A couple of months ago Wayne Goss did a video about BB creams, where he just announced that they were all pretty much a scam and not to bother with them. After people quickly pointed out that there was a huge difference between Asian BB creams and Western BB creams, he wrote a disclaimer in the video notes stating that he had been talking about Western BB creams. Considering that Asian BB creams make up about 90% of the market, and he hadn't stated in the video he was talking specifically about Western BB creams, he made himself look like a dickhead. And there is no point to me telling this story other than to say, do your research before you shoot your mouth off, lest you look foolish in front of your audience.
Having said that, it is true that there is a difference, and that Western BB creams are - by and large - not really BB creams, but tinted moisturisers (looking at you, Garnier). Asian BB creams are hardcore.
I heard about these ones in a video that Kat from Beauty by Kitty did recently. Honestly, BB creams are not really my thing - I've tried a few and wasn't overly jazzed with them, but I had a look at the My BB Cream website while I was watching the video and found that they had a trial kit of 4 different creams for $18, so I figured it wasn't much of a loss to have a go.
Shipping was about $6 and it arrived really quickly - from memory I ordered it on a weekend and got it on the Tuesday. It comes in a little box, and there were several sachet samples thrown in as well. I think it would have been better to include samples of different products from the ones I was actually buying, but oh well - a freebie's a freebie, amirite?
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The website descriptions of these products are pretty much useless gobbledygook - banging on about the premium skincare effects of jewel and peptideMX complexes. What does that even mean? I'll just give you my thoughts on them.
For reference - nekkid cheek:
Nice big zit there. Zits and wrinkles together = totes unfair!
In the trial kit, this is the light pink tube. This one was very thick and felt a bit like a sunscreen (and you all know my feelings about sunscreen). Surprisingly, given how heavy it felt, there wasn't a lot of coverage and it wore off pretty quickly. It also had a weird sparkly cast to it that made me feel a bit like I was in Twilight. I do feel this one gave the best initial coverage, though.
This is the hot pink tube, and the triple function is supposedly whitening, wrinkle improvement, and sun protection. It contains SPF25 PA+++, but I don't think that's to Australian SPF standards as we don't generally have SPF25. Like the others, this one has a grey cast, but more so than the rest. They all adapt pretty much to the skin tone once applied, but I still feel like this one threw a bit of grey even after application. This one was also thick, but more like a rich moisturiser than a sunscreen. Later on it felt a bit dryer, and I don't feel like it gave a huge amount of coverage or lasted the day. I should probably add that these would last longer if set with powder, but a) I wanted to see how they did on their own, and b) I hate powder and only use it if I have to.
I couldn't get a blended in swatch of this - they all came out blurry and unfocussed. Ignore the writing on my hand. I'm old school - that's how I remember things.
As with the hot pink one, this gold tube also claims to have triple functions of whitening, wrinkle improvement and sun protection, with a factor again of SPF25 PA+++. This one was my favourite of them all - the coverage was medium, it felt nice and lasted pretty well. It did feel a bit dry after a while, that seems to be a quirk of BB creams, or at least the ones I've tried.
Skin 79 Diamond Luminous Pearl BB Cream
And finally the silver tube, which doesn't seem to be available as an individual purchase on the site - perhaps it's discontinued. This was the most liquidy of them all, and felt more like a tinted moisturiser. It was quite light and the least grey of all as well. There were lots of sparkly bits in this one - Twilight factor again. If not for the big chunks of sparkle, this would have been my favourite, as it felt the nicest.
See the sparkles!
Overall, I think my experiments with BB creams are done. I've never really liked any of the ones I've tried, and I don't think I have the right skin for them. They don't give enough coverage for my liking, and the shimmer and/or grey cast most of them have just makes me look weird.
However, I don't think these are bad products in themselves, and if you're looking to experiment with some BB creams, this is a reasonably priced way to try out a few different ones. The website sells other brands too, such as Missha and Etude House. So check them out if this is the kind of thing you might be interested in.
Have you checked out any BB creams? Love them? Hate them? Spill all.