I figured out long ago that Korean BB creams are not for me. My raging acne is too obvious to be masked by BB creams, and the lack of color options means I’ll never find one that suits my slightly dark and sallow skin tone. My mind changed after encountering Dear, Klairs’s Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream.
K-beauty junkies may be familiar with the brand’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. The Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream might be lesser-known worldwide but it’s a cult fave in Korea. In fact, it just won the 2017 Glowpick Consumer Beauty Award in the BB Cream category. Since the awards are based solely on local consumer reviews, you can see just how popular the cream is in Korea. It’s known for its natural and smooth finish, earning it the nickname “Mochi BB.”
The cream claims to have the following benefits:
1. It has a natural-looking color that blends with your own skin tone without leaving a gray cast
2. It adds a luminous sheen to your complexion
3. It’s hypoallergenic, making it suitable even for sensitive or acne-prone skin
4. It offers lightweight and buildable coverage without caking
Let’s see if it lives up to its reputation!
The lightweight tube and nozzle mean that I can carry it around
and control the amount I use effortlessly.
What made me fall immediately in love with the product is its packaging (sorry for being skin-deep). The 40ml cream comes in a slender chalk-white tube with a nozzle and a twist cap, all enclosed in a paper box featuring the same elegant font and color. It packaging has this down-to-earth feeling that makes me want to trust it. Also, the lightweight tube and nozzle mean that I can carry it around and control the amount I use effortlessly.
The cream has a lengthy ingredients list. I converted some of the scientific names into common names for easy understanding but you can always refer to the paper packaging or our product page for the official list:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene glycol, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Betaine, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, Titanium dioxide, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, Zinc oxide, Yellow oxide of iron, Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Bentonite, Sodium chloride, Silica, Red oxide of iron, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Stearic acid, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Talc, Black oxide of iron, Tocopheryl acetate, Fragrance, Centella extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Licorice root extract, Purslane extract, Kava-kava leaf/root/stem extract, Anise fruit extract, Grapefruit extract, Lotus extract, Peony root extract, Skullcap root extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl glycol, Adenosine, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Linseed extract, Okra extract, Aloe juice, Burdock root extract, Confederate rose extract, Jute mallow leaf extract
Summing up, the cream contains niacinamide for brightening purposes; zinc oxide as an astringent and UV protectant (among other functions); red, yellow and black iron oxides as pigments (along with titanium dioxide, which also serves as a physical sunscreen); and adenosine to smooth wrinkles. It is also packed with herbal extracts from aloe, licorice, centella and purslane for soothing benefits. The cream is slightly scented though it’s hard to notice.
The cream looks too bright at first, but soon blends with my own skin color
The Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream has a velvety texture that’s neither too runny nor creamy. It offers moderate coverage – not enough for hiding blemishes but adequate for concealing dark circles, large pores and wrinkles. The good thing is that it’s buildable so you can apply more for better coverage. It also stays put for most of the day.
The reason the cream restores my confidence in BB creams is that it truly blends with my skin color within several minutes of application. It also gives skin a dewy glow. Sallow or lackluster skin will look a lot healthier with the help of this cream.
Before and after applying the cream on the left side of my face
The only drawback (or advantage, depending on your need) is that it leans towards the oily side. Even for dry skin like mine, I can still feel my skin getting oiler by the end of a cold, dry day. Those who wish for a matte complexion or possess oily skin may want to use a primer before applying the cream. Or they can choose to finish with sebum control powder.
All in all, I’m satisfied with the performance of this cream and will continue using it, especially when I need coverage on the go. It is the first and only Korean BB cream that truly meets my expectations – buildable coverage that also blends with my skin color – and I won’t let it go!