Although I’ve never been able to try the original asian varieties, I love the concept of a Beauty Balm. I mean, a moisturizer, spf, foundation, anti-aging magical potion sounds brilliant to me! So, as BB creams have slowly started rolling into the western world, I’ve been doing a bit of testing.
To be fair, I almost didn’t try BB creams because it seemed so similar to a tinted moisturizer that I couldn’t quite wrap my teeny brain around the concept of all-in-one product. But in the interest of having something to blog about, I went for it (this is how I justify MOST of my beauty related splurges).
Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
To start with, I opted for Garnier BB Cream. I figured if I hated it at least I wasn’t out an extortionate amount of money.
Here’s a fancy description:
“Save time with just one multi-benefit product that offers advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage. This hybrid formula renews radiance, brightens complexion, evens skin tone, hydrates and protects with SPF15 UVA/UVB sunscreen. Get results you can see and feel instantly.”
Renews, Brightens, Evens, Hydrates, Protects
Eh. Yup, that about sums it up. I know others have raved so I’m assuming this feeling can only be attributed to my particular skin tone. I have combination skin, which can be quite oily in places and dry/patchy in others. While the Garnier version applies smoothly and feels like a rich tinted moisturizer, it was a bit too dewey for my skin. I ended up looking like an oil slick after about an hour no matter how little I used. I also found the color was a bit warm for my skin (I’m usually a MAC NW15, so this surprised me a bit). I would say if you have normal to dry skin you might fair okay with this one. As for the added benefits, it’s got the hydrates and protects down, but I’m not so sure about the evening, renewing and brightening effects.
Well, in for a penny, in for a pound. After my slippery drugstore experience, I hopped on over to the Lauder counter to snag a sample of Estee Lauder’s spanking new variety. I must say, this experience was quite a bit different to my first.
Here’s the EL Description:
All at once. Moisture, protection and flawless perfection.
Plus the most effective anti-oxidant power ever.*
This lightweight creme delivers:
- An instant, even-toned, healthy look.
- Powerful protection with our proven Super Anti-Oxidant Complex and SPF 35.
- High-performance, oil-free hydration.
- Helps to control excess surface oil.
- Available in 2 shades to suit a wide range of skintones.
My Two Cents:
The texture on this formula seemed to be water-based – making it MUCH lighter and smoother than the Garnier cream. The color is quite light and neutral toned, although I can see extremely pale skin tones still having an issue with it’s being too dark. The Estee Lauder version applies easily but absorbs into skin fairly quickly so you have to blend it a bit. I was quite impressed with the oil control magic it worked on my t-zone and the coverage is just enough to even skin tone but not so much that you can’t layer it under your regular foundation. An added benefit for fair skin – spf 35. Overall, I would say this would be best for normal to oily skin types.
My final stop on the BB Cream train was at Boscia.
Here are the deets:
This oil-free B.B. Cream is the ultimate multi-functional treatment. The gentle botanical formula creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. Comes in a self-adjusting, universal shade that warms to complement most skin tones for sheer, flawless coverage.
Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage without irritation, it’s packed with antioxidants and physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection rated to SPF 27 and PA++. The PA system is a grade of UVA protection that provides superior defense against the rays that cause collagen damage and photo-aging of the skin.
I first tried a sample of this and couldn’t stop using it! I have to admit, in the beginning I was a bit wary. It comes out in a weird, almost lumpy, consistency. Once you blend it in, however, it sits lovely on the skin. It is the tiniest bit warm but nothing too noticeable. Out of the three I tried, the Boscia formula evened out my skintone and ginormous pores the best. The finish is satin, so you don’t look like an oil slick, but it doesn’t make your skin feel at all dehydrated. It does contain a bit of shimmer (light reflectors, I suppose) but you don’t look at all sparkly once it’s blended. What I like most about the cream was the fact that you could wear it with or without foundation, depending on how clear your skin is looking at the moment. I have to say, the Boscia “Blemish Balm” would be my overall pick.
Have you tried any BB Creams? What did you think?