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Nov 26, 2008

Etude House Magic BB Cream Review & Swatches

Today I'm bringing you a review of one of my favorite BB creams. I've tried many, many BB Creams and I decided that instead of going through a ton of reviews outlining bad ones, good ones, and in between ones, I'd simply bring you ones that I adore.

Understanding the many uses and functions of a BB cream is a long task so I won't go into great details about what one is for, how to use it, etc....considering that I've already done this in a prior post entitled What is a BB Cream?

One of my favorite BB Creams is from Etude House and is called BB Magic Cream, very fitting considering what it does for my complexion is simply magic! Honestly I'd be lying if I denied loving how very cheap Etude House BB Magic Cream is, the appeal of the product is it's price and excellent quality.

When presented side by side with other BB's, the Etude House BB Magic Cream has very little fanfare about it which could be one of the reasons I love it so much. It contains only basic functions and isn't a huge multitasking demon like some BB's are. This particular cream does not contain SPF, does not contain whitening agents, and does not offer heavy coverage.

The cream comes in one color and adjusts to skin tones of any shade. It come in two separate skin formulas. The formulas available are Pure and Moist, Moist being for dry skin and Pure being for oily skin. Considering my skin is more dry than oily I choose the Moist formula. The formula is a typically heavy BB cream however it does blend out well and creates a good finish which feels somewhat like I'm not wearing any makeup at all. The color was quite dark and beige which had me worried but upon application to my medium fair skin it adjusts accordingly and blends out beautifully well. I'm always somewhat amazed at how heavy feeling most BB Creams are but once they are they feel quite light, lovely, and my skin feels like it's taking a nice breath of fresh air.

The cream does an excellent job of taking dull skin and brightening it up while creating good coverage for a minimal makeup look. Depending on how much you use, you might run into a problem where you have your skin casts off a certain glare that screams, "I have makeup on!" This is why you should use a very small amount for coverage, one or two small drops should cover your entire face and if you have acne scarring or other items you wish to hide a few more drops should work well at covering these areas. I'm unsure if it's an ideal solution for someone with heavy problem skin however I do think it's an excellent choice for those with small to medium problems on their face. It does not manage to cover my eyes very well and I do need to follow up with concealer as you'll see in my photos below my eyes are looking tired and rough. I depend on my concealer to brighten my eye area, cover small lines, and conceal any puffiness I have in the AM and using this (or any BB Cream) is not an option. I've heard many girl's rave how BB Cream successfully doubles up as their ideal concealer but I've used many and never successfully covered my under eye woes. The cream comes in a small squeeze tube with a nifty little attached depressor for pumping the cream out easily, hygienically, and mess-free. The cream has a fresh floral scent as described on the website but honestly I called it old lady perfume smell! Yak! But lucky enough it goes away fairly quickly!




All in all Etude House BB Magic Cream is one of my very favorite BB's even though it lacks all the bells and whistles other creams have. I like the simplicity of the formula and not having a whole lot of everything thrown into one cream. I also love the fact that it costs $8-$10 USD retail price and I can easily get it since I have a lovely friend in Korea who CP's for me. I do think it's worth paying up to $15 USD as it's a fabulous "beginner" BB cream for those who have never tried BB's prior.

Etude House BB Magic Cream is Muse Approved for purchase!

In my photo below I am using Etude House BB Magic Cream on a freshly washed face. As you can see it didn't do a great job of concealing my eyes but it does give my skin quite a good healthy coverage that looks both flawless, natural, pretty, and ready for the rest of blush and other makeup.

How about you?

Tried this?

Love it?

What are your favorite BB's?

Got a question about BB's?

Tell the Muse!

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Blogger Kathi said...

Great to see that this works so well for you! This is one of those BB Creams that's too yellow for me though =( I can wear the pale grayish ones better lol

November 26, 2008 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger birkinbagbeauty said...

Wow, you absolutely look amazing with the Etude Magic BB. Thank you so much for swatching: I have been trying several BB creams as well, and most of them turn out too light. This one looks like it would fit my colouring...

November 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Interesting..I thought it was rather beige which scared me Kathi!

Pale gray...hmm interesting as your skin is so milky and gorgeous I'm shocked that they gray work well! I try to get ones that are lighter beige as they seem to work best.

This one is a fav of mine although I've tried so many at this point I can't recall which I love and which I hate lol!

November 26, 2008 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

morning birkinbagbeauty!

whoa thanks :) hehe hardly amazing but thanks! :)

BB Creams are such unusual critters...difficult to find the perfect match. I find most adjust accordingly to my skin tone thankfully but sometimes I get one or two that make my skin look unnaturally beige or dull :P

November 26, 2008 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Citrine said...

I always thought that in order for a bottle of *that thing* to be called BB has to multi-task. (SPF, skincare and all that good stuff...) maybe I am wrong...

It looks really nice blended out though...


November 26, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger 心。葵 @ plue said...


i am so glad you love this! i have the same bb cream, but in the Pure/ Refreshing formula. I've got oily skin :(

It's somewhat a little too light for me after blending, although it's quite dark when i tested. But once it settles, it's a really nice, light finish.

It gives me quite a good coverage, concealing pores and everything, but not to the fact that it covers all of my freckles and make my skin look like porcelain smooth!

For under eyes, like you, didn't cover so well, but I am okay with it. Never really said it cud cover dark circles, did it?
This is actually my first BB cream, and I reckon it will the only one I need! I'm staying with this brand! Foundations, be gone! LOL!

November 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous dark_nyx said...

Thanks for the review!

I've been wanting to try BB for like EVER but don't know which to try as I have very fickle skin - oily yet dehydrated and VERY acne-prone =[

I wanted to try the Skin79 Pink one, have you tried that one?

November 27, 2008 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg,it look very good on your skin!!I'm gonna try it too,thanks muse!

November 29, 2008 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL Citrine!

True true :) It does have benefits for promoting healthy skin however it doesn't contain SPF or whitening agents.

December 1, 2008 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello plue!

That might be good for me come the Summer but right now my skin craves moisture :)

It's interesting how dark it is prior to blending...It's a little worrisome actually but once blended it's a perfect shade for me!

Yes, truly doesn't say much about covering dark circles so I'm cool with that :)

It's VERY good and I can't really blame you for making it your primary BB ;) It's great stuff!

Enjoy hun!
Glad you're loving this one!

December 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello dark nyx!

You're most welcome :)

I have indeed and will review for you shortly :) The Skin79 ones are quite good :) and cheap!

December 1, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello Anonymous!

Thanks hun! It's quite stop by if you try it and let us know what you think!


December 1, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Ceecile said...

my fave bb cream is the one from missha, it works like magic, and it's really like a tinted moisturizer only it's so much better, and I can see your skin looks so much better with the etude bb have a really great blog here!! ^^

July 16, 2009 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger The Suite Chic said...

Hi Muse!

I have this Etude House BB Cream and you're right, it doesn't cover the undereyes much. However, I'm using Legere's Water Drop Shiny Pearl BB cream (light texture) which when mixed with a little of The Face Shop's new BB cream under "The Skin" line, does the trick for my undereyes!

July 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM  

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