Etude House is a very popular South Korean makeup and skincare brand. They are known for making products for sensitive skin. Do you want to know where Etude House got its name? It sounds French doesn’t it? But actually the name Etude House was inspired by Polish composer Frederic Chopin’s studies (etude) for the piano. The company launched in 1985 and has become a popular brand all over Asia. I just thought you might like to know! 🙂
Today I’m going to review the Etude House Previous Mineral Sun BB Cream. This cream offers 3 main benefits: UV protection, anti wrinkle, and whitening effects. Since it’s a “sun” BB cream, it has a very high UV protection compared to other brands at SPF 50, as well as a PA+++ rating. It’s the highest protection you will find among BB cream products! If you want a full explanation of SPF and PA ratings click here to read more, but just briefly SPF measures UVB rays and is typically used in North American products, whereas PA measures UVA rays, a system typically used in Japan and Korea.
What’s interesting about this particular product is the design. First of all, it comes in a white bottle with a sponge and cap fastened on the end. If you want to use the sponge, it works well to keep the cream from spilling all over, and at the same time prevents a big mess on your hands. I imagine it would be good if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, and the sponge feels really nice on the skin.
The sponge can be useful if you want to first dab the product on your skin. If you don’t want to use the sponge, simply remove it and squeeze directly to your hand. There’s a hole in the middle of the sponge where the product squirts out. But if you remove the sponge you’ll see the end of the tube. The cream is dispensed rather easily with a light squeeze. Personally I use both with the sponge and without, and I don’t have a strong preference for either. Both techniques work really well, so I really like the design. Plus it’s really cute!
One problem I have with this product, though, is it contains octinoxate, which is a sunscreen ingredient known to have hormone-mimicking effects and lab animals and has been linked to hormonal imbalance. If you’re unfamiliar it has been disputed as a chemical agent. I’m no doctor or scientist, but whether that matters is up to you. I just felt the need to mention it. 🙂 As another thought, if you like more natural products two Korean BB cream brands that focus on this are SKIN79 and BRTC, so you may want to look into those.
This product comes in 3 shades: Light Beige (N02), Natural Beige (W13), Sand Beige (W15). The shade I got (light beige) is slightly lighter than my skin tone (Korean here) but it blends in nicely after applying powder on top. It has a good yellow undertone unlike most BB creams that tend to have a more pink or grey color. The product oxidizes just a little bit after application to suit the skin tone, and it stops oxidizing once it sets and stays that way throughout the day.
As for the texture of this BB cream, it’s fantastically light, not thick but not runny either. It applies very smoothly and once again, I have no problems with it blending into my skin. I can’t emphasize enough how I really love the lightweight texture. It feels and looks like I’m not really wearing much makeup. I would say the finish is almost Satin, which makes skin look flawless and radiant. It doesn’t highlight any dry patches at all. It feels moisturizing and not too heavy, despite having such a high sun protection.
The staying power is amazing on my oily skin. In hot and humid weather, this product will not melt off, so I can say that this cream definitely is suitable for hot climate (if not it shouldn’t be called a “sun” BB cream right?!). In my experience it stayed on for a straight 14 hours with a bit of patchiness, and after about 7 hours I would touch up a bit. If you wear it in warmer weather like me you may get oily throughout the day though, so I would blot maybe once or twice per day.
That being said, it has great oil control without drying out your face and removing all the moisture. As I mentioned earlier, it does a fine job staying on oily skin, and doesn’t smudge on to clothes either. Another thing is, it does not settle into fine lines or smile lines. You can expect the product to give you medium to full coverage, and it will cover blemishes and redness very well without giving you the “caked look”. If you have a particular problem with covering blemishes or redness, it might be a little on the light side, so I suggest using a concealer for extreme cases.
If you purchase it on sale from Amazon, the product will cost you between $10 to 20, which to me is well worth it for the overall quality I get. It’s my understanding that you can’t find Etude House products from the manufacturer itself online, meaning you would have to physically go to Korea. Among all the third-party retailers online, Amazon seems to be the most reasonable, so that’s where I would recommend purchasing it. Overall I think this product would be the best Korean BB cream for you if you have oily skin, are outside a lot and want extra sun protection, want something light, and are looking for something competitively priced.
If you’ve used this cream before let me know what you think in the comments below! Or if you have any specific questions about it I’ll try my best to answer!