Everyday I hear about BB creams and I see the beautiful images in the glossy magazines and they look great. I like to think I am pretty up to date with the latest in cosmetics but I was still a little confused by these mystery products that I feel arrived out of nowhere!
If you're a BB Cream expert then skip to the end but if you're a little confused then read on!
BB stands for Blemish Balm, they became popular in the Asian market for women who had undergone laser treatment or surgery and wanted to still use cosmetics on their skin that were gentle but still gave coverage.
Due to the heavy Asian celebrity endorsement the western market picked up on these products and all the major brands now seem to have a line in BB's.
In a nutshell they are a moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock in one product. Perfect for those on the go or people who don't really want tons of products in their make up bag.
Really similar to the good old tinted moisturiser but with a little more staying power due to the priming ingredients, a higher SPF and lots of lovely skin boosting ingredients slung in for good measure!
I have had a little look into some of the best ones available.
MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF35
Wow that's a tongue twister!
This BB is very lightweight and sheer with a subtle tint that will even you out but not provide too much coverage.
It comes in one shade and think of it as more of a tinted primer that smooths the skin naturally.
Good as a base to then layer on blusher, bronzer or powder.
Not great for people who require coverage but perfect for those who like to look like they are not wearing make-up.
30ml at £21 www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream*
Again a sheer coverage that gives a more luminous finish, therefore more suitable for dry skin. Contains a lower SPF at factor 15.
Available in two shades and due to the optical blurring ingredients this would be good for those whose concerns are fine lines.
50ml at £9.99 and available from Boots and Superdrug
No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream
No7 have excelled in their range of BB creams as they have brought one out for all skin types dry, normal and oily.
Containing SPF15 this BB gives a light/medium coverage whilst still having the luminous finish we all crave.
I have oily skin and I found all though initially creamy the product dried and left my skin feeling matte.
A great product for people who require the coverage but also have a certain skin type that they wish to correct.
40ml £12.95 from Boots
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30
This BB is perfect for an older or more sensitive skin. The high SPF gives great environment protection and its packed full of skin soothing ingredients that tone down redness.
Medium coverage, available in three shades with a demi-matte finish. Great for slightly oily skin due to the oil controlling properties.
40ml at £25.00
Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream SPF35
High in SPF and anti-oxidant ingredients this medium coverage is lovely on uneven skin tones to even it out and tone down redness.
It has a surprising amount of coverage and hydration for dry skin and oil balancing ingredients for oily skin.
Available in two colours that melt into the skin with ease.
30ml at £32 from www.esteelauder.co.uk
Written by Stacey Oakes - Queen of Pixiwoo Towers :)
Photograph - Philip Waterman, Makeup - Sam Chapman
* May be tested on animals