I recently purchased some samples of another Korean BB Cream - Missha Perfect Cover - in two shades #21 (light beige) and #23 (natural beige).
As you know from the other post (you know, the one you already read?), I really, really liked the Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm. Nice stuff. My favorite, in fact. Until now.
I think I'm in love.
Missha Perfect Cover is da bomb. It's amazing. It's glorious. If it was a man, I'd marry it and have it's babies. (Sorry, Gus!) Well, maybe no babies, but I'd at least hug it and pet it and squeeze it and call it George.
About the product: It has a lightweight consistency, no discernible scent, applies like a dream (whether you're using your fingers or a brush), covers well, lasts all day, and hasn't caused any irritation, clogged pores, or breakouts. A little goes a long way - but you can also apply more than one layer if more coverage is needed.
It comes in 5 shades:
- #13 milky beige
- #21 light beige
- #23 natural beige
- #27 honey beige
- #31 golden beige
I only tested #21 (which matches my winter white skin perfectly) and #23 (which works with a light tan). I suspect that I may need either #27 or #31 once I start self-tanning regularly for the summer.
It offers SPF 42 PA+++, which is great, but remember that in order to get that much protection, you have to apply the product liberally. I don't rely on this to provide my UVA and UVB protection - I always apply a mineral-based sunscreen first.
It also claims to have whitening and anti-wrinkle properties. I'd never be able to tell if a product was whitening or not because I'm as white as Casper the Friendly Ghost. But I do love the way this product makes my skin feel - very soft, smooth, and supple.
I can't believe I'm doing this - but it just shows you how much I want to share this entire experience with you! I'm going to show you before and after pictures of my face - and they've only been resized, no retouching, LOL.
This is the left side of my face. The before is in natural light with NO MAKEUP. There is some unevenness to the skintone and I also have some redness - hey, I'm 51, I can't be perfect. The after is with one thin layer of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #21. I stippled it on with a flat-top brush, then gently blended it, allowed it to set for a few minutes, then I gently buffed it with the same brush.
This is the right side of my face - same story. Before is natural light with NO MAKEUP. This side of my face has more a uneven skintone and more redness. Honestly, I think it's because that's the side of my face that has received the most sun (riding in a car). The after is with one thin layer of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #21, applied as above.
Pretty amazing, huh? I have rarely found a foundation that can cover that well, let alone a BB cream. I'm pretty sure there isn't an American BB cream like this - or even close. Why is that? Why can't we make something like this here? And for the same price!
Guess how much a 50ml (approx. 1.7 oz.) tube of this costs? Let's take a look at some of the US BB creams - I'm not even going to list drugstore brands because they don't even come close to having this kind of coverage, etc:
- Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 - 1 oz. $39
- Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 - 1.4 oz. $39
- Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 - 1.4 oz. $37
- Diorskin Nude BB Cream SPF 10 - 1 oz. $44
So you would think that 1.7 oz. would probably sell for $45-50, right? Wrong. The Missha US website sells it for $29.99, and I bought mine on eBay for $15.78 (and that included shipping). So you get a superior-to-high-end-US-brands product for about the price of a US drugstore brand. Amazing.
As I mentioned, they do have an official US website, but you can find a much better deal on eBay. However, as always, you need to be careful. Make sure you're using a seller who has a lot of positive feedback and also make sure that they're selling an authentic product. I bought my samples from giftworldplus (99.7% positive w/ 2805 ratings). They shipped first class from California and I had it in 2 days. Plus they included 2 extra samples. And I just purchased a 50ml tube of the #23 from ichitrading - it shipped the same day, so we'll see how long it takes to get here - but this seller has a 99.8% positive rating with 5452 ratings, and is an eBay Top Plus Seller. And they're also located in California. (Update 5/20/13: I received my full-size product today, so it took 5 days to arrive in KY from CA via first-class mail - which is great!) UPDATE 2017: I've been purchasing MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream on Amazon for some time now because it's less expensive! Just $10-12 and free shipping!
So whatdya think? Are you ready to give the Korean BB creams a try? Send me a snap of your favorite on Snapchat! I'm enjoythevue!
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