Whenever I think of BB creams (Beauty Balms/Blemish Balm), I’ll automatically think of Korean brands. While it was invented by a German more than 60 years ago, the Koreans really made this product popular only a few ago. BB creams are meant to be more light weight and with added skincare benefits compared to a foundation. This however, should not be confused with a CC cream as that’s a colour correcting cream, though I still can’t tell the difference between the two.
I’ve been meaning to retest the M Perfect Cover BB cream for a while now, because a. it’s summer and b. I haven’t used it in in a long time. I actually had the wrong shade, hence I wasn’t eager on using it but figured a little bronzer could fix that if I were to test it out. I remember about two years I used this product frequently as I was travelling a lot during the summer months but as winter came, new products surfaced and I pretty much forgot about it. Now, I’m ready to test it out again to see whether I’m still liking it, if I’d recommend it and my overall thoughts.
M PERFECT COVER BB CREAM SPF 42+++
Size / Price
50 ml – 6 shades [ #13 Bright Beige / #21 Light Beige / #23 Natural Beige / #27 Honey Beige / #39 Caramel Beige / #31 Golden Beige ]
Coverage: Medium to Full coverage
Overall there’s not much to say about this size. It’s pretty standard that BB creams come in 30 ml or 50 ml, so naturally it’s nice that this one comes in the 50 ml size.
The shade range is very limited focusing on fair skin tones. This is normal for Korean products as they are catering more towards the Asian markets where everyone wants to look fair and bright. I know I had the wrong shade, I used to use the shade 23 but even then that was still pretty light. It’s hard to match online, but if you do have the opportunity, match it in real life or order a shade darker than what you would normally order. I do really wish that the Korean brands start to expand their shade range as they are becoming more popular in western markets as well.
I don’t remember the exact price of this product when purchased as it was on a flight but when I was looking online I found so many different prices. Normally when you’re researching the price online for any product, they are around the same range thanks to the rate parity. That’s why I was surprised that it was much more expensive on the official website..
If I’m taking the official website’s price point at US$22, it is up there in price. I guess this is predominantly due to their financial problems that they were having (in their HK stores at least) a few years back that’s why they closed down their physical stores here. I’m guessing that it’s a lot cheaper in Korea itself. Do have a look around if you’re planning to buy this online as prices can drastically differ between different retailers.
I love the functionality of the packaging. Though the colour graphic isn’t something that stands out to me, the actual package with the pump at the bottom makes it easy to carry around and very hygienic
COVERAGE AND FINISH
The finish comes down to a natural semi matte finish, so set it with powder if you’re going for a matte look. The coverage is medium slightly buildable and can be sheered out especially if you mix it in with a moisturiser. The cream will sit on top of your skin and it does take a while for it so sink in where it oxidises slightly. It doesn’t settle into your fine lines and cake up around your nose so that’s a plus as well. It is light weight if you’d compare it to a foundation with that type of coverage. As someone that is used to a (very) light coverage, I personally found it too heavy for my liking, but that’s just personal preference.
APPLICATION AND WEAR TEST
Any bb cream, I’ll apply it with my fingers. Generally, I’ll always apply creams with my fingers as it’ll warm up the product and sink into the skin better. The application was nice and easy, think of it like a moisturiser. It blended beautifully but you’d have to wait a bit (say 5 minutes) before it dries down and before you can go in with other cream products to avoid you moving the cream around.
I had the makeup on for about 8 hours but towards 5 to 6 hours it wore off. It didn’t break apart, it just faded into the skin. I do have to mention though, that I went for out lunch, walked a lot in the sun and it was very very humid. It was so humid and hot that basically once you step out the door, you’re already sweating and have the feeling your makeup is melting off your face – no joke. Despite that, the cream was still noticeable once I got home and wore off around 2 hours almost completely after that.
The formula is silicone based which allowed it to sit more on top of the skin and didn’t get into the fine lines. Normally I’m not the greatest fan of silicone based products but this had a nice feel to it, like a thicker cream. Another pro in my book was that it is cruelty free, not tested on animals and doesn’t contain any alcohol. It does contain perfume but the smell was not noticeable. One last pro is that it has an SPF in it. This, with the packaging, was the main reason why I carried it around so much when I was travelling back in the day. Having a bb cream with a high SPF just made it easier to get ready and skip the sun screen for that day.
Water (aqua), cyclomethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, zinc oxide, propylene glycol, titanium dioxide, caprylic/capric triglyceride, peg-10 dimethicone, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, arbutin, mineral oil, glycerin, polyethylene, talc, phenyl trimethicone, beeswax (cera alba), iron oxides (yellow), sodium chloride, iron oxides (red), iron oxides (black), methylparaben, dimethicone, propylparaben, rosa canina fruit oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, squalane, hydrolyzed collagen, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, disodium edta, adenosine, caviar extract, algae extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, fagus sylvatica bud extract, ceramide 3, fragrance (parfum), hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, butylphenyl methylpropional, benzyl salicylate, hydroxycitronellal, alpha-isomethyl ionone, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, citronellol
SUITABLE FOR ...
Regardless of what your skin type is, you’re probably going to like this product as it doesn’t stick to dry patches and doesn’t leave you too oily. You may have to powder your face after say 4 to 5 hours if you’re very oily and walking around a hot and humid climate. It sits nicely on top of the skin and feels lightweight for coverage you get. This is only suitable for those with a light skin tone, due to the limited shade options available. If you're looking for something that's pore filling this won't do, but perhaps you could try it with a pore filling primer
THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Shade Range
- Not long lasting
- Contains Perfume
- Packaging, great for travel and hygienic
- Formula (Cruelty-free, SPF)
- Coverage and Finish
MY OVERALL THOUGHTS
I generally like this product, but it’s not something that I’ll run out the door to get if it’s finished. Also, because it’s pretty hard to find since there is no physical store here and I can’t get a good match without having swatched the different shades. If you’re looking for a BB cream this summer at the beach, where you can easily reapply this, then I do recommend this product. But, because it isn’t long lasting for the summer climate that I face on a day to day basis, I won’t repurchase this now. I’ll still be on the look out for a high SPF BB cream that can last me a long time in this humid climate, so if you know any let me know! Cheers, Sam