The Battle Of The BBs: My Top Drugstore BB Creams!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Over the last year or so, BB creams have taken the beauty world by storm. BB creams are marketed as an all-in-one balm that primes, moisturises, conceals and protects the skin, and usually are seen as a lighter alternative to foundation. In my opinion, BB creams are the perfect product for those who don't want a heavy coverage from a foundation, but want a little more coverage than what a tinted moisturiser offers.
With that in mind, I decided to share my top 3 BB creams that are all available from Boots or pharmacies.
It can be difficult to choose the right BB cream when every brand under the sun has brought out their own offering, however today I am going to review some of my favourite BB creams from the high-street, from Maybelline, Rimmel and Garnier. So let's go!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (€11.99)
Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream claims to be an 8-in-1 product - promising to:

  1. Create a natural glow
  2. Compliment skin-tone
  3. Provide SPF30 UV Protection
  4. Hydrate all day
  5. Blur Imperfections
  6. Non-greasy and oil free
  7. Feel fresh
  8. Look visibly smooth                                                                                                                                                 Of these 8 promises, I would agree with all but number 5. I didn't feel like it covered blemishes or minimised the appearance of pores. Of the three BB creams featured in this post, Maybelline's offering is definitely the lightest coverage so if you are looking for a BB cream with relatively good coverage for blemishes or redness I would give this one a miss. I would recommend this if you're seeking a BB cream to simply even out your skin tone or to provide a dewy glow. 
This is a good option for school or work if you want a minimal base as it is very natural looking and blends into your skin effortlessly. 
I apply this by squeezing about two drops onto the back of my hand and dotting it all over my face, focusing the product on my problem areas. Then I just blend it in with my fingers. It's quick and easy to apply which is a huge bonus if you're strapped for time when doing your makeup! It's perfect for this time of year as it's light and provides an SPF of 30.
As I said, this may not be ideal for someone looking to cover up blemishes or a lot of redness, however you may consider this if you want a light base on the good areas of your face and just focus a little concealer over the areas you're conscious about - this is what I tend to do! 

 I wear the shade medium and I find that it suits my skin tone perfectly. (For reference, I'm an NC20 in MAC!) As I have oily skin I also appreciate the lack of oil in this BB cream as well, however I still apply a light dusting of powder to set it in place. I use MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium, which is great as it adds a tiny bit of extra coverage!

Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup (€8.95)
Rimmel's BB Cream is a 9-in-1 product that promises to:

  1. Moisturise
  2. Minimise Pores
  3. Conceal
  4. Cover                                                      
  5. Smooth
  6. Mattifies
  7. Brightens
  8. Protect
  9. Prime
When I applied this for the first time, I applied it without moisturising or priming and I expected it to be difficult to blend because of this, however it glided on like a dream! One mistake I made the first time I used this was that I applied two big drops to the back of my hand - a little bit goes a long way with this cream! A small drop is more than enough to cover your face. 
I agree with every claim this BB Cream makes - it minimises pores, it provides a nice matte coverage without looking one dimensional, it brightens and it has an SPF of 25. 
It does provide a light to medium coverage but as someone with acne-prone skin, I find this product enough to cover my blemishes without the need for concealer or extra product. 
Like with the Maybelline BB Cream, I tend to add some MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural all over my face just to ensure that it stays in place all day. 
I would definitely recommend this BB cream for an everyday base product that is natural-looking while still providing great coverage.
I wear the shade light in this cream as I generally find Rimmel products to run slightly darker than they claim, and this one is a perfect match for me. Rimmel is my favourite high-street brand, I can think of only one product of theirs that has disappointed me, and this here is another thumbs up! 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream (€13.99)
Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfector was the first BB Cream I ever tried about a year ago and I have since repurchased it twice! 
This BB Cream claims to perfect skin by evening out the skin tone, adding a glow, blurring imperfections and smoothing fine lines. It also has an SPF of 15.
This BB Cream provides the most coverage of the three,  and can be built up nicely to the coverage you desire. I usually apply one drop and then if I feel I need extra coverage on certain areas, I will either take another pea sized amount of the BB cream and apply that or I'll just use a concealer. 
The only minor issue I find with this product is that it takes some time for it to set on the skin. It can have a bit of a sticky feel to it for the first few minutes after applying, even when you put a generous amount of MAC MSF Powder over it. I find the Rimmel Stay Matte powder good with this, but even at that this product tends to transfer onto your jacket or whatever touches your face/neck within the first 10 minutes or so after application.
However this is minor for me, it's incredibly difficult to find a product with absolutely no faults!
Of the three BB creams featured here, this is my absolute holy grail BB cream and my go-to base product for minimal makeup days or the summer in general.

I hope this post has come in handy if you were considering picking up a BB cream for the summer. For me, they are a makeup bag staple for this time of year as you still get coverage without worrying that it'll melt off!
Let me know if I have mentioned any of your favourite BB creams, or leave a suggestion if BB creams you think I should try next!

Zara :) x

1 comment:

  1. This post is brilliant, I love it! I also wrote about my love for BB Creams and raved about the Rimmel one too! x