Innisfree Long Wear and No Sebum BB Cream Review

I am trying.  Really I am.   I am trying so hard to like Korean base makeup.  I have tried other types besides Innisfree; however, Innisfree is the only one that comes close to what I would want in a base makeup ~ warm tone, matte, semi-sheer coverage, not greasy or cakey.   I have tried Innisfree Smart Foundation and Innisfree Long Wear Cushion (links are my reviews on those products).  I decided to give it one more chance and try Innisfree’s BB creams, as I do like the fact that Innisfree shade is more warm toned and they do make base makeup that is a matte finish.   I didn’t find that their base was clogging or didn’t have a gray cast.   I was fairly impressed with their Long Wear Cushion shades and coverage, but I hate the whole concept of a cushion ~ I dislike the pat.pat.pat.patty.pat.pat routine.  I just want to smear my foundation on and be over with it.

I found a couple of actual BB creams by Innisfree ~ one in their Long Wear formula which is for oily skin and is mattifying and the other is their No Sebum oil control BB cream.

Disclaimer:  All products purchased by me. This blog post contains affiliate links

Match Maker, match maker, make me a match …  Maybe

For some reason, this little tool is hidden away at InnisfreeWorld site.  I found it under the No Sebum product and it is a shade finder, based on other brands that you use for base makeup.   The more products you enter, the better the match will be, according to Innisfree.    The match maker, called “Find My Shade“, decided that I was #02 Natural Beige after I entered Jouer Nude and Mac NW20.   Err, no.   #02  looks very light on the screen and I know that it will be lighter in person, if Cushion Long Wear #23 True Beige is an indication.  Now I know why this little tool is hidden away!  It doesn’t work ~ haha    That is shades lighter than what I should be.



Innisfree Long Wear BB Cream SPF30/ PA++ – #03 True Beige  40 mL I was a bit surprised to find the Long Wear formula in a BB cream, after I tried the cushions.  This BB cream is currently out of stock at InnisfreeWorld, but I purchased it from eBay.   I do not think it is discontinued, as it is still  at their Korean site, but IDK.  Maybe cushions are replacing their BB creams.  What I was surprised to see was that the shade numbering is different ~ the cushions are 2 digit numbers, like #21, #23 and #31.   The BB cream comes in only 3 shades and they are #01 Pink Beige, #02 Natural Beige and #03 True Beige.  Learning my lesson with Innisfree, I went with the darkest shade #03 True Beige.  Innisfree has a habit of being lighter than what is pictured and even so, #03 looks pretty light to me.



When I started to use this, I knew it was a tad too light.  This is more in the range of #23, which is still too light for the winter time.    This is a fantastic BB cream, however.  It does have a matte like finish, it covers nicely and evenly, little or no scent, applies smoothly and doesn’t cake up on the face, even with multiple applications.   I love that it is in a tube and it makes for application easy ~ I use my fingers to apply and it is so much quicker than a cushion application.   Innisfree Long Wear BB Cream in #03 is warm toned (swatches at the end of the blog post) and has a medium-sheer coverage that can be built up.    Alas it is just too light for me and I look a tad ghost-y with it on.  

Description: Long-lasting BB cream that leaves a beautiful looking skin after complete adherence to skin. It covers the pores, uneven skin tone, and blemishes, turning your skin smooth. Keep your skin soft all day without darkness with the natural mineral powder made with natural ingredients. Jeju natural mineral and mint ingredients control the skin’s oil and moisture balance to keep the skin healthy.  3-free system: Free of animal ingredients, talc and synthetic colors.  Jeju The green complex™(Jeju The green tea, tangerine, prickly pear and canola) keeps the skin healthy. 

 Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Arbutin, Zinc Oxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Calcium Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Talc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diisostearyl Malate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Adenosine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mineral Salts,Lauroyl Lysine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 analysis




Innisfree No Sebum BB Cream (#03 True Beige)   40 mL So, I do love the No Sebum line from Innisfree ~ their Mineral powders in original and blur and face primer.   I had high hopes for this oily control BB cream, that is supposed to be matte and will not turn weird colors (like orange) on your face later on in the day. Once again, InnisfreeWorld has it sold out, but they did carry it.    And once again, I purchased it from eBay.

Just like the Long Wear BB cream, this comes in 3 shades ~ #01 Pink Beige, #02 Natural Beige and #03 True Beige.  Guess which one I purchased?


Yes, #03 True Beige!  The swatch colors look very similar to Long Wear as well.   


Well… Since it looked similar to #03 True Beige, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that is it pretty darn close if not the same shade as Long Wear BB Cream #03.   So that means it was too light for my skin.    I cannot really recommend this one as I didn’t find it to be that matte ~ it was a bit more dewy that Long Wear and I also felt that it was not that long wearing.    It has the same medium-sheer coverage, basically scentless, smooth application and  felt really nice on, but it was too light, not matte enough and wore off quicker.  

Description: Sebum controlling powder made from natural ingredients keeps your skin soft without any stickiness. The mint ingredients control the moisture to oil balance. The Jeju green tea extracts give vitality to skin.


Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Glycerin,Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Arbutin, Zinc Oxide, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Sulfate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Talc, Nylon-12, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ozokerite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Adenosine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylyl Methicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mineral Salts, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 analysis



These were taken with natural lighting (not sunlight) and  direct flash 

  1. Jouer Moisturizing Matte Tint in Nude (for comparison)
  2. Innisfree Long Wear BB Cream in #03 True Beige
  3. Innisfree Long Wear No Sebum BB Cream in #03 True Beige

The direct flash photo (bottom) makes the Innisfree shades look really pink, but they aren’t.   The natural lighting photo (top) is a better indication of how they look in real life.


Final Thoughts

I did try as I have purchased 6 base products, from foundation, BB cream to cushions.  The problem is that Innisfree just doesn’t have darker shades.  Yes, in the Long Wear cushion, they actually added 2 darker shades, #31 and #33, but #31 only works for me in the summer, where I will pick up more color in my face.   Now that it is fall and winter time here in the Northeast, my very-little-do-I-really-want-to-call-it-a-tan has faded and #31 is too dark. However, the next shade down is just too light.  Innisfree needs to have a shade in the middle of those two and it would be just right.  Gawd, I sound like Goldilocks!!  But it is true ~ I love that Innisfree caters more to warm skin tones, I love that they have more matte options than most and I am a huge fan of their skincare products, so I wanted to love their base makeup products.  But I cannot.   Oh well, Jouer is safe for now!! 

What the Heck Am I Going to do with All of These Tubes & Wires? 

To misquote Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science” …

Yeah, I hate wasting product and I didn’t know what I was going to do with all of these foundations, BB creams and cushions that were not.quite.right but almost.there for my skin tone.   I was thinking of mixing them together, a little #31 in the cushion with mainly #23  and see what happens.  I was about to sacrifice a cushion for this experiment when Memebox came out with these empty cushion containers called “It’s My Cushion”  { and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to.. sorry, as I am typing this review, certain phrases are making me think of oldie songs }

So, similar to Mr Dolby, I was blinded by science with this cute empty cushion, decided that this would be my little science experiment and I would do the mixing  to see what I can come up with.    I will probably do this over a long holiday break, as if it doesn’t work, I don’t want to be going out side with a neon orange face or some weird shade.  I doubt I will blog about it, only because it will be so experimental.  I will not add anything else, like sunscreen or serums into my cushion experiment.  I know that  some online sites promote this, but I just feel that unless you are using that product in a few days,  this would turn different colors the older it gets.  



Where to Purchase

Just because these shades didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they might not work for you.  I am posting the links here that carry, in this space and time (wibbily wobbly, timey wimey), these products.


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[ All products purchased by Unboxing Beauty]

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