Sunday, July 14, 2013

Etude House vs. Missha BB Cream - Honey Beige

HELLO! It's great to be back after roughly two months of not blogging :) I didn't intend to be away for this long but I got to a point where I really needed to sort out my priorities and figure out how I wanted to manage/use my time wisely. Yes I know, blogging for me and for many is purely a hobby... but a very time-consuming hobby. I was lacking in time and therefore could not fit in blogging into my schedule. Not to worry now though, as I am back and have pretty much all the time in the world for the next few weeks ^^ A few weeks is better than nothing, right?

Quick update for anyone who's interested - a fair bit has happened during my hiatus (not intending to be dramatic, just saying)... I became a year older and out of my teens, the boy and I celebrated being together for half a decade, my only active lens sponsor mukuCHU closed down and Google Reader discontinued at the start of this month. Now I encourage you to use Bloglovin' if don't already, to stay updated with your favourite blogs. Hopefully one of them is mine (why else would you be here... haha). Click here to follow me, thanks!

Ah, and also during my hiatus I made a discovery... of Honey Beige BB creams! In case you're unaware, the typical 'Asian' BB creams usually cater for those with fair skin which has always made me feel rather left out... because I'm more on the medium side. I'm not a fair-skinned Asian and I've accepted the fact that I'll never be one.

It's nice how the Western BB creams have medium shades to suit a wider variety of skin tones but personally I feel that the quality of theirs haven't quite reached the standard of Japanese and Korean ones. For example, the Garnier one just feels like a tinted moisturiser, offering minimal coverage. The light-medium shade matches me quite well but in terms of overall quality and coverage it doesn't quite cut it for me.

So I did a little bit of research and discovered that Missha has a Honey Beige BB cream (I need to thank Tezza who mentioned this to me a while back - thanks girl!) and also Etude House, both being Korean brands and both having the same name for their shades. I don't know why I found that interesting but somehow I did... and really I shouldn't have because how many foundations under different brands have a shade called 'Natural Beige'...?

I ended up buying both as I couldn't decide which to choose from... and ta-da I've decided to do a side-by-side review! As always, my reviews are 100% my own honest opinions and you can choose to agree or disagree. This was not sponsored in any way.

I'm glad I purchased both because I was then able to pick a favourite from the two. You're free to scroll down to the end of the post to find out which one I liked more but hey, don't spoil it for yourself :P If you can, please read what I've got to say, mk? :)

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit SPF 30 PA++ #W24 Honey Beige - RRP $22 AUD @ Yesstyle
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA++ #27 Honey Beige - RRP $32 AUD @ Yesstyle

Already we can see an obvious difference between the boxes. Personally, the Etude House looks more girly/cutesy whereas the Missha box appears more sleek, shiny and generally more pricey. I'm a big fan of anything that's pink and sparkly so I guess the Etude House box is a better match for my taste/style but nonetheless, I still love the slightly more mature-looking packaging by Missha.

 2NE1's Dara is the face of this BB Cream! I love her :D

Both Korean and English on the box
There's a rectangular swatch of the shade on the top - a very handy guide

Surprisingly all in English on the box

To me I feel as though the Missha BB Cream is targeted more towards Westerners based on the packaging and writing. I wonder if there is a Korean version of the packaging...

Both have this pump mechanism which is hygienic
I haven't tested to see whether they can be unscrewed but I know that I can use up the whole product without needing to remove the pump - I could easily cut open the tube! No wastage

Here are the swatches and I didn't do an 'oxidation' test but I think it's fair to say that Etude House BB Cream oxidises faster than Missha, even though I swatched the Missha one first

The shades are similar though not the same despite both being called 'Honey Beige'. I will share a comparison picture where I use one on one side of my face and one on the other.

First let's do a coverage comparison test, starting with the Etude House BB Cream:

 As you can see, the Etude House BB Cream covered my redness well. It also did a pretty good job with making my uneven skin tone appear more even. It's a nice match to my skin tone

I'd say that they both have fairly equal coverage. Could you tell that I'm wearing two different BB Creams?!

It looks like I'm wearing blush but nope I'm not! This BB Cream looks as though it brings out the natural flush to my cheeks which I guess for some isn't such a bad thing. 

And look at the gloss on my cheek - some may find it oily-looking but I like it! My skin is dry and these BB creams moisturise my skin so well. I hardly have a glossiness to my face so I'm really liking the finish of these. If you're not a fan then you can easily apply some face powder on top for a matte finish.

Now to the question - Is there one that I prefer?

Let's recap on the similarities between the two (whether positive or negative) before I make my decision:
  • Tube and pump mechanism
  • English on the tube and box
  • The shades
  • The scents (most BB creams smell the same)
  • The coverage
  • Claim to be whitening, anti-darkening, anti-wrinkle

Now to the differences:
  • Design and colour scheme
  • 60g and 50mL
  • SPF 30 and 42
  • No Korean writing on one of them (possibly targeting the Western market?)
  • Oxidation, undertones
  • Prices differ by $10 AUD

 Overall Thoughts on each

I can't comment on the whitening, anti-darkening and anti-wrinkle effects and to be honest I don't even know if all of that is legitimate. However I won't go against these claims as I have nothing to prove or disprove.

The shades are similar but the undertones are slightly different. If you are unaware of undertones, Google can help you with that (I'm bad at explaining things). To me I feel that the Etude House BB Cream is more suited to those with cool undertones (I think this is what I have) and the Missha BB Cream is more suited to those with warm undertones (which probably explains the pinky/orangeness).

Design and colour scheme of course comes down to personal preference. For me I'm not overly fussed... just as long as the packaging looks presentable and the product works well! I love both :)

Correct me if I'm wrong - 60g is more than 50mL, yes? I'm not sure if grams are exactly equal to millilitres but I've always thought that 1g roughly equates to 1mL. The Etude House BB Cream is 60g and Missha's is 50mL. I'm assuming that there is more product in the Etude House one.

We're all aware that the higher the SPF the product is, the more sun protection it can offer, yes? It's important to protect our skin from sun damage from harmful UV rays and preventing premature skin aging and skin cancers. Although it sounds like a high difference between 30 and 42, it actually isn't. An SPF product of 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and a product of SPF 45 blocks about 98% of rays, so it is only a 1% difference but overall it is better to choose a product with higher SPF.

There is approximately a $10 AUD difference between the two. It's not surprising that the Missha BB Cream is a little bit more pricey because of the sleek, gold packaging which screams high-end. Etude House's packaging looks more suited to younger/girly girls and if they are targeting these users, having a more affordable BB cream is the way to go. Not trying to be stereotypical but from a marketing point of view, it could be seen that way.

Any regrets on purchasing both?

No, none at all! Purchasing both meant that I could do a comparison review and when one runs out, I'll still have the other one. And seeing as they were both Honey Beige, I was curious about which would suit me more or if they were both exactly the same. I am no longer curious and I finally own some Korean BB creams! It turns out that they're not exactly the same and have different undertones - something that wasn't aware of before purchasing. I've decided that I will use the Etude House BB Cream during Winter and the Missha BB Cream during Summer due to its warmer undertone being more suited to my tanned skin from the sun.

And because it's Winter over here now, you can guess which one I'd be using more, and liking a little more - the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit. Phew, that's a very long name!

I won't do a pros and cons list for each as I reckon this review is long enough as it is. I've said everything that I want to say about them and what I may see as a pro or a con may not be the same for you. As I said before, it usually does come down to personal preference with products such as BB Creams.

Thanks for reading my review and hopefully it wasn't too boring! I know I went into quite a lot of detail haha, I get a bit carried away when I write review (what can I say, I love doing them!). Leaving you now with the commercial that Dara did for the Etude House BB Cream which is so cute and funny:

Questjen of the week:

Which is your favourite BB Cream and why?

Now that you know mine, I'd love to know which is your favourite ^^



  1. Great review, and I love the commercial :)

  2. Yay! You're back!!

    Great review, I've tried both BB creams as well, but I do find the Etude house's colour matches my skin tone better. However, I also do find that Missha's lasts just a little bit longer? Would like to hear your thoughts on that.

    Love reading your blog, keep it up!

    xx, Sherry

    1. I'm glad to be back ^^

      Ooh that's awesome! I agree with the Etude House one, it matches mine better too xD Yes I think the Missha one has a bit of a thicker consistency and oxidises less rapidly which means that it does last longer!

      You're too sweet!

  3. Hi Jen. That commercial was so funny. I wish we had commercials like that in Australia. BB creams don't do well on my skin but I can definitely see why they would work well for girls with dry skin. I like the warm Missha one on you the best, it gives you a pretty, healthy glow. I bet you will love it in the Summer time.

    1. Hey Susannah :) I wish we had them too, I love the quirkiness! Aw that's a shame
      The glow is great and it'll be perfect for Summer, especially with the higher SPF!

  4. I'm glad to hear you'll be back for the few weeks at least. I really do enjoy your posts.
    Happy late birthday and happy anniversary.
    Great review! I think I need to get one of the bb creams, I don't have fair skin, so these will be a good choice. LOL love the commercial, so funny!

    (^ะท^)-☆ Dizzy

    1. Thanks love :) That means a lot to me!
      Oh high five!! I'm glad I'm not the only one hehe

  5. Welcome back, love! <3
    Actually Google reader is still there o__o I'm not surprised tho, because usually when everyone online go "OMG THIS AND THIS IS BEING DISCONTINUED" - it rarely is. I'm guessing it was something Bloglovin' came up with to get more customers. Idunno. But my GFC followers are still on my blog, I can still click them and follow people via GFC, so I dunno what people are on about xD

    1. GFC is fine for Blogger but yeah haha, I tweeted you about it!

  6. Thanks for the review! I really love reading this post ^-^
    My favorite bb creams are Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream

    1. Thank you Vanessa!
      Ooh Holika Holika, I've tried a few samples from their brand :) Pretty good

  7. Hi Great review! I was wondering which BB cream I should pick i've been debating for forever and my foundation is about to run out xD. Which bb cream would you recommend for combo skin that has pretty good lasting power and a dewy-satin finish. I was looking for a more medium-full coverage. It's August now, so which one would you recommend and I believe I have cooler undertones? i'm not quite sure xD

    1. Hi Angie, thanks for dropping by. I would recommend the Missha BB Cream #23 Natural Beige which suits people with cooler undertones like yours :)


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