BB creams will always be a staple in my makeup collection. I love the multi-functionality and how much time is reduced in my daily skin regimen because of BB creams. I have tried a lot and recently, I have started using Japanese BB creams as well. I used to patronize Korean BB creams but I find that there are certain occasions when Japanese BB creams works better. So if you are new to the Asian beauty world and can't decide whether to go for a Japanese or Korean BB cream, my comparison review might be helpful.
As you can see in the table above, there is quite a significant amount of difference between the two types of BB creams. Finish, packaging and consistency being among the most visible difference. Table below is how I would rate each type of BB cream.
Please be guided that this is according to my preference. I think Korean BB creams win over Japanese BB creams for various reasons. Packaging of Korean BB creams I believe is more hygienic despite pumps dispensing more amount than a squeeze tube. You have more control over the amount dispensed with a squeeze tube but hygiene wins when considering packaging in my opinion. There are qualities where Japanese and Korean BB creams I think are a tie. Most of the time I prefer matte finish but there are times when I think a dewy and glowing finish works well. I guess it depends on the occasion and the weather. SPF amount I think is also a tie between the two because though Japanese BB creams have lower SPF, I think they work well when taking pictures (i.e. not too ghastly white in pictures). If you are attending a garden wedding or any outdoor activity that will involve taking pictures, Japanese BB creams would work well. But if you are going to be exposed under the sun for a longer period of time, Korean BB creams have higher SPF to protect your skin from the intense UV rays. But it can make you look too pasty in pictures.
Overall, I believe that it is a matter of preference as to which type to choose. For me Korean BB creams are better than Japanese BB creams but I still love using the latter. I use Korean BB creams more but depending on the occasion and my activity for the day I will use a Japanese BB cream.
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