Asian beauty brands are just way ahead of the game, especially when it comes to skincare and skin-benefiting makeup. BB creams originated in South Korea, and after hearing a ton of great reviews about the brand Etude House, I knew I would have to pick up their Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream when the opportunity came. This wasn’t the cheapest of BB creams, but it wasn’t bank-breaking either, and for the price you get a lot of product.
Precious Mineral Blooming Fit has a surprisingly liquid consistency, which I wasn’t expecting based on my own previous experience with BB creams. The tube comes with a pump and lid, making it nice and sanitary. I got mine in the lightest shade available, #N02 (sadly the shade range is not vast, as the brand caters mainly to women with more common Asian skin tones (particularly those more commonly found in South Korea)).
The product claims to whiten (which does not mean ‘bleach’- it means to unify the color of your skin- like to clear up redness or discoloration), defend against wrinkle development and skin-darkening. In other words, this BB cream claims to provide long-term benefits. I can’t really sing this product’s praises in terms of those, as I haven’t been using it alone for months on end, but after using it for about a full week, and taking into consideration all of the redness in my skin over these past few weeks, I feel it has helped to even out the tone of my skin. I didn’t even feel like I needed to use a proper base to cover up today!
However, Precious Mineral Blooming Fit is not ideal for coverage, as it is very sheer. It can be built up a bit, but nowhere near even medium coverage. I would recommend only one pump, otherwise it can begin to feel a tad heavy. In terms of application, I would say that not only does this product take a bit of time to settle, but it takes a bit of effort to work in, unlike other BB creams. I use a dense, flat-top buffing foundation brush to buff in the product, since using a sponge applicator absorbs so much of the product (given the consistency). Unfortunately, this BB cream is not meant for you dry-skinned folk. Since it’s so sheer it settles into dry patches and really emphasizes them… This is far more suitable as a spring-fall product, in my opinion.
So what’s my verdict? I think this BB cream is definitely worth a shot, especially if you’re looking to explore Asian brands and/or BB cream formulas. It’s also of quite a great value for the quantity and price. I feel that during long-term usage you’ll really get a chance to see some excellent results. However, if you’re in the market for something with optimal coverage, that suits darker skin tones and/or dry skin, the Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream is not for you.
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