Benefit Big Easy BB Cream Review

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Benefit Cosmetic’s Big Easy BB Cream has been a much talked about product since its launch. The closest match for my skin was the 04 Medium BB cream.

I had an opportunity to try the Benefit BB cream not only on myself but also on several clients during an event. First things first, this is a liquid-to- powder formula which means its finish is very much like a powder. For oily skin types, this formula would work well so long as there are no sensitive skin issues or heavy acne/ blemishes. Disclosure – I am not a big fan of powder. One of the reasons why I don’t love powder is because I prefer a more dewy finish/ cream type and because I have a tendency for dry skin. On clients, I also don’t use powder much as a foundation. I own quite a few powders and I will only use them to touch up on set or to mattify male skin for video or photography.

The Benefit BB cream is a multi-functional product, it evens out skin well, has SPF 35 and offers a light to medium coverage. One of the things I noticed is that it worked out well on younger skin types and not so much on mature skin due to its finish. On myself, as seen on photos, I had to apply a generous amount of Embryolisse moisturizer before to achieve a more dewy look. When I tried it without moisturizer, my skin looked flaky and dry, too matte for my liking, it photographed horribly. Coverage is OK, I still used cream concealer. One of the major drawbacks of Benefit’s BB cream is the lack of shades for medium/ dark to darker skin types, that needs to be addressed. And it retails for $38, so I would highly recommend, testing it before making the commitment.

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New Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50/PA ++

Derm Solutions_BBOver the course of my blogging days, I’ve discussed and researched the BB Cream phenomenon which started in Asia. Mystified by the various formulations, I didn’t quite find a particular brand I liked with the exception of one. As with most skincare trends, all major brands have come up with their own BB creams and I have tried a lot of the Western and Asian ones. With BB cream I think a lot comes down to formulation and the individual skin needs (some like high SPF, some don’t, some color correct, others cover and brighten).

When I received my complimentary Kiehls BB Cream in Natural, I decided to test drive it in the middle of day when it is balmy and very warm in Singapore. First, I liked the consistency of it, the BB glides on much like a tinted moisturizer and visibly evened out my skin (most of my color correcting happens around the eyes, as for the rest of my face it is not much needed). Another very amazing plus for this formula is the SPF 50++ factor, I love the high factor protection. It didn’t burn or sting at all! This Kiehl’s formula is silicone free, mineral oil free, paraben free and fragrance free, good for sensitive skin types. As the day progressed, I didn’t feel too much oil or shine build up – good effort!

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50/PA +++ retails for $52 (in SG) and is available in 3 shades – fair, light, natural. This new BB cream contains correction ingredients like Vitamin C and UV filters. I am not huge on BB creams as I am much more of a tinted moisturizer person but this particular one is VERY much worth it for medium coverage and color correcting.

Rachel K BB Cream Review

One day while browsing at Watsons I noticed Rachel K BB cream from Korea [suspense!]. However, there were no tester products available! Since I love trying out new BB creams especially those with labels like natural or neutral color shades, I became even more intrigued. Turns out that Rachel K has a fab PR team and as soon as I reached out, a tube arrived in the mail for me to try.

First things first, Rachel K BB cream has a lovely scent, it has to be said! In terms of color, for myself, the shade was a tad too light for my face (I am more yellow undertoned and this had a lot of pink base which is does not work for me), I still like to use it as a concealer under my eyes though and on the eyelids. Why? It works very well as a brightener and since it is waterproof it stays on nicely. I like the texture, it is medium coverage I’d say, Rachel K blends quite well (not cakey at all). Another plus is that it contains SPF 35 so an added bonus to the protection of your skin. Maybe I should get sunkissed?!! Rachel K is available in Singapore at Watsons.

From their FB page:

Mineral CC (Colour Control) Cream is much-improved and refined BB cream (Blemish Balm) created and developed in Japan and Korea. It is formulated with pure minerals, making it suitable for all skin types including highly sensitive ones as the mineral ingredients do not irritate or damage the skin. It comes in shades: natural, neutral and sun-kissed.

New Favourite Lip Balm Alert

My monthly Bella Box is always full of good products. For January I received the following BB cream from Dr Jart, a Lemon Towelette from Herban Essentials, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel anti-aging treatments (whose brand and skincare Tweets I follow!), Belif Hydra Sebum Control Essence and MY NEW favourite lip balm by Pangea Organics in Italian Mandarin With Rose.

How do I love thee? First of all, the scent is mandarin flavored so immediately I was drawn to the citrus not the mention the soothing effect. Having just returned from a holiday in the sun, my lips were on the dry side, as soon as I started using this lip balm, I noticed a huge improvement. (Must be that super-restorative Tamanu Oil). Thank you Bella Box, like the OCC Lip Tars, I will be getting me some more Pangea Organics lip balm.

My BB Cream Pick

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.