Q: What’s all the hype about BB Creams? And what does BB stand for anyway?
Fri, 9 December 2011 7:50AM
Every year, there’s one standout product or product category that takes the world by storm (think the Clarisonic a few years back and Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour earlier this year). And right now, we’re putting our money on BB Creams as being the next big thing in 2012. Although they’ve been a staple in the Asian beauty market for a while now, especially Korea, BB creams a relatively new concept to hit our shores, so here’s a little run-down to help you nut out what the fuss is all about.
The acronym BB stands for Blemish Balm which apparently originated in Germany many moons ago where it was created to help soothe, heal and protect post-surgery sensitive skin.
So, fast forward to today and what does this all mean? Kind of like a makeup/moisturiser hybrid, think of them as the busy girls’s guide to skincare. Packed with serious convenience, BB creams are hailed the one stop-shop of skincare, designed to tackle a handful of skin concerns in once clean sweep.
The verdict: Basically, they’re a souped-up, more sophisticated version of a tinted moisturiser designed to hydrate, help minimise blemishes and even out skin tone with regular use, all with added SPF and a bonus natural-looking glow.
Here are two that I’ve tried and can recommend.
The Bargain Buy: BB Cream by Garnier (Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream), $13.95. At this price you can afford to buy it in bulk and use all-over. The standout for me was the dewy-finish, but I recommend you swing by here to read what other Primpettes have had to say about it.
The investment: Biotherm White D-Tox Translu.Cell BB Cream, $49, from Adore Beauty, adorebeauty.com.au. Yes, it’s hydrating and it has the strongest coverage of the two but the real hook is the SPF 25+.
Have you tried a BB cream?
Are you a fan of tinted moisturiser?
Have you tried either of the above?
Have you tried any other BB Cream brands?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe