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BB Creams

To Believe or Not to Believe

A natural born skeptic, I live by the “if it sounds too good to be true…” motto. Just because everyone is raving about a revolutionary anything, this is my cue to question it first, especially if it’s ingested or is applied to the skin. So when BB Creams (beauty balm) began hitting the US market in 2011 and everyone was gaga (and I’m not talking Lady Gaga) over them I was skeptical. Even with the major selling point being that these products are advertised as all-in-one to save steps in the makeup routine I still wasn’t completely sold.

When choosing a foundation I look for three things:

  1. Does it cause a negative skin reaction? If I’m allergic to the product it’s a definite no-go. I’ve had instances where the product didn’t cause an initial reaction only to find out a day or two later that it doesn’t work for me.
  2. Is it easy to apply? I’ve had cream, liquid and pancake foundation formulas some of which were a pain to blend in evenly. On an occasion or two even after testing the foundation I would end up with a formula that I didn’t like. When you lose your vision, many things become challenging and I for one prefer my make-up to be one less challenge so it MUST be easy to apply.
  3. Does it give me a good outcome or look good on my skin? Depending on a number of factors such as the weather or the overall health of my skin if the foundation is too sheer it doesn’t give me the coverage I need. If it’s too heavy and I can feel it on my skin or if it doesn’t properly match my skin tone then I either change the formula or the brand.
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In view of past skin problems combined with my natural “you gotta show me” attitude it comes as no surprise that I would question the validity of BB Creams. So I asked around and took to the internet to find out what all the hoopla was about concerning this supposedly innovative product.

There is some controversy on the origins of BB Creams some sources say it comes from Germany and others Korea. In spite of the controversy it is generally agreed that East and Southeast Asia has been instrumental in BB Creams popularity.

BB Creams, technically known as blemish balm or blemish base, is a multi-tasking product that has skincare and coverage properties. Many consider this all in one cream a tinted moisturizer that works as a primer, concealer and protectant. While overall the benefits of BB Creams seem to outweigh the negatives there are some tips that could ease the application process. For example at the moment the range of shades/colors are more applicable to light and olive skin however for darker skin one could add a little foundation to the cream to achieve a blended look. Additionally, since BB Creams are somewhat thicker in consistency than regular moisturizers you might want to use a moisturizer prior to applying the cream.

Just like foundations there are many formulations of BB Creams and out five different resources which contained 2 or more matching categories I selected the following 3:

  • Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream SPF 15
  • Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30
  • Dr. Brandt BB Cream with Flexitone SPF 30

Late in the 2013 I bought Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream SPF 42 No. 27 and it seems okay but I’m not used to working with such a thick consistency. Since this is a new product for me I will be consulting with one of my friends in the very near future to see if I’m applying it for proper coverage. Because I’m not used to the product there will be a learning curve and I’ll have to give it some time to learn an application process that works best for me.

CC Creams otherwise referred to as color correct or color care are, according to Sephora, “generally lighter in texture than BBs and provide a more natural coverage. If CCs work like they are purported I think this could be an alternative to BBs in my case. I’ll have to circle back with you to let you know what I find out. In the interim, at the end of today’s Makeup Mondays you’ll find the 6 websites from which I selected the BBs mentioned in today.

Happy Monday make it a great day!

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” ~Kate Angell

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2 thoughts on “BB Creams

  1. I’ve never tried any of the BB or CC creams. I use a good moisturizer and mineral makeup powder because I think it looks the most natural. I am currently on the hunt for a product that will effectively fade a few age spots but no luck so far.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I hope you’ll visit often 😉


    1. Yes, I’m partial to mineral powders as well. The two I’ve tried are Sheer Cover (love this) and Mary Kay. I tried Avon’s brand and wasn’t crazy about it but it could’ve just been I didn’t get the shade correct. I will definittely be stopping by your blog on a regular basis.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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