Let’s face it, if we opt in for a Maybelline BB Cream or an original Korean BB Cream, we either are looking for a quick fix for daily makeup or skincare and makeup all in one. Yet the bottom line comes down to the question; is our BB cream giving us the results we want and seeking? Today, we will discuss the differences between your classic drugstore / Maybelline BB cream and your Classic Korean BB Cream.
What is BB Cream?
If you are not already familiar, BB cream’s originated in South Korea as a way to provide Korean women with both a base makeup that provided the coverage they needed for the day, as well as advanced skincare benefits. Since the origination, BB creams have gone above and beyond the original expectations. In Korea, they not only provide just skincare, but also SPF protection, pore smoothing, fine line smoothing, dust and pollution protection and much more! Because of this innovation from the Korean market, Western brands caught on to the trend a few years back and launched their own versions. These variations can provide a multitude of benefits, but that doesn’t always mean that they can compete on equal terms with the original Korean brands.
Here are some examples.
Maybelline BB Cream
(Western BB Cream)
The Maybelline BB Cream is one of the most popular options of bb creams in the Western market. Particularly because this bb cream is affordable and widely available not only in the western drugstores but now also in the Asian market, including Korea! What makes the Maybelline BB Cream appealing to all markets is its lightweight benefits such as; Blurs imperfections, Enhance, Brightens, Complements skin tone, Smoothes, Hydrates, Freshens, Without oils and other heavy ingredients.
The verdict is, this bb cream provides many benefits to the skin, however, the claims can be somewhat vague especially when you compare the claims to the actual ingredients list. All in all, in this case, you might get what you pay for. If you are looking for a bb cream that is easy to get your hands on and will provide you with a minimalist effect that is light on the skin, this might be the right choice for you!
TITANIUM DIOXIDE, WATER, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, GLYCERIN, OCTYLDODECANOL, SILICA, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECYL XYLOSIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOHEXADECANE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, POLYSORBATE 80, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT; MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Klairs Supple Illuminating BB Cream
(Korean BB Cream)
On the flip side, Korean bb creams such as the Klairs BB Cream can actually have quite the stark difference in skincare and daily benefits. Although the list of product claims might not always be as flashy and large as western brands, Korean brands tend to always focus on actual ingredient based benefits rather than marketing. What it comes down to, is instead of providing the minimum in benefits and claims, Korean bb creams tend to provide more on actual delivery. Of course, these benefits also come down to what YOU are looking for in your BB cream.
The Klairs BB cream works to provide skincare first and makeup second, making it a go-to choice for those who want to make their natural skin look flawless naturally while enjoying day long skincare. This Korean bb cream can be summed up in its claims of; no grey cast, no dry patches, no cakey texture, Redness coverage, pore smoothing, Anti-irritation formula, SPF40 PA+++ sun protection, skin hydrating, and gentle skin brightening. These benefits can also be attested by taking an in-depth look at the ingredients list. If you are a skincare junkie, it will be extremely easy to spot the actual differences between the Maybelline BB cream and Klairs Illuminating Supple BB Cream.
WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BETAINE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, NIACINAMIDE, POLYSORBATE 60, DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ZINC OXIDE, YELLOW OXIDE OF IRON, ISOAMYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, BENTONITE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SILICA, RED OXIDE OF IRON, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, STEARIC ACID, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CHLORPHENESIN, TALC, BLACK OXIDE OF IRON, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FRAGRANCE, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, PIPER METHYSTICUM LEAF/ROOT/STEM EXTRACT, ILLICIUM VERUM(ANISE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS PARADISI(GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, NELUMBIUM SPECIOSUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ADENOSINE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT, HIBISCUS MUTABILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CORCHORUS OLITORIUS LEAF EXTRACT
So which bb cream would you prefer to use? Western or Korean? I for one can say my choice always has been and always will be for the obvious skin benefits!