If there's anything about the Koreans I'm envious about, it would be their skin. They're virtually poreless! During my last year's trip to Boracay, we had no choice but land in Kalibo rather than Caticlan, which means we endured another 2 hours of bus trip. My flight was at insane early hours, and not so much of a morning person I am, that I went to the airport without anything on my face and just relied on my bubuyog shades to at least hide 20% of my dull skin. By the time I got into the bus, and chanced upon my reflection from the driver's rear view mirror, I was horrified! I saw this pale girl with uneven, lifeless skin and right beside me were a bunch of Korean girls who flaunted fair, even toned super glowing skin without them knowing. I swear I heard my confidence crumbled. Hah.
So when my friend's lovely GF (Hi, Raech!) gave me Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream, with much praises and love from her, I gladly accepted. I don't usually pile liquid makeup on my face, as I normally go for powder type because it's lighter, non-oily, and can be brushed on my face in a matter of seconds. But the winning line of R that really intrigued me was "super flawless, Koreana look talaga!".
So after several use, here's my honest takes:
- Smells good, not one to irritate my sensitive nose
- Very creamy consistency that glides nicely on my skin
- Has SPF 30!
- Dries matte (I'm the oiliest, so I always go for mattifying agents)
- Evens out skin tone
- Conceals light imperfections that most of the time, I need not use a concealer anymore!
- A little goes a long way
- Gives an over all "glow", or as my friend puts it, "Koreana look", I L.O.V.E it!
- Dries very fast, you don't have much time to blend so quick hand is a must
- Turns a bit oily after a few hours, which can easily be resolved with oil blotters
- I tried applying using latex foam and brush, but the best way IMO is the natural way: FINGERS. Just make sure you have clean hands, we don't want zits the next morning don't we?
- Dust with setting or mineral powder to set the BB cream in place
- I can't vouch for its healing properties yet, as prolonged use is recommended to see results
I've seen positive words for BB creams left and right, and if our Asian sisters (Koreans, Japanese) swore to use this on their flawless skin, then there must be some truth to its claims. It's once known as a "post-surgical" cream, used to heal and hide scars, but there's no stopping beauty enthusiasts like us to see other possibilities. Yeah?
Any favorite items of yours so far? This one is my current! =) It's our Halloween Party at Zync tonight, and I'm no less than excited! Have an awesome weekend, loves!