BB Cream, Asian-style! Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream

I recently decided to take B.B creams for a test drive. Western B.B creams thus far have let me down a little – mass cosmetic B.B creams were like sheer, tinted moisturizers and while prestige ones like Urban Decay’s are a big improvement, they still don’t cover and heal as much as I was looking for in a cream. Which led me to wonder – were my hopes to high? Am I too demanding of my makeup?  :(I went on an online search for the holy grail of B.B creams, which led me back to one of the original spots for the creams – Asia. As previously discussed in my Urban Decay Beauty Balm post, B.B creams originated in Germany and then spread to Asia. The creams have been diluted some for the Western market (Western market, don’t do that and then call it the same product, it makes me mad at you!).
The Asian B.B cream I chose to order was Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream in the newly offered shade of No. 27 Honey Beige. According to the packaging, this cream “offers a novel skin care concept…which lightens skin tone by healing visible wrinkles and blemishes with excellent skin-cover ability, and prevents skin aging through effective whitening and anti-wrinkle properties.” I don’t want whitening, but I want my dark spots faded and concealed – sold! As far as I could find, the vast majority of reviews for this cream were by Asian women, swatched on Asian skin – which makes sense given the origin of this brand. However, it meant that my skin tone hadn’t really been swatched on and I just had to take a stab at the shade I thought would work best for me.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this product but Missha was having a sale, so I ordered the travel size 20 ml tube. The kicker? I ordered the travel-sized in No. 27 – and as a new customer gift, Missha threw in a sample pod AND a full-sized 50 ml pump tube…in No. 21 Light Beige. Gahhh.

My 3 Missha B.B creams

My 3 Missha B.B creams

Since they sent both shades, I figured I might as well try both before giving away my freebies. Below are swatches in various lighting (as usual, click to enlarge)  -

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right - straight from the tube on bare forearm, indoor with flash

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right – straight from the tube on bare forearm, indoor with flash

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right - straight from tube on bare forearm in natural light

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right – straight from tube on bare forearm in natural light

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right - rubbed onto bare forearm in natural light

No. 21 on left, No. 27 on right – rubbed onto bare forearm in natural light

Much to my surprise, neither was a bad match for my skin – so thanks for the free products after all, Missha! The cream had a much thicker consistency than any Western B.B creams I’ve tried thus far, making it a little harder to blend and work with (although I’m guessing that helps provide the improved coverage). I washed and moisturized my face and sprayed on some Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray. I decided to apply the No. 21 shade, hoping the smaller tube of the darker No. 27 can be saved for after I’m more tan this summer. I put one pump onto the back of my hand to warm the product, then used my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush to stipple and buff the product onto my face. Check out the before and after -

My bare naked face, aside from setting spray - yuck! I have noticeable blemishes and dark spots, as well as a generally uneven skin tone

My bare naked face, aside from setting spray – yuck! I have noticeable blemishes and dark spots, as well as a generally uneven skin tone

After applying Missha in No. 21 and letting it oxidize for a few minutes, no foundation, concealer, or setting powder

After applying Missha in No. 21 and letting it oxidize for a few minutes, no foundation, concealer, or setting powder

The pros:

  1. If I didn’t have that big ol’ blemish on my cheek, I’d dab a little setting powder on this and walk right out the door. It covered my dark spots and unevenness – huzzah! – and covered my blemish some.
  2. It gave my skin a lighter but more glowing appearance.
  3. It was easy to apply using my brush.
  4. Somehow, this lighter shade worked on me! After letting it oxidize for a few minutes, it self-adjusted to blend in with my skin.
  5. I needed one pump for my whole face today; last week when I wasn’t as broken out, I only needed half a pump for my whole face.
  6. It contains SPF 42. Holy cannoli, right? That’s a lot of SPF! More sun protection = less sun-related aging and damage though.

The cons:

  1. It stinks. The smell reminds me of an old, nursing home scent. It slowly dissipated, but for awhile after application I had to breathe through my mouth so I didn’t cringe at the scent of my own face. Gross.
  2. I can see this product being trickier to apply with fingers – as it’s a thicker consistency, I could see streaks when I smeared it around on my forearm and it took more effort to blend.
  3. When I first applied it, the cream looked gray on my face. I was not going for a corpse-face look (obviously, I suppose?), but decided to wait to see if it would oxidize. It did, so if you order this and it doesn’t match your skin immediately after application, just walk away from the mirror and come back in a few minutes – just don’t go anywhere immediately after applying unless you want to give people the bejeebies with your lifeless-skin face…
  4. It makes me a little more oily mid-day than foundation/concealer/powder alone, so I’m using more blotting papers than usual. This isn’t a big deal though, just a minor grumble.
  5. It contains SPF 42. If you wear this outside in the summer and lay out to tan, your face won’t match your body at all. But that’s what bronzer is for.
  6. You probably won’t encounter this “con,” but I’m including it anyways because it’s so strange that I feel like I have to – a customer during checkout at work asked me what primer and foundation I use. As soon as I said “an Asian B.B cream,” the customer at the checkout next to me turned to her and responded with “let’s take her out back and beat her.” I mean she was smiling when she said it, but say whaaaat? You’d beat me over my choice of a B.B cream? Tough crowd. I wasn’t sure how one answers something like that so I simply said “no, thanks,” which earned a snort of laughter from my manager. I’ve never faced a beating threat over my makeup choice…until now. Dun, dun, dunnnnn….

My verdict? I’m loving this so much more than any other B.B cream I’ve tried so far! It gives me a terrific base for my foundation and concealer, which means I don’t need to use as much of those products to get the coverage I’m looking for. I absolutely hate the smell but can get past it because it doesn’t last all day and this is the first B.B cream that lives up to my expectations. I haven’t seen any dark spot lightening or fine line repair yet, but I haven’t been using it very long either. You can purchase this at Missha’s U.S website – it’s currently full priced at $12.99 for the 20 ml travel sized or $29.99 for the 50 ml full sized tube, plus shipping (unless your order is $40+). However, word on the street is that Missha loves free gifts and runs sales pretty frequently (I got mine during one such sale – $16 after shipping for everything). I think sellers also offer this on Amazon, although you definitely need to look at seller feedback to make sure you’re ordering from a reliable vendor.

What’s your verdict ladies? How do you think Missha stacks up to Western B.B creams?

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