I hope you had a great Midsummer! I spent a lot of time in nature and *tried* to relax and recharge for the upcoming adventures of July! 😄
Today I will talk about the super-hyped Korean product we all heard about! Be it on YouTube, Instagram, or your favorite shop online…What is it? A BB cream with high SPF? Whoooo…YES, I’m talking about the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream! (*angels chanting*)
For those who don’t know it yet, it has SPF42 PA+++. It is described as a 2-in-1: skincare and makeup in the same package. Not only it gives good coverage, but the cream also lightens the skin tone, heals visible wrinkles and blemishes, while protecting from the bad bad sun! Sounds too good to be true? Read more!
- Introduction & Ingredients
As you might know, I’m starting to get more familiar with Korean skincare. I slowly educated myself with the knowledge of brands, their formulas, and as funny as it sounds, I was intrigued by the use of snail mucin. More than intrigued, I was a bit worried that something bad would happen to them. Fortunately, it all comes out naturally, so snails are not harmed, and everyone can enjoy the benefits of their mucin.
Moreover, in general, Asian formulas are more gentle than European or American brands, and usually very hydrating. So, let’s have a closer look at the formula of this BB cream:
M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 PA+++ (No. 21)
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Arbutin, Mineral Oil, Polyethylene, Talc, Phenyl Trimethicone, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Sodium Chloride, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Methylparaben, Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Squalane, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Algae Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ceramide NP, Butylene Glycol, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Hydrolyzed collagen, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Tropolone, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene
As you can see from the top of the list, sunscreen ingredients are all in a higher amount! YAY!!! After that, we can find the superstar Glycerin, super moisturizing, followed by Arbutin (!) quite rare in the products I use. It brightens the skin and is a powerful antioxidant.
Towards the middle, there are many natural ingredients from plants, like Rosa Canina, Rosemary, Jojoba oil, and to contrast a bit, also silica (Dimethicone) to get the smooth texture!
In the end, you can still find some very good ingredients, like Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hyaluronic Acid, and a small trace of fragrance. So if you have sensitive skin, beware of the perfume and few alcohols present in the formula ❤️
The packaging catches the eye (red and gold bottle) and it’s easy to use. It’s a tube and the product comes out effortlessly, it doesn’t get stuck anywhere and it takes few seconds to open and close. The version I have is small (20ml) and it costs €6,99 at K-Citymarket. It is possible to find the normal version (50ml) for €21,90 at Stockmann (at least in Helsinki Center).
Many online shops also carry it, so I am sure it can be found quite easily. (Cocopanda.fi, LookFantastic.fi, YourBeautyStore.fi)
The product is made in Korea. It can be open for a maximum of 12 months: keep it away from the sun, heat, and humidity. I use the color 21 (Light Beige) and in Finland, you can find one shade lighter (n. 13) and many darker.
- My Experience
Pros: As you can see from the picture, this BB cream really smooooooths the hell out of your skin. It has such a blendable and light texture! It’s not heavy on the skin AT ALL, and it gives a glowy finish, even if you have a mattifying product under it. I use La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine under this, it didn’t pill even if used immediately after the application, however, the finish is never matte. Plus, considering the product and ingredients, it has an accessible price!
Cons: The light texture doesn’t last that long. Especially during summer, if you are planning to stay away the whole day, bring SPF and the BB cream with you because it will need quite a retouch, especially if you sweat a lot (and under the mask). Also, if you have something you really want to hide, this won’t be enough. Of course, a bit of redness will go away, but it doesn’t make miracles 😀 It does its job and even my pores are pretty happy with it and quite hidden!
Special Note – Undertone: The product is very neutral – going towards cool…meaning very grey. When it comes out of the tube, and when it’s on the skin, it appears super grey. I have a warm skin undertone, and that’s why I waited so long to buy it! I was afraid that it would be too cold for me, so I tested it at Stockmann and I was immediately convinced. I use the color 21 and after leaving the product on my skin for some time, it absorbs perfectly and the grey can’t be seen.
These pictures are not edited (the sun is my filter lol) and even zooming them, you can see that my pores and blemishes are barely visible. ❤️🔥
My vote is 4/5 moons!
I really like it, it’s super light, it has a strong SPF factor, hides blemishes, and helps your skin while making it beautiful!
However, after a sweaty day at work, the product was gone pretty fast. Of course, keeping the mask doesn’t help, but it would be nice if it lasted a bit longer ❤️
Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments!