Make-up monday: BB creams
BB short for Beauty Blams or Blemish Balm consists of moisterizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment (uneven skin tone), concealer and foundation. BB cream’s popularity stemmed in Korea. The brand name managed to expand throughout Asia then made its way to the Western cosmetic market.
BB cream has Zinc oxide (titanium oxide), a physical sunblock chemical that provides strong water resistant properties is found in BB Cream.
The downsides of this cream is that the cream’s ability to colour match is very limited. Other cosmetic brands are able to carry out 3 shades – light, medium and dark. This can be troublesome due to it being tedious to balance either light or dark colours to the skin. I find that the Korean BB cream is fairly white when applied to the skin, although Korean women should not have a problem with this due to their natural fair skin complexion.
I’ve tried a wide range of BB creams from certain brands. Garnier’s BB cream caused oily skin. Olay’s was too light on my skin and it felt like moisturizer with strong sheer and no coverage. There’s a wide range of Korean BB creams, some of them were too white for my skin. That’s why I don’t have all of them in my collection as you can see in my photos.
Overall, I highly recommend BB cream, however, due to there being a wide variety, one may have to go through quite a few different ones to find the right one. In addition, BB cream may not work for everyone and some may prefer the Garnier BB cream, but it’s all about experimenting!
I heard good things about Laura Mercier BB, but I haven’t had the means to get it lately. I’ll probably be trying it out in the near future. Stay tuned.