BB Cream Showdown! Comparison Review (Dr Jart vs. Skin79 vs. Missha)

21 Jul

Over the past few months, I’ve become intrigued with the world of BB Creams. I started my BB Cream journey with a purchase of Dr. Jart Silver Label and was thoroughly impressed with the results. That made me wonder.. are all BB Creams created equal?

After some googling, it appeared as though the three most popular BB Cream brands were Dr Jart, Skin 79 and Missha. I’ve since purchased one  cream from each line to do a side by side comparison. They are:

1. Dr Jart+ Silver Label BB Cream (approx. $28)

2. Skin79 Super BB Cream (approx. $16)

3. Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, #21 Light Beige (approx. $16)

Side by side photos and swatches:

Now let’s do some before and after photos. I concentrated on my forehead to compare coverage, since I have several areas of hyperpigmentation there (aren’t I lucky?)

Time for the Pros & Cons:

Dr Jart+ Silver Label BB Cream


1. Great Coverage, can easily replace foundation.

2. 35 SPF

3. Mild Fragrance


1. Price. Most expensive out of the three.

2. Blotting is necessary.

3. Can look mask-like if applied too heavily.

Skin 79 Pink Super BB Cream


1. Affordable.

2. Easy vaccuum pump dispenser.

3. Mild Fragrance, fades once applied.


1. Light coverage, not a replacement for foundation.

2. Grayish hue before blended, only comes in one shade.

3. Only 25 SPF (lowest of the 3).

Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream in shade 21 (Light Beige)


1. The only one that comes in multiple shades.

2. Affordable.

3. 42 SPF (highest of the 3).


1. Heavy frangrance, might irritate some folks.

2. Traditional pump dispenser can be difficult.

3. Coverage is light but buildable to medium.

So what I ultimately discovered is… each BB Cream serves a different purpose. If price isn’t a factor and you are looking for high coverage, you can’t beat Dr. Jart. If you are looking for medium coverage with a higher SPF, go with the more affordable Missha. If you don’t have many flaws but want to create an even canvas, go with Skin79.

My personal conclusion: I think the Missha Perfect Cover will probably meet most people’s needs. It won’t break the bank, it gives decent coverage and the SPF properties are outstanding. Plus, you can actually PICK YOUR SHADE! That is quite a rare luxury in the world of BB Creams.

I hope this comparison helped you! If you have any questions about any of the products discussed, just ask in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Products purchased by me with my own money. Not sponsored in any way.

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13 Responses to “BB Cream Showdown! Comparison Review (Dr Jart vs. Skin79 vs. Missha)”

  1. Yvonne Jones July 21, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks. I have been hearing so much about BB creams, but still not sure what it does. Is it a primer, foundation? Is it recommended for oily skin?

    • Chelsey July 21, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Yvonne! BB Cream is supposed to be the “one top shop” of makeups. It’s purpose is to be a moisturizer, primer and foundation. Some people choose to mix BB Cream with their normal foundations to get the added benefits as well as added coverage. My skin is combination (oily T-zone) and I apply my BB Cream after spritzing some oil control spray on my face or applying UD’s de-slick in a tube.

  2. Kayleigh July 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Very good review!! So thorough!! BB creams are just exploding since MAC tapped into them!!

    • Chelsey July 22, 2011 at 1:17 am #

      Thank you! Have you tried MAC’s bb cream? Ive heard it isnt as great as the Asian ones.. But i’m curious to find out!

  3. Yvonne Jones July 22, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Thanks Chelsey

  4. M Diets November 6, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Thanks for the review! I was considering trying a different brand (I was hoping to find something more economical), but I think I’ll keep w/ Dr. Jart.

  5. Amy May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    The smell of the Missha BB cream REALLY bothered me. I was only able to use it a few times, and then I just couldn’t take it any more. The fragrance really reminded me of super strong old lady perfume, and I just could not handle that going on by my face, haha.

    • Chelsey May 8, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      That’s interesting! I must not be sensitive to scents because I never noticed one from the Missha at all lol.

  6. Judy July 27, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Thanks for the side by side comparison! It really helps who see the before and after photos.

    I’ve been hearing so much about BB cremes lately and since I have some dark acne scars, I decided to try one. What a mistake I made with my first purchase! I tried the one by Garnier, the light shade. It made my skin turn orange and terribly shiny. It actually caused more breakouts while offering zero coverage. Next I tried the one by Boscia. It didn’t cause more breakouts but it also had no coverage at all. Then I tried the one by Dior…it was very dark and had just minimal coverage. I’m so glad I finally came across Dr. Jart silver label. This one by far has the best coverage out of all the ones I have tried. I’ve been usIng it for about 2 weeks now and I’ve noticed my skin has improved. I was going to try the other Asian brands like Missha or Etude House but after reading your review I think I will just stick my my Dr. Jart silver label.

    • Chelsey July 27, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Ohhh I’m so glad another person has discovered the awesomeness that is Dr. Jart’s Silver Label :) It’s by far my favorite of all the BB Creams. I feel bad for those (like you) whose first BB Cream experience is with American brands like Garnier and Cover Girl and Maybelline which are really just tinted moisturizers that have been re-labeled.

  7. Judy July 28, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Thanks Chelsey! And you know what the funny thing was…when I first started inquiring about BB cremes at Sephora after my initial disappointing experience with Garnier’s “BB Creme”, the staff there told me that BB cremes are not meant to replace your foundation, and that they are supposed to be just tinted moisturizers! Actually, that isn’t funny…it’s downright SCARY!

    Will you be doing more reviews comparing other BB creme products?

  8. Linus January 5, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    you’re too heavy with the Noise reduction when you use photo shop; therefore it’s easy to see how very altered your pictures are.

    • Chelsey January 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Not sure what you’re even talking about.

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