Happy New Year! How is 2013 coming along? I hope great. I'm sorry I have taken so long to get my first post of the year up but I've been having a bit of blogger's block. I have picked myself back up though and I'm right back in the swing of things.
I bring to you a beauty wonder, The BB (Blemish Balm) Cream. These magic creams have been around since the 90s, especially popular with Asian women. They are known to have really flawless skin and many Asian celebrities have attributed this to the BB cream.
BB Creams claim to help reduce your beauty routine drastically because they combine the power of a moisturiser, primer, concealer, foundation and sunblock in one product. They are also known to possess skin healing properties i.e over time they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as even out skin tone.
Many black women, myself inclusive were a bit wary when the fad hit Europe and America for fear of not being able to find a shade match. The earlier ones simply did not cater to Women of Colour but I'm happy that in recent times, brands have started to rectify this huge oversight. I recently bought Smashbox's own version of the BB cream after a lot of research.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF35
Like other BB creams before it, the Smashbox one offers a 5-in-1 product that Primes, Perfects, Protects, Hydrates and Controls Oil. It comes in only 5 shades from Fair - Dark but I believe to covers most skin tones. I find that a range of skin tones may fall under one shade. I got the darkest shade Dark and i'm an NC50 in Mac foundations. I know people from NW45 to NC45 that also use this same Dark shade. I will suggest using a tester though to be sure of your closest shade match.
In my opinion, this product is totally worth the hype. It really does cut my beauty routine in half. On my bare face, I rub the cream in with my hands until it's perfectly blended and I set it with my Mac MSF Natural. If you have extremely dry skin you may still want to moisturise first before applying the BB cream.
It gives a very natural finish whilst still covering any darkness and blemishes on the face. It feels like I'm not wearing any makeup yet my face is flawless, amazing. It's also particularly great if you live in a hot climate like me, it lets your skin breathe whilst protecting it with a high SPF of 35! It offers light-medium coverage but if you want fuller coverage you can wear it as a primer and use your foundation over it.
I did not expect it to last very long being so light, but it stayed put on a 12-hr day and I only touched up my powder once. I also found that it controlled my oils well through the day.
I swatched the product on the back of my hand to give you an idea of the colour match. For a full face picture, see this previous post.
The only drawback of this product is the price. For £27/$39 you get a mere 30ml of product. It's sold in Boots in the UK or Sephora in the US. You can also get it on the Smashbox website here.
I wish it was a little more affordable but apart from that I'll rate it 5 stars out of 5. Other brands offer cheaper alternatives and I'm on the look out for something more pocket friendly. I have read mixed reviews on the Sleek BB cream and I can't wait to try it out and let you know if it's any good.
Have you tried any BB creams? Do you think they are worth the hype or just a fad? I'd love to read your thoughts.
Peace and Love,