BB Creams are my go-to all year round. They tend to provide extra hydration for my combination skin, along with the perfect amount of light coverage for my ‘good’ skin days. It wasn’t until recently that I stumbled upon a new one from the Korean beauty realm – the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream, specifically the Cover & Bright Fit version. This BB cream claims to give ‘flawless coverage’ while also brightening the skin and is one of YesStyle’s top 10 must-try Korean beauty picks – let’s take a look!
Etude House BB Cream ‘Cover & Bright Fit’ Review
According to the Etude House website, this is a “cover & bright fit BB Cream that smoothly glides onto skin with its Double Fitting Concealer Technology”. It features a multi-tasking formula that not only moisturizes and conceals, but also brightens and protects with SPF30.
The formula comes in a squeezable tube that allows to dispense just the right amount of product directly onto your hand, brush, or sponge (and also minimizes product waste). It’s also lightweight (no heavy glass bottle here), so you can easily toss it in your travel bag or purse for touch ups.
There are only three shades available, all in the lighter range. They include Honey beige W24, Natural Beige W13, and Light beige N02. (For my review, I’m actually using the darkest shade, Honey beige, which you’ll see a swatch of below.)
The Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream is also very budget-friendly, coming in at $11.61 USD for 1.23 oz/35 g of product – a pretty generous amount for the price!
Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit Review
Pigmentation/Color – I’m around MAC27 with neutral undertones, and I tried out the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit in the shade Honey beige. The first thing that stood out to me was the absence of intense orange or even yellow tones. Instead, it was a nice neutral shade that I so rarely come across these days. Even as I wore it, it didn’t oxidize and turn orange or darker on me.
Swatch of Honey Beige on cheeks (on ~MAC27 skin)
Formula – The Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit’s formula is a little thicker and also less hydrating than your average BB cream. This actually translates to higher coverage than your typical BB cream – I’d say it’s more comparable to a light-medium coverage foundation. (However, if you prefer lighter coverage, you can definitely mix it with an oil or moisturizer to thin it out.)
And because it is quite thick, it can quickly turn cakey depending on 1) how much you apply and 2) how prepped/hydrated your skin is prior to the application. To avoid this look, I’ll typically spritz my face with a facial spray and/or apply an oil serum/moisturizer just beforehand. Then I’ll go for 2 layers max.
The Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit also sets pretty quickly, and to an almost powder-like finish. It creates a satin-matte look in the skin with that extra bit of glow (from the pearl extract, I’m guessing). I personally love the brightening effect – it creates a soft sheen that mimics a highlighter on the cheeks and high points of the face whenever light hits them.
Longevity – The Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit lasts a good 10+ hours on me, which is amazing considering most BB creams turn my face into an oily mess after 4-5 hours! Surprisingly, it saw only minimal shine/oilies in my T-zone after a full day.
Etude House BB Cream Before & After
Here are my before and after photos, where I applied one layer of the Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit using my fingers. To prep the skin, I used my favorite face oil by Meow Meow Tweet.
Bare Skin | Wearing the shade ‘Honey Beige’ (one coat)
- Great coverage – conceals facial redness and evens skintone
- Sets to a natural-looking, satin-matte finish
- Stays put for 10+ hours (even on oily skin)
- Budget-friendly (comparable to drugstore price ranges)
- Not very hydrating (need to make sure to exfoliate and apply moisturizer beforehand)
- Limited shade offerings, all on the lighter side
Thank goodness I was able to find a shade because I’m loving the formula of this BB cream. It provides just the right amount of coverage to conceal redness and even everything out, plus it lasts all day (even on my oilier areas). It’s not particularly hydrating, and actually quite matte, which turns out to work amazingly well for my combination skin (and I’d imagine the same for oily skin as well.) On the other hand, if you have drier skin and/or prefer lighter coverage, this BB cream could still work, though I’d suggest mixing in an oil moisturizer/serum before applying.
The shade offerings are quite limited as there are only 3 shades available (all on the lighter side), though if you do happen to find a match, I absolutely recommend picking this up!
The Etude House BB Cream Cover & Bright Fit is available on Yesstyle.com for $11.61.
What do you think about this BB cream and the coverage/final look? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!