Tuesday, 17 July 2012

BB Creams - Choosing BB cream

The first makeup product I ever own is a BB cream, and to be honest, at that point of time, I hated it!

Before I go on and on about BB cream , I'll share a little background information on what is BB cream in case anyone who reads it have no idea what BB cream is. 

BB cream, also known as Blemish BalmBlemish Base or Beblesh Balm (due to an apparent copyright on the word "Blemish"), is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although larger beauty brands are increasingly introducing BB creams to Western markets as well. Originally formulated in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1950s, the cream was initially used to protect skin after laser procedures and surgery, while also providing light coverage.Introduced to South Korea and Japan in the 1980s, BB cream has been named "the secret of Korean actresses" and has been heavily endorsed by Korean celebrities,which gained it large exposure in these Asian markets.
BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory and having a soothing effect. As companies focused initially on the East Asian market, BB creams have a limited number of hues. Due to its "multi-tasking" all-in-one properties — moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock — the cream became a hit in Asia, especially in South Korea, where BB creams make up 13% of the cosmetics market. The cream's popularity has reached the point where it is now also used by men in South Korea.
*Information obtained from Wikipedia

After knowing the amazing "function" of the BB cream, being me, of course I wanted to get one for myself too! But there were so many different kind of BB cream in the market I didn't know which to choose from. I decided to do a little research on them. I was so anxious of getting one I thought that all BB cream works the same. So I just got one that many were recommending.

And Yes it wasn't suitable for me and that is why i hated BB cream so much at that point of time.

After a period of time, i decided to give BB cream another try. But this time I took my time to find out more about what kind of BB cream suits me and i would like.

Here is a guide on how i choose my BB cream.

1) Functions
Some BB creams have SPF, wrinkle improvement, whitening, hydrating effect. So you have to think through which functions you need in your BB cream

2) Coverage
Some BB cream don't have high coverage so you have to keep that in mind. If not you'll waste your money on something you don't like.

2a) Lightweight
You probably wouldn't be able to see if it is lightweight or not online unless you try it out for yourself.
Test it on the back of you hands and ask yourself: will you apply this on your face?

3) Skin type
Nowadays there is many different kinds of BB creams for people with different skin type. If your skin is dry/normal don't get BB creams for oily skin. because it might look patchy / cakey on your face.

which lead to

3a) Finish
There are different finishes for BB creams too, mainly Glowy or Matte finishes. For this you have to test them to know what kind of finishes it is.

Last but not least

4) Fragrance
Some BB cream have very awful smell in them which you won't like so you might consider this as one of the factor while choosing one

If you're like me still spoilt for choice even after narrowing down your choices, try going on to Youtube and find out what people think about that certain product you're considering. It will help you while choosing as people reviewing the product have tried them and giving their thoughts about it. Having more advises is always better isn't it? (:

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