Though Korean beauty balm creams used to be one of the best kept beauty secrets of Korean women, this is no longer true. Women from all over the world are discovering the fine ingredients and quality that many of these creams have. They are formulated for protecting fair skin from the sun and they have the added benefit of lightening imperfections such as age spots or freckles. Some newer formulas also include vitamins and ingredients which help to minimize wrinkles and create a more perfect complexion. Some even reduce acne and all can serve as a moisturizer and foundation in one.
The products reviewed here represent some of the most popular and best sellers available, plus a few lesser well known, yet well-crafted formulas.
10. Forlan Skincare BB Cream Fruit Extracts and Vitamins A & E
This product is a formula made with many natural ingredients such as fruit extracts, vitamins A and E and peptides. It has antioxidant strength for anti-aging help. Customers who posted reviews left 5 star ratings in the 77% range overall. Owners indicated that the cream is an excellent make-up base because it is almost colorless. Skin types recommended for its application include acne prone, dry or oil and it will cover small skin imperfections. It forms a non-greasy, moisture repellant barrier to protect skin. The bottle contains 3. 8 ounces of cream.
9. Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm
Over 180 customers posted reviews for this cream, with 61% of those 5 star ratings. Many owners have used this product for years, and wouldn’t consider using something else. They appreciate its SPF45 rating because they don’t have to use another product. They noted that it provides light, smooth coverage and a natural looking finish for their skin. Some customers believe that they received knock off products rather than the real thing, and this has brought the ratings of approximately 40% lower. But, the brand itself and this product continues to enjoy a good reputation with loyal customers.
8. Lioele Water Drop Blemish Balm Cream, Korean Beauty Balm Cream
Of the customers who posted reviews of this cream, 57% gave it 5 star ratings and 26% gave it 4 star ratings. Most who used it like its moisturizing qualities, but some customers with oily skin and pore issues recommended that only those with dry skin use it. It seems that the higher moisture content created by the water drops is not suitable for oily skin types, because it contributes to the oiliness on the skin. It has an SPF27 rating which is useful, and many customers like it much better than other similar moisturizing creams because it doubles as a foundation.
7. Mizon Korean Cosmetics Snail Repair Blemish Balm
With the unusual formula of 45% snail mucus filtrate, vitamin 5, peptides and adenosine, this cream is designed to tighten pores, improve finer wrinkles, cover troubling skin marks and strengthen the skin’s elasticity. It has an SPF30 rating, is fragrance free and has no artificial colors or parabens. It is particularly suited for use on sensitive skin. Many customers use it daily and note that it is very light, and probably best for those with the fairest skin tones. They feel it moisturizes well and provides ample coverage with a small amount.
6. SKIN79 The Prestige Diamond Collection Beblesh Balm
This is another in the product line from SKIN79. It has an SPF25 rating, offers wrinkle improvement, skin whitening and 40g of cream. Some of the customers who purchased this product mentioned its translucent, light texture, complete skin coverage, its oil control ability, and its ability to keep skin moist and hydrated. Some mentioned its natural ingredient list as being a motivating factor in purchasing this cream.
5. Missha M Perfect Cover Blemish Balm Cream, No. 31 Golden Beige
This product is the No. 31 Golden Beige shade. It has an SPF42 rating and is 50ml tube. Over 110 customers posted reviews, and of these, 68% left 5 star ratings. This cream has been used successfully by owners who felt their skin tone was tending toward the darker range. Many of them had tried the lighter BB colors, but found them to be much too light. Some noted that when this product was released, they tried it and discovered that it works well for them. Some positive comments included the product’s ability to control shiny skin, to reduce age spots and cover freckles.
4. Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, No.23 Natural Beige
Another in the fine line of Missha M products, this is the No. 23 Natural Beige color. It has an SPF 42 rating. Over 550 customers left reviews, with 57% of those posting 5 star ratings. Most customers noted that this product has helped their skin to look flawless, with many indicating that this color blended in well with their own skin tone. For some, it was not the correct color. These owners noted that the photos showing the various differences between the product colors wasn’t accurate. The company has several different numbers for various shades of beige, which can cause confusion.
3. Pore Clearing Beauty Balm Petit Cream by Holika Holika
This product is formulated with Tea Tree Oil and includes powder to help control sebum. The 30ML container offers to help clear pores, and has an SPF30 rating. The tea tree oil is said to control mole, fungus and bacteria on the skin. Over 690 customers posted reviews for this product, with 54% giving it 5 star ratings. Many owners liked the very small amount needed to provide full skin coverage, and noted that the product did give them the results promised. Some had problem skin and needed help with problems related to acne, and were pleasantly surprised at how well this product worked for them.
2. Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm, Gold Label
This beauty balm is a strong contender for the best Korean bb cream. With over 660 customer reviews, this product received 5 star ratings from 60% of owners who posted comments. Many of them noted that it only takes a small amount of this cream to go a long way. Though it comes out of the container looking white or grey, it blends in to the skin color in a few minutes. Many women use this product as their primary foundation. There are 40g of SPF30 in the product and it offers protection from the sun’s UV rays and serves as a wrinkle treatment.
1. Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
With its high volume of customer sales, this product may be the best Korean bb cream on the market. Of the over 670 customers who posted reviews, 57% gave it 5 star ratings. Many owners noted its smooth and even coverage, and many use it every day. It is a very light weight cream with excellent coverage and comes in the company’s No.21 Light Beige. It has an SPF 42 rating which also give it protection from harmful UV rays of the sun. The company developed this product as a salve for patients to use after undergoing laser treatment. Missha has sold 30 million units of this cream around the world.
At one time, beauty balm creams were predominantly sold by Korean manufacturers, but USA based giant corporations have created their own versions selling worldwide. As is true with all cosmetics, some will not be for everyone and most women will have their favorites that work best for their individual skin needs. The best way to get started with one product or another is to try them out to see which works the best.