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Best Korean BB Creams – Buying Guide 2017

TREAT YOUR SKIN WHILE YOU PROTECT AND COVER UP...


Want to know how to acheive perfect, flawless, and beautiful dewy looking skin? Well we've got a solution for you. BB creams are one of the hottest beauty trends across the globe, and there's a hundred great reasons why. Since we're huge fans of Korean beauty products, we've decided to test some of the best Korean BB creams on the market, and share our results with you.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KOREAN BB CREAM

For those of you who are making your first venture through the world of BB creams, you must know that it is not like your standard foundation. If you're looking for more coverage, you might want to check out Korean Cushion Foundations instead. BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm and was originally created for people who had break outs and acne scarring. The cream has a very light tint, almost like a tinted moisturizer, and is packed with different ingredients that help keep your skin healthy and smooth. 

So how do you choose which Korean BB Cream is the best for you? We've found 6 different key elements that will help narrow down your search to find the best Korean BB cream thats tailored to your beauty needs.

Coverage

If you're planning on using your BB cream as a replacement for your foundation, then you're going to want to understand how much coverage the product will supply. Coverage can vary between products, so it's important to find the right amount for your skin.

SPF

Keeping your skin protected from harmful UV rays is one of the most important ways to keep your skin glowing. Since Koreans love keeping their skin sun-free, many BB creams will come with varying levels of SPF. No need to double up on SPF moisturizers!

Dispenser

Most BB creams will come in a simply squeeze bottle style dispenser. However, some products come with a small hand pump so you get the exact amount of product dispensed every use. Depending on your preferece, this can be helpful in choosing your perfect BB cream.

Color

Since most Koreans tend to have very fair skin, Korean BB creams will generally be on the lighter side. If you have tanner skin, you may want to narrow your search to a brand that has more color options. If you're pretty fair, then most products will be fair game.

Size

Korean BB creams come in all different shapes and sizes. Since it is likely you will be ordering from Korea, you might want to check out different size options, especially if you plan on using it on the daily. 

Scent

There's nothing better than having a fresh burst of scent when you're applying your foundation. Some of the BB creams come with a light fragrance to add a little zest to your morning routine.

THE BEST KOREAN BB CREAMS

Korean BB Cream

Name

Coverage

SPF

Dispenser

Color

Size

Scent

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The Face Shop It Power Perfection

Full/Matte

37

Pump

2

20 or 40 mL

No

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Missha M Perfect Cover

Full/Dewy

42

Pump

5

20 or 50 mL

Yes

Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit

Medium/Matte

30

Squeeze

1

30 mL

Yes

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Nature Republic Super Origin Collagen Waterproof

Medium/Dewy

46

Pump

1

47 mL

No

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It's Skin Prestige Creme D'Escargot

Medium/Dewy

25

Pump

1

50 mL

Yes

Amore Laneige Snow

Medium/Dewy

41

Pump

2

50 mL

Yes

Clio Water Me Pls

Medium/Dewy

30

Squeeze

1

30 mL

Yes

Skin79 Super Blemish Balm

Medium/Matte

25

Pump

1

40 mL

Yes

MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream

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Full Coverage/Dewy

Pump

20 mL and 50mL

SPF 42

5 shades

Yes

We absolutely LOVE the MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB cream because of it's all-around badassery. This BB cream not only gives you full coverage, but only takes about two pumps to acheive perfect glowing skin. Packed with SPF 42 and moisturizing ingredients, theres no need to wear any base moisturizer with this product.

Unlike most Korean BB creams that only come in a few very fine shades, this product comes in 5 different colors to precisely match your skin tone. The product itself is very moisturizing leaving a beautiful glossy finish. If you're a fan of foundations that are more matte, we suggest topping off your look with a setting powder.

Overall, this BB cream is our top pick for it's performance, feel, and price. It also has a light scent that lasts throughout the day. We highly recommend this product for all skin types.



The Face Shop Face It Power Perfection Bb Cream

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Full Coverage/Matte

Pump

20 mL and 40 mL

SPF 37

2 shades

No

If you're looking for a perfectly even matte finish on your skin, this is the product for you. The Face Shop's Face It Power Perfection BB Cream not only gives you the full coverage you need but aslo achieves this look with only one pump! When they say, "A little goes a long way," this is the product they were definitely referring to.

This BB cream only comes in two shades, so for all of your fair skin maidens, you've landed the jackpot. It also comes with SPF 37, so you can keep your skin safe from the harmful sunrays. It comes in two different sizes, which is perfect if you want to carry one to go and keep a larger one as the main stash in your makeup drawer.


For those of you who are sensitive to smells, this product comes fragrance free. If you're looking for a great coverage and a gorgeous matte finish and have light skin, this is your product!

Nature Republic Super Origin Collagen Waterproof BB Cream

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Medium Coverage/Dewy

Pump

47 mL

SPF 46

1 shade

No

Fans of foundation layering, this is the perfect product for you! The Nature Republic Super Origin BB cream had a smooth and creamy texture that's not too sticky but just the right consistnecy that you can build up your foundation to the coverage you want without looking cakey. If you like a lighter coverage, than only one pump should do the trick.

This BB cream only comes in one color, so this is only for our fair skinned fans. It has a high SPF of 46 and lots of other sun protecting ingredients that keeps your skin healthy. The finish is more dewy, which is a huge trend in Korean beauty right now.

In conclusion, this product is great for those who are very light skinned and don't need a whole lot of coverage. We also reccomend this BB cream for those who don't have too oily skin since the finish is wet.

Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream

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Medium Coverage/Matte

Squeeze

30mL

SPF 30

1 shade

Yes

Not only is the packaging adorable, we also adore the Holika Holika Pore Clearing BB cream. This product has tea tree oils, which is excellent for treating acne and breakouts. Essentially, you're helping improve your skin while you wear your makeup. It's pretty much a win-win.

My fellow flower sniffing friends, you're not going to want to take your nose away from this product. It has a lovely flowery fragrance that brightens up your morning routine. The product has a medium matte finish and only comes in one shade, so for those who have more pinkish undertones, this is your go-to.

We LOVE this BB cream because of its skin-clearing properties and overall efficacy. It comes in a convenient 30 mL size, so you can fit in on the go. 


CLIO Water Me PLS BB

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Medium Coverage/Dewy

Squeeze

30 mL

SPF 30

1 shade

Yes

Never have dry, flaky skin again with this amazing BB cream by Clio. This hydrating formula leaves your skin feeling moisturized even in the dryest winters. It wet texture leave a shiny dewy sheen and has medium coverage so you can use it as a replacement for your moisturizer.

If you're a fan of putting your makeup on with your hands, you can squeeze the product directly onto your hands like a moisturizer for application. It also has a very light, fresh fragrence that dissapates as the product dries onto your skin. 

Again, the product only comes in one very light shade, so sun lovers, beware! We recommend this product for those who are very fair and like a dewy fresh finish.

Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Bb Cream

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Medium Coverage/Matte

Pump

40 mL

SPF 25

1 shade

Yes

Alas! A BB cream that is not insanely pale white! Asian-Americans rejoice. Even though it only comes in one shade, this shade is a lot darker than some of its competitors, making it easier to blend into your skin if you are on the tanner side. It has a lighter SPF of 25, so you can safely get your vitamin D without any sun damage.

The packaging is very sturdy and comes with an eye-popping hot pink pump, which is easy to use when you have all your makeup tools at hand. If you don't have too many serious blemishes or dark spots, this makeup has a medium coverage perfect for spot-free skin.

We highly recommend this product for those who are on the slightly tanner side and have pink undertones in their skin.

It's Skin Prestige Crème D'escargot BB Cream

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Medium Coverage/Dewy

Pump

50 mL

SPF 25

1 shade

Yes

If you love following Korean beauty trends, you'll know that Korean Snail Creams are a huge hit. It's Skin Presige BB cream uses the same active ingredient as the snail creams, which improves skin elasticity and moisture. This product improves your skin as it covers and conceals blemishes, a girls dream come true!

This BB cream comes in a cute golden pump at a 50mL size, perfect for stocking up. It's goes on very smooth and light, so you may need to layer a few applications if you want more coverage. Again, it only comes in one shade, so this is perfect for our light skinned beauty goers.

All in all, this product gets the job done, treating your skin while covering up imperfections seamlessly. We love the soft fragrance it gives off too.

Amore Laneige Snow BB Cream

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Medium Coverage/Dewy

Pump

50 mL

SPF 41

2 shades

Yes

We aboslutely LOVE this product not just for it's amazing coverage and smoothing effect, but it's snifforific fragrance. It's definitely the best smelling makeup product we've used, and we highly recommend it for those who think with their nose. It also has a great buildable coverage that uses very litle product for huge results.

With an SPF of 41, this product will ensure you protection from aging UV rays. It also comes in a massive 50mL container, so no need to worry about rationing out your makeup. It also comes in two different shades, which is great compared to most products that only have one color.

Overall, we love this products versitility and feel. We definitely recommend it!


How to Apply BB Cream


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