Although I’m a massive fan of the Korean cosmetics company, Etude House. I’ve somehow managed to avoid trying any of their BB creams previously. A few weeks ago, however, they sent me their Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream alongside their Correct & Care CC Cream to try out. How was my foray into Etude House BB creams? Read on to find out
( I apologise profusely for the picture quality. My camera hated shade of white and the holographic nature of the packaging.
What is it?
Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream comes to us as a spring edition to the already famous Precious Mineral BB Cream line. The product is formulated with luminescent pearl extract and cotton veil powder, which helps to brighten the skin and smooth over any blemishes. It also contains SPF30/PA++, boasting whitening and anti-aging properties. As it is free of artificial colours, parabens and Benzophenone, it is sensitive skin friendly.
Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream comes in three colours: N02 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige and W24 Honey Beige.
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While many of my BB creams have a dewy finish, Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB cream dries down to a powdery finish. Coverage is medium to full (buildable).
As far as the packaging is concerned, it’s your usual Etude House affair: cute and ever so slightly princessy. The tube houses 60g of product and comes with a pump dispenser, which I have a love hate relationship with (nothing can get squeezed out by mistake, but it sometimes takes a few pumps to get anything out).
How did it perform?
My relationship with this BB cream got off to a rocky start. I’m probably NW-20/25 or so. The colour I received, NO2 light beige. is light enough for my skin, but has definite yellow undertones. I wore it on webcam with my boyfriend and he admitted, “I didn’t want to say anything, but yeah, you look yellow.”
In some lights, I can get away with it, in others it’s a real mismatch. However, I was willing to go around looking slightly jaundiced in order to give you guys the most accurate review possible. Lol.
Colour match aside, the product has a creamy texture that blends easily into my skin. When first applied, it has the same floral smell at lot of BB creams do, but it’s both pleasant and mild, so no complaints here. The coverage is probably just as good as my Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream. As I said before, it goes on medium but can be built up quite easily to full coverage.
Once on, I immediately noticed that it doesn’t have the dewy texture most of my other BB creams do. I actually prefer to have a mostly matte face, so I liked the powdery finish.
have combination oily skin, so oil control is important for me. Below, you can see the a comparison between this BB Cream and Missha M’s Perfect Cover
Weirdly, while Precious Mineral BB Cream has a larger oil ring, it’s less saturated than the one produced by Perfect Cover. My actual experience with oil control while wearing it was quite good. After about six hours on, I still didn’t have to blot my face, possibly courtesy of the powdery finish. On that note, the overall wear time is really good. It doesn’t oxidise or seem to melt off like some products.
No picture of me wearing it because… well, I’m yellow.
Let me know in a comment if you want a photo of part of my face to better illustrate coverage.
Where to buy?
RRP: $14-18 online* (I don’t know the official Etude House price, so this calculation is based on a search of 4 or so popular online retailers, including English Gmarket, which is probably close to retail, and eBay, which is probably obscenely jacked up)
If you live in Asia, you may have an Etude House store you can pick up this product from. If not, English Gmarket is probably the next closest you’ll get to retail price.
- People with sensitive skin (it’s free of parabens and artificial colours)
- Medium to Fair skin types with warm undertones
- Fans of medium to full coverage
- People looking to combat t-zone shininess (while oil control is only moderate, the powdery finish is flattering)
- Anyone looking for a good amount of product for a budget price (60g lasts AGES)
- Fair skinned people with cool undertones & people with dark skin tones (the three shades are hardly universally flattering)
- People who like a dewy finish (this will leave you looking more matte)
- People who live outside of Asia and don’t like to shop online
I actually love the formula of this BB cream. It manages to offer full coverage without feeling too heavy on the skin and leaves me looking matte for hours after application. That’s why it breaks my heart that it’s only available in 3 colours.
I am hoping to pick up a sample size of W13 Natural Beige at some point and see if it suits me better, as I hear it’s for cool undertones. If you’ve got medium to fair skin with warm undertones and are looking for reasonable coverage, I highly recommend this BB cream. If not for the colour match issues, it would now be part of my regular rotation.
Beauty Junkie asks: Have you ever tried any Etude House BB creams? What’s your holy grail BB Cream (from any brand)?
* This product was provided to me as an Etude House Pink Bird . I was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are my own and uncompromised.