I always thought BB Cream is a Made-in-Asia beauty trend. But I guess I have been living in a cave. Acronym for Blemish Balm, or Blemish Base, BB Cream was originally formulated in Germany in 1967, originally used as a product with light coverage for sensitive skin, specifically by dermatologists for the patients post laser surgery. Over the past decade, BB Cream shot to fame in Asia because it was widely recommended by Korean actresses and as a result, such products from Korean skincare brands became very popular in the region.

Gradually, international brands are also launching their versions of BB Cream and today, I will introduce the products from DiorSnow and Lancôme .

(from left) Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme with SPF 50 PA +++ , Lancôme UV Expert GN-Shield BB Complete with SPF 50 PA +++

I believe the earlier versions of BB Cream contain some skincare or healing properties whilst providing some light coverage and serve mostly as a primer. Interestingly, while both products that I am discussing today comes with SPF 50 PA +++ and their texture and colour are slightly different.

Pardon me for my ugly “handwriting”….

Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme with SPF 50 PA +++ (30ml,  S$79)

First and foremost, I love the product design! The pump nozzle makes it easy to dispense the product without wastage and keeps the cream fresh and clean with little risk of leaking. Made from the Icelandic Glacial Water, one of the purest forms of water in the world and combined with Diorsnow’s own technology “Transparency Enhancing Complex”, this BB Creme aims to protect your skin while reducing dark spots and imperfections.

The colour of the BB Creme blends very well with my skin tone and it gives me very good coverage such that I am able to skip my foundation. After my moisturizer, I would apply the Diorsnow BB Creme with a foundation brush for a smooth finish before topping off with loose powder (currently using Clarins 3D Radiance Face Powder).

The difference between this BB Creme and a regular liquid foundation is that the texture of Diorsnow product is more moist, leaving a bit of shine on the face. But this could be easily remedied by some mattifying loose powder.

An FOTD using BB Creme + Loose Powder combination that I mentioned. (Trivia: This was one of the photos I took for my VPL post.)

Just a note on the active ingredients, the Diorsnow BB Creme contain the controversial oxybenzone (2%).

Lancôme UV Expert GN-Shield BB Complete with SPF 50 PA +++ (30ml S$80)

Lancôme’s BB Complete also aims to protect your skin from UV rays, correct blemishes and imperfections as well as provide good coverage and luminous glow. It has a very lightweight texture, proven to be no heavier than 4 feathers! Available in a cool and another warm shade, the sample I received was a cool shade which has a greyish tone.

Given its light texture, the BB cream provides very light coverage and is more suitable as a makeup primer for me. The grey tone of the product makes me look fairer, although I believe the warmer shade would suit my skin tone a lot better.

I typically dab on this BB cream after moisturizer, followed by concealer and foundation compact. The BB cream gives a smooth base which helps to provide a smooth finish for my makeup.

Verdict

I like the idea of a multi-purpose product such as the BB Cream. Consider the number of steps and products you could skip as a result! For days when I prefer very light coverage, I would go for the Lancôme BB Cream because I enjoy the feather light texture. However, on lazy days when I need better coverage without using too much cosmetics, I would reach out for the Diorsnow BB Creme which is heavier in texture but good enough as a foundation.

请原谅我孤陋寡闻,殊不知BB霜的起源,追溯与1967年德国。当时,当地的皮肤科医生为镭射手术病人服用这种护肤品,既能遮瑕,也能呵护经过镭射后异常敏感的肌肤。近几年,BB霜在亚洲因为受到韩国女明星的推崇而开始盛行,许多韩国护肤品牌纷纷推出各种BB霜。如今,海外品牌也加入了BB霜的阵容,而本人借此介绍来自Dior以及兰寇的新BB霜产品。这两家品牌的BB霜都含有SPF50PA+++,富有防晒功能。然而,DiorBB霜较浓稠,能够充当粉底液。兰寇的BB霜质感则轻盈,比较适合当作隔离霜。

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