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BB Cream: Your Friend With Benefits

Jessica Palmer

BB Cream...I'm sure by now you've all heard of this innovative product...and if you're like me, you've had some questions! (Umm like, what does BB stand for?) Today I have the pleasure of being on Smitten With Pretty where I will be giving you the whole BB Cream Breakdown: what is it, what makes it special, and who should buy it! So make sure to stop by Smitten With Pretty so you can get the 411!

I have definitely been on the BB cream bandwagon for some time now...testing and trying and comparing. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about! So here are the ones I've tried so far (in the order I tried them) and what I think about them...

 

 

 

1. Smashbox $39: I liked it. "Hmm...so this is BB Cream, huh!" Felt nice, covered well for something that doesn't call itself a foundation, and it's oil absorbing properties were a pleasant surprise! Didn't feel slick or overly shiny like I do with tinted moisturizers. Great to know that despite the SPF it is camera friendly. I was intrigued to try other brands to compare...

 

2. Estée Lauder DayWear $38: A little sticky, didn't spread as nicely as the one by Smashbox. "Perhaps I bought too dark of a shade?? I think I'll go back to using the Smashbox one."

 

 

3. Clinique $37: "Hellooooo BB cream I officially love you!" Covers amazingly, anti aging benefits too? Yes please! I didn't feel the need to wear foundation and loved that it was actually bettering my skin. Stays put all day. Instant love!

--insert me trying the Lauder one again, "I'm a little more tan now, maybe I'll like it? Nope." Even more dissatisfied after trying the Clinique.

 

4. Diorsnow $60: "Dior you never let me down!" Texture was great, I love that it's in the Diorsnow line (corrects tone) and the SPF 55 packs a wallop! Only currently available in one tinted shade tho. So if you have deeper skin it'll look ashy. And if you're tan, your face will look lighter than your body. So for most this will not be a stand alone product, you'll want to use it under foundation. But if your fair complected, it's perf! Consider this your sporty BB, your go to the gym or hiking or beach makeup option! I'm curious to try their Hydralife BB now... 

--insert me trying Lauder again, " I will like this, I will like this! Ugh, no I feel splotchy and like it just doesn't settle right!" Boo! I really wanted to like you! BUT what I will say is that I think a dryer or more mature skin may really like it. Just not right for me I guess.
--Continued to alternate between the Clinique and Dior. Oh ya what about Smash? Used it again for a couple days...nice! I still think Clinique is better tho.


5. Garnier $12: "Ok my drugstore dare, what do ya got? Hmm..." Not bad, definitely a good budget friendly option. But not as good as the others I tried. More sticky, not as great of coverage. Reminiscent of tinted moisturizer--insert Lauder flashbacks--So comparable to Lauder's I suppose.

Well, there is my honest detailed journey with BB cream...which took well over 2 months by the way! I definitely liked Clinique the best, and loved the Dior for those extra sun-filled days. When it's all said and done, I'd say BB is a must for everyone! Make it your Summer best friend (It'll probably end up being your favorite for every season! It will be for me!). You just can't beat the benefits!

Cheers to BB Cream, Best Friends, and Benefits,