15 Jul 2011
A few weeks ago, I posted about BB creams, what they do and how popular they are here in Asia. In an effort to discover what’s out there, I went to a few places and tried various brands. Ideally, I was looking for something that didn’t whiten or had a heavy consistency, and essentially this is the sort of texture I found in most BB creams [a grey-ish thick component which definitely altered my skin tone]. I tried Maybelline, Skin79, and a slew of other Asian brands AND most of them had a whitening paste-like finish, not good for me.
After all the ‘dislikes’ I spotted a new Garnier product BB Eye Roll On, coming in two shades Light and Natural sold at Watsons for $22.90. I tested both and purchased the Natural shade. What I liked about this BB cream is a) the ingredients [one of them being caffeine - a sure anti-puffiness agent] and b) a roll-on ball tube, perfect for massaging my morning puffy eyes. The results are positive; I didn’t feel a drastic change in my skin colour, it was more moisturizing eye cream. More importantly, it was light, rolled smoothly and worked well with concealer undereye application.
I came across a few articles claiming that BB creams will be the it thing soon – one even from my alma mater the London School of Beauty and Makeup. The one thought I had was, in order for this to succeed the BB formulation will have to be very different to cater for Western skin needs.