If you don’t have a BB cream in your beauty stash yet, what are you waiting for? Here, you’ll find the best Korean BB creams for every skin concern.
When it comes to BB creams, American and Canadian brands aren’t always the best. Korean skincare experts use natural ingredients to create products that can combat acne, signs of aging, discoloration, imperfections, and dryness.
BB creams in particular serve the purposes of sunscreen, foundation, and moisturizer at the same time. We are convinced that they are a three-in-one product sent from heaven.
BB creams are an important product in anyone’s skincare routine, so we’ve found 15 of the best affordable Korean BB creams for every skin type. No matter what your skin concerns are, you deserve a BB cream that leaves you with glowing, soft skin!
Without further ado, let’s jump straight in!
1. Best Korean BB cream for Oily Skin
Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm
Even though this BB cream’s name includes the word “blemish”, blemishes and excess oil production often go hand-in-hand. This SPF 30 BB Cream from Dr. G uses green tea extract and other extracts to soothe skin and reduce the amount of sebum that your body is producing.
This formula won’t wear off quickly and will give your skin a sleek, matte finish so that you don’t need to use blotting papers each time you visit the washroom. What a dream! This Dr. G BB Cream costs around $36 but it’s worth every penny.
2. Best Korean BB cream for Acne-Prone Skin
Secret Key Finish Up BB Cream
What makes this Secret Key BB Cream great for women with acne-prone skin is its ability to repair rough skin tone and cover up acne scars and blemishes. It provides light to medium coverage that’s buildable depending on how much you use or how many layers you apply.
In addition to covering any pesky blemishes, it will make your skin appear more flawless and smooth. This non-greasy BB cream is one of the most affordable products on this list, costing under $10.
3. Best Korean BB cream for Dry Skin
ETUDE House Precious Mineral BB Cream Moist
This BB cream is one of ETUDE House’s best-selling products as it can be used to create a buildable coverage while hydrating dry, dull, and tired skin.
The ETUDE House Precious Mineral BB Cream Moist has an SPF of 50, keeping your skin protected from the UV rays that cause your skin to age. In addition to hydrating your delicate skin, it will also even out your complexion.
When you have dry and flakey skin, it’s hard to find a foundation-like product that won’t crease in your fine lines but product users note that it makes their face glow without any clumping. It comes in five shades and costs under $15.++
4. Best Korean BB cream For Normal Skin
Holika Holika Holi Pop BB Cream
If you would consider your skin to be normal, the Holika Holika Holi Pop BB Cream is a superb option as it comes in three different variations. The BB Cream you choose to wear really depends on the makeup look you’re going for that day.
It comes in matte, glow, and moist, each addressing different concerns and giving you a different look. The matte version absorbs any excess oil, the moist variation is made with 50 percent water, milk protein extract, and ceramides that provides you with hydration, and the glow version contains a high-quality oil. (Note: milk protein is an allergen, so if you’re sensitive to dairy, stay away from this!)
Each of these BB creams cost under $9.
5. Best Korean BB cream for Sensitive Skin
MIZON Snail Repair Intensive BB Cream
The Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Repair BB cream is suitable for ladies with sensitive skin that often reacts to makeup or skincare products. The secret ingredient in this BB cream is snail slime…we know it sounds gross but we promise that it has special hydrating properties that soothe sensitive skin.
This BB cream has an SPF of 50 with added sun protection as the Korean skincare brand understands that staying out of the sun will keep you looking young.
It will blur blemishes and hydrate your skin without any irritation as it’s free of parabens and fragrances. This holy grail BB cream for sensitive skin costs under $15 and is available in four shades.
6. Best Korean BB cream for Combination Skin
Elizavecca Milky Piggy BB Cream
Even if you’re not in the market for a BB cream, you should consider buying this one for its adorable name. The Milky Piggy BB Cream by Korean skincare brand Elizavecca is best for combination skin as it balances the skin’s natural water to oil ratio, which is important for our women with oilier skin.
It also works to lighten the skin and improve your skin’s complexion. Many Korean skincare brands use melanin inhibitors to brighten their skin and target hyperpigmentation. If you’re wanting to maintain a suntan, avoid products that advertise whitening properties.
The Milky Piggy BB cream’s active ingredients include hyaluronic acid, allantoin, and niacinamide (fights environmental damage). It costs just under $12.
7. Best Korean BB cream for Dark Skin
Erborian BB Crème in Caramel
While this Korean BB Cream comes in three shades, the darkest shade (Caramel) is a good match for those with tan to deep skin tones. Available at Ulta Beauty, the Erborian BB Crème allows you to create a buildable coverage as it moisturizes, plumps, and illuminates your complexion.
For those who are a sticker for sun protection, this BB Cream has an SPF of 20, which will keep you from getting an unsightly sunburn.
This tinted cream has a matte finish, will cover your pores, and was created with a formula that won’t cake in your fine lines as that’s simply not a fabulous look. It’s free of parabens and sulfates, making it safe for ladies with sensitive skin.
A 1.5-ounce tube of this BB cream from Erborian costs $39…a small price for photoshoot-ready skin.
8. Best BB cream for Tan or Olive skin
Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream
The Cica Clearing BB Cream from Purito is a wonderful option for those with tan or olive skin as it comes in six shades, including deep warm, natural beige, and sand beige. No matter your skin tone, one of the BB creams will match your skin perfectly.
In terms of benefits, this Korean BB cream provides protection from UVB and UVA rays and layerable coverage. The special ingredient, cica extract, will strengthen your skin more and more upon each use.
This BB cream is also suitable for ladies with sensitive skin as it is free of parabens and fragrances. The Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream costs around $9.
9. Best Korean BB cream for Pale Skin
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm
Many skincare and makeup enthusiasts aren’t aware that Dr. Jart+ is actually a Korean brand. It was one of the first beauty companies to introduce BB creams to the American market. This BB cream comes in a natural shade and provides a light finish, which is perfect for women with a fair or pale skin tone.
This light-coverage product has an SPF of 30 and will leave you with a radiant and glowy complexion that’s everything but greasy or oily.
The formula is thick enough to cover any imperfections but lightweight enough that it won’t feel as if your pores are suffocating. It should be applied after you wash your face and use a toner. A 1.35-ounce tube of the Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm retails for $39.
10. Best Korean BB cream for Rosacea & Redness
COSNORI Dermatic Green Tone Up Cream
Using a foundation or BB cream with a green undertone will help cover and correct any redness or rosacea. The Dermatic Green Tone Up Cream from COSNORI is created with aloe vera leaf and other extracts that can soothe irritated skin while reducing any red tint your skin may be holding onto.
This BB cream from South Korea will leave your skin looking radiant and feeling hydrated without clogging your pores. If you have other specific skin concerns like oiliness or acne, we suggest checking out the other products offered by COSNORI.
The skincare brand focuses on tackling various concerns through their powerful products. Because the Dermatic Green Tone Up Cream is tinted, it can be worn on its own or applied after finishing your skincare routine in the morning. It costs around $19.
11. Best Korean BB cream for Mature Skin
Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
The Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream contains a unique blend of botanicals and peptides to fend off any premature signs of aging, which makes it a great product for women with mature skin.
Along with anti-aging properties, this BB cream will also give you a flawless complexion and will protect your skin from the sun as it has an SPF of 25 and antioxidants.
Its formula is hypoallergenic (safe for people with skin allergies) and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), making it a safe product for those with sensitive skin. The Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream costs around $23.
12. Best BB cream with a lightweight finish
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream
Since this product is ridiculously popular, it sells out fast so be sure to always check for upcoming restocks! This BB cream from Korean skincare brand Holika Holika provides a natural, lightweight finish that won’t clog your pores and look cakey on your face.
It’s made with 80 percent refreshing mint water, which your skin will drink up. The Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream will keep your skin feeling and looking hydrated, giving it a dewy glow as if you’re relaxing in Hawaii.
It smells great upon application and will even out your skin without taking away from the natural look that you desire.
13. Best BB cream with a full-coverage finish
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
Ladies who are wanting to cover up any imperfections like acne or dark spots should most definitely add the Perfect Cover BB Cream by Missha to their makeup routine. This Korean BB cream offers impressive coverage, along with hydrating, whitening, and anti-aging effects.
It also has an SPF of 42, which will keep your skin healthy when exposed to the sun in the summer or while on a tropical holiday. Gatuline RC, ceramide, and hyaluronic acid are three active ingredients in the BB cream that will infuse your skin with moisture, creating a firmer appearance with fewer fine lines and dryness.
It also uses marine botanicals and nutrient-dense plant oils to improve the texture of your skin long-term. This BB cream comes in four different shades and retails for around $13.
14. Best Korean BB cream for use around the eyes
MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream Tube
If you’re a huge fan of MIZON’s Snail Repair Intensive BB Cream, then you’ll most definitely love the skincare brand’s eye cream. This eye cream, which contains 80 percent snail mucin, helps to fight the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your beautiful peepers.
It’s also a great product for minimizing the appearance of dark circles, necessary for ladies who work long hours or pull all-nighters at college.
It will also keep the area around your eyes moisturized and hydrated as there are few things worse than applying a concealer only to have it flake off in mere seconds.
This amazing Korean eye cream can be applied at night before bed or before applying makeup in the morning. A tube of this miracle eye cream costs less than $10.
15. Best Korean BB cream for men
Missha Men’s Cure All Day Natural Fit BB Cream
It’s common knowledge that most men don’t like to spend a ton of time or money on a skincare routine, which is why Missha Men’s Cure All Day Natural Fit BB Cream is the best possible option. This BB Cream has properties that protect from the sun, combat wrinkles, and improve the look of full or red skin.
It also has a special ingredient that controls your skin’s production of sebum, an oil that’s produced by your body that causes blemishes.
Men will also be pleased to know that this formula contains 11 different kinds of hyaluronic acid and seven ingredients that soothe the skin so they can say “goodbye” to dryness and flakiness. It costs around $16.
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of the best Korean BB creams! For more K-beauty posts, make sure to check out the posts below.