It seems that this year, there are more new BB Cream products available in the market. That is probably unsurprising, considering recent facts and figures  reveal that BB Creams constitute 26% of Asian makeup business.

Similar to the review I did last year, I have rounded up and tested 5 new products from Kiehl’s, Dior Snow, VMV Hypoallergenics, Philosophy and Lancôme.

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(from left) Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, Dior Snow UV Shield BB Creme SPF 50 PA +++, VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible BBBB Cream, Philosophy Be Your Best Skin Perfecting BB Cream, Lancôme Renergie CC Multi-Lift Instant Illuminating Color Corrector Cream

THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE SUNBLOCK

The creamy texture of Kiehl’s new Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream (S$52 for 30ml) reminds me of tinted moisturising sunblock. Nonetheless, the product, available in 3 shades, spreads well without appearing overwhelming or greasy. Packed with SPF 50 PA+++, this not only provides good sun protection, it offers hydration and buildable coverage. I could skip foundation and just top off with face powder, although I would need to blot occasionally throughout the day.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream will be launched on 1st March 2013.

THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE FOUNDATION

Dior Snow UV Shield BB Creme SPF 50 PA +++ (S$83 for 30ml) - isn’t this what I have already reviewed last year? Indeed, the name is the same, but the packaging look slightly different and this product now comes in 2 shades. In addition, the formula is slightly revised.

Dior Snow UV Shield BB Creme continues to provide almost full coverage (almost like liquid foundation), but I feel that this improved version now has less moisture and shine compared to last year.

THE ONE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

VMV Hypoallergenics Skintangible BBBB Cream (S$24 for 12ml) is 100% fragrance free, as well as free of dye, phthalate, paraben, preservatives and oil. The 4Bs in the product name stands for “BB But Better”. I think this SPF 30 product is great for those who have very sensitive skin but do note that the coverage is very sheer, or quoting the product writeup, “barely there”.

I have used it over a primer (Shu Uemura POREraser), then added a dash of concealer and face powder and I truly like the dewy smooth finish, giving me a faux “natural” face.

THE ONE THAT IS LIGHTWEIGHT

Philosophy Be Your Best Skin Perfecting BB Cream (S$68 for 30ml) reminds me of the lighter and sheerer cousin of Kiehl’s product. Packed with SPF 30 PA+++, this BB cream has skin lightening and anti-ageing ingredients. Available in only 2 shades – both the light and medium shades looked fine on me although the lighter one exuded more radiance – Philosophy’s BB cream is lightweight and offers sheer to medium coverage.

THE ONE THAT CORRECTS COLOUR

The CC cream is still a relatively new concept. Lancôme Renergie CC Multi-Lift Instant Illuminating Color Corrector Cream (S$100 for 40ml)  is formulated with skin lifting, smoothing and illuminating ingredients and is tinted for instant brightening and radiance to the skin. Texture is lightweight but offers little coverage. I think it is meant more as a base or primer that has skincare benefits, rather than an alternative to foundation.

FINAL NOTES

The technology of BB cream has clearly advanced to a stage that it is capable of replacing the foundation for basic daily makeup. I have been using the combination of BB creams and face powder for my everyday makeup over the past year and I think it works better for my skin condition, yet maintains a decent dewy and radiant look. Only days when I need longer-lasting coverage, I would reach out for the liquid foundation.

There are many decent options in the market – you can use the BB cream as a makeup base, or as a replacement of sunblock and foundation. You have not ventured into the BB camp,  take the opportunity to  explore some of these products according to your needs. Do check out my other BB cream reviews here and here.

今年,BB霜产品非常火红,各大品牌也陆续推出新款产品。调查显示,BB霜占亚洲彩妆市场26%,可见这类似护肤品,又是化妆品的多功能美容产品颇受亚洲客户群欢迎。本人借此介绍今年新推出的5种BB霜产品 -皆来自Kiehl’s, Dior Snow, VMV Hypoallergenics, Philosophy 以及 Lancôme。各家产品的卖点不同,针对不同需求。一些人喜欢以BB霜取代防晒油,有些人将BB霜当成底霜或者是粉底使用。有些人喜欢润肤BB霜,有些则喜欢美白或抗老化的类似产品。但是,即使产品种类繁多,以上5种产品的素质不错,感觉相当轻盈也不太阻塞毛孔。若还没使用过BB霜,可从这几种推荐当中着手。

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