Product Review: Korean Makeup Etude House Precious Mineral Matte BB Cream

Hello everyone! It is time for another Korean K-beauty cosmetic review. The product I will review today is a BB cream. It is the: Korean brand Etude House's Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Matte BB Cream in the shade Tan.

Cost: $8.99-$15 depending on where you buy it

It contains SPF50+ PA+++
It is a mineral-based BB cream

It contains over 60 ingredients, including ones that are good for your skin:

  1. Glycerin
  2. Niacinamide
  3. Pearl Powder
  4. Pearl Extract
  5. Adenosine
  6. Portulaca Oleracea Extract
  7. Silica
  8. Mineral Water
  9. Mother of Pearl
Shade Range: It comes in only 5 light shades: Vanilla, Petal, Beige, Sand, and Tan. I have the darkest shade, which is Tan.

Scent: This BB cream does contain fragrance but it is so mild, that if I wasn't looking for a fragrant smell, I wouldn't know it was in it; this BB cream just smells like clay to me, so if you are sensitive to perfume scents, this one won't likely bother you. 

Brand Claims: Etude House claims that this BB cream moisturizes and lasts on the skin for 24 hours. It improves the appearance of wrinkles while you wear it; it brightens the skin, and it has smooth and adhesive coverage.

This BB cream stayed on the entire time I wore it, and I wore it for over 8 hours. My skin did not feel dry while wearing it so I do feel that it is moisturizing. It also adheres well to the skin. I don't have wrinkles yet, so I can't speak on that, but it did make my skin look smoother. 

I did not feel that this BB cream brightened my skin though. I actually felt that my skin looked brighter without it. This is most likely because of how white and washed out it made my skin look. The whiteness also looked very mask-like on me, and I found it hard to get even coverage. You can actually see the unevenness in the picture where I am wearing this BB cream. My actual skin color peeks through more in some places and less in others. 

This is how this BB cream looked on my skin

My Skin Type: I had normal skin since I was a child, but recently it has become oily

Before BB Cream

After BB Cream 

This BB cream feels light on the skin and it felt like I had no makeup on while I was wearing it.

Coverage: This BB cream gives medium coverage. It has more coverage than most BB creams though, but if you don't want your imperfections to show through at all, you should use it along with foundation and concealer. I like to mix BB creams with foundation to lighten a foundation that is too dark, to make the foundation adhere better to my skin, and to give my foundation a more light weight feel. 

Lines/Under Eye: The lines under my eyes were still noticeable, but the light color of this BB cream seemed to mask them. However, it also seemed to accentuate the dryness of my under eye area a lot, which actually seemed to deepen the appearance of the lines here. This BB cream did not settle into my smile lines though.

White Cast: Yes, it does leave a white cast. It looks very white, lite in color on the skin, so it is better for Caucasian and Asian skin tones.

Layerable: Yes, it is layerable, but no matter how much you layer it, you will not get full coverage. 

Dark Circles: I had to use quite a bit of this BB cream on my dark circles to reduce them, but it did lessen their appearance more than most foundations even do. 

Wear: While wearing this BB cream, I did get a bit oily after a while. Furthermore, since this BB cream looks so white on the skin, I don't recommend setting it with powder unless you mix it with a foundation first, because the powder mixed with the BB cream could make you look even whiter and mask-like.

Final Thoughts: This BB cream has a lot of coverage and I love that it is mineral-based and has good ingredients for the skin in it. However, this BB cream is just not my cup of tea 🍵. I would never wear this BB cream alone, but I do think this BB cream is a good one to have to lighten foundations that are too dark. 

Would I buy this BB cream again though? No, I wouldn't. I don't feel that this BB cream is for tan/dark women, and since there are many mineral natural BB creams out there for darker women like me, I would just buy one of those. 

I believe this BB cream is more for people who have white light-colored skin tones that they wish to make look even lighter, while also getting the benefits of minerals and skin-loving ingredients. So if this is not what you want, then this BB cream won't likely work for you either.

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