Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit Honey Beige W24

This was actually the first beauty item I bought while I was in Seoul and is my current go-to BB cream and base makeup product. This is also my first Etude House BB cream that I've used.


Precious Mineral BB Cream promotes silky complexion with pearl infused sheer coverage. Contains adenosine & arbutin for anti-wrinkle & whitening efficacies. SPF for UV protection. Paraben free. Oil free. Mineral Oil free. Dermatologist tested.

Available in four shades: Light Beige N02, Natural Beige W13, Honey Beige W24, and Sand Beige W15 (shown below from left to right).


*cough* thank me for typing this because I couldn't find it online *cough*

Water, Pearl Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Arbutin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Talc, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Calcium Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Butyl Avocadate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Mica, Alumina, Manganese Dioxide, Lauroyl Lysine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pearl Powder, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Ecklonia cava Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499


Apply Cream to all areas of the face. Pat to finish.

I like to apply using a sponge because I get the most natural look that way compared to using my fingers, which makes the bb cream feel more thickly layered and caked on my face. However, applying with fingers means being able to use less product.


14,000 krw for 60 g (2.11 oz) in Korea

Where to Buy:

Etude House store or online at websites like Gmarket, iMomoko, etc.


♥ easy to blend
♥ doesn't feel oily or heavy
♥ doesn't cause breakout
♥ whitening effects


♥ not extremely long-wearing
♥ not natural looking (on me)

My Thoughts

When the product first appears from the pump, it looks very dark but then looks very light when applied. However, it does oxidize within 5-10 minutes to match my skin.You can see how it looks on me in my last post.

Coverage is sheer so you may need more or concealer for blemishes. Oil control is fairly good but I do find it necessary to blot after a few hours and at the end of the day. Also, it's not very strong on lasting power. The undertone is more pinkish than yellow and suits my skin tone (for reference, I'm about MAC NC35).

Its biggest fault is that while it borderlines on looking natural versus obvious makeup, it looks ghastly white when I'm standing in the sun or bright light.

On the bright side, I have noticed that my face is whiter than before and since I'm not using daily whitening products, I have to say that it's due to this BB cream.

Would I repurchase?

Honestly, I'm on the fence. I want something a little bit more natural (but flawless) looking, as well as long lasting. I get that with high-end liquid foundations but I don't like using my expensive products on a daily basis, plus I want the skin improvement benefits of using a BB cream regularly and this is much cheaper. I do think that I might be tempted to try the Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream. Overall I do think this is really good BB cream.

Updated: I have grown to like and use this bb cream a lot now that summer is over and my skin is more light-medium and not tanned. I also have the Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream and I switch between using both. I would happily repurchase these BB creams.

What are your thoughts or experiences with BB creams?


  1. Thanks for this review, since I will finally go tomorrow to the store in Tokyo I make notes from your entries to what I might buy and what not! :D :)

    P.S. Since I changed my blog URL and my readers don't get my newsfeed anymore so in case you still wanna get my feed on your dashboard you would need to refollow my blog, I'm so sorry T.T Didn't know Blogger would do that :/

  2. You're welcome! Ohhh! Have fun tomorrow! Test everything, lol. Can't wait to see what you get!! No prob, I'll check your new blog URL.

  3. I've been curious about Etude House BB Creams. Thanks for a thorough review!

  4. honestly, I'm not really a fan of bb creams because most of them breaks me out I think because most of them contains mineral oil? not sure...I'm pretty satisfied with shu uemura's foundie as it gives me quite a natural finish but just without the added skin benefits as to bb creams. Overall I think its a great everyday foundation except for its price..hehe..=)

  5. You're welcome! You should try one, they're pretty affordable and I think it will be easy for you to find a match for your light skin tone. =)

  6. Ahh I know what you mean. I also don't like using products with mineral oil, and I don't even find them to really be moisturizing. I love high-end liquid foundations but they're a bit too pricey for me to feel comfortably using every day, hehe. I haven't tried Shu Uemura but I'll keep it in mind! =)

  7. Shop N' ChompJuly 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I have had terrible results with BB creams so far. (Just my luck!) I think it's awesome that this suits your skintone. (You look really pretty with it! :) I need something more yellow. :\

  8. Aw, sorry to hear that. I remember in the beginning when everyone raved about BB creams being skin miracles, I really wanted to find my HG! But a lot of them either didn't suit my skin tone or my skin type. I'm glad there are more to choose from now. And thank you! Although I must say it looks better in pictures than in person. Have you tried Nanoce? I think Japanese bb creams are more yellow based. I'll be reviewing that one soon!

  9. do you know what BB stand fo? because i see a lot of ladies blog about this. it's taking my interest.

  10. i hv the old version of this. got it yrs ago on gmarket. idk if they reformulated but mine is super thick & has good coverage. but i look cakey!!! i can't use it alone, hv to mix it w a lighter coverage one.

  11. Hi Abby. BB stands for Blemish Balm (but you'll also see some say Beblesh Balm). It's supposed to be a moisturizer + foundation + concealer all-in-one kind of product that greatly improves your skin (like fading scars, etc.) but I use it as a foundation. Hope that helps!

  12. Oh no! Sorry to hear that. I think this one is more sheer and has medium coverage, but I think the pearl effect makes my face look a bit too white to look natural in person. Actually I'm pretty sure I was wearing this while I was in SF and hanging out with you, lol.

  13. Ah! I keep seeing this and wondering...I prefer a more natural look too!

  14. I've had my share of experiences with various BB creams and while I've tried those that are available online, I've found it a hassle to keep on ordering just to restock so I've ended up looking for suitable replacments available locally (here in the Philippines).

    I guess it really is about what you're looking for as a makeup base. With foundation, you get the coverage, but then again, foundation everyday is a bit taxing on your skin.

    Some BB creams give you good coverage, but again like you said before, there's the SPF problem which makes you look too white in bright light, especially in flash photography at night. There ARE BB creams out there without SPF, but then you're gonna sacrifice protection for aesthetics, it's a gamble on both.

    In my case however, I already have pretty good skin, so I don't exactly need coverage, and instead opt for a BB cream with a light application. The BB Cream I use doesn't even feel like I've put it on, and in all honesty it's improved my skin heaps. I'm just not sure if it's the BB Cream for everyone though. I use TheFACEShop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream in Natural Beige :D

    I hear Fairydrop's BB cream is pretty good too though :D

    Thanks for sharing!


  15. hehe you're so cute! thanks for typing all the ingredients!
    i still haven't found "the BB cream" for me and prefer foundation in general. the ones i've tried looked great upon application but all failed to stay long or true. i am still looking, though!

    thanks for the review.
    hope you have a great week, Diana! ;)

  16. Wot?!! It made you fairer? Okay enough said, I'm getting it haha!

  17. Yes! The arbutin ingredient really does work, keke. I'm bummed because Etude House had a 30% sale the other day (also on Gmarket!) but I didn't realize it was for one day only so I'd missed it. Ahahaha if SHINee wasn't their sweet faces, would I still be so interested in Etude House? keke joking. ;)

  18. Oh man, you never realize how tiny the type size is in ingredients list until you have to read each letter clearly to type them all! XP I like foundation more too, definitely more long-wearing power, but my weakness is that like high-end foundations like Guerlain and Chanel. So $$$! lol I'm always swayed too because I hear "miracle" stories of girls who once had horrible skin but now have beautiful skin, and claim the cause to be BB creams! (I am a sucka, keke.)

    Have a great week, Lena! Wish me luck that I'll find those lip balm pencils, keke. :3

  19. It's definitely nice to be able to swatch in person! I treat BB creams like a liquid foundation, but hope for the added benefits of skin improvement like lightening blemishes etc. I don't think it's the completely the SPF's fault for causing the "white in bright light" look when I use this BB cream only because I always wear SPF and have other foundations with SPF, (although it probably is a factor). I think it's more so the "pearl" effect since this is Bright Fit. It might just be more obvious on me since my face is already lighter than the rest of my body.

    You are lucky you have Etude House in the Philippines so you can test it out in person. :) I heard good things about the Fairydrops BB Cream too but I think it only comes in 2 shades so it might be too light for me.

  20. You like more yellow-based too, right? I think if the rest of my body was fair, it *might* look more natural on me but as is, when I stand in the sun, my face looks like a pearl while the rest of my body's skin looks like sand! puhahaha =X

  21. it made you lighter? LUCKY! I think I have this one, but it broke me out for some reason T___T maybe my skin isn't as tough as yours! ><

  22. I've never tried any of Etude House's BB creams before...I personally prefer medium-thick coverage BB creams like Missha Perfect Cover. It makes my skin look so great. :D
    Too bad it gives you a *too white* appearance in natural sunlight...Then it's no good for summer. :(

  23. Hello, I'm Indonesian^^ I want to buy this product but I'm a little bit confused here, which beige should I pick? Maybe we have the same skin colour Did you try all beige colours when you were in Korea (EH)? Is sand beige too darker than honey one? I'm thinking about sand beige one.
    Ooooooh Thank you :))

  24. Hi! I did not swatch all the shades myself. A sales assistant helped me and swatched Honey Beige on my hand, which seems to match but on my face I find it looks a bit light because of its brightening property. It's hard to say since I don't know your skin tone, but if you consider yourself tanned then I would try Sand Beige. Sand Beige is darker than Honey Beige. Honey Beige is more for light-medium complexions. I hope that helps!

  25. Ahh I see, glad you've found a BB cream you really like! You're right about the summer sun. I was out on a hot day and caught a glimpse of my face in a mirror. My face was like a glowing pearl, lol, not good since my arms are tanned. XP

  26. Oh no! Sorry to hear. Hmm we probably have different skin types and also we live in different climates, so that might also be another reason. I hope you found another BB cream!

  27. Thank u so much for patiently typing the ing list! Ur so kind!:) btw, do u think w24 would be a great match for nc25? I ordered w13 as i thought w24 was too dark on my hand. Hope i didnt make the wrong colour choice?

    1. Hmm NC25, I think it depends on your undertone but since you swatched W24 then I think you should be okay! Just don't get tanned, keke. My skin tans very easily. Let me know how it goes!

  28. The claims sounds good.. I got a mini tube of this I got from a set.. don't plan to use it myself though ;) I'd like to try the Etude House BB Magic BB cream myself since there is no actual "tone" and it's supspose to match on to your own skin tone..?! I tried a sample of their BB Cream and I think the lightest shade is too dark on me :O Thanks for the review on this!!

  29. Aw sorry to hear the lightest shade is too dark on you! I'm surprised since a lot of Korean girls/women are really fair or pale too. The set you got is so cute though! Ohh do let me know if the Magic BB cream works for you! It sounds really cool if it can match any skin tone. =)

  30. Oooh I see, but I'm not that tanned,still deciding here :p
    Thank you for the information and review :D

  31. I tried this range a long time ago, can't remember if it was this one or the other Precious Mineral bb cream (I think they have 2 in the range with different finishes?) and I totally agree that it looked ghastly white on my face! I also found it was abit too cakey for me. Wow, thanks for typing up the ingredients! ^,^

    I prefer natural looking bb creams with more dewy finishes. I have tried Etude House's Magic BB cream and it was one of my go-to bb creams as it was natural, dewy finish and was sheer and evened out my skintone. I did find that it oxidised slightly but overall I really liked it.

  32. Yeah, I think they have different finishes like Bright Fit but the name is also Precious Mineral and the packaging looks the same. I haven't tried the others but this one is the most recent (and the sun protecting one). Sorry to hear it looked ghastly white on you though! I hope that they will expand their color range so that more people can use their bb creams.

    No problem! I usually don't type up ingredients so it wasn't too bad doing it this one time, lol. Ohh now I really want to look into their Magic bb cream! Natural and dewy finish sounds great. Thanks for letting me know about your experience with it!

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  34. Do you know if Sand Beige is too dark? I recently purchased the Natural Beige and it looked ghastly white on me! I found it to go on soo light, I guess due to its whitening properties, but this was bad! My skin tone is medium, so I was wondering if you know if honey beige is best or sand beige?

  35. Hi, I am a Etude House staff. And I have just the right BB cream to recommend you. You can try our newly launched BB Cream called Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream. It has high SPF, long lasting & waterproof. It is also cooling for your skin~

  36. Unfortunately I didn't try Sand Beige and now I wish I had! However I have Sand Beige in the Sun BB Cream and it suits me, it's not too dark at all! I suggest trying that one and if it's too dark for you, go for Precious Mineral in Honey Beige, but if it matches you or is too light, then you'd be Sand Beige in Precious Mineral BB Cream.

  37. Thanks! I actually bought it from Gmarket and I like it a lot! The color suits me much better especially in this hot summer weather. =)

  38. i use mac nc42 and in this range i use w24-honey beige. so if you're an nc35 i think you should try the w13 then just countour with bronzer on the cheekbones. i dont really have much problem with this product, except when taking pictures which is when it looks lighter than normal.

  39. I have this BB Cream and it is by far okay. It helps a lot in whitening and not so much to even out my skin tone especially at the chin and around it. :( I still have to put loose foundation to even it out at this part. As compared to American BB Creams, Korean/Japanese ones are far and way better! ^^

  40. I have this and i like it as well. super bb cream !

  41. Hi may i know if it clogs pores? I've beauticians telling me to avoid cos they clog up pores...


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