About a year ago, when BB creams appeared the USA, I was very excited. I read about the concept, and decided it was just what a lazy girl like me needed. Right? Sunscreen, moisturizer, anti-aging, and foundation all in one product? Sign me up! I bought the Garnier BB Cream as soon as it hit the shelves. As soon as I tried it, I hated it. Truely, I hate that stuff. Yuck.
I was so bummed that this miracle concept had not delivered. I thought, if this stuff is so popular in Asia, then they must have something that Garnier does not. So I did a bit of research, and decided to buy an Asian BB cream on eBay. I chose Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++.
I took a chance and bought the lightest color they had. Usually I buy the lightest color of foundation, powder, etc, without a second thought. I am that pale. But there are several pale shade in this line.
I made the right choice. I was thrilled with the color. I realized that I have never had a foundation that was as light as my actual skin before. I could probably find something that matched in a higher end product, but in the drugstores, nothing is actually as light as my skin.
Aside from the color, I love so many things about this product, that I'm not sure where to start. Let's see...
Sunscreen!! As I said, I'm pale. And I have tons of freckles. If anyone needs to apply sunscreen daily, it's me. I have not been so good about this. I try to choose moisturizers with an spf, but that's really not enough. Problem solved! This stuff has an spf of 42! Missha explains in the description that it is not necessary to put on additional sun protection. I can truly tell the difference in my sun exposure if I'm wearing a different product on my face. And my freckles don't lie. Haha, they get darker and more plentiful if I've had much sun on my face. This BB cream really helps prevent that.
Also to do with freckles, it contains a whitening agent. I am not trying to remove my freckles. They are all over me. I could never get rid of them, even if I tried. However, I really don't like when they get super dark and take over my entire face. This really keeps my freckles under control.
Along with sunscreen and whitening, this BB cream contains anti-aging properties. I'm 25. I don't have a lot of aging issues yet. It's tough for me to judge whether this would get rid of wrinkles. I can say that it makes my skin feel soft and smooth. When I apply it, I usually squeeze the amount I want onto the back of my left hand, before applying on my face. Let's just say that the back of my left hand looks / feels nicer than my right. Coincidence?
The coverage of the BB cream is perfect for me. I don't like products that are very sheer. I have redness that I want to cover, occasional spots, and the under eye circles of a mother of a two-year-old. I don't like products that offer full coverage. Because of my aforementioned freckles, full coverage can look cakey and fake on me. This BB cream strikes just the right balance. It covers nicely, but lets my natural skin and freckles show through. It may be made from magic. Here's my before (naked face) and after applying Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream.
( I also added blinc Mascara Amplified, theBalm® cosmetics InStain® Blush in Swiss Dot, and nude lip gloss)
I like to use my fingers to apply it. This is nicest for me because I don't want a flawless coverage look. (darn freckles) If you do want that look, I would recommend using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, or a Beauty Blender. Either are great.
I always follow it with some powder. Missha recommends it, and I just find that it helps everything to stay in place, and stay matte. Right now, I'm using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Pressed Powder.
Hope this helps you out, and maybe you'll try it too!
Use sunscreen today!
*note: I am not affiliated with Missha. They don't know I exist. I just enjoy their BB cream.*