BB Creams- What's the deal?
BB Creams became cult products when Korean actresses and celebs revealed that BB Cream is the "secret of their beauty". They must have undergone laser treatments and had to use BB Cream during the recovery period.
What is BB Cream?
BB Cream, short of Blemish Balm, was initially used by dermatologists on patients who underwent laser treatment. The cream is meant to protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin.
I have used 4 BB Creams so far- Skinfood Mushroom BB Cream (talked about it here), Etude House Mineral BB Cream, Skin79 BB Cream, and Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream- with a matching Two-Way Cake Powder.
Skin79 Beblesh Balm ~ Doesn't 'Beblesh' sound like a mistake? Like, they meant to say 'Blemish' but didn't know how to pronounce it right or spell it? I mean, a neighbor in my hometown used to pronounce 'Sandwich': 'Swish' =D
This one has amazing skin softening properties. It plumps up my skin- in a good way. Available in 2 types- Pink Label & Gold Label. If you ask me what's the difference between this and the one in a gold bottle, I'd say they are exactly the same. I tested both and they are ditto. I guess Skin79 just wanted to offer a different colored packaging. Hot pink was my first choice, of course, and I love it! Available in only 1 shade, which is not so light. What's best about it is it doesn't dominate my skin, my skin dominates it.
Price ~ Around Rs.1200.
|See how it made my skin look fuller?|
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream & BB Silk Powder ~ Available only in some Asian countries. It also comes with a compact powder, which you have to buy separately. The BB Cream is quite thin- like a liquid foundation, so it's not my favorite kind. But when used with the powder, it feels complete. Love the powder, it's silky & lightweight. You can use it with a dry or wet sponge.
Shades: I picked: BB Cream- 01 Fresh & Powder- 02 Nude Beige.
BB Cream- Around Rs.270
BB Powder ~ Around Rs.400
|Powder comes with a sponge applicator|
|Swatches: BB Cream, Powder|
What I think about BB Creams:
I think they are worth a try, especially if you have problem skin, that's sensitive to the sun. Even though they are on the thicker side, they don't break my skin out. If you have dry skin, it is THE product you HAVE to try out. Most BB Creams always look too light, but once you blend the stuff properly, the whiteness disappears (at least with the ones I have used).
Whether or not they've improved my skin? To some extent, yes. I see less lines on my forehead & around my eyes. They are not miracle workers, but they are definitely worth trying. With regular use, I think they could change how your skin ages.
Coverage ~ Light to Medium coverage. If you want full coverage or have spots & scars to cover, a BB Cream won't cut it, you'll need a concealer.
How To Use:
I use it alone or under foundation-like a primer. Just use a tiny amount and spread evenly. Since I have oily/combination skin, I have to apply powder on top. I sometimes use it as a concealer for my under-eye areas.
What I expect from a BB Cream:
- It should be thick- thicker than any foundation.
- It should have SPF higher than 15
- It should have whitening & anti-aging benefits
- Blemish control
Availability ~ There aren't that many BB Creams available in India. Right now there's only The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso BB Cream, which has Licorice & Vitamin C that contols melanin production, hence has skin whitening benefits. I'm really tempted to try it out, but will wait till one of these finishes. Garnier has also launched a BB Cream, so it might be available here, well....let's hope it will.
Recommendations ~ I highly recommend Skin79 up there, Skinfood Mushroom BB Cream. I tested Skinfood Aloe BB Cream too and it's really nice. I also want to try BRTC BB Cream- It has has Allantoin, green tea, tea tree oil, Portulaca Oleracea, grapefruit and special indian bark. I want it coz it has Allantoin, which is also present in Mederma, so it's good for scars and stuff. Also the green tea lures me.
P.S: I didn't want this post to be too long, so I didn't write about the products in detail. You can always google or check the respective website to know more about their ingredients and stuff :)
So, have you tried any BB Creams?
♥ Cynthia Z ^.^