It’s been a little long between BB cream chats here hasn’t it?
I was concerned that you may have been under the impression that I had dropped them from my lazy-girl beauty routine altogether … when that is far from the case. It’s really going to take something insanely amazing on the foundation/tinted moisturiser front to cause that to happen.
I do stress that BB cream is my everyday foundation-type-product but when I need to put forward my face for an occasion, event or even a day’s travelling to Sydney for work, then I do call in the big guns and work a regular foundation like nobody’s business. Mind you that foundation’s formula is based on the BB cream premise so I’m not straying that far at all. (For the record that foundation is Illamasqua Skin Base. Have been using for two years now and love that it’s even cheaper than when I first sourced it … available at selected Myer stores.)
If your skin does not fall into the mature category – as mine does – then maybe BB is all you need. Case in point? At this year’s fashion week, Maybelline NY’s makeup director Nigel Stanislaus used mainly Dream Fresh BB Cream for shows, highlighting a big trend in minimalist makeup.
Now, if you’re new here or just new to the concept of BB Cream, let me give you a brief history lesson, because I reckon right now you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck I’m banging on about.
The BB stands for Beauty or Blemish Balm. The concept of this formula, which was designed to lighten and brighten skin, originated in Asia. There are plenty of beauty bloggers around who swear by their favourite Asian product. Me? I only jumped on the bandwagon when BB cream first became available for sale in Australia. That was with Garnier BB Cream – one that I know is loved and used by many SY readers to this day.
I’ve since tried a BB from Korea (thanks Miss Amy for swinging me that stash) and I’ve worked my way through more than a dozen BB creams as they’ve arrived on Australian counters and shelves.
Obsessed? Most definitely.
The reason for my obsession harks back to that lazy-girl part of my beauty personality. BB cream is a multi-functioning product. A BB cream is more than a tinted moisturiser because they offer complexion-enhancing goodness immediately on application AND over time. So you get cosmetic benefits plus ongoing skin benefits.
The upshot? A BB can make you look all glowy when your skin is far from glowy. Winning.
In summer, apart from an eye moisturiser, I use a BB as my only day moisturiser. In winter, I find my skin needs a bit more oomph in the hydration department.
All year round you’ll most likely find me dusting over the top of my BB cream a mineral powder for a bit of added coverage and a matte finish (I was asked recently which mineral powder I use … at the moment I swing between Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover and Bare Minerals Mineral Veil).
Speaking of coverage, this really does vary between each BB cream. The ones with formulations more like the Asian BB creams are thicker and offer more coverage. Some people don’t want that and there are just as many in a more sheer formulation available. It’s really a personal preference thing and now there are so many out there to try, I do suggest trialling a few in order to find your perfect BB match.
Which leads me to my current BB offerings …
1. 4. & 5. Physicians Formula Super BB has a cream ($25.95), a powder ($27.95) and concealer ($22.95), which is a pretty good combo if you think about it and especially if you’re a girl after a bit of coverage and someone like me who always needs concealer in their life. The cream itself offers decent coverage and the powder could be used by itself (wouldn’t advise doing so in winter) but together they offer a powerful combo. If using the concealer add on after the foundation and before the powder. Shhh … these are 40% off at Priceline.
2. Shut the front door as this is my new fave: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25 ($50). Oh, yes it is. It’s on the heavier side of the coverage equation but is super easy to apply with your fingers and feels hydrating. Triple win there. Yes, you’ll pay a bit more so budget factors are the only downside. The reason I know it’s my new fave? It’s the one I reach for most mornings when I’m still half asleep and yet to down my first long black. Scientific evidence from the Styling You Institute for sure. Available at department stores, selected pharmacies and salons.
3. I do like this one, I do. It’s a lovely light cream with an amazing SPF 30+ which has Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream ($36) firmly on my holiday must-pack list. I’ve also been grabbing it and popping it on should I be heading out for a bike ride in the winter sunshine. It’s fragrance and paraben free and like the Clarins and Physicians Formula products has bonus Vitamin C for lots of skin goodness. You can pick a tube up here or in store at Kiehl’s stores and selected Myer and David Jones.
Tell me … are you BB obsessed? Yet to jump on the BB train? Share your BB finds in the comments below.
PS. I saw on Instagram yesterday that Modelco is about to release a BB too. Stay tuned.