If you follow international beauty trends you’ll know all about BB cream; it’s like the Birkin bag of beauty products in that every girl seems to wants one. Still, despite being inundated with hype, many of you don’t know what a BB cream really is, so let me break it down for you; a BB cream or ‘blemish balm’ cream is kind of like a tinted moisturiser with additional ‘beauty benefits’, things like antioxidant vitamins or super soothing ingredients like aloe vera. They’ve been super popular in the East for ages and now the whole world wants to get in the action.
While BB creams have been on the shelves for a while in SA, Garnier is the first ‘drugstore’ brand to make one that’s really affordable (R79!) and widely stocked.
Aside from acting as a tinted moisturiser with an SPF of 15 (nice!), it also contains optical pigments to help blur the look of fine lines as well as a vitamin C derivative that acts as an antioxidant and caffeine that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
I was given the ‘Light’ shade which works well on my skin but, I’d probably go up a shade if I bought one. It’s sheer enough so that you could totally get away with it and it would give your skin a ‘healthy-looking glow’. I also liked that it was super-easy to apply; I was able to rub it into my skin just like a moisturiser, no sponge required.
Finish-wise, it made my skin look a little more ‘even’ and ever so slightly dewy but didn’t aggravate my oily T-panel. It also acted as a nice base for make-up and ensured my eye shadow stayed on a little longer. (Not as long as it would with a proper primer, but more so than on bare skin.)
On days when I just want to hydrate, add colour, slap on an SPF and run out the door, this’ll be a nice easy reach.
Interested? You’ll find Garnier’s BB rolling out in stores across SA towards the end of the month. Still, not everybody has a fair medium-combination skin-type. If you feel your make-up bag is missing a BB and this one just doesn’t do it for you, know that there are others on the shelves and a lot more to come in that pretty much every big make-up brand has created a BB; think Clinique, Lauder, MAC, Smashbox, Maybelline and so on and it’ll only be a matter of time before they hit SA shelves.
Currently, I’m aware of one sitting on the Bobbi Brown counter, another in The Body Shop and actually reviewed a really nice one from Erborian (exclusive to Edgars) last year.
If you know of any others, please let us know in the comments section and, if you’ve tried them, share your thoughts.