I often wake up not wanting to put any makeup on, but I also don’t want to look like a zombie – especially when going to work. That’s when I turn to Korean tone-up creams. They’re a lazy girl’s best friend and a game-changing rescuer when your skin needs a break.
Since it’s almost summer, I tend to look for non-greasy creams that don’t leave a white cast and also even out my blemished skin tone. The KLAVUU White Pearlsation Ideal Actress Backstage Cream proves to be the right choice!
KLAVUU takes its name from the Swedish words “klar,” meaning clear, and “vuu,” meaning view. The Ideal Actress Backstage Creams are formulated with Jeju pearl extract for whitening, purifying, UV protection, hydrating, and blemish-reducing benefits. Embodying its namesake, the White Pearlsation line promotes a bright and firm complexion.
The Ideal Actress Backstage Cream comes in three colors: lavender to neutralize sallowness or yellow undertones, mint to conceal blemishes, and rose (a peachy beige color) to hide dark circles. The cream works mainly as a primer with a slight color correcting ability, and is formulated with SPF 30 PA++.
The 30g standing tube comes with a sleek silver pump, clear plastic cap, and an opaque, subtly pearlescent body in the cream’s color so you won’t pick up the wrong one. I absolutely love its clean aesthetics!
The cream glides on effortlessly, being neither too thick or runny. It has a barely noticeable scent that doesn’t bother me. I was afraid it’d make my skin appear chalk white due to its color correcting function but luckily it doesn’t. The color somehow blends with my skin tone after a few seconds, and I can hardly feel anything sitting on my skin. You might be tempted to apply more than you need to but don’t. Just two full drops are enough to cover the entire chin, and you should already be able to see minor blotches and scars becoming less visible.
I usually use the mint cream on my chin where I get most of my adult acne, and the beige one over my dark circles. I don’t really need the lavender one, but it’s useful if you have dull skin and want your skin to look brighter. Since all three creams have a slight brightening effect, I usually finish with a dab of cream in the color that I’m using over my neck to make the transition look more natural.
I should’ve used the beige one over my dark circles but I guess it still looks fine
Then I’m either good to go, or I’ll follow with my foundation, concealer and a thicker color corrector for the undereye area. The cream helps my foundation stay put all day long. I scarcely need any touchups throughout the rest of the day.
This cream can be a bit on the drying side, making it perfect for oily skin and for summer. If you have dry skin like me, I suggest applying serum first and let it fully absorb before applying the cream.
Overall, I’m more than satisfied with the creams’ performance. It can be a bit pricey, but worthwhile if you also believe that a good base makes your makeup game much stronger. I have found my HG tone-up cream and I hope it’ll work for you too!