South Korea is known for its beauty. We’re talking known known. People from all over the world flock to Korea in an effort to achieve the flawless skin of so many K-pop stars and actors. You wanna know how it’s done? An impeccable skin care routine. Korean cosmetic stores line the streets of Seoul like no other. There are literally 4 or 5 on each block brimming with the latest skin care innovations and make up.
Etude – Precious Mineral Any Cushion [18,000 won]
This 6-in-1 foundation counts as a moisturizer, sunscreen, oil controller, skin cooler, and brightening. This compact has a liquidy texture that absorbs quickly with a slight dewy finish. You can see the luminosity right after application. Ideal for combination/ oily skin types since it moisturizes without building oil. This light weight and refreshing compact provides a sheer look and is buildable to medium coverage. Also, it wont settle into fine lines or wrinkles and lasts about 4-5 hours without touch ups. Available in two shades.
Hera UV Mist Cushion [47,000 won]
This multi-award winning cushion is known for it’s longevity. You can expect a good 6-7 hours of staying power before needing touch ups. This compact also offers brightening, sebum control, cools the skin, and hydrates with mineral clay water. Don’t forget the SPF 50+/PA+++! There are two shades (21 & 23) available with two levels of coverage, but may not match the fairest of skin tones. 21 is for those with pale skin and salmon undertones with 23 is for those with a slight tan or olive undertone. The two coverage levels are C (for more coverage) and N (for a natural look with less coverage). This mist cushion glides on like a dream and very blend-able. It goes on light and build-able to medium coverage to give a nice glow and a dewy finish. It may be pricey, but includes the compact plus a refill. Recommended for normal and combination skin types.
If you haven’t heard about the buzz yet, BB (beauty balms) and CC (Color Correctors) have been widely popular in Asia for years and entered the Western market in 2012. These are all-in-one products meant to moisturize and care for the skin while also providing make up coverage. Essentially, a foundation and moisturizer all in one! They are notorious for their skin care benefits and for the naturally beautiful look they give the skin. Here are our picks for Korea’s must try BB creams.
Holika Holika – Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream [13,500 won]
To start off our list is Holika Holika’s #1 smash hit product. Contains 80% Aqua Mint Water, this water based BB cream is a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts. This light weight BB cream is great for those with normal to combination skin. The mousse texture provides a natural finish with light coverage that’s biddable to medium. Comes in a beautiful frosted bottle that’s shaped like a jelly cup. Includes a spatula cap and free cotton puffs. The peppermint ingredient gives a cooling sensation and dries quickly without clinging to dry patches. Available in 2 shades: 01 Aqua Beige and 02 Aqua Natural.
Missa – M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ [15,800 won]
This is Missha’s best selling product with 30 million sold world wide. One of Missha’s most higly raved and reviewed about products. Provides a moderate to full coverage that lasts about four to six hours before needing a touch up. One pump is enough for the whole face. The texture is a bit thicker, so blend quickly! Natural finish to cover up all your blemishes. Available in 5 shades from fair to tan.
Missha – M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 PA++(45G) [23,800 won]
Another hit from Missha, here comes a lightweight BB cream that provides the coveted dewy finish. This cake free formula provides full coverage and works well with concealer. Dry skin have no fear! This wont accentuate your dry patches. Be wary if you have oily skin, you might have to blot down your T-zone. Photographs beautifully.
# New arrival ITEM: Etude House Any Cushion Cream Filter SPF33 PA++
Options: Vanilla, Petal, Beige, Sand, Ten(Sold out)