The Make-up Files: BB Creams-quick overview

I never give my opinion about a cosmetic product based exclusively on my own experience, because I know very well that something that works for me may not work on other skin types, or that if I hated something it may only be because I’m not using it properly. So I read pretty much all the(worthy) reviews that I find, to keep me informed and to see other points of view.

I’m usually quite skeptical when it comes to “miracle” products, so despite all the rave around BB Creams I haven’t tried any yet. My opinion on them is only based on what I’ve read- but believe me, that was a lot of reading:). Also, I’m only going to write about Asian BB Creams, since apparently European and US brands are only selling overpriced tinted moisturizers, labeled as “BB Creams”.

Original BB creams may look like tinted moisturizers(with higher coverage) but they are also supposed to offer long term benefits, like protecting, soothing and regenerating the skin. That means moisturizer, foundation(sometimes even concealer), UV protection AND skin treatment, all in one- but with a very natural, “no makeup” finish. For me it all sounds too good to be true… but that’s probably just me.:)

Some people complain about clogged pores and breakouts while using BB creams. This can be because of the ingredients in the cream, but it also might be because of using it inadequately. It might look like foundation, but it’s still a cream and must be used accordingly. Not with a brush, not with a sponge(they both use too much product), but with your fingers and using small amounts. It’s not supposed to be built up on the skin, so if you feel the need for more coverage, just add concealer or powder, where needed. It has strong(good) effects on your skin, however too much might be too strong. And for the same reason it’s very important to properly cleanse your face at the end of the day. It’s quite hard to get off, and because it looks so natural you might not even realize you still have some of it on your skin. I believe this is one of the main reasons for breakouts.

As for choices, we have many. Original BB Creams are (very)hard to find in stores, but luckily for us we have the mighty internet!:) (Just please do a background check before buying from unknown sources!) Here are some of the most popular brands:


Skin79– Super+ BB Cream SPF 25 (45ml, ~17€)
Official description : “A triple function blemish balm cream that shields skin from premature aging with potent SPF 25, while whitening skin and reducing existing lines and wrinkles. The creamy formula effectively covers up skin imperfections, creating a perfect base for makeup and foundation. Skin feels and looks fresh, with a gorgeous matte finish all day long. Recommended for combination and oily skin types.”  

What consumers say: medium coverage, minimizes pores, smoothes  the skin, good oil control, cute bottle:), only suited for pale/light skin tones.



Missha– M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 (50ml, about 19€)

Official description:  “Attain a flawless complexion every single time with the M Perfect Cover BB Cream. This miracle skin cream heals skin imperfections, particularly blemishes and post-acne marks, while giving skin a perfect finish. A complete skin care routine in one bottle, the skin is treated to a healing cream, makeup base and sunblock with just one application. To use, pump out a small amount and spread evenly all over the face.“
What consumers say: medium coverage, easy to blend, very good lasting power, good oil control.



Etude House– Moisturizing BB Magic Cream SPF 30(35ml, ~19€)
Official description: “A soft and rich blemish balm cream hydrates skin with caviar and cucumber extracts. Eucalyptus extract heals blemishes and other skin imperfections to clear up the complexion and create a translucent look. The creamy formula easily glides on skin for a flawless, “no makeup” look. SPF 30 protects skin from environmental damage.” 

What consumers say: light to medium coverage, easy to blend, medium oil control, comes in a darker shade than most BB creams.

Hanskin– Magic BB Cream(30ml, ~21€)

Official description: “… calms irritated and blemished skin naturally. It prevents wrinkles, and has a whitening effect. Grape seed oil provides rich moisture and nourishment. The result is a no make-up look that looks very natural on any skin type.”

What consumers say: thicker than other BB creams, light to medium coverage, medium oil control, suited for pale/light skin tones.

(PS: I promised this post two days ago, so: YAAAY, I finally did it!!!:D Sorry, I can’t keep time-related promises these days, I hope I’ll soon get back to my normal program, with more time for my “playground”. Oh, and I have the same excuse for any incoherence or grammar mistakes.:D)

Later Edit: I forgot to specify this: one of he main reasons for my reluctance are the whitening ingredients in most of these creams, after reading some horror stories about whitening creams. Also, I’m not sure if many of the other ingredients are meant to be used for a long period of time. The gels/creams that inspired the creation of BB Creams are used by dermatologists, for a faster healing of skin scars after surgery-this means only a couple of months of treatment.

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