For this week’s edition of Splurge vs. Save, we’re discussing the wonder product that propelled Korean cosmetics to fame: BB cream. If, for some reason, this makeup multi-tasker has yet to take up residence in your kikay kit yet, it’s about to, girl! BB stands for “blemish balm.” Basically, this cream’s job is to give you a flawless, foundation-like finish that’s not as heavy as most base makeup products tend to be. But on top of that, BB cream also provides SPF protection, pimple relief, and a host of other skincare benefits (including anti-aging!). Hundreds of variants are now available on the market, but today, we’ve narrowed it down to two K-brands for your consideration. Check out our picks below!

SPLURGE: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, P1,600
Read through any Asian beauty thread and you’re bound to come across a rave review for this cult fave. Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream is the epitome of a Holy Grail product—in fact, over 30 million bottles of it have been sold worldwide. Its benefits include sun protection, blemish healing, wrinkle prevention, and spotless, natural-looking coverage. If the price seems a little steep for regular replenishment, consider all the skincare and makeup steps that fit into one slim tube of this stuff. Worth it, right?

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SAVE: Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm, P750
If you’re looking for something that’s a little more pocket-friendly, Mizon’s Snail Repair Blemish Balm provides similar benefits for less than half the price. This multi-functional BB cream is formulated with 45% snail extract—and as you know, snail goop soothes acne, redness, and dryness. This BB cream also shields your skin against UV rays, contains healing properties for skin recovery and cell regeneration, and ultimately leaves a silky, glowing finish. A small drop goes a long way, so for less than P500, you’re definitely getting the bang for your BB.

Shop it here.

So will it be Missha’s celebrated skin cream or Mizon’s snail-tastic steal? The choice is yours to make!

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