[REVIEW] Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte #Vanilla

Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte #Vanilla Review:

Despite the disappointing experience I had with the moist version of this bb cream, I still found myself becoming curious about how the matte bb cream would perform. After all I always trust Etude House products and their bb cream was the first one I ever used. Plus, I’ve never been a fan of dewy finishes, so it wasn’t surprising that I didn’t like the moist one.

I also read some reviews where people said the matte wasn’t too drying and it was just less dewy which sounded perfect to me. However, I was concerned the formula of the bb cream wouldn’t be any better than the moist version. But how could I ever know if the formula was as bad if I never tested it myself? It seems wrong to decide something must be bad without actually trying it out, which was why I decided to try the matte version instead of turning my back on it.


+ Smooth and highly adhesive coverage while softly applied and freshly fixed

+ Brightening and moisturizing – moisturizing for up to 24 hrs as proven by clinical test

+ Wrinkle improvement

+ Includes sunscreen as well (SPF50+ / PA+++)

+ Lasting coverage for 24 hours

+ Protection from fine dust


#Vanilla :

Water, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Mineral Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Silica, Hydroxyacetophenone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hexyl Laurate, Mica (Ci 77019), Panthenol, Triethyl Citrate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Alcohol, Pearl Powder(100Ppm), Pearl Extract (97.6Ppm), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Ci77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499

Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte #Vanilla Review

Volume: 45g

How to use:

After applying your skin care routine apply the bb cream at the last step of your routine

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.

Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte #Vanilla Review:

The matte bb cream comes in the same type of tube as the moist version – except the tube is white instead of pink. It’s a nice simply designed tube, and I actually think it’s easy to use. The previous pumps that Etude House used to use were nice, but the tube is smaller and more convenient to carry around I find. It’s the same packaging as their old sweet recipe choux primer, which I always loved.

These new bb creams are so weird to me – because the texture of the bb creams feels so odd compared to their old precious mineral ones. The moist is more liquid, but the matte one is quite thick and feels very sticky if you apply too much. Because it is a very firm bb cream it’s easy to use too much, but actually I find you don’t need much at all.

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But if you use too much it feels very sticky and unpleasant, and also looks too yellow (for me anyway). So, what I generally do is pat some on my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead and spread it around each area. I find that a little goes a long way with this bb cream and that the more you pat/tap it with a cushion puff the better it looks and the more you can evenly distribute it.

It does feel a bit sticky, but unlike previous Etude House bb creams (blooming fit was terrible for me for this reason) it doesn’t need to have powder immediately applied. If you touch your cheek it feels a little sticky, but it’s not as bad as the old blooming fit bb cream.

When I use blooming fit, I have to apply a powder immediately because otherwise I just get hair stuck to my cheeks and also have some hair loss problems and my skin feels unpleasantly sticky. By contrast this matte bb cream is so light that I feel like there is nothing on my face, and it is only mildly sticky to the touch. Usually I wait ten minutes and then apply powder, if I don’t do that then my face is mildly sticky for at least another hour depending on how dry/humid it is.

The moist bb cream bothered me a lot because if I used it in the morning, by the afternoon it looked patchy, oily, and was disappearing from my face. Maybe I had problems because my skin is also dehydrated? And if I was going out later on during the day I had to remove all my make up because the moist was impossible to touch up. If I tried to touch it up, it got all flaky, patchy and looked ten times worse.

Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte #Vanilla Review

By contrast the matte has none of these issues. I find the matte version also lasts well all day long on my face. I often go to work at 4 or 5am, and I usually wear bb cream from that time because I hate how red my cheeks get. With the moist version my bb cream looked awful by lunch time, but with the matte version my skin looks fine until 5 or 6pm. Which is pretty amazing to me and makes it so much easier to use. It also feels a lot less sticky and oily on my skin, so I feel comfortable wearing this bb cream every day.

I’ve only been using this bb cream for little more than a month and already it’s the only bb cream I reach for every day. I have a cushion as well as two other bb creams, but at the moment it’s the only one I want to use. I only need to powder it once and it generally lasts throughout the day. Even if my cheeks are a little sticky to the touch (without powder) it doesn’t feel oily, and my skin doesn’t feel like it has anything on it. So, I find this bb cream comfortable and great to use every day.

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The other day I did something really stupid – I blew into a container and got coffee powder all over my face. But it was good in a way because then I got to test how well the matte cream was with reapplying and touching it up. I had to wipe the bb cream off with tissue (to get rid of the coffee powder) which made it all patchy and patches of red were visible on my cheeks. With the moist I would have had to use an oil cleanser or micellar water and remove all the bb cream and redo it all.

However, the matte was another story – I just applied it to the places where it was patchy and in minutes my bb cream looked okay again, it was so easy to do that I almost thought I was dreaming.

It might not have the best coverage, but it is pretty good I think. It also doesn’t feel too heavy, although if you don’t powder it – it can feel a bit sticky at times during the day (although this really depends on the humidity). Still I am really happy that I decided to try this bb cream, and that I didn’t ignore it because of my bad experience with the moist version. My only issue with this bb cream is the colour, “vanilla” is supposedly pink toned, but to me it still looks yellow and it does look a bit odd on my skin.

In conclusion, I am a fan of this matte bb cream, and I definitely plan to repurchase it again and again. I think it lasts much better than the moist version, and maybe this matte bb cream is best suited for those with oily, dehydrated and combo skin. Even those with dry skin can easily use this bb cream.

Where to buy:

Amazon | eBay | Cosmetic-love

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