So BB Cream, if you live in Asia (Southeast and East specifically) then this is something that is old news to you and you can stop reading now but for those who didn't really know BB cream before like me, then keep reading :)
Being Asian, I've heard of this product but being Asian in a Western country, this wasn't easily available unless I go buy it online and I wasn't keen on that only because it didn't appeal to me.
I was also misinformed that BB cream was just all about whitening, something that I've stayed away since I can remember. I've accepted my naturally tanned skin (morena). But after doing my research and found out more about BB cream, I was finally interested but still unsure which one to get. Luckily it finally reached Australian soil some months ago and you know what happened next, I bought one.
What is BB cream?
First things first, BB actually stands for Blemish Balm or Blemish Base, a name that I would veer away from if I am being honest - well it sounds like something for extreme acne problems don't you think?
BB cream is your all in one type cream. It is your moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock - all in one product. Sounds too good to be true but that's what they are. Brands like MAC, Clinique, and Estee Lauder have it in their range and so as some drugstore brand like Garnier.
In theory, this is THE PRODUCT for those who hates piling shizz on their face. This saves time and money because everything you need is already in one product. This is the very reason why I finally got one! (easily pleased you see)
Since all I want really is to know what BB cream can do to my skin, I decided to get Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector. (you know, cheaper!) The name has so much weight and too much pressure put on simply because it was labelled "miracle" and "skin perfector". Liek what if it didn't live up to its name? (like seriously, great marketing name I say)
"Discover the BB Cream secret - a new generation of skincare that combines the best of skincare with the benefits of make-up in one application! New Miracle Skin Perfector has a lightweight formula with vitamin C and mineral pigments to deliver long-lasting hydrating care with SPF15 UV filters and a light touch of make-up for instantly visible, radiant results. Quickly & perfectly it unifies, corrects, brightens, moisturises & protects!" - from Garnier Australia website
Smell - Love the scent. The smell itself can wake your senses. It's fresh, light and seriously yummy but not in a sweet lolly kind of way. It's like cucumber freshness galore.
Packaging - always a fan of tubes. Product comes out nice and you can control the amount and it's handy in size - aka purse friendly if you're one of those who takes their moisturisers with them.
Texture - it's creamy/mousse like consistency. Application is a treat.
Coverage - since it's a tinted moisturiser, then it's less to medium coverage. It's not something you can build up because it will feel too much and heavy and a little bit oily.
It doesn't sink in my skin as quickly as I want but once it does then it leaves me this glowy (almost golden) looking skin that it's almost a crime to put powder on to set it. But with my skin, I had to or else it will just slip off my face in hours. It gave me this perfect looking skin - but not for long - I lose the "glowy" side of things by mid day.
Price - it's on the affordable range and for something that promises hydration, protection and coverage it is a winner to my books.
Staying power - well not sure which aspect of it I should measure, the hydration bit? the coverage bit? or the SPF bit? but like I said, I seem to lose the glowy side of things by mid day and by end of the day, my face is just bare as if I didn't even put makeup on.
Did it even out my skin? any benefits?
To be honest, I didn't see any changes in that aspect. The only difference I noticed was how it kept my skin hydrated compared to my usual moisturiser.
I also did get spots but that's like hormonal spot and not because of the product.
Will I repurchase it?
I am still thinking about it. Perhaps when summer comes and I needed a light coverage with SPF and hydration.
For it's purpose, the price tag is very reasonable. But probably not the miracle skin perfector that you would want it to be. Maybe it is for other girls but certainly not in my case.
This is available in Priceline and any major chemist and grocery store all across Australia.
Have you tried BB cream?