What’s the deal with BB cream?

Perhaps you’ve noticed a new product creeping onto the department store makeup counters–BB creams.   According to the March issue of Vogue, BB cream was “first conceived by a German dermatologist as a panacea for sensitized post-procedure skin.”  What this means is it’s an all-in-one product, with ingredients that moisturize, conceal and soothe redness, treat acne, protect from the sun, cover up blemishes and reduce the signs of aging.   Yes.  In a single product.  Whoa.  BB cream is also able to “read” your skin tone and adjust to your particular coloring.  So instead of picking from one of 15 different colors, you pick either light, medium, or dark, and the cream adjusts accordingly.  Vogue also notes that many Asian countries are no longer even stocking traditional foundations because consumers would rather buy a multi-tasking product.  We may be headed that way ourselves.  Eager to get on the BB cream bandwagon?  Check out the options below:


Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35 – $38

Moisturize, soothe, cover up.

Estee Lauder says: “This lightweight BB Creme delivers: an instant, even-toned, healthy look; powerful protection with our proven Super Anti-Oxidant Complex and SPF 35; high performance, oil-free hydration for all skintypes; comes in 2 tints to suit a wide range of skintones.”


Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector – $12.99

Bargain in a bottle.

Garnier’s claim: “Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It’s hard to find just one product that addresses them all. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.”


Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 – $37

Creates a beautiful foundation for your makeup.

Clinique’s pitch:  “This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start. SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, plus enough coverage to banish imperfections. The perfect primer, too.”


Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm – $32

Fight aging. And look hot.

Too Faced says: “This multi-benefit time saver gives you ‘better than real’ looking skin today and healthier skin long term.  Instantly achieve a healthy glow and improve skin’s overall appearance with our powerful multi-mineral complex. Tint, prime, prevent, nourish, and protect in one easy step.”


Tried a BB cream?  What did you think?

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