It’s likely you’ve heard of the newest craze in makeup, BB Cream. It seems that almost every major makeup brand has one, for some time it seemed they were the only commercials on television and everyone from preteens to older women were pushing the creams in the media. So what’s the skinny on this big fat fad and what exactly does BB Cream do?
BB Cream, or Blemish Balm cream, has actually been around since the 60s and we’re used to treat blemishes. However now the creams have evolved into skin brighteners, moisturizers and some even claim to improve the look of your skin. A few of the BBs on the market are meant to improve your skin in different ways and depending on your price range and skin care needs, there’s a wide variety from which to choose.
Elle Magazine named L’Oreal’s Magic BB Cream one of their favorites, so we gave it try. I had been using a competitive BB Cream so I figured it would be easy to compare the two, but could not have been more wrong. The two formulas were completely different and I could see and feel the difference between the two immediately. The one I had been using was heavy; it was more like a foundation that a skin improving cream.
L’Oreal’s 1st Magic B.B. Cream has ‘beautifying beads’ that are encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamin C & E, so it’s actually great for your skin. It also primes your skin so makeup goes on smoothly, it hides imperfections, hydrates your skin to help prevent dryness and helps your skin appear more evenly tones.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, or you prefer a more natural look, L’Oreal’s Magic BB Cream is a great alternative to makeup to help your skin appear more flawless when bare because of its light, matte finish. As a natural red head, I have incredibly sensitive skin and I’m prone to blotchiness. I’ve tried everything from darker foundations to green tinted moisturizes, both inexpensive and wildly expensive. I like how it seemed to reduce much of the blotchiness on my skin. Below is a before and after photo, side by side, with no touching up, change in light, or any special effects.
I received a complimentary product from SheSpeaks/L’Oréal to facilitate this review