When you’re too oily for foundation and too spotty for skin tints, a BB cream hits just the right spot. Like many K-beauty creations, this all-around base covers a middle-ground of concerns most Western products ignore. Of course, the BB cream formula has been copied to oblivion since it hit shelves. But alas, the 5 cult-faves below prove that Korea’s beauty innovations can only be replicated, never duplicated. Here’s what to invest in!

1. Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm, P750
A favorite in Reddit’s Asian Beauty community, this high-performance formula combines everything we look for in a BB: suitable for all skin types, lightweight texture, medium coverage, SPF, and top of that, snail slime content. Need we say more? Shop it here.

2. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, P1,600
With over 30 million tubes (and counting) sold worldwide, this cult cream is one of SoKo’s most famous formulas. It helps even out skin tone, heal acne scarring, prevent wrinkles, and block harmful UV rays. Shop it here.

3. Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB, P795
This quirky, flower-shaped bottle first made waves after YouTube guru Michelle Phan declared it her “BB Cream of the Month.” This was way back in 2013, and in 2016, it’s still going strong! Thanks to its water-based formula, the Aqua Petit Jelly BB effortlessly blends into your skin and leaves a lightweight, semi-matte finish. Shop it here.

4. COSRX Make Me Lovely Cream, P800
If you like minimal, no-fuss coverage, this self-adjusting formula is your no-makeup makeup secret. The one-size-fits-all shade matches virtually every complexion. It sets with a youthful, dewy finish and can be worn alone or as a base under foundation. Shop it here.

5. Dear Klairs Illuminating Blemish Cream, P1,250
Last but definitely not least is Korea’s No. 1 BB cream! Illuminating formula? Check. Moisturizing consistency? Check. Smart-color technology that adjusts to any skin tone? Checkity-check. This lightweight formula is the BB behind that my-skin-but-better look Korean girls are known for. Have we mentioned that it’s SPF40, to boot? Shop it here.

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