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Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream and One-step BB Cleanser

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Do you ever wonder why Korean celebrities have fair and flawless glowing skin? One of their beauty secrets is BB cream. BB cream is short for blemish balm or blemish base, a cream that functions as a moisturizer, sunblock, primer, foundation, as well as anti-aging, whitening and skin-regenerating cosmetic all in one. (What more can you ask for?)

A German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, developed BB cream in 1950, to protect patients’ skin after surgery and laser treatment, and to cover up damaged skin.

The BB cream was introduced to South Korea and Japan in 1980, and since then it has become one of the most famous beauty products in Asia. In fact, it has been called “the secret of Korean actresses”.

In South Korea, men and women, young and old, use BB cream. There are various kinds of BB creams formulated for different ages and skin types; however, because most South Koreans have fair skin, there are only a few shades of BB creams for different skin tones.

I have tried several BB creams in SK, but my favorite has got to be Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream. What I like about this BB cream is that it covers my freckles well, and it doesn’t give that “sticky”, “oily”, “heavy” feeling I get from other BB creams. It has a matte finish which makes my skin look more natural. It’s perfect for everyday use, because it lasts longer on the face. I don’t need to retouch every now and then. (Re-applying BB cream could get pretty messy.)  It’s a perfect make-up base for me, too, because it makes my make up stay for hours, even for the whole day, when it’s not so hot. I only have to put powder when my face starts to get a little shiny, but Magic Cover BB Cream provides better oil control, so I need not worry about my face getting oily and my make up “melting away”.

I have a fair complexion, so I use light beige. Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream also comes in natural beige.

Since Magic Cover BB Cream is more dense, I dab just a little amount of it on my face: forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. I use my fingers to spread the cream evenly on my face, and a little on my neck (except when I’m wearing white collared shirt).

TIP: Although BB cream works as a primer and/or make up base, you can apply a separate PRIMER or MAKE UP BASE first to make your skin look smoother. If you’ve got a lot of blemishes to cover, like pimple or acne scars, pat a very small amount of BB cream on the blemishes, blend in with your skin, and then apply your second layer of BB cream on the face… not too much though, or you’ll end up looking like a corpse. You can use concealer to cover the blemishes before applying the BB cream, but make sure that it matches the hue of the BB cream you are using.

The dreadful freckles that need cover up…

(BEFORE APPLYING BB CREAM)
I applied only primer.

(AFTER APPLYING BB CREAM)

This photo was taken a couple of hours after I applied BB cream and make up on my face (when I got home from work). I haven’t retouched the cream or any of my make up besides lip gloss and a little powder.

I used Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream for the whole autumn and winter. It has lower SPF compared to Face Shop’s other BB creams, but SPF 20 is enough for my skin when it’s not too hot and sunny. Summer is coming, and I am going to need a BB cream with higher SPF. How I wish Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream had higher SPF.

I have tried Face Shop’s Power Perfection BB Cream, with SPF 37, but it doesn’t provide absolute coverage for my freckles the way Magic Cover BB Cream does.  Power Perfection BB Cream is just a notch higher because it has a more advanced sun protection factor. I might just stick to Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream, and use a primer with higher SPF before applying the BB cream.


DO NOT WORRY ABOUT USING BB CREAM EVERYDAY. One of the benefits of using BB cream is to repair your skin’s condition. Since BB creams have SPF, they protect the skin from harmful UV rays. BB cream is actually healthy for your skin, as long as you choose the right one for your skin type, and of course, before you go to bed, Sleeping Beauty, you have to remove the BB cream and all that make up from your face. If you don’t, the make up residue might clog your pores and irritate your skin.

Now for CLEANSING… I have mentioned earlier how dense Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream is, so you will need a good cleansing agent to get rid of the BB cream on your face. Personally, I don’t use soap on my face. Soap dries my skin and gives me breakouts. I use only one facial wash from the Philippines, but it’s not enough to clean all the make up and BB cream on my face. The BB cream I am using is a type of high coverage BB cream, so even when my face looks clean after washing it with the usual facial wash and water, IT STILL DOESN’T FEEL CLEAN.

I started using Face Shop’s One-step BB Cleanser and I like its effect on my skin. It’s the only cleansing product in Korea I have tried so far that hasn’t given me any skin trouble. I have very sensitive skin, so I don’t use just any facial wash/cleanser. It is a facial foam that’s quick and simple to use: dispense an ample amount and massage onto the face. You have to put a little water, though, as it dries easily on your face, making it hard to do the massage. When you add water, the cleanser creates a mild foam. I like the feel of the foam on my face. ^^

Rinse after 5 minutes.

Right after rinsing, your face feels very clean, smooth and moisturized.

Unlike cleansing oil or cleansing pad/tissue, you don’t have to wash your face  after using Face Shop’s One-step BB Cleanser, because it’s already a cleansing-oil-and-facial-foam-in-one that provides thorough washing.  Note, however, that IT’S A BB CREAM REMOVER, NOT A MAKE UP REMOVER, so even if it clears away BB cream perfectly, it won’t get rid of stubborn make up, especially waterproof mascara… ugh!  I have to use a “lip and eye remover” (Yup, that’s what they call lipstick and eye make up remover in Korea. ^^) to wipe away my make up before washing my face with the BB cleanser.

PRICES: Here in SK, Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream costs 16, 900 KRW (14.55 USD or 624.26 PHP).

Face Shop’s One-step BB Cleanser is 10, 900 KRW (9.39 USD or 402.63 PHP).

Face Shop’s Power Perfection BB Cream is sold for 22, 900 KRW (19.72 USD or 845.90 PHP).

I want to try them all. ^^

If you are not a resident in Korea, but you would like to try Korean BB creams (I’m telling you, Korean BB creams are the best. ^^), you can purchase them on Ebay or YESSTYLE.com. (Expect that prices are more expensive.)

54 thoughts on “Face Shop’s Magic Cover BB Cream and One-step BB Cleanser

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  3. Hi, Harry. Oo nga, out of stock parati sa Pilipinas ang Magic Cover BB cream. I could not find it anywhere noong naubusan ako sa Pinas, so I asked a friend who had a vacation in Korea to buy me one. Meron naman na-oorder on-line. Alam ko may link sa post na ito. Try mo to order OL.

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  4. out stock here in the Philippine ang BB magic cover. Saan pa kaya pwede makabili nun? o kung meron po sa inyong extra bilhin ko na lang kahit may patong hiyang kasi talaga ako sa magic cover.

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  5. I love Faceshop BB Cream Perfection BB Cream! In fact I found cheaper price here: http://on.fb.me/1tZPziq

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  6. I noticed that the pictures don’t look as though they were taken at the same angel. The first picture looks as though it was taken from your cheek bones(where the freckles are closer to) then the second down to your cheek. The last one is just a zoomed shot of your cheek.
    BEAUTIFUL SKIN NONETHELESS!!🙂

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  7. Hi, I’d like to knoe what brand of primer do you use before applying the bb cream? Can you give me a link to order? Thanks

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  8. hi ate thanks hnd na dry ang face ko gamit ko mango seed nga po pala ask ko lang anong best whitening lotion dito sa korea best ate ah thanks

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  9. Yes, I’ve tried Etude’s Precious Mineral BB cream, ok din siya. ^^

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  10. hi po…have u tried bb cream from etude house?

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  11. ate may isa pa kong prob dry ang face ko hirap ko apply itong magic bb cream nakabili na ako

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  12. Hi, Steph. ^^ Try mo ang natural beige. Darker ng konti un kaysa light beige. Merong natural beige itong Face shop magic cover bb cream. Marami din iba-ibang klase ng natural beige na bb cream ang missha.

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  13. hi ask ko lang po im 19 yrs old from phil.now im in korea hnd ko po alam ano gagamitin kong bb cream morena po kc ako pwede rin kaya sa akin yan?

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  14. Is the magic cover bb cream sweatproof/waterproof?

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  15. Hi, Dina. ^^ I haven’t tried using the BB cleanser to clean my face without BB cream. I use another product for cleansing my face in the morning or when I haven’t applied BB cream.

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  16. This post helped me so mucch!!! I was just wondering if you only used BB cleanser after you used the BB cream or can you use it in the morning after you wake up or even during the day without using the BB cream?

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  17. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was entirely right.

    This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

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  18. Hi. ^^ The regular price is 16, 900 KRW (14.55 USD or 624.26 PHP). The sale price is 10, 000 to 12, 000 KRW.

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  19. Hi sis. Uhm new lang ako hir. How much un MAGIC COVER BB CREAM? heheh

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  20. Hi Sis uhm new lang ako here. Ah how much ung MAGIC COVER BB CREAM? heheh thanks sis!=)

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  21. Meron talagang hindi hiyang ang BB cream. Na-try mo naba BB cream for sensitive skin? Meron din for morena. Before ka gumamit ng BB cream, since sensitive pala skin mo, try mo muna apply sa neck mo, konti lang, to see if it will irritate your skin. Pag namula ang nilagyan mong part, wag mo na gamitin. Ingat ka din sa pagbili ng BB cream, check the expiration date kasi kahit dito sa Korea, may nagbebenta ng expired items pag sale.

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  22. I tried bb cream before but sad to say naqka pimples ako then ung feeling na maqang maqa ung face.
    I dont know why”sa tulad kung morena ano ang kaya ang pwede sakin please help me🙂

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  25. I’ve been using Made from Earth’s Aloe & Jojoba Creme Therapy for my 8 month old baby girl since she’s born. The smell is a bit strong, but it absorbs quickly so it doesn’t bother her that much. It’s absolutely no.1 for baby and I strongly recommend it.

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  26. Hi, Leonila Ungson. ^^

    If you are asking which BB cream covers freckles well, I suggest you try FACE SHOP’S MAGIC COVER BB CREAM. Like I said in the post, it provides perfect cover for blemishes. Put on some primer before applying BB cream, so your face looks smoother and more flawless. ^^

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  27. Hi! ^^ I used FACESHOP PRIMER SPF 25. Yung nasa tube and beige ang color ng tube. I haven’t used it in a while. Ok naman any primer sa kin. Now I am using NATURE REPUBLIC’S Orchid make-up base… as alternative for primer. I like the shimmer effect kasi eh. ^^

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  28. which of these products really works for freckles? where can I place my order?

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  29. hi, sis!
    thank you very much sa info!
    i’m having trouble with what bb cream to buy kasi before reading your blog..
    may i just ask what primer did you use here? ganda kasi ng effect.. thanks again, and God bless!

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  30. Hi, Ellie! ^^ Sorry, I think my reply is late.

    FACE SHOP products and other Korean cosmetics are cheaper here in SK, of course… but if you buy (some of) them in the Philippines, the price difference is not too high.

    Since your sis is in SK, I think it would be better to ask her to buy new BB creams and this year’s best-rated “skin and lotion” (toner and moisturizer/emulsion), as they are introduced late in the Philippines.

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  31. Hi! Thanks for this post. Very informative. Are Face Shop products much cheaper in Korea? What other stuff not available here in Manila can I ask my sister to buy in Korea? She’s going there kasi tomorrow. Thanks in advance.

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  32. hi.. i want to ask lng some suggestions if ano mganda bb cream for oily skin,and msyado din kc obvious ung mga pores q ano kya mganda product for that?
    ayaw q nman kc ng cream n heavy kpg inapply s face and agad2 ngfafade coz of my oily skin problem.. help me guys…:)

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  33. Are you in Korea? Kung nasa South Korea ka, kahit saan dito may FACESHOP kung saan mabibili mo ang MAGIC COVER BB CREAM and ONE-STEP BB CLEANSER. Kung nasa Pinas ka naman, may FACESHOP na din tayo sa Pilipinas. Available na din sa Faceshop Philippines ang MAGIC COVER BB CREAM. Nakabili ang student ko eh. Hindi ko lang alam kung available na ang ONE-STEP BB CLEANSER sa FACESHOP PHILIPPINES.

    Pwede ka din mag-order on-line through “yesstyle.com“. Mas mahal lang nga. ^^

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  34. Ang BB cream hindi siya gamot for pimples… pang-cover lang ng blemishes… pero most BB creams are good for the skin naman kasi nga like I have said sa post, BB cream functions as a moisturizer, sunblock, primer, foundation, as well as anti-aging, whitening and skin-regenerating cosmetic all in one.

    If you have problem with pimples, I suggest be EXTRA careful sa gagamitin mong BB cream and cleanser. Piliin mo ung hypoallergenic, hindi masyadong matapang and mabango.

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  35. Hi, Kim Amy. ^^

    Are you in Korea? Kung nasa South Korea ka, kahit saan dito may FACESHOP kung saan mabibili mo ang MAGIC COVER BB CREAM and ONE-STEP BB CLEANSER. Kung nasa Pinas ka naman, may FACESHOP na din tayo sa Pilipinas. Available na din sa Faceshop Philippines ang MAGIC COVER BB CREAM. Nakabili ang student ko eh. Hindi ko lang alam kung available na ang ONE-STEP BB CLEANSER sa FACESHOP PHILIPPINES.

    Pwede ka din mag-order on-line through “yesstyle.com“. Mas mahal lang nga. ^^

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  36. can i ask where i can buy that bb cream and cleanser? tnx a lot.

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  37. saan ako pwede makabili ng bb cream and cleanser problem ko ang aking pimples di naalis.tnx a lot.

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  38. pwede po ba malaman kung saan ako pwede makabili ng bb cream? gusto ko itry yan

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  39. I meant eye bags (puffy eyes/eye circles), Ms. Brook. ^^ In the Phils. we sometimes call them “eyebugs”/”eye bugs”. I guess that’s Filipino English. =) What are they called in America?

    Thanks for the tip, by the way. ^^

    Oh, and gosh, I am crazy about Lancome lipsticks. ^^

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  40. Hi Chris….yes tell your mom about the Vaseline, such a cheap moisturizer and it lasts. I also put Vaseline around my eyes before applying concealer for dark circles and then applying the rest of the eye make-up. About eyebugs…what is an eyebug there? If you mean the sty or a sore of some kind…no, I would ask a doctor about that. But if you mean the crusty bits that get in the eye…Vaseline doesn’t seem to hurt them or help them. I just get the out with my finger but a tissue would probably be better. Fun to talk about cosmetics…in the US….there are cheaper brands than L’Oreal and Revlon, but also more expensive brands like Lancome and Estee Lauder and many more.

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  41. Oo nga, Sis Regy… mag-sa-summer pa naman… pero okay na ang SPF 20, use ka na lang ng primer with higher SPF, and magpayong ka pag lumalabas ng house. ^^

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  42. hi sis..

    parehas tayo ng gamit Face Shops Magic Cover BB Cream din ang ginagamit ko madami na ako na-try na brand kaso ang hiyang ko lang talaga faceshop ~~~ sana mas mataas yung SPF niya noh?

    stay pretty sis🙂

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  43. I love Revlon and L’Oreal. In the Phils. and here in Korea, they are more costly, though. I’m going to tell my Mom about VASELINE. Does it work well with eyebugs?

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  44. Hi Chris…*so sorry* I’m late to answer you. I have not tried BB cream, but I can tell it works wonders from your words and the photos. I usually wear “drugstore make-up” which is very cost-efficient…brands like Revlon or L’Oreal or whatever I might find in the drugstore. I use *Vaseline* around my eyes for moisture at night…petroleum jelly! It sounds very un-glamorous but it seems to work. I’ve thought of selling “Mary Kay” cosmetics, but I have very limited resources and so don’t know what to do. But I enjoy make-up and cosmetics and lotions.

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  45. You’re welcome, Michelle. Stay ‘pretty’ and happy. ^^

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  46. maraming salamat po sa pagsagot sa tanong ko..makakatulong po ito hindi lang para mas gumanda kundi to build more self confidence..salamat po ulit!

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  47. Hi, Michelle B. Pajarillaga. ^^

    Before applying BB cream on your face, syempre dapat malinis muna ang mukha. Nakapaghilamos or wash na ng face. =) Then, apply toner and moisturizer. In Korea, they call those “skin” and “lotion”. You may have sensitive skin, so choose hypo-allergenic cosmetics for you. Next, PRIMER naman or make up base, ung “light” lang. Kung marami kang gusto cover sa face mo like pimple marks, it’s best to use primer before BB cream, kasi that will make your face look smoother. However, pwede din naman wag na maglagay ng primer kasi ang BB cream acts as a primer or make-up base na. Try mo muna which works well for you… ung maglagay ka muna ng primer bago BB cream, or BB cream na lang.

    Lastly, may mga BB creams formulated for sensitive skin. Look for the one na hiyang mo. ^^

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  48. Good day!! gusto ko pong malaman kung anu ang unang iaapply bago iapply ang bb cream sa mukha?? nung nagdalaga ako i never had pimples,blackheads etc.on my face,but now suddenly there are many pimples growing and my face suddenly looks dirty.. ever since i’m not used to make-ups or applying anything on my face.. but my husband’s family told me told apply some because i’m already working and that i have to look admirable.. and this post have given me some idea..but just wondering if there’s more to apply on the face before the bb cream…thank you a lot and hoping for an answer soon…

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  49. Hi, Deym. ^^

    Hindi naman… I like beauty products from other Korean cosmetic lines, too. ^^

    May mga na-try na din ako sa Skin Food na nagustuhan ko. What I like about Skin Food naman, very natural ang products nila and mostly good for sensitive skin.

    Aabangan ko ang post mo about your fave Skin Food cosmetic ha? =)

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  50. Thank you, Ms. Brook. ^^

    Have you tried any BB cream? What make up do you usually wear?

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  51. a *beautiful* post. I so enjoy reading about ways to enhance our skin and the already-beauty of women and men, too. The facial process is so gentle. Thanks for writing about BB cream!

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  52. Maka.”face shop” ka pala sis^^ Dati binibili ko ang mga make up ko sa “ettude de haus” kasi gusto ko maging ka look alike ni Sandara. Hahaha I also tried variants of make up’s from nature repblic, face shop, aritaum etc pero pinimple ako…

    Lately sa kasagsagan ng aking paglilihi with my third baby, bigla akong nahilig sa pag me make up. But since hindi pwede sa pregy ang chemicals I’ve tried using cosmetics from skin food. Mild nga ito sa skin and made from natural ingredientz pa^_^

    try ko ipost sa group page yung mga ginagamit ko. Anyway thanks for teaching me on how to use the bb cream♥

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