I feel as though BB creams are not only popping up everywhere in the beauty world, but there is an incredible amount of hype regarding these miracle creams.
For starters, many people may not be completely familiar with the term, “BB cream.” BB cream stands for “beauty balm” or I have also seen them referred to as a “blemish balm.” They originated in Asia and have been around for quite sometime, but are just making its way into Western markets.
In terms of its purpose, it is considered to be an all-in-one cosmetic product that serves as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, sunblock, and skin smoother. Depending on the brand, these skin boosting elements can vary, but essentially each BB cream is designed to achieve many great things with just one step, one product. Ahh, sounds like a dream come true!
[Beauty Confession]: Personally, I have yet to invest in a BB cream.
Is it something I will be likely to do in the future? Perhaps. I do like the idea of having an all-in-one product for days that I have about two minutes to apply face makeup and run out the door.
However, at the end of the day, I don’t like to cut corners when it comes to makeup application. I just don’t like the idea of using one product for the whole face because the face is too intricate and each surface area has different needs. Keep in mind, I use two brushes just to apply my foundation and layer a few skin products before I even get to the foundation.
Also keep in mind that as an artist, I always strive for visual perfection and my standards for “perfection” are much greater than the everyday person. While some strive for convenience and a quick one-step process, I’m most concerned with the overall visual end result. I just don’t feel a BB cream can create this visual perfection on its very own.
I always like to share this analogy: “Do you prefer using a shampoo conditioner OR a separate shampoo with a separate conditioner?” So far, 100% of the time, people have always responded that they rather use separate products. Why? It’s more effective that way. This is how I feel regarding BB creams. The concept behind them are great but at the end of the day, I have no problem using as many as ten separate products for the face knowing that it will not only work more effectively but also visually make the most impact.
[Do you use BB creams? If so, which brand would you recommend?]