Brilliant Beauty Balm (BB) Creams

BB groupHaving come to the end of my first tube of BB Cream, I am hot-footing it out to buy another one straight away! Being of a sceptical mind I couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about when these alphabet formulation creams were introduced to make-up counters.  So just what are these creams that are jostling for a place alongside your normal foundations and tinted moisturisers?

Firstly, BB stands for “beauty balm” and CC for “complexion corrector” or “colour and correct.” While a BB cream provides instant sheer coverage along with SPF, a CC cream helps address any problems with acne, scars, redness, hyperpigmentation or a sallow complexion, while also providing anti-aging benefits and it is an ideal product for those of us who need a bit more coverage. DD creams, DD standing for Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-All, will soon be hitting the market and these apparently do everything that BB and CC creams do but they claim to also improve your skin after prolonged use. 

Most BB and CC creams offer some level of sun protection which is great, because many of the traditional moisturisers do not. BB creams with SPF titanium dioxide don’t appear chalky or leave a whitish tint on your face, a problem familiar to anyone who tries to be diligent about sun protection.

I found that wearing my BB cream produced several benefits.  The lightweight formula was easy to blend and it disappeared easily into my skin, leaving me with an even skin tone all over. Most of the creams tend to come in shades ranging from light to dark but I found that if I wanted a more tinted look I could put a light coverage of a tinted moisturiser on top.

BB creams can be found in most makeup ranges, from high street to luxury department stores, ranging in price from affordable to high end:

Rimmel BB Cream 9 in 1 Make up:  This claims to prime, moisturise, minimise pores, conceal, cover, smoothe, mattifie, brighten and protect. It’s lightweight, ultra comfortable formula instantly gives a flawless finish. Available from Boots for £6.99

Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream: This gel based formula enhances skin with 8 benefits in 1. It gives you an instant fresh-faced glow without looking totally made up. Available from Boots for £7.99

Olay Essentials Glow Perfectors BB Cream: one of the original BB creams, this combines the moisturising effects of Olay, plus the of coverage of a Max Factor foundation, together with SPF15 UVA/UVB suncreen. Available from Amazon UK – 50ml £9.99


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