We have all heard of (and probably tried) BB creams. I now see a plethora of bb cream options from the major Western prestige lines (Dior, Clinique, Bobbi Brown) to drugstore (Maybelline, Garnier) to Asian Japanese brands (Coffret d'or, Kanebo Freshel), over and on top new additions to the existing Korean BB creams. If anything, the options are endless and overwhelming!
There seems to be mixed reviews about BB creams in general. Personally, I didn't enjoy them when I was living in Singapore. The humidity and heat made my extremely oil-sensitive face unbearable beyond the 2-hour mark. I now realise that BB creams fare much better in longevity and wear in milder temperatures, particularly the North of Asia as opposed to South East Asia. With confidence, I brought home to Denmark a number of BB creams to test and sample.
While I was in Taipei last week, I picked up Skin79 Super Plus Beblish Balm (Pink) from Watsons. They were selling them at a promotional price at TWD499, which translates to about SGD 20 per bottle. Google tells me that Watsons Singapore is selling them are SGD 36.90 per bottle. That's just to give you a comparison of savings when shopping in Taiwan. If I was living in Singapore, $37 dollars for a foundation/sunscreen is still reasonable.
If anything, the packaging of these BB creams are too gorgeous to pass up. It comes in a small dispensable pump, enclosed in a sleek pink bottle.
Be weary of fake BB creams. You can tell it's originality by noticing a few things, including:
- Sticker in Korean at the back of the bottle
- Batch number and expiry date on the bottom of the box
- A perforated line on the back of the box
I presume that fake bb creams are sold on ebay. Either buy them from Watsons, or, established online retailers. Adambeauty.com sells them as well with a slightly higher markup - in fact, quite reasonable still.
I don't pay much attention to the claims BB creams - 'whitening, UV protecting, SPF25, wrinkle free' for example. I simply like the fact that it's a skincare-based tinted moisturiser which gives your face a natural even look. And indeed, it does look much more natural than the most lightweight foundations. I don't see foundation settling into the lines or accentuate existing dryness. This factor alone makes BB creams far more enjoyable to use.
The balm spreads very well - there was not much tugging as opposed to Missha BB creams. I would only use one pump of bb cream for the entire face. A 40gram bottle is probably going to last me at least a year, if not more.
The Skin79 Super Plus Bleblesh Balm (Pink) comes in one color - suitable for skintones from NC15-25. For reference, I am a MAC NC25. It appears light on me, but not overly so. It comes off initially as quite greyish, and is supposed to oxidise to your natural skin color. Well, I don't quite agree. By the 8th hour, my complexion still looks considerably fairer than my neck and chest. There was very little oxidation - hardly noticeable in fact.
Upon application, I noticed an immediate brightened look - looking very even and very natural. It covers pores, making my skin look younger.
And even on close ups, you don't see any signs of patchiness or dry spots. It's quite a breezy application, just by using my fingers to spread it evenly.
I would say that the only two negative points about this BB cream is 1. lack of yellow and maybe appearing too white? and 2. lack of effective oil control even though the pink bottle is targeted for oily skin types.
Literally I look like snow white. There is not even the slightly hint of yellow - and I think it makes my complexion look unnatural when comparing it to my chest/neck. However, come winter - you'll notice less of that difference of neck to face.
By the end of the work day, I could see the product disintegrating, but that's expected anyway. I would consider the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation to be slightly better in the oil department. For oilier skin types, I would assume that oiliness will break through by the 2-3rd hour. Bear in mind as well that average temperatures in Denmark are around 10-15 degrees.
My face looks rather unsightly, I know. But all other foundations look quite the same by the end of the day anyway, that it'll be unjust to rate this product as negative on its lack of oil control. Given the oiliness here, I am convinced that I will only wear BB creams in cooler climates (and definitely not in tropical weather!!!).
In summary, the Skin79 Super Plus Bleblesh Balm is a good introductory BB cream. I wouldn't rate it as the best out there. It brightens, evens out pigmentation, spreads easily, and has been loved by many. It would suit combination to dry skin types (suggested to also use an effective primer to last throughout the night or regular blotting face powder to help matify during the day). The only other disadvantage is the lack of yellow, giving a noticeable (but not drastic) contrast from the face and neck.
Have you tried the Skin79 Super Plus Bleblesh Balm (Pink) BB cream? What are your thoughts? Do you have any holy grail bb creams that you can't live without?
There will be more reviews to come on other BB creams, so stay tuned. :-)