BB Creams. Hotter than hot smokin’ hot. Everyone’s favourite new beauty product. The multi-tasking, all singing, all dancing face cream. I mean: what’s not to like about a face cream which covers serum, moisturiser, makeup primer, foundation, AND sunblock?
I bought my first BB creams in spring 2011 in Singapore and that was the beginning of a shopping spree. I’d been reading about them for a while, and loved the idea of a cream that would protect and cover up at the same time.
Whilst I still have much love for La Roche Posay’s, which I buy in bulk at Singapore’s Changi Airport, it only comes in one colour, ideally suited for white Asian skins, which is perfect for my generally morgue-like pallor. But it’s not so great in the summer when I try to adopt a golden glow – or at least a facsimile of one.
For that I turn to Estée Lauder DayWear B.B. Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream in shade 1, which adds a suitable glow to the natural chalk of my complexion. It’s coverage is a little thicker than some of the BBS creams I have tried, but it doesn’t feel as sheer as a tinted moisturiser. It’s become my daily skin cover up, especially when I am travelling, and it’s one of my favourite BB creams so far.
(Of course, BB usually stands for Blemish Balm, but Estee Lauder have clearly decided that the word blemish isn’t wildly attractive, and have subbed ‘Beauty Benefit’ instead.)