I'm in my forties with fair skin (pink undertones) and consider my skin to be good enough not to warrant full-on foundation (plus I prefer something a little lighter in texture). Having found the Garnier version didn't suit me this was my second high street purchase in my venture to find the perfect BB cream, and what a mistake it turned out to be. To start with the content of the tube were very runny liquid making application messy. I prefer to warm foundation up on the back of my hand before application, and you cannot do that with this product unless you want to risk it running off your hand onto the floor. Second negative point was the colour. I purchased the 'light' shade (the lightest shade available) and it is too dark for my fair skin. It makes me look tanned which if I had a tan would be great - but in my case only served to give me a lovely orange toned mask and tidemarks which became worse during the day when the product started to 'slip off' my face. Which brings me to negative point three and its lack of staying power. I applied in the morning before work and by mid morning the product has become oily, leaving me with a shiny face and a two-toned face where it had started to come off my face. My final point is more to do with my skin than perhaps the product. I have sensitive skin, I do not suffer from acne but do get the odd breakout and am prone to cosmetic reations and dermatitis. Within a day I had spots forming and signs of dermatitis. I thought it may have been something else 'setting me off' but after a couple of months of stop/start using the product it became clear that my skin did not like it, and the product was causing the reaction. Cosmetic use is often very personal and while this may work for some people it did not work for me. Casting aside the reaction my skin had to the product, I did not like the fact that it was so runny and messy to apply, and even the lightest shade was too dark and too orange for my fair (but not extremely pale) skin. Sorry, but I would not recommend and I would not buy again - the tube I did buy ended up in the bin.
I am 46 yrs of age with an 'English rose complexion' i.e. fair with pink undertones and occasional freckles and have a few wrinkles starting to appear. My skin is combination, and while I never seem to suffer from extreme dryness I do get the odd breakout, generally in the T-zone, and as my skin is sensitive I have a tendancy towards skin reactions and dermatitis. After a lot of research and reading reviews on various sites I decided to take the plunge and pay £7.99 (including P&P) for a 20ml tube of no 21 light beige. The biggest problem I have had with high street brands (and I have tired quite a few - a costly experiment) has been finding (1) a light enough shade (2) a light shade that doesn't have a yellow - or worse orange - base and (3) a brand my skin doesn't react to. I did eventually find a suitable candidate, but at £35 a time it is not a sustainable option for me. So, to the Missha cream. Purchased from a reputable supplier the cream arrived very quickly, and first thing I noticed was the lovely packaging, which when compared to High Street brands priced at under £10, was far superior to the 'grab a tube of the shelf' variety. I was a little apprehensive as to how the cream would look and go on my skin but I had no need to worry. Yes it does look a little grey when it comes out of the tube, but no more so than the L'Oreal version of a BB cream. The texture is light and creamy - again much better than its liquid counterparts that in my experience end up running off the back of my hand in favour of my bathroom floor. I applied the cream after my usual skin regime, and on application I found it easy to apply, it doesn not sink into lines or pores and the colour changed almost immediately to match my skintone, (and with no yellow or orange tint, and no tell-tale 'tidemarks'). Following application I applied a very light dusting of face powder. On first application the cream has a light floral fragrance (similar to many other foundations and moisturising creams on the market). The frangrance is not over powering and doesn't not 'hang around' after application. My experience is that the cream makes my skin look great but natural. It is thick enough to cover minor imperfections, but light enough that it does not look like a mask. I have found that if I need to I can apply more and build the coverage without risking looking like I'm caked in foundation. The cream survives the working day with no need to touch up. If I'm heading out on the evening I remove my make-up and reapply - and five hours later my skin is still looking good. From a breakout point of view my skin is showing rapid signs of improvement (I have suffered a recent break which was the result of using another foundation) and I have not suffered any kind of reaction. In fact I like the cream so much I have already ordered a second tube and am considering getting the primer to go with it. I can see how the cream may not be suitable for those suffering from acne, but for a pink-undertoned fair skinned 40+ woman with combination skin it is quite simply brilliant and lovely to use, and I highly recommend it.