Get a K-pop Complexion: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB

Overview: A great BB cream for teens or makeup novices.

Coverage: Sheer

Shades: 5 (from Light to Deep)

Price: approx. $7.50

Benefits: SPF 30, oil-free, a 70% gel-water formula with “no heavy ingredients.”

Review: This has a very light texture, it goes on smoothly and it melts in super fast. The finish is very sheer and, surprisingly, the Light shade is not too pink. Make sure to pick the right shade, though, or else it won’t blend into skin well and will look like it’s just sitting on top of your skin. This is definitely good for BB cream novices, teens or 20-somethings, or those with naturally good skin.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: DermaE Evenly Radiant BB Creme

DermaE Evenly Radiant BB Crème in Light Tint

Coverage: Sheer

Shades: 2 (Light Tint, Medium Tint)

Price: $40

Benefits: An eco-friendly option, this mineral BB cream is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Active plant stem cells for skin brightening, peptide complex Matrixyl, SPF 25, antioxidants green tea, Vitamins C and E, natural mineral color-correctors.

Review: This definitely has a lotion, not cream, feel. It smells a bit musty — maybe it’s the natural ingredients? It goes on easily, but doesn’t seem to sink in as well as other BB creams. Surprisingly, the light tint is a good color, though it may be a bit pink-ish for some Asian skin tones. This leaves a nice, glow-y finish; not shiny.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm

Overview: A super-light, water-infused formulation good for warmer climates or oily skin.

Coverage: Sheer to Medium

Shades: 1

Price: $34

Benefits: SPF 25, made with  50 percent water, unique Water Bead Technology helps to hydrate and maintain healthy moisture, oil-free. No sulfates, no phthalates.

Review: A lighter texture, less dense, but still decent coverage. You can definitely feel the water in this formula (a slight cooling effect, which is nice) as you put it on and it sinks into skin well. The finish is also sheerer than other Dr. Jart BBs (nice for hot weather) and the shade is made for skin tones on the light side.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

Coverage: Moderate

Shades: 3 (#1 Light Beige, #2 Natural Beige, #3 Honey Beige, #4 Sand Beige)

Price: Approximately $11

Benefits: SPF 30, adenosine and arbutin to fight wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, pearl mineral powder, anti-oxidant and moisturizing ingredients.

Review: This BB cream from the established Korean cosmetics brand has a creamy, almost silky, texture. As with most BB creams from Korea, the shade is on the light side, but this offers good coverage. The finish is dewy.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Cailyn Precious Blend BB Cream


Overview: An editor favorite with a good range of shades for Asian skin (including deeper tones) and an innovative application tool.

Coverage: Medium

Shades: 6 (from 01 Porcelain to 06 Maple)

Price: $35

Benefits: In addition to hydrating and protecting, this BB cream is formulated to be applied with Cailyn’s BB perfector (purchased separately), a vibrating tool with antibacterial puffs to “buff” your way to perfection.

Review: The formulation has a medium-light texture that sinks in fast on skin. It leaves a nice, dewy finish. The 02 Sandstone shade is more olive than golden, and it doesn’t leave a pale, masky look. It’s a good color for East Asian skin. One of our favorites.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Comodynes Urban Cosmetics BB Color Skin Perfector


Highlight: Darker tints for deeper skin

Coverage: Sheer to Medium

Shades: 2 (Medium, Dark)

Price: $25

Benefits: This oil-free formula contains a mineral sunscreen of SPF 15, hyaluronic acid to moisturize, hazelnut extract for elasticity and firmness, Fomes Officinalis extract to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores, Vitamin E to fight free radicals, illuminating pigments to neutralize imperfections and dark circles, paraben-free, allergen-free perfume, and without mineral oils.

Review: A lighter texture that sinks in fast. The finish is nice and natural-looking, like a sheer veil over imperfections. It’s almost matte, not shiny like some BB creams. The color is true to its name and not pale or pasty. For light skin, the Medium may be a bit dark.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

Coverage: Medium

Shades: 1

Benefits: SPF 40, patented platol white-c complex, nutrient-rich exotic oils, niacinamide to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, no parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates.

Price: $36

Review: This formulation is thicker than other Dr. Jart+ BB creams (Black Label Detox and Water Fuse). The color is fairly light and with a more olive tinge. It goes on rather thick, but then melts into a finish that feels more like an anti-aging cream than a sheer lotion. It’s a bit shiny, so touch up with powder.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Miracle Skin Transformer Men SPF20

Miracle Skin Transformer MEN SPF20

Coverage: Sheer

Shades: 1

Price: $48

Benefits: Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10, SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection, colorless naturally derived silicone base, specifically formulated for men’s skin (dry, normal or oily).

Review: Our intrepid male tester was a newbie to BB cream, but he liked the way the Miracle Skin Transformer smoothed and evened out his skin, without obvious color or coverage. The slippery, primer-like feel left a matte finish that looked natural.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm

Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm

Coverage: Medium to Full

Shades: 1 (Light to Medium Skin)

Price: $36

Benefits: Mineral sunscreen SPF 25, arbutin to erase unwanted dark spots, caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants, green tea and aloe vera to soothe blemish-prone or sensitive skin, Soothe. Specifically formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Review: This BB cream from one of the original brands from Korea (and one of the first to hit the U.S.) is a thicker formula for medium to full coverage. It takes a little longer to sink in and the shade is on the light side, maybe even slightly pinkish. But it’s not masky and provides a natural looking finish. Good for those with skin tones on the light side and needing more coverage.

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Get a K-pop Complexion: Grace Choi Porcelain Skin BB Cream

Grace Choi Porcelain Skin BB Cream

Overview: The widest range of shades, especially for Asian skin tones. Get it while you can!

Coverage: Medium to Full

Shades: 10 different shades (3 with yellow undertones, 4 in olive undertones), all in either a dewy or a matte formulation

Benefits: SPF 30 broad spectrum, adenosine for anti-aging, arbutin for dark spot repair, Korean pearl extract, oil control, hypoallergenic, oil-free, paraben-free

Price: $34

Review: Creamy texture that goes on well, sinks in smoothly. The perfect amount of coverage for Asian hyperpigmentation, but still sheerer than a foundation. The finish is a little shiny, so you’ll need to blot or powder the T-zone. You can’t beat the range of colors — find the right shade and it seemingly melts into your skin. The best part is you can order a deluxe sample set to try out all the shades, and the price of the sample set is deducted from your full-size order.

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