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Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream Review
Etude House Precious Mineral Sun Blemish Balm Cream is one of the newest bb creams from the company. It was originally released in the summer of 2012 and is marketed toward people with oily skin. It is meant to control oil levels throughout the day and protect your skin from the sun. It has 50 SPF, which is quite powerful for a face foundation.
It is also waterproof, so you don't have to worry about it getting washed off during the day while playing sports or at the beach.
The thing I like most about this Etude House blemish balm is the packaging. It comes in a cool looking container with a sponge tip. Recently, I've discovered the joys of using a sponge to apply face makeup, so having a makeup with a built-in sponge is really handy.
If for some reason you don't like using a sponge, you can pop it off and apply the cream with your fingers. The sponge can also be washed or replaced. Etude House sells the sponges separately, but they are kind of expensive, so I would just recommend washing the sponge well.
It comes in three colors and all of them are light beige. I picked the lightest color. It is the lightest beige color which is suitable for fair skin tones. If you have darker than medium tone skin, this bb cream will not work for you because even the darkest color is fairly light.
Application is simple. As I mentioned before, you can squeeze the tube to dispense the product, which comes through in the center of the sponge. After, apply to the skin and rub until absorbed. If you don't like doing that, pop off the top and use your fingers.
The nice thing about this cream is that it is thinner than others, such as Skin79 Hot Pink. It does not have a grey tinge, so you don't need to wait for it to oxidize. One thing I hate about the hot pink bb cream is that it is grey and seems to take forever to match my skin tone. I do not have that problem with this product, which I appreciate.
The only thing I can complain about is the tube. It is hard to squeeze the cream out of the tube, but this is a minor problem.
Coverage, Staying Power and Value
Coverage is light to medium. It covers up redness and minor acne spots well, but not larger blemishes. It does even out skin tone. The dries to a semi-matte finish.I could not get it to really cover up my dark circles, so I had to use a separate concealer.
This bb cream actually feels very lightweight when applied. I could feel it on, but it was light and not at all uncomfortable. It is just about as close to a "naked" skin feeling as I can imagine. It also stayed on until I removed it, which was about 8 hours.
I really like this bb cream and it is one of the better ones I found. Honestly, most South Korea BB Creams seem to work with me. I have a very fair skintone with yellow undertones. If your skin tone is similar, you'll probably have a lot of success with bb cream.
I like this cream better than Skin 79 Hot Pink and the Etude House Magic BB. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you're looking for something new and lightweight, especially because it has pretty nice staying power and SPF 50.