Six of the best: BB Creams
Wed, 4 April 2012 9:03AM
If you’ve been seeing the words ‘BB Cream’ splashed across the packaging of new-to-shelf beauty products of late, it’s OK if you’re confused. BB Cream? What on earth is that?
With more aliases than Frank William Abagnale Jr. this cream is also known as a Blemish Balm, Beauty Benefit, Blemish Base, or Beauty Balm, depending on who you ask. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no denying these creams are the latest beauty trend to finally hit our sandy shores. They were going off in New York when I lived there, and are hugely popular in Asia and Europe as well.
It’s no surprise they’re catching on. It’s said that in Asia, women take up to seven steps to complete their beauty routine. SEVEN STEPS! So, when a product that multitasks better than a wife with five kids springs onto the market, the masses are going to respond. Not only because it cuts preening time in half, it also saves you stacks of dollars.
Depending on which option you go for, BB Creams are generally able to service your every skincare/makeup/SPF need. Think: Hydrate like a moisturiser, fight acne and blemishes like a zit zapper, reduce the signs of ageing like a serum, enhance radiance like a toner, improve the appearance of your skin’s texture like a primer, hide blemishes like a concealer, make you look incredibly radiant and flawless like a tinted moisturiser, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles like an eye cream, make your skin glow like a highlighter, and finally, in case all that wasn’t enough, protect your complexion from harmful UV rays like a sunscreen. Phew!
While the Australian market is a little slow to catch on, we have six stand-out options available for the taking. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got…
1. Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Protector SPF 15, $13.95
What they say: 1 product; 5 benefits. Yep, this cream hydrates for 24hrs, evens skin tone, corrects blemishes, boosts healthy glow and offers UV Protection SPF 15.
What I say: Of all the BB Creams I’ve tried, I have to say, this one is the most suited to my skin type. It offers a gorgeous glow, subtly covers imperfections, and definitely keeps my skin feeling nicely moist throughout the day. I have combination skin, so it works for me, but if you have an overly oily complexion, it might not be mattifying enough for you. It’s also said to be suited to sensitive skin, too.
2. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, $54.95
What they say: Another 5-in-1 product, this BB Cream is all about creating a just-gone-for-a-run glow. They say it enhances skin’s luminosity with emollients and optical pearl pigments and gives skin a glowing, ethereal look.
What I say: As an avid Smashbox fan already, I think this is a great option for all skin types (yep – oily, sensitive, dry and normal) as it’s fragrance-free, derm-approved, and won’t cause breakouts.
3. L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream, $26.95
What they say: Offering 24 hours of hydration, this cream promises the scientific combination of makeup and skincare, to create a perfect nude complexion. Think: glowing skin with improved texture (and sun protection) all at the same time.
What I say: The fact that is goes on a white-y colour and then changes to match your skintone blows my mind a little bit. What can I say? I’m a sucker for novelty. The finish is a little more matte than the others, so would be ideal for girls with oilier skin types, but upon application, my skin does look more radiant and the hydration factor is noticeable.
4. Biotherm White D-Tox Translu.Cell BB Cream, $49
What they say: Clinical tests on Asian skin have shown immediate coverage against hyper pigmentation, redness, and shine reduction. They’ve also shown increased transparency and visibly brighter skin after just one week. This BB Cream is said to instantly correct, moisturise for 24 hours, have a whitening and anti-dark spot action, and protect from the sun.
What I say: If you have concerns with pigmentation this is a really great option for covering dark spots, as well as treating them. Again, with the shine reduction element, this BB Cream is great for oilier skin types and goes on easily without feeling sticky, tight, or overly powdery.
5. Alex Cosmetic Organic BB Cream, $79.80
What they say: After discovering the benefits of BB Cream on patients who had undergone their Herbal Aktiv Peel® treatments (a natural skin resurfacing peel using herbs), Alex Cosmetic set about launching the first-ever BB Cream as a stand-alone product over 50 years ago. This version, which is the latest addition to their BB team, combines the usual anti-bacterial, intense hydration and anti-ageing benefits with natural ingredients.
What I say: You have to give props to the oldest BB Cream on the market. Personally, I love the idea of getting a product that’s just as effective as the original, but with the added bonus of natural and organic ingredients. It’s a win/win in my eyes. While it may not have as many bells and whistles as some of the up-and-coming stars, this cream’s ability to repair the skin, even out your skin tone and provide light coverage is great for women looking for something no-fuss, effective, and of course, chemical-free. Sensitive-skinned Primpers, take note.
6. Dior Hydra Life BB Creme, $85 (on sale 19th of April)
What they say: The perfect complexion care for young women in search of freshness, lightness and luminosity in just one step.
What I say: If you’ve tried a BB Cream in Asia before, this formula will feel quite familiar. The BB Creams there seem to be a little thicker, which allows for greater coverage – a bonus if you want to cover imperfections. As a result, you need to warm the product in your fingers and massage into the skin. That way, it melts into your complexion rather than sit on top.
Tell me Primpers…
What do you think of these BB Creams?
Do any of them take your fancy?