a few hours, and try to avoid having it on my skin for too long. Those who are sensitive to mineral oil may want to use this BB cream sparingly or avoid it all together.
So to sum it up:
- Better coverage than most BB creams I've tried
- SPF 42, whitening, and anti-wrinkle properties
- Very affordable online
- Pump dispenser is convenient and sanitary
- Comes in 5 different shades
- Isn't drying on the skin
- Easy to blend
- Natural looking coverage
- High mineral oil content clogs my pores
- #21 - Light Beige is a bit too pink toned, so I will have to reserve it for summer use
Have you tried the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream? Love it or hate it?
Off topic: I'm still trying to get the hang of using my new T3i. For some reason everything outside of the exact center of my photos always look blurry and/or unfocused. Any tips on how to reduce this so everything in the photo looks sharp?