Staff Picks: BB Creams that made our hearts skip a beat
Did you know that the BB cream was actually invented in the 1960s by a German doctor? It was only in the 1980s though that Koreans started to develop it to become the worldwide beauty basic it is today. What makes BB creams so revolutionary is that they can even out the skin tone, conceal blemishes, provide some SPF protection, and hydrate skin - all in one go. So for this weeks Staff Picks, we want to share our fave BBs!
Liz: BB creams (and by extension CC creams) are my go-to bases when I don't want to spend too much time primping. Etude House makes awesome ones but we also have to give Western brands some credit - they come up with better shade matches, IMHO. I love the Maybelline Super BB Cream because it has great coverage + SPF 50 PA++++. Recently I've also been enjoying the Smashbox BB Water with SPF 30 when I don't want to deal with anything heavy.
VB: I have tried an entire bevy of brands, and sadly, I have yet to find a good BB cream brand. Maybe it's the foundation lover in me, but the colors just really can't match my skin tone. The closest that I marginally loved was Pond's Age Miracle BB Cream. This one offered some coverage (yay!) without the heaviness of liquid foundation, and is my base makeup product when I'm at the beach (yes, I wear makeup at the beach - Boracay does that to you). I'm still on the lookout for a light shaded, yellow-based BB Cream that dries down to a matte finish, so if you have suggestions, please please tell me too!
Stacie: I've tried a handful of BB creams and I'm surprised to say that I prefer Japanese BB creams over the famous Korean ones! Currently, my top pick is Heroine Make's Mineral BB Cream. Unlike the Korean ones I've tried, this one didn't break me out or make me look gray. Staying power is so-so but coverage is good. The only downside is that the shade selection is limited. I have the darker shade of the two and the shade is still paler than me. (I'm an NC 20-25).
Marielle: I’m sad that Fairy Drops BB Cream is no longer sold here, because I immediately fell in love with it. My T-zone, nose, and chin get sweaty and shiny so quickly because of my combination skin, and Fairy Drops does a good job of staying put. It was also the first time I experienced a BB cream color that wasn’t too light or too pink on me. Nowadays, I have yet to find something as good, but I am actively looking.
Rae: Due to the limited shade selection, I'm not much of a BB cream girl. I prefer foundations because I'm really particular about getting my exact shade. The only BB cream I liked is Benefit Big Easy in Beige - a medium yellow-toned BB cream that matches my extra-yellow olive skin.
Den: I only really started using face bases about two years ago, so I haven't yet had much time to experiment with BB creams. Currently, I'm trying out Tony Moly's BCDation All Master and I'm not even sure if it counts as a BB. The coverage is surprisingly solid for such a lightweight formula and it feels like it's really stuck on your skin. I like the matte finish but the SPF30 PA++ creates an obvious white cast on my face. I've also had Etude House's Precious Mineral BB Cream sitting in my stash for a few months now and while I've been itching to try it, I still have several face bases to finish up first!
What’s the BB you swear by? Tell us why you love it so much!