I first came across Korean cosmetics Missha in Singapore a couple of years ago. I bought a couple of things to try but I was underwhelmed. The next time I saw Missha was at Ikano Power Center (where Ikea is at Mutiara Damansara) – are there other stands in Malaysia? I’ve never seen. But I digress.
When I walked past the Missha counter, my eye fell on the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream on display. I liked that it comes in 2 shades – I found the Etude House BB Cream too dark for me. But I wasn’t sure if I wanted to plonk down the cash for it, since it was something like RM80 or so. So, I asked the sales assistant for a sample to try and she very generously gave me samples of 3 different products – sneaky woman! 😛
The 3 products I received were the M Perfect Cover BB Cream #23, M Shiny BB Cream and M BB Boomer. As they are only tiny little sachets, this will be an overview of the products rather than an in-depth review.
MIssha M BB Boomer
The M BB Boomer as I understand it, is a makeup base. On the packet, it says that it is to be applied before the BB cream and it will help the BB cream stay on longer. The cream is rather thick and white and when applied on the skin, actually acts to even out the skin tone already. There is a slight fragrance but nothing that lingers or that is too strong. As it is a makeup base, it does a pretty good job holding on to the BB cream that goes on after, and keeping it relatively fresh the whole day long. I’ve no idea of its retail price but Missha isn’t wallet-breakingly expensive so I might be interested in getting this.
Missha M Shiny BB Cream
With a name like Shiny, you’d think its a bad marketing idea. What women want are products that DON’T make them shiny! But what the M Shiny BB cream is, is a BB cream with slight pearlescent shimmer in it.
As it comes in only 1 colour, I was quite concerned to see that the cream has a slight grey cast to it and it looked a little dark on my skin. However, once smoothened out over the BB Boomer, it actually melted right into my skin. The pearl shimmer is practically undetectable unless you look right up close. From a distance, all you see is a slight glow that evens out your skin beautifully. Very nice? Oh Oui! I like! It contains SPF27/ PA++ and I like the creamy texture which isn’t watery unlike the Etude House BB cream. Coverage is medium-light which I like. There is also a slight fragrance which doesn’t bug me. If I’m not mistaken a full size tube retails for RM85.
BUT … and yes there is a but… it faded off me by the end of the day to a sheer coverage, even over the BB Boomer base. Strange indeed. I know when foundations fade because my freckles / pigmentation show through 😛 So for that, I don’t quite like it after all.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
According to the sales assistant, the M Perfect Cover BB Cream was brought into Malaysia due to overwhelming demand from customers. There are 2 shades available #21 and #23. The sample is in #23 which is all they had. I found #23 a shade too dark for me and prefer #21.
The texture again is creamy and applies well – only a little dab can take me a long way. The coverage is good if you are looking for full coverage and it goes a long way towards evening out my skin. Again, the colour of the cream on my skin had a slight grey cast but once blended, it looked fine. I’ve read many sites and reviews that say that Missha BB Creams have a pinkish cast/tone to it but it worked for me. One drawback to the M Perfect Cover BB Cream is that it oxidized on me so it effectively turned my face a shade or half darker. Boo! This was used in direct contact with my skin. Used over the BB Boomer makeup base, the oxidization was less but still there.
The M Perfect Cover BB Cream is the priciest of the lot and although it comes in a shade closer to my skin tone, I’m reluctant to buy it because of the oxidization factor. If I’m going to get one BB Cream from Missha, it will be M Shiny BB Cream.
Have you tried any Missha BB Creams? Do you like BB Creams?