What’s The Big Buzz About BB Cream?

The other day while perusing the makeup shelf at Clicks, I overheard the following conversation:

Lady 1: “What’s this BB cream I see everywhere?”

Lady 2: “I have no idea, also been seeing it all over the show”

Lady 1: “What do you think it stands for?”

it was at this point that I politely interjected and told them it stood for ‘Beauty Balm’ or ‘Blemish Balm; and is the latest craze to hit the beauty and cosmetic industry. Basically, a BB Cream promises several things: Moisturise, SPF protection, anti-oxidants, sheer coverage, priming and brightening.

Locally, Garnier was the first company to sell the product, followed (swiftly) by Revlon, Ponds and Clinique among others.

I for one do not see a reason for the big hoo-haa, I have been making a ‘tinted moisturiser’ using foundation and face cream for as far back as I can remember. I also always used to mix self tanner with body lotion (Gradual self-tanner, anyone?) so I guess I should have patented these ‘inventions’ before they became a global phenomenon.

if you are blessed with flawless skin (side-eyes my ancestors and their not so perfect skin genes) then this is a perfect moisturiser/foundation for you. If, like me, your skin requires a bit more love (read concealer, foundation and powder) then all a BB cream will do is subtly tint your skin.

I started off using the Garnier version and in typical Kate fashion then went out and bought the Rimmel, Ponds and Revlon one. Garnier comes out top for price, consistency and coverage and Revlon comes in stone last with consistency and value for money – my tube only lasted a few weeks and I found the consistency to be very oily and unflattering.

Competing products

Cheapie – Garnier BB Cream RRP R69.95 (Available in light, medium and dark)

Budget – Revon BB Cream RRP R149 (Light, Light/Medium, Medium and Deep)

Splurge – Clinique BB Cream RRP R345 (Shades 1 – 3)

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream
Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream
Garnier BB Cream
Garnier BB Cream
Clinique BB Cream
Clinique BB Cream

Tip and Tricks

If you are self conscious about going bare faced, but don’t require a full set of makeup then a BB Cream is perfect for just that. I apply it in the morning before gym or if dashing out to the shops. Look out for BB Creams containing an SPF. If you do require a bit more coverage then apply a BB cream and conceal where else is necessary.

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As an online shopper I’m thrilled to announce that you can shop for Clinique Online. yay!

Happy Weekend 🙂

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  1. I’ll get the cheapie cream thanks. With my problem skin ive always been weary of foundation or anything besides eye shadow and eye liner. I think i’ll give it a bash now.

    1. Let me know what you think T – also, tried the new Ponds BB cream over the weekend and am really impressed. Not sure on the pricing, but the texture and consistency is similar to a liquid foundation so it provides nice coverage and has an SPF of 30.

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