Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream Review & Swatches

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missha perfect cover bb cream

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to try out another Korean BB Cream.  I previously reviewed the Holika Holika Peach Girl BB Cream, which I still really like – I just wanted to try something new!

Missha makes several BB Creams, and they have the following comparison chart (click to enlarge).  I settled on Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream, supposedly the best all-around choice.

Missha BB Cream comparison chart

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Perfect Cover BB Cream comes in five shades – 13, 21, 23, 27, 31 (light to dark). I couldn’t find good quality swatches of the different shades, but from the swatches I did find, I suspected that 21 might be too light and 23 too dark.  I also found Nouveau Cheap’s face photos of shade 21 helpful – as she says, it’s just a touch light for her, and I think she’s just a touch lighter than I am.

It also comes in two sizes – 50ml  / 1.6oz for $30, and 20ml / .67oz for $13 (Missha website prices, but note that they have great sales). So, I decided to purchase both 21 and 23 in the smaller size, with the idea that I would probably need to mix them.  I purchased from Ebay, and paid around $7.50 per item. I recommend rubyruby76 for all of your Korean makeup needs; they’re reliable.

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream Swatches 21 23

Shade 21 // Shade 23

Above are semi-blended swatches of 21 and 23.  21 looks yellow-toned, and 23 looks golden beige.  23 looks like a better match for my arm at this point – at this time of year, my face is a similar color to my arm.

missha perfect cover bb cream swatches 21 23-2

Blended: Shade 21 // Shade 23

Blended out, Shade 21 is a much better match to my arm, but it’s not perfect – in person, it had a pinky-beige tone, which just would not show up in photos.  Shade 23 of course appears far too dark.  So, I did end up mixing shades for my face – more on that later.

Texture-wise, the Perfect Cover BB Cream is a thick cream. If I squeeze out a pea size amount on to the back of my hand and turn my hand upside down,the dollop of BB Creams stays intact.  It is very easy to spread and feels quite moisturizing, and I noticed that my skin stayed moisturized throughout the day – significantly more so than with most foundations.  I do use a separate moisturizer before, but I think if you had normal to slightly oily skin, that would be unnecessary.  If you have very oily skin, my guess is that the Perfect Cover BB Cream isn’t going to control oil well enough on it’s own for you – but perhaps it would work with an additional primer.

When I use Korean BB Creams, I apply more product than I do when I apply foundation, because I often don’t apply a separate sunscreen.*  I experimented some with this product, and settled on using a ratio of two parts 21 to one part 23, and a total of about two peas worth of product.

*I really should, because I don’t apply enough BB Cream for it to really work as sunscreen – you need a surprisingly large amount of sunscreen for it to be fully effective. Read more here if you are interested!

missha perfect cover bb cream swatches

No makeup // Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

When first applied, the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream looks quite pale and oddly colored, but after blending in and waiting about 30 seconds, it seems to adjust to my skin color and look great.  It has medium coverage and a natural finish – neither dewy nor matte.

As mentioned above, this BB Cream helps my skin stay hydrated while I wear it – and that’s probably my favorite thing about it.  I also really like the amount of coverage, and I’m very happy with the color match, even though I need to mix shades to get it. I suspect that I will be able to get a good color match in the summer by flipping the proportions – one part 21 to two parts 23.

Most foundations wear well on me, and this is no exception – it lasts all day all on me when set with powder (either my trusty Guerlain pressed or a new one I have been testing).

Overall, I love this BB Cream – I’ve been wearing it frequently, and I would highly recommend checking it out!
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  • Amanda

    For reference, what is your mac shade? Do you prefer this one or the peach girl?

    • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      MAC NC20 in their Studio Sculpt foundation matches me pretty well right now! I get a bit darker in the summer. I think I prefer this one to Peach Girl because it’s a better color match, but I really do like both of them. I have an area where I keep makeup I use, and an area where I keep makeup I don’t use (but keep for swatching purposes) – both Peach Girl & Perfect Cover have a permanent spot in my “actually use” drawers!

  • ivoryandolive

    I love this stuff! I have it in 27 (honey beige) and I wear it in place of foundation now. I like a decent amount of coverage and find that this provides great coverage without looking like you are wearing foundation.

    • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      I totally agree – great coverage without the look of foundation, that’s exactly it :)

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oooh this looks great on you, Emi! I have been curious about the Missha brand for a while, as well as Korean BB creams. Everyone says they are so different, so I am very curious to try one! :)

    • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      I’d love to hear your thoughts if you try one!

  • Bellyhead

    When I lived in Korea, I tried out a bunch of BB creams. the shops are super generous with sample packets. All the colors were so off on me that I never found a match, including this Missha one. I love the finish and coverage on you, Emi! The color match looks pretty good with 21/23 combined on you!!

    • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      I didn’t know you lived in Korea previously! *is jealous of all the makeup you got to play with and food you got to eat*

  • Amalia J

    Wow I can really see the difference! Just curious did you buy from a Korean seller? I did but I didn’t think there were fakes of these, I’ll be so disappointed! They have this in the shops but only in the 50 ml size. I’m nc20 too so I got both shades as well. Awesome review!

    • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      I bought from two different Korean sellers actually – one tube is from rubyruby76 who is definitely legit, and since she didn’t have the other shade in stock, I bought it from another Korean seller with excellent feedback. Since both tubes are identical, I think I’m good :)

  • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

    There are fakes, but luckily most of the Korean sellers are selling the real thing – rubyruby76 for example is known to be legitimate. It’s not like MAC where almost all of the product is fake :)

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    I would really be interested in trying this. 21 looks like it would work well for me. Hmmm… maybe this will be my first BB cream purchase (unless you count UD’s, which I kind of don’t)

  • sassy britches

    I love that you included what ratio of the colors you use to mix, it’s very helpful to me because I think I have the same tone/color as you. Thanks for this review!