There seems to be a craze with BB cream lately.. So it apparently originated in Korea and the “BB” stands for beauty balm, blemish balm or blemish base.

My understanding is that it is a tinted moisturizer of sorts, described by some product houses as an all-in-one facial ~ and is meant to replace your day cream, serum, first application of SPF, primer and foundation.


The formulations vary slightly in that some have a higher SPF than others, some have hydrating, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, others, ingredients to treat blemishes ie. whitening/bleaching, breakouts and sun spots.


The down-side: there are a limited number of shades: light, medium & dark (is what I have seen so far), also it will not cover very dark spots so you might need to use a concealer if you do not have a fairly even skin tone. Lastly, some of the creams have pink undertones which may not be so flattering on darker skins.


I personally am lazy when it comes to makeup, so I am very excited to try this product out. I will use it as my foundation and depending on how matte the finish i might not use powder over it. I also tend to be an advocate for the “more natural”/”friendly” type cosmetics and so I have been waiting for a specific brand to unpack their stock #which I saw them do a few weekends ago – yay!#


Product houses that I know of that have the BB cream:

Garnier
Clinique
Bobbi Brown
MAC
The Body Shop
Estee Lauder
Smash Box
*Now that I’m listing, i’m starting to think every product house might have one, so ask at your favorite brand’s counter*

Price range, R79 – R650.