May 6, 2011

Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream for Darker Skin - No. 31

Ok Beauties…

For those of you that are looking for BB Cream for darker skin, I FINALLY got around to posting about Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream - No. 31 Golden Beige. I have been using it for a little while now, so I feel that I can accurately review it.

From the Missha US website:

Blemish Balm, also called BB Cream, is known to have been formulated as an after-treatment cream to help patients who have gone through laser skin surgery to soothe and regenerate the skin.

The M Perfect Cover BB Cream gives an even and natural-looking coverage with the soothing, moisturising properties of a cream. It is suitable for all skin types including acne-prone skin, and can be used as a makeup base or foundation. 

Whitening + Anti-Wrinkle + UV Protection (SPF 42 PA+++)

PRICE : $29.99 SIZE : 50ml

Water(Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Adenosine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance(Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol
MAY CONTAIN[+/-; Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

And remember how I thought I was between 23 and 31, and that 31 would be too dark?

TOTALLY WRONG. 31 is PERFECT. It pretty much matches my skintone exactly now that I am a bit more tan and I L.O.V.E. love it. I still use the lighter No. 23 as an undereye concealer and brightener. This is a perfect BB Cream for darker skin tones.

The colour is a much better match, with warmer undertones that suit my tan skintone. It does look a bit grey when you first put it on, but then it oxidises and turns a more golden colour. Missha is the only brand that makes a BB Cream for darker skin, all the other brands have VERY limited, light shades. Unfortunately, even Missha doesn't have darker tones for Indian/African American etc skin tones.. Here's hoping they'll eventually come out with more shades!

A little goes a LONG way. The first swatch I did I had way too much on my hand and it ended up looking thick and cakey.. So I wiped it off and tried again. That’s the great thing, you only need a small amount; I use one and a half pumps for my entire face and neck area. I don't really have acne scars or dark spots, but it does cover my dark under eye circles really well!

With flash - L: Unblended,  Middle: Partially Blended,  R: Fully Blended

Natural light:

The tiniest dollop on my hand.
Missha No 31 Swatch

Partially rubbed in you can see the grey tinge it has (like a lot of BB Creams), this goes away in about a minute.
Missha No 31 partially rubbed in

Fully rubbed in, it has evened out my skin.
Missha No 31 rubbed in

The formula on No. 23 was a bit thicker and heavier, whereas the formula on No. 31 feels lighter, more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. It applies really smoothly and feels pretty hydrating and comfortable, almost like you’re not wearing makeup. I’m not sure if this is a difference in formula from the Korean version of the BB Creams to the US version, or just because it is a different shade.. anyone else had any experience with this?

My skin tends to be combination, oily on my forehead and chin but dry around my nose and cheeks. I like this cream because it is somewhat moisturising without turning your face into oil central. It leaves you with a dewy finish, but you can always set it with a matte powder if you prefer. I still use a separate moisturiser under this, because it doesn’t completely get rid of all the dry areas, but I think if you have normal to oily skin you could probably skip that step.

This is called Blemish Balm (or as some brands call it, Beblesh Balm LOL) with good reason. I had broken out on my forehead and thought wearing this might make it worse (you know, like makeup usually does) but it actually healed the blemishes and cleared them up quicker. I also notice that it refines my skin texture. Some people that are sensitive to mineral oil may have a problem with this, but I'm not so it hasn't had any adverse affects on my skin.

  • Lightweight
  • Evens out skintone
  • Good base for makeup
  • Heals blemishes
  • Great colour match for my skin
  • Not for full coverage of acne/dark scars etc may need to use powder/foundation for more coverage
  • Can look cakey if applied too heavily
Timesaver: YES. This is an all in one product for me. Therefore I love it :)
Moneysaver: Yes. Missha regularly sends out special offers and discounts to email subscribers. Usually this is $29.99 plus 8.99 S&H, I got it for $18.99 including S&H.


Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream No. 31 Golden Beige
Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Color in Prim & Poppy

Urban Decay Summer of Love Palette in Smog and Maui Wowie
e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Dark
Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Blackest Black

tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain in Pink Martini

I am NC-35, hope that helps anyone trying to find a colour match!

More pics with Missha BB Cream No 31:

With flash:

With flash:

Natural light:

Natural light

Click here to see my other posts on BB Cream.


  1. makemommychic8/02/2011 6:34 PM

    Hi, I've never heard of this brand, but i like the fact that it has so much UV protection.
    BTW- you look gorgeous! I love the color of your lips!!! Thanks for the post!

  2. Can you tell us your shade in Mac? Or some other very common foundation? So that we can compare the #31 to a shade we know...

    I'm between an NC-15 and an NC-20, maybe on the slightly lighter side... so I'm guessing #23 would be better for me?

  3. heyy.. i was just wondering if this foundation is long wearing.. and if it rubs off on clothes.. thanks :)

  4. Ishah @ Beauty Mamas8/02/2011 6:34 PM

    I'm NC-35, so you would probably need No.23. I tried it and it's a bit too light for me. It will slightly change to match your skintone but not to a huge extent.

  5. oh thank you! thats what i needed to know! =)

  6. what are you in Mac color?

  7. Hi Ladies,

    Check out for korean cosmetics including Missha, Innsifree, Tony Moly, The Face Shop, Pore Lab, Etude House, and etc. Store is closing so everything is on sale. Everything must Go.

  8. what about number 27 honey beige?

  9. Please check out my comparison of 23, 27 and 31 here

  10. Do you know your tone in Mary Kay foundation? I'm looking my tone but I don't even know somebody that has this Missha in my city.

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  12. I bought this in #31 as well but it looked so red/pink on me. I don't think it has enough golden/olive undertones for me

  13. That's a shame :( have you tried Skinfood bb cream? Check out their US site, they have a variety of shades.

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