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I really like the versatility and the skincare-friendly concept, but unfortunately most American formulations are just glorified tinted moisturizers, and the Asian ones are too light in shade to match my NC37 skin.

I love the korean one I have Holika Holika Essential Petit BB cream in the orange packaging and lightest shade. Most of the American ones I’ve tried seemed more like a tinted moisturizer, and weren’t as multi-tasking as the the Korean ones. The other problem I’ve ran into is a lot of them are too dark for for me.

From everything I’ve read and the couple I’ve tried, US brands just don’t seem to be getting BBs yet, or maybe they’re not trying- it seems like they’re just rebranding tinted moisturizers.

Before I tried Asian BB creams, I fully expected them to be just that; over-hyped tinted moisturizer. I’m so glad I was proven wrong! My favorite BB, Missha Perfect Cover, has the coverage of a foundation (and a wider shade range than most BB’s- it’s the only one that’s truly fair enough for my NC/W 05 skin!) the feel of a moisturizing cream, the treatment benefits of a serum and a high SPF to boot. I’ve found nothing to beat it so far!

I haven’t even bothered with anything else–the first BB cream I tried was made in Korea, and the other two I’ve used are also produced there.  I tried Missha, and was happy with the coverage and pigmentation.  It seemed to be a wee bit light for my skintone, though I hadn’t gone with their lightest shade, but it made a good base for my foundation.
However, I bought some of Skin79 in the hot pink packaging and it’s basically replaced three products I used to use daily–primer, foundation, and concealer.  Now, I used the concealer for redness on my cheeks and, I have to say, with Skin79’s product, I feel confident enough to not just only wear the BB cream, but I also actually wear blush now when I’d almost never before. It’s definitely a holy grail type of product for me.
I wish the products they’re releasing in the US were being rated anywhere near the Korean ones, because the only downside to the Korean ones is the small spectrum of shades they’re available/working for, so I’d love to see some good BB creams that were usable shades for medium-dark skinned folks!

[email protected] Skin79 Hot Pink is my love. I like that it actually isn’t as colouring as foundation, if that makes any sense. Foundation almost always makes me feel self-conscious because it has too much colour pigment.

I’m in the Uk and from what I’ve seen Garnier seems to have a nice one, it smells beautiful too. I think I might get it. A friend got the L’oreal one but I thought it looked a little orange on her skin – might have been the wrong shade just.  All in all I think they are a nice idea if the weather is good at this time of year or you’re going on holiday, but I wouldn’t give up my full coverage for it!

@CiaraDonnelly I don’t know if the US and UK Garnier formula are the same, but I have tried the Garnier US version and despised it. I’m very fair (paler than MAC/MUFE pale) and the light shade of Garnier’s BB was dark and very orange on my neutral toned skin. It also gave almost no coverage- the beauty of a BB is that somehow, despite feeling lighter than foundation, many give a nice medium coverage. I highly suggest Missha Perfect Cover, I’ve tried about 10 different types from Skin 79, Hansen, Missha and US brands and it’s my favorite by far.

[email protected]@CiaraDonnelly I’ve tried the Garnier one here in Oz so don’t know which formula it was (they may be all the same) but it was horrible – I threw all my remaining samples of it out. Tacky texture, very light coverage and it gave me an very oily t-zone in about 15 minutes – which is sad, because I really wanted the garnier one to work as it’s a lot cheaper than the korean erborian one I use. The erborian bb cream on the other hand I love, it can tend to be a bit ashy but only when I unintentionally go heavy with the application. It gives me foundation style coverage, matte appearance and covers the dark circles under my eyes extremely well. It retails for $60 a pop over here though, and if it wasnt for the fact that I had a lot of beauty box points to redeem the both times I bought it I might have just bought a foundation somewhere else instead. That said, I still havent finished my first tube yet that I got back in Nov and use just about every day.

The L’Oreal BB cream is very orange. I tried their lightest shade and it looked like I used orange self-tanner! Shame 🙁

I’ve tried two different korean BB creams, Skinfood Aloe and Missha Perfect Cover. Missha seems to be better quality but Skinfood is not bad either. I like the idea that with these I can skip sunscreen, moisturiser and that they are lighter than a foundation but give more coverage (well some of them, like Missha Perfect Cover) than a tinted moisturiser.

I’ve been using Japanese brands of BB cream for a couple of years now. I started with Kate’s BB base. It didn’t really have any color in it, so I still had to use foundation over it. Then, I moved to Maybelline’s BB cream in 01, but it left me kind of ashy. I now use Kiss Me/Heroine Make. It’s really cheap here and works pretty well for me. It’s hard to find one that doesn’t run either to grey or too yellow. 

I have only tried one, Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream, and I am somewhat satisfied with it. I absolute loathe regular foundations and tinted moisturizers (they look so unnatural, doesn’t cover the way I want and melt away/slides off within the first hour or two of wear), so my expectations of BB creams weren’t very high. I just thought it would be another liquid foundation with a different name. This one actually has nice coverage without looking too unnatural and I was able to find a shade that matches my skintone (most foundations are waaay too yellow-green-beige on me). It’s definitely not something I would wear every day, it feels too heavy on my skin for that, but for a night out it seems like a decent option.

Real (asian) BB creams are amazing, all the western ones (Dior, Estee Lauder, Smashbox and so on) in my opinion are just tinted moisturizers, they’re not BB creams, so they’re nothing new or special at all.

None of the ones I’ve tried yet have been impressive…mostly just glorified, re-branded tinted moisturizers.  I’ve looked at some of the Asian brands as well but all the colors seems to cool for my skin with lots of pink undertones.  It sounds like a great idea but I’m sticking with my traditional skincare and foundations.

I’ve tried a couple, one Korean one (Erborian) and the other is Dior Hydra Life. The Korean one is also too light for my skin tone, and the gray undertone is something I honestly do not want to deal with. Also, the texture was way too thick, and it neither moisturizes my cheeks nor control oil in my T-zone.
Dior Hydra Life, on the other hand, is something I’ve been using ever since I got it! It has replaced my foundation now. I like how it works as a lotion, sunscreen, and good base, all without feeling too heavy, and I can blend it very easily with my fingers. The color is also a great match for my skin tone. It’s a total winner in my book! 
I don’t know if I want to get more BB creams though. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to my base makeup. Unless I get a sample packet and am sure I’ll love it, I don’t think I’ll start buying more BB creams!

I’ve only tried one – from Marcelle, which is a Canadian company.  I actually like everything about it (coverage, how light it feels, etc.) EXCEPT the fact that it has no sun protection (it’s not very moisturizing, so I thought it would be good for summer and then I saw that it has no SPF).  I’ve contacted the company, asking how they can make their claims about offering protection from the aging effects of the environment and they were nice enough to get back to me to say they ARE releasing a version with SPF in the next months and they gave me a bunch of coupons to use.  I’m thinking of trying Estee Lauder’s BB cream since it does have SPF in it.  To be honest, I very much like the idea of these creams, if I can find one that has good colour, coverage, feel AND has SPF.

I’ve not tried one but now I’m really interested in trying them, if I can find one that works on my pale caucasian skin.

That they are only suitable for people with a much fairer skintone than me, i have yet to come across ones that are made for medium south asian skintone. But the ones that my friends have tried all seem to say its just the same as tinted moisturiser

I love the concept of them, but I’ve yet to find one light enough for my skin in the US. I tried out one by Dr. Jart at Sephora and it felt very nice but it made me orange.

I’ve never found any light enough here in the UK either. They’re all medium with a lot of yellow undertones and I’m really pale so it just makes me look orange! It’s a good idea (if they work) but I don’t think there is enough colour options to make it a reasonable choice for most women

I’ve only tried 3, from Korea, and I’ve loved them all: Skinfood Gingko, Etude House Magic (the white tube with the purple cap) and Missha’s BB cream (the one in the red tube; I forget its name). I don’t really believe in their anti-aging, scar fading claims but, I like how lightweight they all feel, how long lasting they are, the flexible coverage (with Skinfood and Missha, I don’t have to bother with concealer) and because they were supposed to be “tapped in”, application is super easy: fingertips works just as well as—if not better than—brushes. I’ve also noticed with Missha’s that it seems to dry out my acne. With Missha’s, I do have to be careful about not overdoing though, or it’ll get that ashy look.

I like BB cream a lot, esp asian BB Creams, like Missha, Etude, Holika Holika, Skin79 etc.
I’ve never been satisfied with non asian BB Creams, I don’t know why. But I’ve tried the one by maybelline, l’oreal, and MAC, and all of them feel weird.
In other hands, asian BB creams that I’ve tried , feel really light but give me enough coverage. I also like the fact that they have SPF , because people with oily skin like me, don’t get along really well with wearing sunscreen under foundation. So BB Cream is a good option. and the natural finish it provides, is really suitable for summer where people don’t want to wear heavy make up.

NC30 w/ combo skin. 
I currently use Missha #27 and i reach for this over my other high end liquid foundation. 
I haven’t tried other bb creams because of limited color shades.  I’m really interested in Etude house and I plan to buy other asian bb creams.  Western BB creams don’t appeal to me bc of poor reviews.
BB cream is just easier to blend with my fingers, doesn’t feel heavy, pea size amount covers my face, i use as concealer when i’m super lazy(ha!) and amazing staying power especially from the florida sun.

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