Monday, September 30, 2013

BB Cream Update: Lust Vs Must

Happy Monday All! For those of you who read my blog, you know that one product I simply cannot live without is BB Cream. Beginning in late 2011 BB Creams burst onto the U.S. scene from their origination point in Korea. Over the last two years I've reviewed these hot button, all-in-one products as new brands have flooded the market. Today I'm giving you the ultimate "cheat sheet" on how to buy for value and finish! (Pictured below, me wearing BB Cream as my principle skincare item).
On my docket we have BB creams and CC creams, (which frankly are more or less the same; Blemish Balm versus Corrective Cream). There are dewy formulas, matte formulas, and healthy, in-between choices.  First up? One of my favorites for camera work. Boscia BB Cream and L'Oreal BB Magic. If you're looking for a great, super mattifying BB, these two brands are my top taskmasters. If your skin is on the pink/peach side, Boscia will provide a somewhat peach/beige, (neutralizing) finish. It's also botanical and oil free. If you're more yellow based, L'Oreal has four shades ranging from fair to dark that will suit any complexion, brighten tone, and stay extremely matte all day.
Lust: Boscia BB Cream: $38
Must: L'Oreal BB Cream: $11

Next up? The super dewy BB's. These brands give the skin a slightly shiny, hydrated, and highlighted appearance. If you're a little more tan/olive, try Philosophy's color range. (If you're a fan of the Hope in a Jar products already, you'll love Philosophy's latest take on BB's). The finish is touted as sheer, but I LOVE the depth of color and healthy glow it adds. If your complexion is pink based, try Urban Decay's Naked Skin BB which has a pearly-Pink tone. And if you want to play with more than one color on a budget, test out a drug store bargain with Rimmel's BB, available in three shades for under 8 bucks apiece!
Lust: Philosophy Hope in a Jar BB Cream: $38
Lust: Urban Decay: $34
Must: Rimmel BB Cream: $7

Somewhere in between the hyper dewy and the very matte there's a happy medium that provides a velvet finish with a hint of sheen. My picks for the middle blend BB's which do a little of both:
Lust: Dr Jart Premium BB Cream: $39
Must: Clio All Day Free BB: $21

And then, there are the CC Creams. They really provide the same features, (coverage, concealer, corrector, primer and sunscreen). The key difference is that CC's purportedly contain ingredients to fight dark spots and wrinkles, and they tend to be slightly lower in SPF. (20 SPF vs the 30+ in BB's). Here are some brands that I like and that come in a wider color range than the first wave of BB's seen two years ago.

Lust: Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream $48.00: 
Must: (For dewy skin) Sephora Skin Perfect CC Cream: $26
Must: (For Matte Skin) L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Cream: $12

There are many, many other brands carrying BB and CC Creams, but hopefully I've de-mystified the process of elimination just a little bit!

With Love!

Noa B

1 comment:

  1. thank you noa! one of the reasons i adore your blog is i like your fashion style, and your make-up tips.