Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 31 Golden Beige – Review
Whaa!!! Laptoppie is back and so am I with this picture-heavy review of my first BB Cream!
A few weeks ago, Missha was celebrating the re-launch of their website with a superb deal. A free tube of their famous Perfect Cover BB cream, about 500 tubes a day for a few days (just pay the $8.99 USD shipping cost.) Being that i’ve been itching on getting ahold of this, the only popular line of BB Cream in a shade darker than NC 20-25, I jumped on the opportunity. My rapid action reaps rewards for you too in the form of this review!
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream normally costs $29.99 USD but can be found on sites like Amazon and eBay for a little over half that much. I got it for $8.99 shipped during their website relaunch celebration. At the time of this review (11/28/2011) it is currently on sale for $8.99 USD on the official Missha USA website (plus, a minimum of $8.99 shipping to the states via UPS ground.) This sale ends today, so if you’re interested buy it now (or pay double /triple that later!)
Perfect Cover comes in 5 shades. Normally, that’s not very much variation…but for a BB cream it’s a pretty large offering. Most BB creams come in a single color and only a few years ago I can remember Perfect Cover only coming in 2-3 shades. I ordered Shade No. 31, Golden Beige (their darkest shade.) But there are also the brand new No. 27 Honey Beige and classics No. 23 Natural Beige, No. 21 Light Beige and (new?) No. 13 Milky Beige.
I remember doing a post on BB creams in the super early days of SB, but in case you guys weren’t reading back then (or I dreamt it and am referencing you to a page I never wrote!) here’s the basics:
BB (Blemish Balm) Cream was originally formulated in Germany for use by people suffering from surgical or burn scars. It was formulated by derms specifically for sensitive post-op/burn skin. In addition to providing coverage for scars, variations of it can help lessen scars or lighten skin over time. Asia, always on the know took hold of the idea and ran (and ran!) with it. There are different types of BB creams, whitening, acne treating, scar lightening, skin evening. Most of them have some seriously heavy duty sunblock protection (Perfect Cover has SPF 42!) The downside to BB Cream is that, popularized in Asia, it tends to be really limited in terms of available shades.
The Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream came in a rather large and pointless matching box (which I took pictures of but accidentally deleted, whoops!) The product itself comes in a hygenic pump-tube. It’s a fairly good pump but I find it had a bit of a learning curve when it came to dispensing just the right amount of product. Standard fare, nothing spectacular.
As far as I can tell, Missha’s official images aren’t universally accurate (even when i’m comparing other shades of it vs their respective images.) I’d done my research and seen the true color of No. 31, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased it based on this super pink image.
I’d say that the official image for No. 27 is closer to the real life No. 31, and down the scale for the rest of the colors. I wish I had some No. 27 to swatch for you guys, because i’ve seen it IRL and I know that it’s a slightly lighter and much more neutral color than the very golden, bordering on orangey, No. 31. At least No. 31′s name “Golden Beige” is pretty accurate.
Two warnings, however:
1. If you aren’t naturally close to the shade of No. 31, it will look very orangey. It swatches super orange on paler skin.
2. This product oxidizes like crazy. After about 15 minutes it darkens 2-3 shades. If it didn’t, No. 31 would be MUCH too light for my skintone.
The coverage of Perfect Cover is about medium, maybe full if you use a powder to set it.
Or if you prefer to worship my visage~
And for color accuracy:
On the best parts of my skin, Perfect Cover had a slightly dewy, lightening finish. BUT: This is not a good formula for skin types in either extreme. As you can see below, it clings to dry patches something fierce. Despite this, it somehow has zero oil control and so in areas where my skin is oilier it really brought the shine. This is best for average skin, or the best of the dry and the oily skin types. Otherwise, it just seems to aggravate the problems troubled skin might have.
I’d like to note that my skin here is post exfoliation, post moisturizer and sans (without) primer. I don’t have any good shots of it only oily skin, but trust me – it isn’t any prettier. It gets shiny on me after about 5-6 hours of wear and requires some serious blotting to remain wearable.
Missha promotes their Perfect Cover BB cream as a Whitening, Anti Wrinkle and UV Protection protect. I don’t know about the wrinkles, but it certainly is brightening and has some great built in UV protection.
Perfect Cover cover is a wonder of wear for me. It doesn’t really budge once it’s been applied and set, I had it on during an all-day house-cleaning spree and when the day was over it was still in place. Of course, the trade off is that it feels a bit heavy on the skin. You can’t really wear this and forget about it – at least, I always know when it’s on and when i’ve rubbed it off my face.
I should note that this product is scented. It’s a very flowery, perfume smell that fades over time. It’s a lot more noticeable at first and it may irritate smell-sensitive people. I enjoyed it for the first 5 minutes and then promptly got dizzy >>;
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream has great coverage and wear, as well as a nice selection of shades. It stays true to its claims of whitening/brightening skin and protecting it from the sun. However – on problem skin it may not do much good as it visibly aggravates both oily and dry skin. I have been limiting my use of it as a spot cover and occasionally mixing it with moisturizer to prevent it from aggravating my drier skin areas.
Color Accuracy: 6/10
Overall: 74% (C-)
Have you tried BB Cream? Don’t you wish there was a better color selection? D…d…did you miss me? ; _ ; I missed you guys!