Blemish Balm cream, or BB cream as it is popularly known as, has been a popular cosmetic product among Korean and Japanese women since the 80s because of their multi-purpose benefits. BB Cream originated in Germany where it was extensively used by dermatologists for healing scars caused by laser surgery and other facial treatments. Post this, it quickly gained popularity in Korea and became quite a rage and has been named “The Secret Of Korean Actresses” – who are known for their fair and flawless skin. From there, it spread to Japan, China, South East Asia, USA and finally made its way to Indian shores.
BB cream is a tinted moisturizer with benefits such as UV protection and blemish reduction. It is a multi-purpose cream which acts as a moisturizer, foundation, concealer, primer and sunscreen. Combining both skin care and cosmetic coverage, it claims to give a brighter complexion by covering pores and pimple marks. The main benefit of BB cream is that you can employ one product to do a number of jobs. Keeping in mind the growing popularity, almost all major skin care and cosmetic brands have launched their own versions of BB creams. Here are the most popular ones:
1. Maybelline ClearGlow Shine-Free Clear BB Stick:
Launched recently, Maybelline Clear Glow Shine-Free Clear BB Stick is a rage in the market these days. This Beauty Balm comes in a revolutionary stick form and is especially meant for oily to combination skin. The texture of this BB cream is amazing to work with. It spreads like a dream and does a pretty good job of hiding minor imperfections, reducing the appearance of visible pores. . The stick blends very well. It gives a smooth matte finish and evens the skin tone. It does not look artificial and leaves no whitish cast. Despite the BB factor, it does not feel heavy or thick at all and rightly gives powder light feel. The BB stick does not fade at all and stays until you wash your face with a proper cleanser. It keeps the skin shine free for a long time. It is definitely the best BB cream in any form in the market today.
2. Garnier BB cream:
Available at a modest price of Rs 99, this BB cream has become extremely popular among the masses. It comes in a simple beige colour tube packaging and contains 18 grams of product. In spite of having a thick consistency, it does not feel heavy on the skin. It blends easily and does not get patchy at all. Garnier BB cream subtly evens out the skin and provides a medium coverage to the skin which makes it perfect for daily wear. It also contains SPF 24 which provides medium sun protection. This BB cream stays on for a long period of time, for around 6 to 8 hours and controls oil to a great extent. It is the best BB cream available in India according to me.
3. Deborah Milano BB Cream:
Deborah Milano is a 5 in 1 BB cream which smoothens and primes the skin, minimizes the imperfection, evens out the skin tone, moisturizes and nourishes the skin and protects against harsh UVA rays. This BB cream provides the best coverage of all the BB creams available in India. It minimizes the imperfections and smoothens the pores as claimed by the company. It has a mousse like texture which blends effortlessly and provides a matte finish to the skin and keeps the skin shine free for the whole day. The only drawback with this BB cream is that it does not moisturize the skin well. This BB is a must buy for people with oily skin. Dry skinned beauties should apply a moisturizer underneath so that it does not dry out the skin.
4. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream with SPF 30:
Clinique was the first company to launch BB cream in India in early 2011. Their BB cream is loaded with a whole lot of natural ingredients and even claims to have antioxidants. The coverage provided by this BB cream is quite decent and hides red spot and blemishes effectively. It has SPF and prevents tanning to a great extent. This BB cream also controls oil and shine way better than any other BB cream. The only downside with this BB cream is that it takes a while to set and shows up stark white with a cakey appearance for a few minutes after application.
5. The Body Shop All in One BB Cream:
The Body Shop all in one BB Cream is a white cream that changes colour once it touches the skin. It makes the skin even and adds a subtle glow to the face. This BB cream is super moisturizing which is a boon for dry skinned beauties. It has an extremely light texture and provides light coverage. But this BB cream is not suitable for oily skin as it secretes a lot of oil.
6. Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream:
Maybelline BB cream is available in 3 shades and claims to provide 8 benefits in a single cream. It comes in a cute blue and pink packaging. It has a light texture and gets quickly absorbed into the skin and keeps the skin hydrated, even toned and bright. It effectively moisturizes and gives a dewy finish to the skin. The coverage provided is also decent and covers up dark spots, blemishes and open pores. The con with this BB cream is that is not suitable for oily skin as it makes the skin too oily and is not advisable to use during summers.
7. Ponds White Beauty BB cream:
Ponds white beauty BB cream is the latest kid to join the bandwagon of BB creams. This BB cream is a bit different from the other BB creams available as it contains the benefit of both BB creams + fairness creams as claimed by the company. It not only provides instant coverage but also helps to lighten the skin from within to reveal a perfect natural look. It also contains high SPF 30 PA+++ which provides an effective protection against the harsh sun rays.
It is a matter of personal taste and preference which BB cream you choose to use and you’ll probably need to utilize a trial and error method in order to find the perfect BB cream for your need.