A lot of people have been asking me where I got my Korean cosmetics. There's a lot of places in the states and Canada where you guys can get Korean cosmetics. I think one of the more aggressive brands is Missha.
I was contacted and sent this product for a review for the company itself (not for the general public), but I asked and got permission to share my thoughts about the product with my blog followers. My tone is #21 in light pink beige.
So, let's start with how the site explains this product.
It sounds like a lot of pros and good stuff one would get from this product.
What I want to start off is the expensive price tag. It's a bit on the high side ($45.99) for 45g of product. But the M line is the higher-end line of the Missha products, targeting people with more mature skin rather than those in their early 20's.
The packaging is to die for. I love how they cased the outside shell with clear plastic. The pump is attached, covered with a plastic cap that has a brownish tint to it. The color gradation adds a nice touch to the design too. All in all, the packaging really sold me.
Here's some comparison with another BB cream (Tony Moly) and regular foundations. BB creams usually have a gray undertone to it. As you can see in the picture, BB creams definitely stand out with their gray tone.
Compared with the Tony Moly BB cream, the Missha one has a bit of rosy-pink undertone to it. Texture is more on the watery side than creamy. If I tilt my hand, the formula drips a bit.
When spread out, you can see that it has a pink hue to it. What the pink undertone does is brightens up the face - possibly providing a whitening effect (effect - not actual whitening in my opinion). If you look weird with pinky tones, this might not be right for you.
One of the things about a lot of Korean Products is, the lack of variety in colors. Missha only provides 21 light pink beige and 23 yellow beige. I would have liked to use the yellow beige, but 23 is too dark for my skin.. so there's that big loop right there. The product seems to be targeted towards a very narrow range of people.
Here's how it applies.
I have huge pores, redness, acne scars, freckles and a ton of other stuff on my face. If you look at the after look (btw, I applied two layers) the redness is corrected drastically. Pores are covered decently, but my pimples, acnes scars and bumpy areas (lower part of my cheek) aren't covered up perfectly. Despite the fact that I put on two layers, a lot of blemishes are a bit visible.
Also, my nose must be getting old. I can't really smell the scent - so that's a good thing! :) And this BB cream is pretty matte compared to other BB creams I've tried recently. It doesn't have that oily base, so it doesn't give you that oily glow. It stays put pretty long and corrects any unevenness that your skin has. I also haven't had any breakouts while using this product.
People complain about BB cream residues and how hard it is to wash off at night. I cleanse three times at night, so I didn't have any problems with residues, but if you like to just wipe your face with a makeup remover, I'm not sure if you will have some cream left on your face. If you wash it all off, I find no reason for your skin breaking out.
So here's my final verdict of this product.
Very chic and nice packaging.
Doesn't have a strong scent
good enough coverage (mostly for pores and uneven coloring)
Doesn't break me out.
Color range is very very limited
Coverage for acne, rough surfaces aren't good
Does give you a bit of "made up" look - so if you want that "no makeup" look this may not be the product you're looking for
You can read more about another BB cream here