Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Introducing BB Cream

Yesterday, I spent some time reading through my new fat March issue of Vogue.  I had lots of pages to dog-ear this time because this month is juicy!  An article about BB creams caught my eye.  If you are unfamiliar like I was, here is what I learned...

BB cream was developed by a German dermatologist.  BB stands for Beauty Balm.  It is very popular in many Asian countries, and many women have replaced their foundation with the new cream.  BB cream can simplify your beauty routine because it contains equal parts tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, mattifier, and anti-ager.

Of course, I couldn't wait to get in on the action.  After some quick research I found two great options: Garnier BB Cream for $11.99 at Target and Clinique Age Defense BB Cream $37 at Nordstrom.  

I ultimately chose the less expensive Garnier BB.  It has a light floral aroma and thick toothpaste like sturdiness.  It smooths on easily.  You can feel the moisture, but it is not greasy or shiny.  I usually wear Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer because I like the moisture and light coverage.  The Garnier cream is great for someone like me.  I don't think that a regular foundation wearer would be pleased.  It offers slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but it does not provided the coverage level of a foundation.

Let me know if you try a BB cream.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Estee Lauder also has a BB cream available in two shades: light and medium/deep. It smells great (like cumumbers) and gives a very light coverage and all the other wonderful benefits like SPF, illumination and hydration. It is perfect for the "no makeup girl" or girls like me that want the option of light coverage on some days. Definitely worth checking out at your local retailer.

  2. Sounds intriguing. I don't wear foundation because I don't like the way it feels on my face, but I need more coverage these days with hormone spots, age spots, etc... ;) Maybe this my answer.