BB Creams – are they as good as you think? Reviews by makeup artists..
If you haven’t heard of “BB Cream” (i.e. beauty balm cream) you probably will be hearing about it soon–it’s become all the rage and here’s why…it provides all 5 of the following items in one container:
- Skin Treatment
- Skin Hydrator
- Protects skin
- Primes for smooth foundation
And it goes on like a dream. So what’s a person not to love, right?
We’ve actually been watching it and are really impressed with the concept. We’ve seen some amazing results, especially preventing and correcting sun damage and un-even pigmentation, but we can’t say that we’re impressed with all of the brands that have popped up on the market. It seems that every company out there is leaping to grab a piece of this brilliant new marketing space, but some may be more harmful than good, in our opinion.
In fact, after checking ingredients on many of them (even some that say they are natural, but aren’t), we say that if you’re using this wonderful new cream, make sure that it’s truly safe or natural. Because if not, you are more likely to irritate above or below the surface, invite unwanted hormonal imbalances (which can lead to cancers, autoimmune disease, kidney problems,accelerated aging, etc.) and more. So we say, if you want all of the good and to forget about the bad, go for natural BB creams.
We’ve found 3 safe versions that we like a ton. Here they are, and here’s why:
We have a rating system of 3 stars and we only rate items we believe to be “safe” and that we like. If you don’t see it on our site, we don’t recommend it.
That said, we like that this product is safe, and that it performs exceptionally well. We also love that it is loaded with all kinds of nutrients, and even contains some certified organic ingredients. For those reasons, we rate this BB cream with 3 stars and would post this as our top “natural” recommendation.
This product in particular tends to be really effective with people with more oily skin. If you have more dry skin, we’d recommend applying a good safe hydrating lotion underneath it. HERE’S ONE we like and recommend.
We just had a small sample of this item and didn’t get a chance to try it over and over for a period of time, like we would normally do. But first impressions were pretty good. The coverage is seriously amazing. It concealed well also, which is a true test, in our book. The sample we had was quite light though, and it covered the entire face like a ghost. So we’d say go lightly, very lightly, with the product, and maybe try a shade darker than you normally would. It had a tinge of a yellow cast, which actually works great for covering dark circles and blemishes.
We believe it to be safe, non-toxic, with added nutrients. We can’t classify it as natural or organic, so we would give it 2.5 out of 3 stars, because it is safe, performs well and has added nutrients. It works well to cover, brighten the skin, protect the skin, and minimize pores and wrinkles.
This is the original BB Cream company. They actually have more BB creams, but this is the only one we recommend, based on the ingredient deck. The others have some items we have concerns over. This cream is something we would classify as “safe”. We don’t see any red flag ingredients, but we also don’t see any real nutrients either.
As for a rating, we give this product 1 star for being safe, 1 star for excellent performance, for a total of 2 out of 3 big stars. We would say this is our top “safe” recommendation.
Some people have mentioned that they tried BB Cream and it seemed like their skin was too shiny. We say that’s a good indication that it’s still on the surface and helping to hydrate the skin. (Even oily skin needs hydration) So to get the best of both worlds, apply a safe powder over the cream for a more satiny finish. We recommend re-applying powder several times throughout the day.
So that’s our take on that–we are big believers, but are also big advocates of keeping you safe and healthy, inside and out.
Please comment below, we love to hear from you!!! Love the skin that you’re in–it’s amazing!
Laurie & Tiffany