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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Obsessed Right Now Vol.1 - BB Creams

I've this Obsession for a while now, since the BB Creams came first to the market (Western), no I don't mean the Korean market. The BB Creams were originally formulated in 1960s, by a German dermatologist who was looking for a single product to protect patients skin after laser treatments and surgeries. Later in 1985 the creams were introduced to South Korea and Japan, where they reached an iconic status and were named the "secret of the Korean Actresses". There comes the misconception that the BB Creams originated in Korea. 

What is the BB Cream?

BB Creams started hitting the US store shelves in the spring of 2011, although they became really popular in 2012. They were promoted as the all in one product, that is to replace the serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sun block. BB stands for Beauty Balm in Western markets and for Blemish Balm in Korea and don't faint here, apparently the word "blemish" has a trademark in Korea...seriously. Today almost every major beauty products company has one or two BB Creams of their own. Several have anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory, dark and sun spots reducing properties. Even Vitamin C and hyalouronic acid. 

You can buy BB Creams almost everywhere today, from the high-end department stores (SephoraBergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus) where one can reach 100$ and more to the local drug store where you can get it for as little as 10$. 

Major Players

The major brands at the Korean market are: Dr. Jart, BRTC, Skin79Missha, Nature Republic (as low as 10$), Etude House, etc. They are quite affordable, with the most expensive reaching to 30-35$. The challenge will be to find them in the US and European markets and if you have darker skin tone, you might not be able to find the exact match. Most of the Korean BB Creams are formulated to create the fair, porcelain skin, highly coveted in that parts of the world. 

The Western Cosmetic companies began launching the BB Creams in the late 2011 and most were criticised for being no more than a tinted moisturizers, lacking the skin caring aspect of the original creams. But they certainly compensate with higher range of colors for all skin tones and light wear, smoothing texture.The names are well known: Estée Lauder, Dior (has 3 different), Too Faced, Garnier, Smashbox, MAC, L'Oreal (I know at least 2), Clinique, Kiehl's, Maybelline, Natura Bisse, Omorovicza (on my wish list).


The only downside of the BB Creams I found, it's quite difficult to find the perfect match for your skin tone.  
Attention: Never buy online, unless you didn't try it already. And besides, it's always much more fun to go shopping and test it first. 

Here is my BB Creams Collection. I'll be posting a review on the BB Creams I've tried, with my favorite ones and few I really wish I didn't buy.

1 comment:

  1. Which one did you use on the Profile Pic? Or was it something else?

    I can't decide which one to buy.


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