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As Korean soap operas have started to reach a global audience, many women noticed the beautiful skin of the Korean actresses. Their skin is clear, porcelain-like, and completely radiant—pretty much every woman’s dream! What’s puzzling about it is that they don’t owe their stunning complexion to makeup foundations. Their secret? BB cream!
BB stands for blemish balm or beauty balm. It’s like a tinted moisturizer but a bit different. It is packed with a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are otherwise absent in tinted moisturizers and foundations. The consistency of the BB cream is lightweight. It only has light to medium coverage so it’s perfect for those who don’t like wearing makeup but need something to even out their complexion.
When the popularity of BB creams broke out in Asia, it wasn’t too long until women from other parts of the world were clamoring to get a tube of their own. It’s a good thing that they’re now available in the US and European markets. The best part? They’ve been specially formulated to suit the skin of American and European women.
There’s still the dilemma of figuring out which BB cream is best for your skin type. If you have oily skin, here is a list of BB cream brands to help you narrow down your search.
1. Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35
Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35 is one of the first BB creams to come out in the US market. It’s extremely hydrating but still oil-free. That makes it perfect for those who want their skin moisturized while keeping oil in check.
Its consistency is thicker compared to other BB creams but gives a sheer finish which can be a problem for those that want a medium to full coverage. But if you have a clear complexion or only have a few imperfections, then this is the right BB cream for you. Coupled with a great matt finishing powder, you can achieve a flawless face in no time.
2. Garnier’s Oil-Free Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
This product came out in the market late last year. A lot of good reviews have been written about the Garnier’s Oil-Free Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream despite having only 2 shades available. For one, this cream will adapt to your skin tone after a few minutes from the application. Don’t worry, it won’t make your face look ashy. It will blend so well into your skin it will look like you put nothing on.
Its coverage is good too, provided that you don’t try to use it to cover up extremely dark spots. But if you want to even out your skin tone, this BB cream will do the trick. Like most skincare products, you need to give time to work. But with regular use, you will notice your complexion improving, your skin becoming less oily, and the size of your pores minimizing.
3. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
When it comes to skincare products, Clinique will never be far behind with their Clinique Age Defense BB Cream. This BB cream has SPF 30. The high SPF is its first line of defense against aging.
It is lightweight but is build to achieve medium coverage. However, it won’t be able to conceal dark spots. You can use this as a primer or a base before you apply your regular foundation. This will give your face a healthy glow. This cream has oil-control properties. This will eliminate the need for regular touch-ups and will help keep your makeup looking fresh longer.
4. Dr. Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Base BB Cream (Whitening) SPF35 PA++
This is one of the most popular Korean BB cream brands. The Silver Label variant is specifically formulated for oily skin types and has been tweaked a few times since it was launched in 2005. The latest, which was released last year, has been certified to be dermatologically tested and approved, cruelty-free, and free from additives.
Dr. Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Base BB Cream (Whitening) SPF35 PA++ has received a warm reception from women all over the world. It delivers everything it promises. It can fill in your pores, smooth out your face, control oil, provide excellent coverage, dries out matte, and has high protection against sun exposure.
A major drawback is it only comes in one very light shade. It is common among Asian BB creams, but if you are around the shade of MAC’s NC15-20, you should try this out. However, it may not be easy to find in local stores so you might need to buy online.
5. Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream Triple Function ( Pink Label ) SPF25 PA++
Skin79 is the best selling Korean BB cream brand around. The pink Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream Triple Function in particular works great for those with oily skin. It provides a dewy finish but when set with a matte finishing powder, makes the face look radiant. Furthermore, it can help keep oil at bay for up to 6 hours of wear.
Its formulation is a bit thick but applies light. This is because although its consistency is a little on the heavy side, it can be blended on easily thus allowing proper absorption. As far as coverage goes, it can conceal redness and small zits but not cystic pimples.
Since it is a Korean brand, you can pretty much expect that it only comes in one shade which is light neutral with a yellow undertone. It doesn’t oxidize so if you have a dark skin tone, this is not the BB cream for you. Like other Dr. Jart products, the easiest way to buy one is online. However, be mindful which online store you purchase from because fakes have been noted to exist.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that US BB creams don’t match up to those from Korea or Japan. They simply lack the quality ingredients that are necessary to compete with Asian BB cream standards. However, since US brands have been formulated to match the needs of American women, these creams will still pretty much have everything you need. But if you want the fullest BB cream experience, go for the Asian brands.
Remember that BB creams are not foundation makeup by any means. Always set it with a good finishing powder so it stays on longer and to minimize transfers. Mineral powder foundations are a great choice if you want more coverage and a flawless finish. Got any questions or perhaps some suggestions? Get in touch with us, we love hearing from our readers!