CULT BEAUTY PRODUCT: BB CREAMS
If you are hiding under a cosmetics rock (which is quite feasible and perfectly valid because you are probably doing something more important) then you might not have heard of the latest cult beauty product: BB Creams.
It was about a year ago that I had to ask someone just what this BB thing was all about.
I was at the Illamasqua makeup counter in Myer Brisbane City and a talented makeup artist was taking my mid-40s face and seemingly waving an airbrush over it.
Except it wasn’t an airbrush. It wasn’t an Instagram filter and certainly not any Photoshop trickery.
It was the best foundation my skin has ever had the pleasure of meeting. And its genius is owed in part to its formulation, a formulation largely based on how a BB cream is formulated. (!)
Right about now you’re wishing I’d explain the BB bit, aren’t you?
BB stands for blemish or beauty balm. Not only do these creams instantly even out complexions (think of them as a tinted moisturiser with super powers), but over time they also tackle wrinkles, pimples and uneven skin tones.
For crazy busy women this skincare plus sunscreen plus makeup three-in-product is gold.
BB creams originated in Asia where women love using them for their lightening and brightening qualities. If you’re ever travelling to Asia, you’ll find BB creams in way greater strengths than what we see in Australia.
In Australia, I may have got all in a lather about the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation mentioned above but it was the launch of BB Creams into our supermarkets that started off an obsession that is set to explode as more products hit the marketplace here this season.
That first supermarket brand was Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – at under $15 (often as low as $9 when on special) – it’s quickly become a busy woman’s go-to cream. This year there’s an oil-free version available.
Other brands – high and low end – have boarded the BB train since then and I’ve made it a personal mission to try as many as possible.
Here are my current five favourites available in Australia:
1. Garnier BB Cream oil-free SPF 15 $13.99: I prefer the matte finish of the oil-free formula than the original but that’s just me. Like the original, this one comes in Light or Medium shades. It “disappears” into your face on application so is a quick one you could easily apply on the go.
2. L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream $26.95: This one is a bit of a trickster. Its formulation is made up of miniscule beads that dissolve as you apply them to your face. Your face might look a little mask-like for a few seconds but then it camouflages any uneven skin tone beautifully to a matte finish. L’Oreal Paris has also released a Revitalift Total Repair 10 BB Cream but my money is still on the Nude Magique.
3. Catalina Geo Intensive BB Cream SPF 35+ $39.90: I like this one for its fuller coverage and higher SPF. Its consistency is thicker and I do like its moisturising matte finish. This is such good value for a quality salon-brand product. I’ve really enjoyed using it.
4. Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 $60: This the first makeup counter BB cream that I’ve trialled and it’s won me over. For starters, with five available shades if you’ve struggled to find a shade to suit your skin then this will help. And that SPF? Loving that. It’s a thinner formulation and gives more of a dewy finish but still offers great medium coverage.
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