Remember when BB creams came in and nobody knew what they were, really? Fast forward to today when you can't throw a pebble without hitting one anywhere makeup is sold. There are many double letter creams that have come after the blemish balm but it still remains as THE basic foundation-but-not product in our kits.
BB creams are still relevant because they were the first to have skincare benefits, high SPF, and low yet perfecting coverage in one bottle. Companies still come out with new BB creams because we still battle blemishes - and in any case, it already has the spot when it comes to customer recall.
I pick up BB creams whenever I feel the need for a good dose of SPF, instant brightening, hydration, and perhaps blemish-fighting properties. Here are the five that are currently enjoying a spot in my vanity!
Heroine Make Protect UV Mineral BB Cream SPF50 PA+++ (P595 in Watsons). I like this product because of the high sun protection, thin texture, medium coverage, and brightening finish. It's a bit light on me but melts onto my skin after half an hour.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream (P795). This has tea tree oil which is an ingredient valued for its antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. The BB cream itself has heavy coverage (perfect for skin that's red, breaking out, or blemished) and has shades suitable for darker skin tones.
The Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream SPF20 PA++ (P1,299). This says "ZZ cream" but it's literally BB cream. It has salicylic acid which should help dry out pimples and lighten existing blemishes faster. Pretty cool! The one available shade looks like initially but blends eventually. I usually top it off with a foundation that's the same shade (or one step darker) than my skin.
BB Cream Week: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35 PA+++ (P2,000+). This one I value most for how it makes my skin look glowy and flawless even though the coverage is light. It makes my skin look so amazing! The shade Natural is a perfect match for me even though it looks very yellow in the swatch.
Estee Lauder Double Wear BB Cream SPF30 PA++ (P2,000+). Love this for how long-wearing it is. It offers excellent oil control (for a BB cream) and coverage as well. The shade I have, Intensity 2.0, is just a tad lighter than I'd like, but again blends nicely after an hour.
So that's my updated list! What about yours? Which BB creams do you always pick up and stock up?