Wow... I've been gone for a long while, haven't I? I'm really sorry about that! This year's first term of uni is going to be an absolute pain so I'm pretty much frantically studying/cramming if I'm not in lecture. Basically.
I'll be posting a lot more after mid-December, though! ;o; Sobsob.
Today's review will be on the much-hyped about Etude House BB cream precious mineral (bright fit). This post is sponsored by a small store called "Psychedelico Milly". Have you heard of them before? They're a small "big cartel" store that sells accessories, apparel, bags and cosmetics. More on them later!
So without further ado, here's the review on Etude House BB cream~ (Honey Beige, W24)
"Precious mineral BB cream promotes silky complexion with pearl infused sheer coverage. Contain-sadenosine and arbutus for anti-wrinkle and whitening efficiencies. SPF for UV protection"
- UV protection (SPF 30)
- Whitening, anti-wrinkle
- Anti-darkening (isn't that the same thing as UV protection...?)
- Prevents skin from becoming oily/dull by controlling sebum balance
- "Natural antioxidant powder" prevents oxidization, to get you vivid+clean skin tone
- Pearl ingredient extract = whitening, moisturizing, prevents melanin accumulation to give you bright/clear skin.
- Seaweed extract = moisturizes skin
There are 4 different shades in the "bright fit" range. I'll be reviewing the "Honey Beige/W24" shade.
Packaging: Standard, it's good and hygienic, and the pump packaging allows for better control in how much you want to use, without wasting too much product. (I really don't like BB creams that come in jars... looking at you, Holika Holika.)
Scent: Floral scent, the scent fades away after a couple minutes.
Price: $15.50 at Psychedelico Milly
(Not a huge difference from eBay stores, I'd consider it a fair price if you're not a fan of eBay. I've seen these BB creams extremely overpriced in other stores, so be careful when buying!)
I actually ended up choosing a shade that was pretty dark on me. One of my friends uses this BB cream, and she's the same shade in MUFE HD as me, so I just got the same shade she uses for this. Uhm... it was darker. Though it may be harder to tell in the "face" picture below, it's definitely not similar to mufe hd n120. I'd fit the "natural beige" shade much better, so I guess I'll use this when I get darker.
I compared this BB cream to the same BB/foundations I used in the last Iope review.
1. MUFE HD N120
2. Etude house CC cream, silky
3. Etude house precious mineral Bb cream (w24) bright fit
4. Etude house nymph aura volumer balm #2
5. Missha perfect M BB cream #23
Before actually applying the BB cream, I used one of Etude House's "alphabet" face masks. Have you heard about them? Each letter of the alphabet features a specific ingredient, and it's just so cute! I got 4 masks: J, U, N, E.
Yay, my naaaaame!~
(The quality of the masks were fine - I just found them to have too many ingredients. I like simple masks, like C&F, which only has 4-5 ingredients that I can actually pronounce. The masks felt heavy, but it did moisturize my skin and made it a bit perkier. Though they're not worthy to go "out of your way" to get, they're still fun and a cute little Pick-Me-Up.)
Okay, so back to the BB cream part - the BB cream was creamy, and it spreads smoothly and nicely over the face. I had no complaints about the actual application. For BB creams, I like using my hands (compared to a sponge, brush, etc.) because the warmth of my hands really makes the product go on smoother and just generally gives off a better finish than when I use a brush or something.
Look! I used a bit of the BB cream on Mrs. Orange (Mrs. Tangerine? Idk). Mrs. Orange has pretty big pores, which she's very insecure about. But this BB cream seems to have covered them quite well to some extent, and Mrs. Orange is a veddy veddy content old gal.
|Clearly... I'm bored.|
Though it was on the "creamy" side, it felt pretty lightweight on my face. No problems there! It kind of reminded me of the Lancome Teint Idole foundation, minus the "foundation feel". The BB cream gives off a pretty dewy look, it's got a shiny, healthy glow to it.
Coverage is decent, better than other BB creams I've tried, but still won't cover up dark pigmentation spots, scars, etc. too well.
A lot of people have raved about this BB cream, many stating that this is their "HG". Humhum. I don't think this is "HG" material for myself, though.
To me, it's just a standard BB cream that offers a bit of coverage, while giving a bit of SPF. It's nothing "sent from the Gods" or anything like that. Decent and standard.
I see myself using this BB cream on those lazy days, when you don't feel like reaching for your usual foundation or something. The days when you don't want to look too done up, but are going for just a "my skin but (a bit) better" look.
It's decent and standard, and would be great for people looking for a natural, healthy skin tone (without too much coverage).
But for me? No, I don't think I will.
NOTE: There's nothing wrong with the BB cream.
But if this is $15, I'd rather just keep the $15, save a couple more dollars and get myself an "IOPE air cushion refill". It offers the same amount of coverage, it's really easy to use, and it gives you a helluva lot more SPF.
- Offers decent amount of coverage
- Natural, dewy look
- Easy to buy
- Ease of use (pump packaging, and it's travel friendly)
- 4 different shades
- Pales in comparison to BB creams that do the same, but can offer more (more SPF, more skin benefits, etc.)
Wasn't an amazing product, but it did what it had to do. Though I didn't buy into the hype of this Etude House BB cream, I should remind you that it's just my opinion. Lots of people have had good experiences with this - I'm just not a fan of Etude House BB creams overall, as I always find them lacking in some way or another.
This BB cream was from Psychedelico Milly, a "big cartel" store. Though it's a pretty small store (compared to the huge online asian stores you're familiar with), I had fun browsing around.
They sell accessories, apparel, bags, cosmetics and more - products are shipped from Vancouver (Canada) or Seoul and the cosmetics are 100% authentic. No fishy business here.
If you're not a fan of using eBay, and want to support a smaller, "cozier" store, PM's definitely not a bad place to shop from!
What about you?
Have you used this BB cream before? What'd you think about it?