Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What’s a BB?

If I was a beauty product what would I be? 5 years ago I probably would’ve said MAC Vanilla eye shadow. 10 years ago I probably would’ve said Glitter Eyeliner (don’t ask!) But today, I would want to be a BB, a beauty balm, or as some refer to it, Blemish Balm.
Now I’d like to think I’m pretty up to date with all the latest lotions and potions, but apparently this little guy slipped right by me! Once I realized I had missed it, I immediately, HAD. TO. HAVE. IT!
So what exactly is a beauty balm? Well for all you multi-tasking mamas, get ready. This one product does it all, just like YOU! Beauty Balms, or BB’s as everyone calls them do a little bit of everything. The most popular ones prime, moisturize, correct, conceal and protect. Got that?
These balms have been around for a while in Asia, and have recently become all the rage in the US. So many to choose from. Which one is for you?
I recently tried a few, and this is what I found.
Estee Lauder BB. This is one of my favorites. Good coverage, nice light scent, similar to their DayWear moisturizer. Skin feels smooth and pores looked smaller. 
Clinique BB. Also a nice product. Feels thick, but in a good way. No scent, skin felt smooth, I liked the coverage.
Smashbox BB. This felt more like a primer to me. I read on their website not to layer, meaning to add more product, so I didn’t get the complete coverage I wanted. I regularly use their Photo Finish primer, and don’t think I like this enough to switch.
Boscia BB. My least favorite, because it didn’t feel smooth going on. Also, it has small “sparkles” in it, which I noticed on my hands but not on my face, so I think it’s intended to give you a luminous look. I prefer a slightly more matte face so this product wouldn’t be good for me.
So…after trying a bunch of different ones, am I sold? Yes! I have been looking for something light enough to give the No Makeup-Makeup look, that I could wear to the gym or grocery store without scaring people.  My recommendation is to try a few (all the counters gave me samples) and see what you like. For me the perfect day makeup combo was: BB, a little concealer, and a little blush.
If you give it a try, let me know what you think, and which one is your favorite.


  1. Hhmm....guess I'm gonna have to go stock up on some samples for Blissdom! I've gotta try some now! You really just twisted my arm! ;-)

  2. Such perf timing! I was planning on going to sephora today and now a BB is onmy list!

  3. Dana, Sephora will make you samples of everything! And the MAC one is only available at the MAC stores, I think? I haven't tried it. Let me know if you like it.

  4. Just bought the one from Garnier at Target, can't wait to try it.