Girly Blather – a makeup review…

… Wonderful men, I have not forgotten you. Please refer to this link while I blather on below.

The newest thing in beauty creams is something called BB Cream. BB Cream is a blemish balm, hence the B.B. name. It’s a multipurpose cream that is supposed to even skin tone, hydrate, provide sunblock protection, work as a primer and replace the need for heavy foundations. Essentially it’s purpose is to make you look ten years younger and heavily airbrushed. Once a combination cream only available in East and Southeast Asia, several Western cosmetic companies now manufacture a BB Cream.

For less costly versions you might be interested in Garnier and Maybelline. Garnier’s BB Cream is $12.99 for 2.5 ounces while Maybelline is $8.99 for 1 ounce. I did the math and went with the Garnier brand available at drugstores.

On their website they have an image of woman with BB Cream on half her face to show the contrast but honestly, I didn’t think her skin was in that bad of shape to start with. So I offer you Garnier’s BB Cream on half of my freckled, ruddy complexioned face. Yes. Below is a picture of me with no makeup on. The horror!

On the left side of my face you can clearly see a more even complexion. The redness is toned down, the darker under eye area is less pronounced and overall the appearances is clearer and smoother. This result was instantly on the first application. I immediately dubbed BB Cream as “airbrush in can”.

I waited a week before doing this full review because I wanted to be able to report any pore clogging, break outs, and oily skin effects that might appear after repeated use. I am happy to report there are none. The cream is thick but if you are used to applying sunblock on your face or daily moisturizer it shouldn’t feel any heavier than usual. In fact, because I’ve managed to cut out the need for blemish concealer, under eye cover up and foundation my face feels lighter. Oh, and getting ready in the morning is a much quicker ordeal now that I don’t have to glop all that junk on my face.

The cherry of top of the whole thing is the fact that BB Cream comes in 2 shades because it’s a tinted cream designed to blend in with your own skin tone; Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Have you ever stood in front of a makeup display while trying to decide if your Pale Ivory, Natural Cream, Light Bisque, Nude, or Alabaster?

I’m happy to report that BB Cream gets the Crescat stamp of approval because it’s the lazy’s girl miracle cream.

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  • Christie Martin

    On either side, your eyes are amazing! I like the look. I’ve switched away from foundation to a primer, too. The less goo on the face, the better.

  • Christine Niles

    I gave up the expensive creams & lotions for pure olive oil–and have never looked back. Olive oil is great for everything–removing make-up, as leave-in conditioner, body cream…

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Olive oil, really? Interesting. Isn’t there an odor though. I’d hate to walk around smelling like one of those Italians.

      I jest, of course.

    • Amy P.

      I just think olive oil would be so greasy…

  • Kim Vandapool

    Kat, I appreciate this review – especially seeing as how I’d never even heard of BB creams before. I don’t know where I’ve been. But now I’m interested in trying one. Did you experience any shininess with the Garnier product? My skin is SUPER oily, so I tend to not use moisturizers aside from sunscreen. But I want my skin to look as nice as yours!!

    • Katrina Fernandez

      My skin tends to be oily too. Honestly, I’ve noticed I reach for the powder compact less because I don’t have a ton of product on my face. Just this cream and a little eye shadow and eye liner.

  • Lydia

    I think this is going to come in very handy. I’m already on the bar soap/witch hazel/moisturizer track, but pregnancy has made me a wee bit blotchy and have been wondering what to do about it without dropping a load of cash on philosophy products.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Psssttt…. I’m gonna do a post of my secret ingredient face scrub that has hands-down beat any store bought exfoliater. Never spend money on beauty products.

  • Peony Moss

    So does it replace makeup (foundation) or supplement it or…?

    • Katrina Fernandez

      Replaces it.

  • Amy P.

    Stuff like this is so handy. Thanks.

  • Dianna

    I picked it up after you raved about it last week, and I’m a believer:). Love the stuff. Thanks Kat!

  • Copper Lamp Sarah

    I was just eyeing this in a store today, and wondering what the heck the “BB” stood for. Thanks for the review! I will definitely try it out.

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  • Adrienne

    On your recommendation, I picked some up yesterday. Wanted to look really great to go vote. Just put some on and I look 34 instead of 66. Wahoooo!

  • L.

    You look great without makeup, and I am totally trying this product.

  • TNP

    I just returned from retreat, but before I left I rushed out and bought the Maybelline brand to bring with me. I’d love to hear other reviews on that particular brand as it did nothing for me. It was totally transparent, as though I hadn’t put anything on at all. However, since I’d brought along my regular foundation, I applied that over the BB and found it held up better and provided the result I was looking for. Next time, I’ll go for the Garnier.

    • Katrina Fernandez

      It may have worked well under your foundation because BB cream also works as a make-up primer. I’m not sure if that brand is tinted or not. I heard Loreal has a BB cream too. I’m gonna try that one next. Thanks for the heads up on Maybelline – I will skip that purchase.

  • emd04

    I looove mine. I use Smashbox’s (yeah, it’s pricey) but it’s GORGEOUS. Now I have good skin–I don’t break out, I don’t have blemishes–but it does add a lovely radiance and evenness. I’m sold. (And yes, it’s tinted…I used the lightest shade they had)