Sunday, July 22, 2012
Hits and Misses: Drugstore BB Creams
Lying somewhere directly in between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, BB creams are ideal for the "no makeup, makeup look." I love these babies for the no muss, no fuss approach. You simply slap them on your face and you're good to go. The best part about these BB creams is not only in the extra benefits (primer, moisturizer, coverage, and brightener all in one bottle?!), but also the pricetag. I love Sephora and Ulta like everyone else, but sometimes trying out a new, trendy face product at $30-$45 can seem a bit silly. Here is a little guide to what's out there right now:
Loreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream ($9): Hit! This is a hilarious product in the sense that it comes out of the tube looking and feeling like it's gone bad. The product itself is white in color with sandy, color depositing particles that feel very odd when applying. The payoff, however, is outstanding. This provides an incredible amount of coverage without looking like you're wearing any makeup at all. It won't hide freckles or help conceal fine lines, but acne scarring and discoloration was nowhere to be found. Have I seen drastic improvements with my skin from using this? No. Is it a "real" BB cream? I doubt it. Will I repurchase this? Absolutely.
Maybelline Dream Fresh Beauty Balm ($8): Hit! This was the closest BB cream I found in the drugstore that acted like a real BB cream. This particular product has a broad color range with varying undertones and the price could not be beat. It applied and blended with ease and had fantastic staying power throughout the day. I felt like my skin was reaping the benefits this product boasted and the sun protection in this one was higher than all the rest...win! If you are wondering which one to buy this would absolutely be the winner. It's easy, cheap, and great for your skin!
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfecter BB Cream ($13): Miss! What an oily mess. I have very normal, unproblematic skin. I've got some acne scarring I like to cover lightly, but that's it. I'm not too oily, not too dry, but this product would fool you into thinking I'd taken a bath in vegetable oil. Most complaints I've heard about this one are regarding the scent. I didn't mind this at all, in fact the floral smell really was nice. It was the product itself. The color range, all 2 options, are really narrow and I found myself not being able to even try this until I was at my tannest a few weeks ago. The coverage is really not that good and while it feels like it would be easy to blend, the product never sinks into your skin! For me it just sat on top of my skin looking like makeup until about 3pm when it simply slid off my cheeks. Ew. Don't waste your money on this one.