It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Korean BB Cream particularly the Missha and Skin 79 brands. Now they've made their way onto the British high street and I couldn't be happier. But do they compare with the Korean version and what exactly is a BB cream?
BB stands for blemish balm. Put simply it's a formulation that aims to deliver full coverage, hide imperfections, hide dark circles, even skintone, moisturise, correct skin complaints and protect against UV rays.
The 17 version comes in two shades light and medium. I opted for medium and it was a good colour match. But I was disappointed in the lack of colour choices. There are more than 2 shades of skin after all. I was sorely disappointed in the garnier version so I'm hoping this one fares better.
Currently on offer for £5.99 but the usual price is £6.99. 17 is also on 3 for 2 at the moment.
17 claim that it evens skintone, covers imperfections and gives a flawless finish. But are the claims true? In a word - NO! I suffer from light and dark areas on my face like a lot of mixed race ladies so hoped that their claim that it evens skintone was true. But no such luck. After application my skintone wasn't evened out. Very disappointing.
The result was far from a flawless finish and imperfections were in no way hidden. When I use my Korean BB cream it does do what 17 claims to but the 17 one is a big fail. It is less of a BB cream and more of a poor tinted moisturiser. It does give your skin a nice sheen but that's its only redeeming quality.
Would I buy it again? In two words - no way! I'd be better off buying a foundation. It would give me much better coverage. So disappointed with this product. It seems I'll be buying the Korean version until the UK ups its game.