I do not know much about BB creams because in the past 10 years I have struggled to find a Korean skincare brand catering for anyone darker than “ghost white”. It seems vaguely funny that even a native Korean who is not as pale as a piece of paper has a hard time finding a matching foundation.
Even though for the past few years korean people have spoken about this restrictive aspect of brands and you-tubers like Jella (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwy5KgaKa-W6Ladj3iN4mw ) have come out about brands “exclusivity” for light skin people only; there has not been much of a change and the few shades that have been added to the general color range are still too light for me.
I am aware that BB cream of my skin colour are available in Europe ( Garnier ) but unfortunately these products, in my opinon, cannot emulate and compete with the benefits you get with the original BB creams like Missha. Also, I do not know if it is just me but European produced BB cream tend to break me out (I have tried two, both went terribly wrong) and give me this grey overall look due to the undertone of the product being too pink for my complexion.
So when the Erborian, a french-korean brand, came up with the BB Cream Au Ginseng Korean Formula with a shade similar to my skin color, it all felt surreal!
I initially saw the BB cream in a pharmacy in St Germain in Paris and what captured my attention was the fact that they had a shade called caramel, which is exactly my skin color (reference MAC NC 44). The thing with European brands is that even if they do a shade dark enough for me, the undertone always seems off. I have a warm olive-yellow complexion so before buying the product I decided to purchase a little 15 ml “tester”.
The product, which claimed to be a hybrid between french and korean skincare, seemed very promising and I am glad to have given this a try because this is the best foundation-but-not foundation I have ever had.
BB creams in general tend to have a low coverage however, this cream had a decent ability to cover all of my hyper pigmentation and small burn scars. To me the coverage was impressive and in fact, I now barely use concealers. Moreover, the finish this gives is so lovely: baby smooth skin. Although the texture of the skin is not blurred out, this does a great job at giving an even complexion. One down side to the product is that it does feel a bit greasy when used with hands, however, this is easily resolved by using a beauty blender. The finish of the cream is a nice “healthy glow” which is very trendy with korean women.
The products claims to:
- Professionally conceal all skin tones
- Provide a velvety smooth texture
- Deeply moisturizes, even out and nourish skin
- Be suitable for all skin types
- Have anti-ageing properties
I have to admit that this product does everything it claims to do. It gives a brightening and “plump” effect to the face. The consistency of the cream and its moisturizing properties can be a bit too rich for oily skin but this is something I think is easily fixed with powder. For those that have tried the “Estee Lauder Nude Double Wear”, this BB cream is a thicker in consistency and a less shiny version. I love that it is moisturizing and feels and looks “natural”. I certainly recommend it for any skin type and I am certain that people with dry skin are going to love it. Moreover, this BB also acts a fantastic primer for those nights you need a bit more of glam. I find it works best with similar creamy formula, one of my favorite to layer it on with is the DIOR totale DREAMSKIN perfect cushion foundation.
The ingredient listing is not too bad either:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Di-Methicone, Talc, Isoeicosane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Betaine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Mequisetum Giganteum Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magne, Sium Sulfate, Silica, Glycosyl Trehalose, Aluminum Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol , Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Co -Polymer, Dimethicone /Vinyl Di-Methicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Vinyl Dimethicone /Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol , Eugenol, Limonene, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides , Ci 77499/Iron Oxides, Ci 77491/Iron Oxide.
The majority of -cone ending products are skin conditioning agents which have viscosity controlling properties. We also have some ingredients that act as humectant like Betaine, Licorice, Cyclomethicone and moistrusing agents such as Glycerin. On top of that we have the added benefit of natural extracts such as Ginseng, which has emollient, anti inflammatory and tonic properties and other skin-conditioning ingredients from fruit and fruits. Iron Oxides at the end of the list were used to give the BB cream its color. Unfortunately, for those with sensitive skin, this BB cream contains fragrance. I find the fragrance quantity to be very limited as my skin seems to tolerate it however, I do recommend extreme caution for those of you with very sensitive skin. It is better if you test out the product first before putting it all over the face.
If there is one thing I wish the formulators would change, it is the use of a higher SPF as the current one is just 20 SPF. However, this BB cream layers up nicely to my Biore sunscreen and I have not had major issues with it creating little balls or the product moving around. Also, it would be appreciated if they could add a few more shades for a more inclusive color range.
Finally, for the Imu-approved review table, *rolling of drums*
|Packaging||5/5||The packaging is simple, light and easy to use.|
|Effectiveness||5/5||Does exactly what it says.|
|Value||2.5/5||It is an expensive BB cream. The full 45 ml version costs around £30-£36. I paid £32 and bought it from Selfridges.|
|Longevity||5/5||You only need a pea-size amount. Therefore, this BB cream should last a long time. The 15 ml version lasted me a month. Hopefully the full size version will last me 3 times longer.|
|Overall||It is an excellent product and worth trying!!|
You can purchase this BB cream from Selfridges, Any French big pharmacie , feelunique and SPACE NK. I would recommend in store purchase as online prices seem to be inflated.
I hope that you find this review useful and if you have already tried the product WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ON IT? Let me know below.