BB cream

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I was first introduced to BB creams about 3 weeks ago. Apparently, it is something that has been on the market for a while, but it was news to me. It is very popular in Asia, but they are easily accessible to all through online shopping sites. For those of you who have never heard of BB creams, they stand for blemish balm. They basically work as a foundation, concealer and moisturizer all in one. Also, while it works as a concealer, it also treats your blemishes. It almost sounds too good to be true! I had to try it, so I went on and bought my first BB cream ever. I purchased Missha perfect cover BB cream, with SPF 42. It was U$13.00, which I thought it was a good deal compared to other sites that are selling for over U$20.
The way I use it is after washing my face, I apply a thin layer of moisturizer and then I apply the BB cream with a stippling brush (such as MAC 138). I first squeeze a pea size amount on the back of my hand and then use the brush to stipple it all over my face first and then with whatever amount that's left, I use it as a concealer on any blemishes or dark circles that may need extra coverage. Then I set it with a loose powder ( any loose powder will do. Sometimes I use my mineral veil, sometimes I use my bare minerals foundation).
My first impression:
-smells great
-provides very good coverage. I don't need concealer when I use my BB cream.
-Did not make me break out ( and trust me, I break out very easily!)
-Washes off very easily ( simply with soap and water. No makeup remover needed).
It has SPF 42 PA ++ ( not sure what the ++ means. If anyone out there knows, please let me know). But either way, 42 is pretty darn good! :)
-it does feel a bit drying on my skin and I don't have dry skin. That being said, this cream may not feel as comfortable on those who have naturally dry skin. I tried to put a light moisturizer prior to applying the BB cream and it still felt the same way.
-poor color selection. It only has 2! For those with darker skin tones, you may have a tough time finding a match from this brand, but maybe different brand may provide a wider range of color options.
-Because it contains SPF, it may give you a whiter finishing on your skin that shows on pictures when they are taken with the flash on. I haven't taken any pictures while wearing BB cream yet, so I can't personally say that it does. I will provide an update when I take a picture.

Final thoughts: So far, I really like this product, but I still want to give it some time so see if it actually reduces the blemishes on my face as it claims to do. If it does, then yes, this is a must have product. But if it doesn't, I honestly feel like you can find other concealers and foundations that match your skin color better and at a much cheaper price.

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