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Sunday, August 10, 2008

BB Creams: Quick comparison II

I already did a post on 7 BB creams and here is my 2nd part presenting you another 10 mini reviews and swatches.

If you're new to BB Creams please click on the link above where I explain what are the benefits and purposes of BB Creams.

1: Etude BB Bright Cream:

Comes in a cute pink squeeze tube with black pump dispenser. Has a light herbal scent and contains 60ml. I honestly can't say much about how this performs as it's downright too dark for me so I haven't really worn this. Medium thick cream feels smooth upon application. Offers sheer-medium coverage.
Not sure about retail, probably somewhere around 10000-15000 Won

2: Dodo Club BB Cream:

This is a 4-in-1 product:
-Essential Cream
-Sun Care
-Makeup Base
Oddly I don't see a sunscreen level listed at all. This looks quite pale at first but oxidizes to a dark orange pink which is not very flattering on me.
Can't say more about how this performs as obviously I didn't wear it really.
This was quite cheap from (I think around US$12 for 60ml). Dodo Club is a brand I will skip from now on. I tried several items and all were crap.
Thick creamy texture with a slightly sticky feeling and a bit hard to blend.
Has a light fragrance and comes in a simple (and ugly) squeeze-tube.

3: Skin79 Derma RX Beblesh Balm SPF15:

Contains Co-Enzyme Q10 (against free radicals), Arbutin (whitening) and SPF15. The box says it's antimicrobial so it's good to use on acne and irritated skin.
I didn't really test-drive this as again it's too dark for me. Smells slightly medicinal and is probably a good choice for women with a slightly tanner skin-tone.
Contains 43.5g and retails for 35000 Won (it runs usually much cheaper on ebay, skin79's website and Gmarket). I got mine as a part of a set of 3 products for 22000 Won for all 3.
Comes in a simple squeeze-tube.

4: Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions SPF25 PA++:

I already reviewed this here and compared it to the golden version.

5: Skin79 Diamond Collection The Prestige Beblesh Balm SPF25 PA++:

I already reviewed this here along with the rest of the Diamond Collection so please click to read more.

6: Skin79 Intense Classic Balm UV SPF20 PA++:

This is a very basic BB cream with a short list of ingredients.
The box claims this is
-UV protecting (SPF20 PA++)
-Concealing, creating an even skin tone and texture
-Protects against free radicals and harmful environment
Now this might sound odd but this is my favorite BB Cream from Skin79 and one of my favorites altogether. It's quite thick and offers really good coverage, better than most of the other BB Creams. Furthermore it's one of the palest BB Creams so it's a good color match.
Contains 43.5g and retails for 28000 Won even though it's usually selling for less than half on Gmarket. Mine was a free gift with the purchase of the diamond collection.
Comes in a hygienic simple squeeze-tube and has a pleasant light scent.

7: Lioele Beyond The Solution BB Cream:

While this has a really pleasant light silky texture and blends really well I have come to the conclusion that this is a bit too dark for me. I can wear it but it's not the best color-match and will be unwearable for me in winter when my skin is even paler.
It's a shame as this is an excellent product otherwise.
You can read more about it here.

8: Banila Co Let Me Finish Multiple BB Cream SPF27 PA++:

I was actually quite sure that this would be too dark as the other items I tried (Mineral Pact and the concealer in the lightest color) are way too dark for me. To my surprise the BB Cream is quite light and a very good color match for me. I chose the version with sunscreen which is more expensive but I just prefer to have the sun screen in the BB cream so I can skip 1 step in the morning.
Comes in a pretty squeeze-tube with pump dispenser and has the typical light Banila Co fragrance added. The texture of this is rather lightweight and the coverage is sheer. Overall a pretty good BB Cream.
The tube contains only 35 ml and retails for 25000 Won which is a lot for the small amount.

9: Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream SPF 27 PA++:

This is one of the cheapest BB Creams (retail price, not what I paid) I have as it retails for only 10000 Won. Furthermore it comes in one of the prettiest tubes with pump dispenser.
Contains Tea Tree Oil, Lily Extract and some other plant stuff so it smells slightly herbal. I had a sample of this and the color match and soft feeling skin convinced me that I needed the full-size.
I read somewhere that this is not recommended for normal-dry but only for combination-oily skin-types. I don't see why as my skin tolerates the cream very well without any problems and feels moisturized all the time when wearing it.
The coverage it offers is sheer-medium.
Contains 35ml but for 10000 Won that's fair.

10: Hanskin Magic BB Cream:

I just reviewed this yesterday so please click here to read.
I want to add that this is the palest BB Cream of the lot and the best color match beside Missha M Perfect Cover in #21.

All in all I have now a wide variety of BB Creams that match my skin-tone and type. Most are on the thicker side and quite emollient and moisturizing.

My top 5 would be:
-Missha M Perfect Cover #21
-Hanskin Magic BB Cream
-Skin79 Intense Classic Balm UV
-Innisfree Trouble Care BB Cream
-Banila Co Let Me Finish BB Cream
(the next 3 would be the golden and pink ones from Skin79 and the Diamond Prestige BB Cream)

I have tried samples of a few more BB Creams. I want to add that BRTC Jasmin Water BB Cream is a very good pale choice, too, and smells lovely due to the Jasmin added.
I also tried Missha M Vita BB Cream but it was too dark.


Anonymous said...

hi, have you tried 'The Face Shop' bb cream?

Please do a review on it, thanks!

Kathi said...

No, I haven't. The ones I reviewed are all I tried until today =) I will definitely review it if I get my hands on it.

Karelessly in Love said...

Oh I'll be interested in your #7 if you want to let it go.

Kathi said...

I have an unused unopened Lioele BB one here if you want it email me at =D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely reviews and sharing your thoughts on such an interesting variety of products! This is the first time I'm leaving a comment, but have been reading your blog for a while :)

Was looking through the descriptions for the various bb creams as well as the swatches, but still can't really figure out which would be more suitable for a yellow-olive skintone. Are there any in particular you could recommend? Thank you!

melanie said...

You are so helpful! I love reading your comparisons because they actually really influence what I want to buy, as I am also really pale like you! Thanks for all the work that went into this to provide your readers with the lovely info.

Anonymous said...


I am interested in getting the Innisfree BB cream. Can you please tell me where you got it.


Kathi said...

I got the Innisfree cream from seller skinfood2you but she doesn't have it listed in her store. I'd contact her to inquire =D

Daria, the Lioele cream is a bit more yellow and not too light. What's your skintone like? Pale or more tan?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reviews, would you happen to know if any of the BB Cream brands beside Missha (they were the only one to mention this on their website in English) do animal testing?
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Kathi!
Thanks for all your bb cream reviews! I'm still trying to find a good bb cream match ~ tried Dr Jart, Gowoonsesang, BRTC etc @__@ So far, only Skin79 dermaRX does not seem that pale on me. Thank you very much for the swatches ~ they are helping me a lot in my search! I put all 3 of your swatches together and really took a close look at them XD I think I will drop by Missha soon :]

Ania said...

Hi Kathi,
im still searching for the best bb cream for me. I have very oily skin thats also very light so it helps that u happen to hav veri light skin too :). I have scars on my face to cover so out of the ones youve used which bb creams wud u say r the best in terms of oil control and coverage?

Nukedplaza said...

Hi My Friend.,

Good review about bb cream.,
i have the missha m bb cream
but During the afternon bb cream change to prop up. Why?

You have a silk solution?

Thank you

sarynkay said...


Have you tried any of the L'egere ones??
I find that i really like the L'egere water drop bb cream. It is my favourite at the moment.

Marta said...

Hey, thanks for your reviews and swatches. Did Skin79 change the packaging for the intense classic balm?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your detailed review.
I think I have the same skin color as yours. Your swatches help me a lot to choose the right BB cream's color that mataches mine.

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