Friday, 5 September 2014

BB Creams - A Review and Buying Guide...


You're certain to have heard of the BB Cream revolution. It seems every single cosmetic company is on the bandwagon and has produced their very own miracle cream.

BB Creams, (short for blemish balms, beauty base and blemish base) are products that first appeared on the Asian market a few years back and then went viral worldwide in an instant.
It seems women everywhere are willing to embrace things that make them look good and feel great. No surprises there. To be capable of achieving both goals within a few small minutes each day and at a low price point too, makes beauty products such as BB creams revered beyond measure and rightly so too I think.

If you have somehow missed the gist of the revolution, a BB cream is a single beauty product that can moisturise, provide sun protection factor (SPF) and flawless coverage. They are lightweight and best of all, convenient. Simply apply BB cream with your fingers, (paying extra attention to your forehead, nose and chin), from the one uncomplicated tube and be on your way for the day.
They are hands-down the best beauty system a busy Mum could want and considering there's three products in one, they are a budget friendly option too.

I am a BB cream convert these days and I have happily tossed my former foundations in the bin. (Or at least pushed the more expensive ones to the back of the shelf.) I even blogged about BB creams in an earlier post on Winter Fashion Essentials.

They're a top pick for this Mumma at any time of the year.

When it comes to this beauty essential, I love the swift application, the look and most importantly, the feel of these creams as well as the knowledge that my skin is being taken care of in important ways while I otherwise ignore it. (Because realistically, as a Mum, I just don't have the time to really spend on it anymore.)

I recently purchased a few BB creams to try that either appealed to me by brand or price or out of just plain curiosity. I thought I'd give a few a road test personally and share what I thought about them here. First to fess up and admit that I am no beauty blogger but I did feel really excited at the thought of writing this post!


First up for review is Ginvera's Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream in a 25ml tube. I purchased this brand on EBay from Korea. (Home of the BB revolution). It was a super reasonable $11.50 plus postage which made me a little apprehensive. I don't normally buy the bottom of the price bracket when it comes to skin care products for the simple fact that I suffer from eczema and it's the cheaper makes which usually cause it to flare up. No-one wants eczema anywhere at anytime and least of all on their face!

Ginvera, I am happy to report, is a truly fantastic find! The tint of their fair cream gives me a good colour without appearing fake. In fact, you cannot see it at all which is how I like things to be. The cream melts in but provides an even look. Ginvera's BB cream blends well, smells good and feels so soft on the skin. Even after wearing it all day it remains in place and doesn't seep into wrinkles like foundation can. (One of the best benefits of using a BB cream in the first place is its durability.) This brand makes a great makeup base, holding the rest of your makeup well without bleeding or fading. Best of all, my pale, pale complexion looks genuinely healthy beneath its glow.

Ginvera is a super find and one I will be purchasing again. Great moisturising qualities in this one so good for Winter when heated environments are most drying. Having said that, it has a relatively high SPF of 30 plus making it great for Summer too. This is so inexpensive and you feel like you can be quite liberal with its application because of it. I highly recommend this cream if you have sensitive or dry skin purely for its moisturising power.

Second up, I bought a brand I use often - I am a big fan of Biotherm and their BB cream is called Aquasource BB Cream. This one cost $37 and is presented in a 30ml tube. This is a BB cream that really is suited to all seasons. I bought the fair to medium shade and it is a great warming colour on me without being noticeable at all. In it, I have a hint of natural glow without the mask of a foundation. It looks and feels as if there's nothing there at all yet my complexion looks healthy and even under this cream.


I am liking this one lots! It contains mineral pigments and is made in France.
Biotherm's Aquasource has a low 15 plus SPF so while it feels as if it would be great to wear on a hot Summer's day purely for its texture, the sun protection factor is not quite high enough for someone with a very fair complexion like myself under the harsh Australian sun. Otherwise though - absolutely recommend for comfort and colour.

Thirdly, I purchased another brand I am most familiar with - Clinique.
Clinque's BB cream is called Age Defense BB Cream and comes in at a pricier $53. While boasting the highest price tag of the three as well as tube size (40ml) and an impressive 30 plus SPF, this cream was my least favourite of the three.

Why? Clinique's cream is drier, (it has oil control capabilities) and it sat on my skin like a paste. After opening the cream I was disappointed to find that the tube states 'Suitable for Asian skins' but no such instruction was written on the outer box in which it was sealed. This cream was pale (even paler than my pale!) and thick and sat like a full-coverage foundation. I ended up receiving a refund on this purchase as it just was not what I expected and did not hold up against the earlier brands I had tried.

So there you go - I hope you have found some new creams to try!

Some other tips and hints I'd recommend for wearing BB creams include:

Moisturise before application: While this is not necessary at all, a BB cream will apply with a smoother and more natural look if you base yourself with a favourite face cream first. Personally, I have found oil-free gel creams to give the best results such as Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream from NY, USA. (You can find this on EBay or Google it for a local stockist.) This gel is light, absorbs immediately and keeps you hydrated beneath your chosen BB cream giving great, long-lasting results.


To apply a BB cream well, begin at your T-zone: Dot your cream on your forehead, nose, chin and eyelids and blend lightly to the outer edges of your face from the centre. Wherever the sun shines most on your face is your target area for application for the best, most natural result.

Use a BB cream like a concealer over areas that require more coverage. After applying to your entire face, dot small amounts over still-noticeable blemishes such as bags, freckles and pimples and blend again gently for best results. These creams are natural experts when it comes to layering.

Finally, in the warmer months, choose a slightly darker tint of your favourite brand of BB cream to compliment the natural darkening of your skin that comes with the season.
 
Have you tried BB creams yet?
Do you regularly use BB creams?
Do you have a favourite brand?

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31 comments:

  1. I am fairly recent BB cream convert too and I just LOVE them! Currently I use a cream by Nivea which I'm really happy with. I've also been using the 5sec blur cream from Garnier as a base and note it makes such a great difference to the overall result. Love your review and will have to check out Ginvera. I also suffer from eczema and dry skin so am always a little hesitant about what I put on my skin. I tried Clinque products around a year ago and my face broke out in a scary hot red lumpy rash… not fun!!

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    1. Wow, Lauren, I am the opposite. Clinique is one of only a few that my skin can tolerate. :) I might have to sus out some samples of the other brands.

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    2. Lauren, give Ginvera or Biotherm a go. They're both really nice creams.
      Kaz, I have been a user of Clinique for years and quite happily, they just lost me on their BB cream though - just not quite up to their usual standard.
      You should try Biotherm as a great alternative though - around the same price as Clinique and a really wow range.

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  2. interesting - will look into them

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  3. I am so out of touch! Clinique is one af a small handfuls of brands that like my skin so I may just have to put a BB cream on my Christmas wishlist :) Thanks for the hot tip.

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  4. I love the idea of BB creams but am having trouble finding one that suits my very oily skin. I have noticed that if I skip moisturiser in favour of a primer I get better results. I prefer to try before I buy though and it can be hard to source samples.

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    1. Mellissa, give the Keihl's cream a try beneath whatever you normally wear - it's so nice and I find it really controls the oil. I have very dry skin but over the course of the day I get oily and this cream keeps everything moderated and 'set.' It's a new must-have in my daily care. It's around $30-$40 depending on where you source it. :D

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  5. Can you believe I only heard about BB creams for the first time last week? Where have I been? I gave a weak smile because I had no idea what they're talking about, but now I do. Yay! Thanks. I was reading through your comments and saw what Lauren said about Clinique. The exact same thing happens to me. I can't wear any clinique at all because I'm allergic to the stuff they put in their to products to make it hypoallergenic. Weird I know. I will definitely check out some of your others. Thanks :)

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    1. Renee you're going to love them. It was a friend who introduced me and I had heard of them but had no idea what they were until I was gifted one and became hooked.

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  6. I've heard of them but never used them because I tend to use the same product out of habit which is probably not such a good idea. I have a foundation+powder thing I use but to have a moisturiser and foundation in one as well as a sunscreen would definitely be a time saver!

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    1. I used to do the powder / foundation thing too - these are MUCH better I promise you! Give them a try.

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  7. I'd heard of them but I had no idea what they were for until a few weeks back when I read about them on another blog. I was amazed at how good it was to be honest. I'm definitely a convert, I think the one I bought was L'Oreal. Thanks for the review and the tips!

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  8. I havent tried any of those ones but I am a big fan of Garnier BB cream. I much prefer it over foundation as I cannot stand that caked on feel xx

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  9. I tried an earlier version of a BB cream which didn't agree with me and haven't tried another since. I may have to give another brand a go after reading this...

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  10. Thanks for this review! I have actually been using the Avon BB cream and as much as I like the feel of it and coverage, I think it might be a bit too heavy for the summer months.

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  11. I'm using the BB by Sothys and it's good but so xxy I use a minuscule amount each time. I'm going to get your first pick!! Thanks for the great, impartial review. x

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  12. Great round up. I've been making my own, because I found it hard to find a colour that worked for me. I just mix sunscreen, moisturiser and foundation together and it's been working really well

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    1. There's a fun idea! Hope it mixes up okay?

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  13. After I tried a BB cream I was converted. So much better than wearing foundation. It's all I use now too. Thanks for your tips, I don't wear it much and really would like to.

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  14. Ok I feel like a dill - I hadn't heard of BB creams till I read this post!!! Jody - you have converted me!!! I am going to buy your top pick and try it out - thanks Shelley

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    1. Let me know what you think Shelley. I am hooked now.

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  15. This is a great review of BB creams! I jumped on the BB bandwagon a while ago. I own a nivea, nutrimetics and garnier BB cream, and I just love them. I am not normally a make up wearer, but sunscreen always makes me super oily, so BB's are my favourite in summer.

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    1. I've never really loved Garnier products but since so many have said their BB's great, I am going to have to check it out.

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  16. I really need a skin care routine!! At the moment I just wash my face in the shower (if I remember)!!
    Might have to get my hands on a miracle cream!!

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    1. Are you doing the 'guys' method?! Check them out Ann :D

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  17. I am a new BB user as well and am trying to find one a bit more suitable to my skin. I didn't realize Biotherm did a BB cream- I will have to check it out!
    #TeamMM

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    1. I'd love to know what brand you use? How nice are Biotherm products. Love them.

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  18. I love my BB cream but have only tried the Garnier brand. I use the light with a little of the medium mixed into it for a slightly warmer look (if I use 100% medium I look a little orange and fake). I'm thinking I might have to try one of the first 2 options you trialled. Thanks for the tips too.

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  19. More BB creams to add to my "to buy" list! I am a convert and completely obsessed. My Fav so far is my Rimmel BB cream. It's thick, great coverage yet doesn't look like I have make-up caked on my face. I love Biotherm so think I need to check this one out first. Maria.

    www.mummygoesmad.com

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  20. I've hopped on the BB cream bandwagon! Love mine but would also love to try that Ginvera product. Sounds lovely!

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  21. So would you believe I had not heard of BB cream until I went to ProBlogger and my roomie was talking about it - then I got a free sample from L'Oreal - LOVE it now!

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