After all the hype and hoopla on BB creams, here's my take on the ultimate BB Cream from a Korean company which was amongst the first few to initiate the trend in early 2000 in the Asian continent on the highly acclaimed yet equally debated Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm.
I always feel a sense of relief when I know a Beauty Balm that I am trying out originates from the East as I have tried a few from British brands and they have only turned out be a extension of the Tinted Moisturiser albeit catering for a huge variety of skin tones.
What's this supposed to do?
This particular one has an SPF of 30 to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun, which apparently are present in the winter as well, believe it or not. In my opinion, the best way to prevent skin from ageing is to regularly top up SPF as it prevents skin from drying, hardening and then eventually getting all wrinkly. It's even better when it comes in a base product like this!
Secondly, what the product promises is to cover the blemishes on the face and rejuvenate the skin. Coming to the first part of the claim, the product itself is so pigmented that it manages to cover moderate blemishes quite successfully. I don't find it breaks out confused, combination skin as mine, going further to prove that it can also prevents blemishes from developing in the first place. As for the second half of the claim, the product surprisingly dries to a semi-matte finish with just the right amount of glow it. It mimics how the skin would glow naturally on a good day, so surely it helps the face look brighter and happier.
My only gripe with this flawless product is that I would wear it every single day, even outside home for its full coverage and great longevity if it would not be as pale as it is in reality. I tried to look up if it came in different shades but surprisingly, only one shade is supposed to fit all when it comes to authentic BB creams.
I am not complaining and I even wear it quite shamelessly embracing the paleness this winter but it is starkly paler than my naturally olive-tanned NC30 skin colour as you can probably tell.
The texture of the product is hydrating and can get slightly oily in the t-zone after mid-day.
If you are looking for a medium-full coverage BB cream, that feels light on the skin, absorbs well, does not tackily sit on the top and can be worn outside without a second thought, this would be it.
However, do try swatching it on the back of your hand or neck if you get a chance to when in Boots.
A 50ml tube is available for £22 at Boots.