On Trial: BB Creams

BB creams have been taking the beauty world by storm for the last few months and as we are (technically) in summer, this is the best time to start using them.

Let me enlighten you…

If you are unaware as to why you NEED this new miracle product in your make up collection let me explain. Originating from the Asian beauty market, a BB cream can be placed somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation…a supersonic tinted moisturiser/foundation hybrid, if you will. Not big on coverage but massive on benefits. The term ‘BB’ can be adapted depending on the brand as this can change between blemish balm, beauty balm, beauty benefit and an array of others but generally, it’s an all in one cream that promises to address some if not all of the following: hydrating the skin, evening out the skin tone, reducing redness and pigmentation, adding radiance and brightening the skin, some also have added SPF to help protect the skin from environmental damage.

So all in all a great summer product when your skins at it’s best and you want to enhance it, as well as protect it. And here at HoF HQ we love a beauty craze, so we’ve put 4 of the big guns on trial to help you decide what’s best for your needs!

A highly anticipated release there were make up brushes at dawn in a bid to try this brand favourite.

Product – Estee Lauder Daywear B.B. Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream

Tester – Lauren Coffey, Content Editor

What they say – All at once. Moisture, protection and flawless perfection, plus our most effective anti-oxidant power ever. This lightweight creme delivers an instant, even-toned, healthy look. Powerful protection with our proven Super Anti-Oxidant Complex and SPF 35. High-performance, oil-free hydration. Helps to control excess surface oil. Available in 2 shades to suit a wide range of skintones.

What Lauren says – I didn’t believe it either, but trust me this works. It has the look of a tinted moisturiser when you squeeze it out of the tube but the consistency is slightly thicker, a bit like a great quality moisturiser. I used it under my regular foundation (as I prefer good coverage) and it works rather well as primer, providing a great last-all-day base. After using it for several weeks now I have seen a difference in my skintone – namely an improvement in how even it looks. It’s definitely coming with me on holiday too- a great piece of kit!

A favourite with beauty bloggers, this is also the only BB Cream in the trial to have a massive 6 shades to choose from so a great option for darker skin tones.

Product – Origins A Perfect World BB Cream

Tester – Leigh Online Merch Assistant

What they say – A hint of tint. A world of protection. And so much more. Meet Nature’s  BB Cream with Silver Tip White Tea. It’s a Beauty Balm that surrounds skin in an age-fighting protective bubble, plus a moisturizing tint that gives a fresh, flawless finish. It’s so perfect, 98% agreed skin looked healthy, hydrated, radiant & more youthful.

What Leigh says – This BB Cream is the best one I have tried yet! I feel my skin is left soft and feeling hydrated after using it. I am a big fan of Origins products and so was very keen to try their version of a BB cream. With its hint of tint its seems more like a tinted moisturiser than a BB Cream and instead of wearing this alone, I have been blending with my foundation for perfect, even coverage. There are 6 shades to choose from making it one of the more versatile creams on the market. I am using shade 2, light/medium. I don’t believe myself to have very fair skin however, the colour is slightly darker than my skintone, therefore I do recommend trying the lightest shade if you are unsure. Saying that, this shade will be perfect for me once I have been on holiday and have a slight colour to my skin!

The most expensive of the bunch, this all in one miracle cream is a favourite with bloggers and celebrities alike, but how does it fair in the real world of full time work?

Product – Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20

Tester – Holly, Junior Content Editor

What they say – Like all Omorovicza products, Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 is infused with Hungarian Healing Water and Omorovicza’s patented Mineral Cosmetolgy – elevating its soothing, healing and anti-aging properties to an unprecedented level. Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 also includes encapsulated micro-injected Hyaluronic Acid to plump and resurface fine lines and wrinkles. The Complexion Perfector BB SPF20 gives the skin sheer coverage and a flawless appearance whilst protecting and plumping the skin for a smooth, youthful complexion.

What Holly says –  Firstly, the packing was extremely luxurious, a real treat to use and adds some much needed luxury to my dressing table! The pump wasn’t wasteful which is always good and I found it easy to apply due to its weightless texture. This luxurious cream is a must if you’re willing to splurge a little extra cash. If heavy foundation fills you with fear, this premium take on the latest beauty must-have will leave your skin feeling fresh and looking radiant all day.

Product – Dior Hydra Life BB Cream

Tester – Emily, Online Assistant Merchandiser

What they say – Inspired by Asian beauty rituals and developed in collaboration with Dior makeup artists, this Beauty Balm combines the moisturising and protective powers of a skincare product with the complexion-perfecting and skin-evening properties of a foundation. Thanks to its new-generation correcting pigments, the lightweight and subtly tinted texture instantly blurs imperfections and reduces surface irregularities. Flawless velvety skin and even complexion are instantly revealed, glowing with naturally radiant beauty. Smooth and velvety, the skin is immediately enhanced. Perfectly protected, it maintains all of its freshness to reveal vibrant youthful beauty, today and tomorrow.

What Emily says – When I tested this cream on my hand I wasn’t sure if it was the right colour and texture for my skin. However, I gave it a go on my face and was really impressed with the results. The colour blended in perfectly and gave me just the right amount of coverage- not too much or too little which is perfect for summer. It also has a really lovely subtle fresh scent. I would definitely recommend this BB cream- it is acts as a moisturiser, foundation and sunscreen all in one so is a great time saver!

Will you be swept away in the current BB Cream love affair? Or do you think it’s just a fad?

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