TOP 10 KOREAN BEAUTY BALMS (BB CREAMS)
While the Western markets have only sold BB creams since around 2012, they’ve been popular in Asian markets since the 80s. The concept of BB creams originated in Germany in the 60s, but Koreans expounded upon the idea, improved the composition and made it into a booming business. If you’re looking for help in finding the right BB cream for you, look no further. This review along with details and a professional opinion of each product will give you a great starting place!
What is a BB Cream?
Know by many names – blemish balm, beblesh balm, blemish bash and beauty balm, it is reportedly an all-in-one product designed to replace individual moisturizers, foundations, primers and sunblock. BB creams typically have ingredients such as Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. The products are typically mineral-based, as well. They are products meant to soothe skin white at the same time providing anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory remedies. One of the features that makes these creams so sought out in the Asian markets is their whitening properties. Many American companies do not carry the same formulas as the Asian companies carry making Asian products more popular among women and men, too.
How Do I Know Which BB Cream is Best for Me?
There is a myriad of BB cream products on the market so choosing the right one may be difficult. To help guide you, below is a comparison chart, followed by in-depth descriptions, of the most popular BB creams available today. Prices will vary but this will give you a general idea.
COMPARISON OF TOP 10 KOREAN BB CREAMS
This particular Holika Holika BB cream is water-based giving it a light, airy feeling. It is a great cover-up for blemishes and the jelly texture creates the appearance of hydrated, moist skin. It contains fruit extracts and Alaskan glacial water.
It is easily blended and has a nice smell. It only takes a small amount to achieve desired results so the product will last awhile. Wears like a regular foundation and tends to stay in place longer than some other BB creams.
Some users may have trouble matching the BB cream color to their skin tone – may take a couple of tries to get the right shade. Because it dries to a matte finish, this may not be ideal for those with overly dry skin. Some wearers may find it doesn’t cover severe acne/scars very well.
Another Holika Holika products makes the list. This one contains Tea Tree Oil and Sebum Control Powder. Tea Tree Oil is said to relieve skin redness and irritation and the Sebum Control Power will leave your skin feeling soft while at the same time eliminating shine.
Smells nice and it only takes a little to achieved results. As a very natural appearance compared to regular foundations. Provides great coverage for acne/blemishes.
Some wearers may find the texture a bit too runny for their liking. May accentuate dry patches on those who have overly dry skin. Those with very light/pale skin may have difficult matching the product to their skin tone.
8. MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream
MISSHA M has created this BB cream for all skin types and included an SPF of 42. It can be used foundation or makeup base. This is MISSHA M’s most popular product.
It is a creamy BB cream that is easily to apply and blend. Does a great job a creating an even skin tone. With several color choices, it’s rather easy to match to skin.
Can look flaky on overly dry patches of skin. Some users may find the smell rather unpleasant. May cause breakouts on some wearers.
This product has an interesting jewel based complex of diamond, ruby, amethyst and pearl powder. It also contains Adenosine and Arbutin ingredients which reportedly aid in whitening the skin and eliminating wrinkles and hyaluronic acid as well as SPF 25.
Blends well and works great to even out skin tones. It hydrates the skin. Stays in place without caking or melting.
May be too heavy and oily for some wearers. For those with severe acne, an additional concealer may be needed with this BB cream. May not be suitable for darker skin tones.
An “upgraded” product, this BB cream contains Sweet Almond Oil, Madecassoside, Adenosine, OSMOPUR, Kava, Purslane Extracts and Arbutin. It hydrates the skin and provides SPF 25 UVB/UVA protection. It is a skin whitening and anti-wrinkle formula. It also contains 10% more caviar and gold than its predecessor.
Easily blended with good coverage. All day lasting wear. Only takes a small amount to achieve results so the product will last awhile.
Can have a greyish undertone so some wearers may not find the color ideal. Scent may be too heavy/unpleasant for some. May also not be an ideal product for those with overly dry skin.
5. SkinFood Peach Sake Pore BB Cream
The peach extract in this reportedly eliminates oiliness. It smooths skin texture, conceals blemishes and provides a flawless appearance. It contains SPF 20 and offers a matte finish.
The smell is nice and not at all overpowering. Makes noticeable improvements to skin with use over time. It is easy to apply and blends well.
Some wearers may find the color options a bit too orange for their skin. May be too drying for those with already overly dry skin. Might cause breakouts for some users.
This product offers medium coverage while at the same time providing wrinkle repair, improves elasticity and covers blemishes. Arbutin and Adenosine tightening skin thereby improving skin tone.
While it has a medium coverage, it’s buildable so more can be added if desired. The undertone is neutral. It is easily blended and doesn’t have a greasy feeling.
The consistency may be thicker than desired for some. Some wearers prefer more natural ingredients that what is contained in this product. An additional concealer may be needed for especially dark circles or severe blemishes.
3. Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Bb Beauty Balm
This product contains botanical ingredients that are good for sensitive skin and it offers SPF 25. It helps eliminate uneven skin tones and protects against aging skin. It also contains caviar extract and antioxidants that help to fight against environmental stressors.
Does a good job of covering pores. Goes on smooth and is easily blended. Long lasting so it wears well all day.
Can appearance chalky on some wearers. The packaging isn’t great – pump doesn’t work well. Only come sin one shade and the color may be too dark for those with very pale/light skin.
2. Plagentra Soothing Revolution B.B Cream
This BB cream is specially formulated sensitive skin. It brightens skin while treating fine lines and wrinkles. It is the #1 product used by Asian Moms and contains no parabens, alcohol or synthetic fragrances.
Goes on smoothly and takes little to achieve results. The packaging is attractive and well-designed. Provides good coverage that lasts all day.
Some wearers may find this product too thick for their liking. It may also feel a bit sticky to some users. People with darker skin may have trouble getting this product to match their skin tone.
1. MISSHA M Signature Real Complete BB Cream
Rated highest on our list, this product is made with micro-multi roll-grinding technology that work with added botanical ingredients to create a smooth, all-day lasting BB cream. It is hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic, and free of parabens and alcohol.
This has a neutral smell. It applies well and blends easily. A little goes a long way so the product will last awhile.
It does contain moisturizers so users with exceptionally oily skin may find this too greasy. Some users might also find it a bit sticky. An additional face powder may be needed to tone down the “dewy” finish.
Are There Disadvantages to Using BB Creams?
Maybe. Some people swear by BB creams claiming they are “life-changers” and replace everything from moisturizers to SPF protection. Others claim that there is no such thing as an all-in-one product, especially when it comes down to sunscreen since that is considered a safety factor.
There is also a somewhat popular theory that BB creams aren’t really skin care products at all but simply makeup with a fancy name. It really boils down to personal preference and what you are comfortable with. It might be a good idea to experiment a bit with various BB creams before tossing out all of your skin care and makeup products.
It seems that MISSHA M and SKIN79 products overall rank better than other brands. MISSHA M products are slightly less expensive than SKIN79 but they both carry a complete skin care line.
Developing a skin care and makeup regime is a personal endeavor as is choosing the right products for your skin type. With so many products on the market, it can be quite overwhelming to know where to start and what to buy. Always do your research. Keep in mind that selecting just the right product for your skin type may be a process of trial and error so it may take one or two attempts to find what you’re looking for. That’s okay. We all want to look our best so a little homework and a little effort will ultimately help you put your best face forward.