Squeeze Tube Miracles

A BB cream — also know as beauty balm, or blemish balm — is meant to be an all-in-one cream for your face. In one simple step, your beauty balm claims to moisturize, protect your skin from the sun, provide natural and effective nutrients such as probiotics and minerals, perfect uneven skin tones, and blur out blemishes. Trickery and witchcraft you say? Perhaps, but they’re essentially tinted moisturizers with a little extra umph. Asian BB creams focus more on the feature of actual skincare and nourishment as opposed to their American counterparts which tend to lean closer to light coverage foundations. Less benefits, fewer results.

So the hype around BB creams has recently died down but I’m still curious about what they are and what they really do. Although BB creams had become a sudden craze here in the Western hemisphere over the summer months, these creams have been popular amongst women in Korea and other Asian countries for years now.  Nonetheless, I’m still wanting to try these “miraculous” beauty balms and figure out whether or not these creams actually live up to their multiple claims. There are numerous brands out there found anywhere from our familiar drugstore brands such as; CoverGirl, Mabelline and L’Oréal Paris, to other well known brands including; Smashbox, Marcelle and Bobbi Brown. Question is, which one will cater to my needs?

Let’s be honest, I had no idea where to start. There are so many brands, each with just as many ridiculous claims as the next and going out on a whim and buying random tubes of cream was not an option for me. So I sat down and did my research. After reading and watching numerous hours of reviews, rants and raves, I’ve narrowed down my choice to two drugstore creams; Garnier Nutritioniste Miracle Skin Perfector and L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. Based on reviews, many people with oily/combination skin mentioned pros such as; decent coverage, staying power, and tons of moisture.  On the downside, the two creams where both known for causing oily skin or for their very limited selection of shades. Originally I was considering Vichy’s ProEven BB Cream but I couldn’t find many reviews for it and I’d rather not waste $30+ on something that may not even work on my skin — or even worse — cause a breakout.

BB Cream Showdown

My goal is to find out which cream will be more beneficial for my combination skin type. Both creams seem to have pretty decent pros but with some taxing cons. I’m expecting Garnier to provide a fair amount of coverage for me and still provide some nourishment but I’m almost certain I’ll be a victim of oily skin and have a shinier nose than Rudolf. With L’Oréal’s cream I expect to find coverage as well, but with less of the excess oil. Unfortunately, the only downside to the L’Oréal cream is that it does not contain any SPF whatsoever, and that’s something I always look for in my creams. If one of these manages to work for me you’ll never hear the end of it. Hopefully I’ll be able to try both of the creams and compare them later on in another post. Until then, try not to fill your basket with 12 different balms. Let me know about your BB faves and what  you’d suggest to someone with oily/combination skin. Toodles!


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