If you follow any Asian blogs then you might be aware of the BB Cream phenomenon. The ‘BB’ abbreviation stands for ‘Blemish Balm’, but that’s a little misleading in terms of description. A BB cream is tinted moisturiser with additional properties, such as a brightening skincare ingredient, an SPF, some anti-ageing element, hydration, and often includes healing properties too, making it a multi-tasker addressing many skin needs in one tube. A BB cream gives a natural finish while concealing pigmentation or spots for a ‘real skin’ look and comes in many different variants, depending upon what issues you want to address with your skin (ageing, acne, dehydration, skin tone, etc).
Currently, it is mainly sold in Korea, China, Japan and South East Asia, where it is ‘the’ product every girl wants and has been for several years. Some say that it was intially invented by cosmetic surgeons in Korea, others suggest that it began in Germany. But where ever, it’s making its way here this summer!
On paper, BB creams seem like an excellent idea; an all-in-one product that ‘treats’ skin as well as gives it coverage. I can’t wait to try some!
All products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.
There are so many big brands that have BB creams, like Diorsnow and Lancome. (I might actually invest in the diorsnow one)
I hardly use BB creams anymore- they are WAAAY too ashy, cuz they only really cater for pale skin.) Also oil control isnt great
I can’t wait for these to reach here! I have been thinking about getting some for Asia but worry about getting rinsed on customs.
You always being us the newest and exciting news XD
Stacie @Kawaii Nail Art
I first read about BB Creams on French Elle, where they raved about the BB Cream from Erborian, a Korean brand available in several Euro countries.
So I got one and it’s really good: great texture, blends well and gives a slightly matte but not dull finish (I have oily skin). The color is way off my skintone (it’s very pale and pink-based and my skin is yellow-based), but with some blending and bronzer on top it works fine. Meanwhile, the same brand launched a version of the BB Cream in “doré”, a yellow-based tint which is much better matched to my skintone.
I’m a big fan of the brand Missha myself.
See, my bff just went to Korea and I specifically told her NOT to get me any BB cream. I just knew it would be too pale for me. I can get the same remedies in other prods, without the white face ghost.
My Thai SIL has flawless skin and im always fascinated by the easts beauty regimes and general health. She always looks radiant.
omg cant wait even more reason to bring on summer!
I actually love the BB cream. I have been using it for 2 and half years and it’s fantastic. well, the quality do vary from brand to brand, but collectively I do think the BB cream perform better than foundation ( I tried Lancome, Dior, BobbiBrown, DHC, EL, and to be honest, i don’t find them better than the BB).
These sound like such an interesting product, and hopefully the answer to all my skincare woes! Here’s hoping anyway, can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you try some x
Musings of a Muse and Cosmetic Candy are always doing posts about BB Cream and they all look so interesting but I wouldn’t know where to start.
Is there any particular brand that is winging its way over here?
seriously?? its really heading over here?? YAYY!!
you can buy it already over the internet, theres a site based in the UK selling it already.