5 of the Best Korean BB Creams

BB What?

BB creams, also known as blemish balms, beblesh balms or blemish base, are multipurpose creams that work like a foundation, but better. They provide coverage, sun protection, moisturization and many of the top brands contain ingredients that can help minimize wrinkles and heal blemished skin.

BB creams have been popular in Korea and other Asian countries for quite some time now and in recent years, they have also become a prominent feature in Western cosmetics. While L’Oreal, Maybelline, and other ‘western’ BB cream brands are pretty good, many of us would still prefer to stick to where it all started from — Korea. And if you are looking for the best Korean BB creams, here are our top picks based on their overall user ratings and benefits provided.

Dr. Jart + Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

dr jart premium beauty balm spf 45

The coveted Dr. Jart+ brand is a favorite of many girls. Our top pick from Dr. Jart+ is the Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45. Its high SPF provides adequate protection against the sun’s damaging rays while the cream works to restore firmness and elasticity to your skin.

Some features of this beauty balm include whitening, wrinkle reduction, and UV protection.

The coverage is perfect, reducing redness and hiding imperfections to make skin look smooth. And unlike some BB creams on the market, the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm is able to do this without looking chalky. Just remember to blend well with your fingers or a cosmetic sponge!

Skin79 Super+ Hot Pink SPF 25 PA++

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The SKIN79 Super+ BB Triple Function Hot Pink SPF25/PA++ is another favorite available on the market. It has been around for some years now but still remains a top choice for many women. This BB cream suits the Asian complexion and is a popular among women in Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore. On darker complexions, this tends to look a little chalky but if you have light to medium skintone, this bb cream will blend perfectly and even brighten your complexion.

Some features of this BB cream include whitening, UV protection, and “wrinkle free” which is another way of saying it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles :)

The Skin79 has lighter coverage than most BB creams I’ve tried, but it’s good enough to conceal minor scars and blemishes or for days when you want to have a more natural look.

Missha M Perfect Cover SPF 42 PA+++

missha m perfect cover bb cream

The Missha M Perfect Cover SPF 42 PA+++ BB cream comes in two shades – Light Beige (No. 21) and Natural Beige (No. 23). In terms of coverage, this BB cream cannot be beat. You will find it perfect for days when you need to conceal a bad breakout without looking like a geisha. This BB cream is very thick so make sure you apply with a light hand to avoid overdoing it.

The Missha M Perfect Cover is suitable for all skin types including blemish-prone skin.

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit SPF 30 PA++

etude house precious mineral bright fit bb cream

This amazing BB cream comes at a great price tag and is infused with pearl powder for a silky finish. This BB cream is very light and may even feel watery if you’re used to other BB creams; it may also look sheer on first application but the coverage is buildable so you can simply apply a second or third layer over it.

Unlike the Skin79 Hot Pink which is more suitable for lighter complexions, the Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit works just as well on darker complexions.

This BB cream helps brighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream SPF 30 PA++

holika holika petit bb cream spf 30 pa++

The  Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB cream is a wonderful BB cream for anyone with oily skin. It contains tea tree oil which helps to soothe oily, blemish-prone skin. If you suffer from excessive shine during the day, this BB cream has sebum control powder added to it which will also help tone down the oiliness.

This blemish balm also provides great, buildable coverage. The product is already pretty pigmented when you use just one layer of it, but if you need even more coverage, you could wait five minutes for the first layer to settle in and then put on another.

The color on this one is a little light so it’s more suitable for girls with fairer skin tones. Medium girls can use this as well, just sweep a little bronzer over it and it’ll look perfect.

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