The buzz word in beauty these days seems to B.B Cream. A fairly new product to the British beauty market, the B.B Cream craze has taken over and there are quite a few being churned out as I write this post. Now, I'm not a big know-it-all when it comes to beauty products and I learn a lot from the blogs that I read and from what I've gathered, a B.B Cream is meant to be a tinted moisturiser or foundation with SPF which helps to hide imperfections and give skin an overall better finish. Now, how this is meant to be different from your average tinted moisturiser or foundation, I don't know but I will let you know if I find out.
Over in the Far East, B.B Creams are old news and something that they've been using a long time but it seems that the big beauty brands have now cottoned on to the idea and the supposed gap in the U.K markets for it so they're doing their own versions. When I say "own versions" I actually man, they're going to try and mimic the original Far East versions but take out the skin lightening properties that they have in the original ones, oh and take out all the ashy grey tones by replacing them with pink tones so it suits our pasty skin.
Anyway, I've had a play with the Garnier B.B Cream and absolutely hated it because it did nothing for my skin and was way too pink for my yellow tone. I don't think these big beauty brands understand that not all of the British population is white with pink undertones so I've yet to find a B.B Cream that suits me but for the sake of this review and to give you lot an idea of what they swatch like, I decided to do a post on one.
This is the 17 B.B Cream which comes in two shades, Fair and Medium. I was given Medium to try out but this is still too light for me so if 17 could kindly come out with a yellow toned darker shade, I would much appreciate it!
The front and back of the box.... Umm, doesn't B.B mean blemish balm anyway? Don't know why the 17 packaging says 17 B.B Blemish Balm but hey, it's not a big deal. With the description on the back, I would have actually just called the product a tinted moisturiser and I guess it is but the brand is clearly trying to jump on board with the trend so can't really blame them.
The directions are pretty straight forward and identical to ones that you would find on a tinted moisturiser or foundation. It really isn't rocket science but I guess some people get baffled by beauty products.
The consistency of the product is quite thick compared to a foundation but it is similar to that of a tinted moisturiser. The photo shows one small squirt of the tube so you do get quite a bit which means it should last you a few months before you would need to repurchase it. Also, there was no noticeable smell from the product which was a plus because that can really throw someone (i.e. Me) off a product.
Clearly this is not the shade for me.
A little really does go a long way with this B.B Cream and I'm sure that one squirt of the tube will be enough to cover your whole face. I used my fingers to rub this in to my hand because I feel that you get a way better finish with it and it also warms the product up and makes it easier to work with. I'm not a fan of using makeup sponges but if you would rather use one then go right ahead... Each to their own.
I really like the dewy finish the 17 B.B Cream left and when compared to the Garnier B.B Cream, this one wins for me. I can't really comment on the coverage of it as I haven't tried it on my face because it isn't my shade but it looked pretty good on the back of my hand.
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a new tinted moisturiser but doesn't want to spend a lot of money because the 17 B.B Cream has an added bonus of SPF25 which eliminates the need to wear an SPF moisturiser underneath. The only downside to the product is the fact that it only comes in two shades and neither of them will be suitable for Indian skin like mine because of reasons that I've already touched on in this post.
The 17 B.B Cream is available now from Boots stores nationwide and online for £5.99.
Have any of you tried a B.B Cream yet? If so, what do you think of them? Are they something special or just glorified tinted moisturisers? Let me know your thoughts by dropping a comment in the box.
Until next time...
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