Etude House Precious Mineral Matte BB Cream SPF50
Packaging - 9/10
Formula & Coverage - 8/10
Longevity - 8/10
Price - 9/10
- Great coverage
- Doesn’t oxidize
- High SPF
- Hard to blend
- Without primer, it sinks into pores
Hey, dolls! I’m back again with another Korean hit – Etude House Precious Mineral Matte BB Cream SPF50. You know how much I love their makeup and skincare products. I even wrote a whole article dedicated to their tips and tricks which you can check out here.
I actually bought this BB cream after I’ve used up my sample, so it wasn’t a blind buy. I was amazed at how little I needed to apply to get just enough coverage for every day, but we’ll get to that in a second. First, I would like to clarify some details about this BB cream. First of all, there are two variants. One is (I’m guessing) for oily and combination skin which has the word ”Matte” in its name. The other one is (again, guessing) for dry and normal skin, it is labeled as “Moist”. I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a brand that is labeling their product as moist. We prefer poetic words like “dewy” and “glowy”. Moist actually makes sense too, but I’m not really a fond of that word.
The packaging of both versions look the same with the exception of Moist one being tinted pink, and a matte one being purely white.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about their color range. I don’t think that I need to point out the fact that this product originates from South Korea has an impact on their color range. It is more inclined toward fairer skin types and that is, after all, why I turned to Korean cosmetics in the first place. The lack of pink based foundations is frightening here where I live.
So, with that in mind, the color choices are (ranging from lightest to darkest):
- Vanilla – pink based
- Petal – pink based
- Beige – yellow based
- Sand – neutral based
- Tan – neutral based
I went for the lightest one – Vanilla. It is worth noting that both the Matte and the Moist version have the same shades.
If you want to check out the official details, I would suggest checking Etude House official site.
And if you are looking for a “Moist” version, you’ll have to check out at this link.
I’m so sorry I didn’t take a picture of the box it came in because I threw it out in the meantime. It had some info on it, but it was mostly on Korean so it wasn’t as useful to me since I don’t speak Korean. Luckily, I found enough info on it on the Internet.
Inside the box is a squeezy tube with 45 grams of product behind the silver safety seal. I’m used to milliliters or fluid ounces when talking about foundations of any kind, so the mention of grams surprised me. However, once I saw how thick this BB cream was, it suddenly made more sense. Again, I’ll talk about that in my next section, now let’s stick to packaging.
I really like squeezy tubes because it is easy to keep them clean and to use only the tiniest amount. I know they are not luxurious or anything, but they are convenient – you must admit that.
Be prepared for an Ingredients list because it is quite lengthy.
Water, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Mineral Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Silica, Hydroxyacetophenone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hexyl Laurate, Mica (Ci 77019), Panthenol, Triethyl Citrate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Alcohol, Pearl Powder(100Ppm), Mother Of Pearl(100Ppm), Pearl Extract (97.6Ppm), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499
Formula & Coverage
A formula is thick. No, a formula is thicc! I don’t know is it due to the high SPF or what, but you’ll be needing to prime and moisturize that face before applying this. Otherwise, it will be really difficult to spread around.
Even though this is sold as a BB cream (which we immediately associate with low coverage – if any), I would label this as a medium coverage. It is probably due to its thickness. I would suggest mixing it with a hydrating cream or even with a thinner foundation to spread it more evenly. I did a swatch test without blending on my hand and it sits really obvious on the skin so that is something I wouldn’t suggest you do.
Also, don’t apply with a brush – it streaks so badly! I hope it is not my faulty application, but with every brush I used, I got obvious streaks on my face. So you’ll have to apply this with a damp Beauty blender or, alternatively, with your fingers. Holla at me if you have any alternatives that work with thick foundations.
However, I won’t deduce too many points here because of the formula. You have to use a few tricks, but it all pays off in the end. This foundation stays in place, doesn’t oxidize and won’t give you any troubles after you applied it.
The only true issue is that it requires a primer because it will sink into your pores if you do not use it. While I do have gigantic pores, it will probably be noticeable even on smaller ones. I have a photographic evidence in the next section if you are interested in how it looks on my flawed face.
Let’s start off by saying that this BB cream lasted full 10 hours (my regular work day). If you’ve read the last paragraph, you saw that it is necessary (for me and my pores) to use it with a primer. That means my longevity includes a primer, setting powder and setting spray. While it definitely helped it last longer, I am also satisfied with this BB cream by itself.
So why didn’t I give it a higher grade?
Well, I found out (the bad way) that it transfers. Don’t touch your face too much while wearing this because you will rub it off. And do not rest your face on anything clothed if you don’t want an imprint of your face on it. It kinda sucks, but I am usually very strict about not touching my face, ya know – bacteria and all that so I’m good.
Like I promised, here is the dreaded before and after photo. I hate posting these because I feel so vulnerable, but it is all in the name of (makeup) science.
You can order it from the official Etude House website, but I didn’t order it from there so I won’t vouch for them. All I can say is that I ordered it from BeautyNetKorea and it was even cheaper there. So I’ll link them down below if you are interested in getting this BB cream.
They both cost $7.43 which is in range with drugstore BB creams so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket. The only reason why you wouldn’t want to order from them is the fact that their shipping times could stretch up to two weeks. (At least that was the case with my orders.) If you prefer a faster shipping method, but with a higher price, I would recommend Amazon. Again, I’ll link both versions below: