This is finally a review of the Gowoonsesang Dr. G Brightening Balm BB cream SPF 30 PA+++, after on-and-off use of it since September (mainly because I am lazy to put makeup on and plus I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible). This is my very first bb cream!
What is bb cream?
The BB Cream, aka Blemish Balm, is the hottest beauty product in Asia right now. The product was originated in Germany and used by dermatologists to help patients who have gone through laser skin surgery soothe and regenerate the skin.
Soon after, Korean celebs started using the cream and a craze was born. Big companies then took the idea and turned it into a product widely available to the public. The new product is suitable for all skin types, especially those with sensitive and acne-prone skin. It has the advantages of both a makeup and skincare product. It can even out skintone, camouflage undereye circles, acne scars and add radiance to the skin without the heavy mask-like effects of a foundation. Prolonged used of the product will also help improve the overall texture of the skin and fade acne scars. (credits to Makeup For Life)
Additional info from the bb cream thread on soompi:
It is supposed to help with scarring from blemishes; it's original creation was to soothe/heal and cover skin after they went through intense chemical peels or laser treatments.
Now some background info on Gowoonsesang the brand:
The founder of Gowoonsesang, Dr. Gun-Yong Ahn entered medical school with the facial burn from his childhood. He treated his scar and restored skin of many patients. He gained a reputation in the skin restoration area.
He developed Dr.G by special request of a patient who wanted daily skin care after the dermatological treatment. Five skincare lines of Dr.G suitable for people in different ages, the Trouble Care Line for acne skin and Luxury EGF Line made Dr.G become a reputable top brand in Korea.
Medical formula for beautiful and healthy skin, Gowoonsesang means ‘Beautiful World’ in Korean. With the clinical knowledge, state-of-the-art technology and high quality ingredients, skincare products of Dr.G rejuvenate skin inside out.
The ingredients & description label of Dr. G Brightening Balm. Meh, not really liking the long list of some ingredients that I can't even pronounce... Click twice to get a detailed view.
Here is my review back from September:
BB Cream Brand & Name: (Gowoonsesang) Dr. G Brightening BB Cream SPF PA+++
Shade: Comes in only one shade
Fragrance: Lightly scented
Oil-Control: Good oil control
Dewy or Matte (finish): Matte
Overall comments: This is my first bb cream ever, and I gave myself about 3 weeks to test it out. It makes my skin brighter and more porcelain-like, somewhat eliminating yellow undertones. Looks dark coming out of the bottle but blends in with my skintone nicely. Little to no oxdiation depending on the weather, excellent. Paired with my
Shiseido SPF55 sunscreen ***Edit 11/16/2009: no longer use this SPF anymore as it made me break out, it has very good oil control. On days when I want to let my skin breathe, I'll just use it as a concealer on fading acne scars or red areas to even out my skin tone. The texture is thick so it is hard to blend and spread. I would suggest wearing a moisturizer underneath to make it easier to glide. Also put a pea-sized amount on your wrist and let it warm up before applying to face (<--Pearlgirl's suggestion ^^). I tried using both my brush and fingers, and for now, I like using my fingers. Time will tell if this improves my complexion.
Skin type: Combination
Skin tone: Not quite sure since I've never used MAC foundation, but NC25 in the summer, NC15 or 20 in the winter
Skin undertone: Yellow
Skincare Regime: Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil > Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap > Clinique All About Eyes Rich > unrefined pure shea butter (or sometimes sans moisturizer)
A quick update today:
I love this bb cream! Makes my skin look flawless and like a porcelain doll. Every time I wear this I get compliments about how fair and nice my skin is. Coverage is good, you can layer it on as you go. I personally need more than a pea-sized amount as it is hard to spread, maybe 3-4 pea-sized amounts. I also use it as a concealer too by just dabbing a bit more on problem spots and dotting/blending underneath my eyes to hide dark circles. At first I used a foundation brush, but I find it blends into my skin better if I just use my clean fingers. It's definitely pricier compared to Etude House, Skin Food, or Missha BB creams and it's my first one as well, but it seems like I'm going to stick to this one.