After trying several formulas, I can say that my favourite so far is Missha's Perfect Cover BB Cream ($30 CAD). Missha is a popular Korean skincare and cosmetics line, and their Perfect Cover BB is supposedly their #1 selling product. And I can see why! It offers fantastic, long-wearing coverage that is non-oily and contains an SPF of 42. What more could I ask for?
I purchased it a couple months ago at a makeup counter at the Chinatown Centre (222 Spadina Ave., at Sullivan St.) located in (where else?) Chinatown, in Toronto. The booth is called Cathy Phuong Beauty Skincare & Cosmetic (Tel: 416-880-3678) and offers a wide range of gorgeous Asian cosmetics, high-end skin care, and about 20 different BB creams to choose from! Cathy is an extremely friendly and helpful lady, and I'm so happy she helped me choose Missha's Perfect Cover.
Here's a picture of it:
|My Favourite BB Cream of all: Missha Perfect Cover|
As the label describes (in not-so-perfect English), this formula offers skin-brightening, wrinkle reduction, coverage of blemishes, and the prevention of aging. Because I haven't used this on a regular basis, I can't really speak to any long term effects in terms of brightenting or anti-aging results (maybe in a later review!). I can say, however, that this product gives flawless coverage that is very natural looking. It's also quite long-wearing, especially when topped with a mattifying powder, like MAC Blot Powder ($27.50 CAD, at MAC stores and counters). I wore it earlier this week when the temperature topped 40 degrees. I came home expecting to see an oily, melty face in the mirror, but amazingly the BB cream was still intact. Amazing!
I purchased a large tube in shade #21, which is an excellent match for my NC20 skintone. It's not as pink-based as many other BB creams, but is not too yellow either. I also received a mini tube of shade #23, which is slightly darker, most likely suitable for skintones in the NC30 range. I thought that I could mix a small amount of #23 in with the #21 if my face tans at all during the summer. Handy!
Here are swatches of the two shades on my forearm (which is paler than my face, about NC15):
|Missha Perfect Cover #21 (L) and #23 (R)|
|#21 (L) and #23 (R)|
|Almost nearly blended in (against my inner arm, which is about a MAC NC15 skintone): #21 (L) and #23 (R)|
And here (the true test!) are some before and after pics using Missha's Perfect Cover. I took these pictures a couple of months ago when my skin was particularly broken out and irritated. Sharing these pictures with the world isn't my favourite thing, but I think they truly demonstrate what awesome coverage this BB cream gives. As you can see, it doesn't cover all redness (so small amounts of concealer are needed over top), but it comes close!
|BEFORE Perfect Cover (Natural Light)|
|BEFORE Perfect Cover (Artificial bathroom light)|
|AFTER Perfect Cover (Natural Light)|
|AFTER Perfect Cover (Artificial bathroom light)|
So, here's my final wrap-up of this product:
- Comes in multiple shades, unlike many BB Creams, and shade #21 is a near-perfect match for my NC20 skintone
- Offers a "whitening" or "brightening" effect without the pinkish-grey cast that many BB creams have
- Quick, easy, smooth application
- Long-wearing even during warm, humid weather (as long as you top it with powder)
- Provides flawless moderate, buildable coverage, but looks quite natural
- Doubles as a moisturizer (for those with oilier skin)
- Doesn't aggravate breakouts
- Likely suitable for most skintypes
- Missha claims to be cruelty-free, which is not true of many Asian skincare lines
- Takes a while to set on my combination/oily skin, so have to be patient before applying powder! (this may not be an issue if you have dry skin or prefer a dewier finish)
- Causes some minimal pore-clogging, so wouldn't wear every day
- Doesn't offer an option for skintones darker than about NC30-35
- Limited availability
Hopefully this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions :)