Friday, September 14, 2012

BB Creams/A.K.A. Tinted moisturizers

Today I had tried a Franken that absolutely failed. The color would not dry and I ruined 3 nails before I got to apply the second coat. It got on my fingertips and needless to say I had a mess. So instead of redoing it I'm going to put my two cents in on the drugstore BB creams that I have been using for awhile.
Here a the four that are being reviewed:

•CoverGirl BB cream tinted moisturizer and sunscreen in 805 fair to light 40mL
Active ingredients:Octinoxate 6% and Zinc Oxide 3%
It claims to have 10 skin benefits but it's main use is for sunburn prevention. Reapply every 2 hours.
1. Natural looking radiance
2. Sheer color
3. All day hydration
4. Improves skin elasticity
5. Broad spectrum SPF 15
6. Blends effortlessly
7. Lightweight
8. Helps skin feel smooth
9. Covers to help instantly improve skin's appearance
10. Won't clog pores
This is the sheerest of the four and the first that I tried for about a month. It is lightweight and silky to apply.  My skin is no longer blotchy and I've stopped using foundation entirely. Saves me a lot of time in the morning since my daily skin routine included cream, Monistat chaffing gel (to absorb oil), foundation, and powder . Now I just have one step after I wash my face. It is odorless to me and I have nothing bad to say about it.

•Garnier BB cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector in Light/Medium 75mL
Active ingredients: Octinoxate 4% and Titanium Dioxide 2.1%
This one also claims it main use is to prevent sunburn.  Reapply every 2 hours. It doesn't claim
to do anything else on the bottle. This one is the most pigmented and I use this in replacement of foundation if I am going to put on eyeshadow. It has a fresh scent that is almost like sunscreen. It costs the most, around $14, but it is twice the size of the other bottles.

•Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8 in 1 Beauty Balm 30mL
Active ingredient: Titanium dioxide 1.15%
Main use is to prevent sunburn but it has 8 claimed benefits
1. Blurs imperfections
2. Enhances
3. Brightens
4. Adjusts to skin tone
5. Smoothes
6. Hydrates
7. SPF 30 protects
8. 0% oils and other heavy ingredients
This one I could do without. The tint is more on the pinkish side and doesn't match my skin tone. It has a light scent. This BB is the only one that my oily skin shines through with.

•L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB In 812 Light 30 mL
Active ingredient: none stated
The only BB that doesn't claim sunburn prevention. It primes, perfects, hydrates, and corrects. The bottle says "Instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless bare skin finish . Over time, more beautiful skin."
This one turned out to be my favorite because it applied like a mousse and matched my skin tone making it look very natural. The irony is that this was the last on my list of BBs to try because L'oreal
is not a brand I normally buy and I thought I wouldn't like it. It's very silky and has a very light scent that is barely noticeable. I will definitely be rebuying this when I run out.

Have any of you replaced your daily products with a BB cream and which one did you try?



  1. I have only tried ELF and it didnt match my skin color. The cover girl sounds good but does it smell like noxema? I dont like that smell and I dont buy cover girl because of it.

    1. I haven't noticed a smell. my nose might just be immune to scents.