[Review] Missha Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing BB Cake PA ++ 40 SPF No. 23

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today I'll be reviewing one of Missha's newer BB creams. This will be a first impression on the Missha Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing BB Cake. It has an SPF of 40, comes in two colors (No. 21 and 23), and comes in a compact form.

As soon as I saw the packaging for this BB cream, I was immediately drawn to it because it is so beautiful! Missha is also known for having nice BB creams so I figured this one had to be good. I paid around $40 USD when I bought this in Korea. This BB cream claims to be:

  • Wrinkle-care + Whitening + UV Protection (3-in-1)
  • Long-lasting for up to 12 hours
  • Makeup + Skincare (contains oriental herbal ingredients)
  • No stickiness
  • Sebum Control 

I absolutely love the packaging of this product. It is soo pretty and eye-catching. I also love it when BB creams come in pan-form because they are great for carrying with you and touching up while you're on-the-go!  

Like most tradition compact BB creams, this Missha one comes with a puff. This puff is supposed to anti-microbial, but you can buy replacements ones if using the same puff over and over bothers you. Personally, I only use the puff while I'm on-the-go. When applying makeup at home, I prefer brushes.
I chose the second shade obviously. I put shade #2 on the picture, but the actual shade in the store is #23. You can choose from two shades (shade #21 and #23) but since I'm naturally tan, I opted for the second shade of couse! In the pan, it actually looks like it will be my shade! I was excited because as you may or may not know, Korean cosmetic companies make their foundations very light. It's very difficult to find a Korean foundation that matches your skin if you're even slightly tan.
 When I placed the puff into the foundation, it seems nice and creamy. The texture seems smooth and it is not very dry at all. With these type of compact foundations, be sure to keep the cap nice and tight when you're not using it! Otherwise, it'll dry out very quickly!
This is what the foundation looks like on the puff. Again, it looks like it will match my skintone! YAY :) 

I started applying foundation so my skin. With these type of foundations, you want to pat the product on. Patting gives it a more opaque coverage. 

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the Missha Geum Sul Vitalizing BB Cake on one side of my face. You can definitely see a difference in color! Although it's light on my skin, usually I can blend out light foundations enough to wear they look nice on my skin. This, however, it a little too light even though this is the second shade. The definitely has a high coverage, almost too high of a coverage. This foundation on my skin is borderline cakey :( I was dissappointed because I really wanted to like this foundation. 

As you can see in the picture above, there is a stark difference between the foundation color and my skin. You can basically see the makeup line along my hairline and jawline. This picture was taken in direct sunlight, and I felt like in the sun, this foundation emphasized any flaw. It stuck to any dry spots and just sat on my skin instead of absorbing in and looking natural. I could also feel it on my skin throughout the day and it didn't really feel like it "set". For how expensive this foundation was, I felt that more money was spent on the packaging, not really the quality of the product.

Packaging: *****
Coverage: ***
Consistency: ***
Color Match: *
Lasting Ability: **

If you're interested in buying it, you can buy it here!