CAILYN PRECIOUS BLEND BB CREAM
Overview: An editor favorite with a good range of shades for Asian skin (including deeper tones) and an innovative application tool.
Shades: 6 (from 01 Porcelain to 06 Maple)
Benefits: In addition to hydrating and protecting, this BB cream is formulated to be applied with Cailyn’s BB perfector (purchased separately), a vibrating tool with antibacterial puffs to “buff” your way to perfection.
Review: The formulation has a medium-light texture that sinks in fast on skin. It leaves a nice, dewy finish. The 02 Sandstone shade is more olive than golden, and it doesn’t leave a pale, masky look. It’s a good color for East Asian skin. One of our favorites.
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COMODYNES URBAN COSMETICS BB COLOR SKIN PERFECTOR
Highlight: Darker tints for deeper skin
Coverage: Sheer to Medium
Shades: 2 (Medium, Dark)
Benefits: This oil-free formula contains a mineral sunscreen of SPF 15, hyaluronic acid to moisturize, hazelnut extract for elasticity and firmness, Fomes Officinalis extract to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores, Vitamin E to fight free radicals, illuminating pigments to neutralize imperfections and dark circles, paraben-free, allergen-free perfume, and without mineral oils.
Review: A lighter texture that sinks in fast. The finish is nice and natural-looking, like a sheer veil over imperfections. It’s almost matte, not shiny like some BB creams. The color is true to its name and not pale or pasty. For light skin, the Medium may be a bit dark.
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Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm
Benefits: SPF 40, patented platol white-c complex, nutrient-rich exotic oils, niacinamide to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, no parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates.
Review: This formulation is thicker than other Dr. Jart+ BB creams (Black Label Detox and Water Fuse). The color is fairly light and with a more olive tinge. It goes on rather thick, but then melts into a finish that feels more like an anti-aging cream than a sheer lotion. It’s a bit shiny, so touch up with powder.
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Miracle Skin Transformer MEN SPF20
Benefits: Anti-oxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10, SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection, colorless naturally derived silicone base, specifically formulated for men’s skin (dry, normal or oily).
Review: Our intrepid male tester was a newbie to BB cream, but he liked the way the Miracle Skin Transformer smoothed and evened out his skin, without obvious color or coverage. The slippery, primer-like feel left a matte finish that looked natural.
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Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm
Coverage: Medium to Full
Shades: 1 (Light to Medium Skin)
Benefits: Mineral sunscreen SPF 25, arbutin to erase unwanted dark spots, caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants, green tea and aloe vera to soothe blemish-prone or sensitive skin, Soothe. Specifically formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
Review: This BB cream from one of the original brands from Korea (and one of the first to hit the U.S.) is a thicker formula for medium to full coverage. It takes a little longer to sink in and the shade is on the light side, maybe even slightly pinkish. But it’s not masky and provides a natural looking finish. Good for those with skin tones on the light side and needing more coverage.
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Grace Choi Porcelain Skin BB Cream
Overview: The widest range of shades, especially for Asian skin tones. Get it while you can!
Coverage: Medium to Full
Shades: 10 different shades (3 with yellow undertones, 4 in olive undertones), all in either a dewy or a matte formulation
Benefits: SPF 30 broad spectrum, adenosine for anti-aging, arbutin for dark spot repair, Korean pearl extract, oil control, hypoallergenic, oil-free, paraben-free
Review: Creamy texture that goes on well, sinks in smoothly. The perfect amount of coverage for Asian hyperpigmentation, but still sheerer than a foundation. The finish is a little shiny, so you’ll need to blot or powder the T-zone. You can’t beat the range of colors — find the right shade and it seemingly melts into your skin. The best part is you can order a deluxe sample set to try out all the shades, and the price of the sample set is deducted from your full-size order.
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Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase Instant Perfecting BB Cream
Price: Approx. $16
Benefits: Natural phospholipids allow for better absorption of hydrators, diacetyl boldine counteracts formation of melanin, powerful antioxidant and brightening agent hordeum vulgare seed extract, vitamin C-rich maracuja oil, and lumispheres for brightening.
Review: The texture of this BB cream is smooth and creamy, a little thicker than a tinted moisturizer, and it doesn’t have any dry clumps when you first use it. It goes on smoothly and feels really silky. Unlike tinted moisturizers, this BB cream melts into skin quite fast. It’s not greasy and blends in perfectly with our medium Asian skin tone. The finish is semi-matte at first, and as it settles, it imparts a naturally glowy finish, which is perfect for those who don’t wear a lot of makeup. It evens out skin tone and moisturizes nicely.
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Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
Overview: A great range of shades with some serious coverage. We like to use it as a treatment concealer!
Shades: 6 shades (BB1, BB3, BB5, BB7, BB9, BB11)
Benefits: SPF 25 broad spectrum protection, grapefruit extract, apple extract, aloe leaf juice, sunflower seed oil.
Review: This cream is pretty thick, almost like a cream foundation. It really does offer full coverage so all you need is a little bit at a time. Use too much at once and it won’t really sink in well. Layer it on for best results, or even spot treat like a concealer. A great range of colors, especially for darker skin tones.
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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm
Benefits: Instead of a tint to cover, this BB cream diffuses light with high-tech pigments. SPF 20 to protect, Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage, Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin and improve elasticity. According to their clinical study, after eight weeks of use, 93% of participants had significantly firmer, more lifted skin, 84 percent had a significant improvement in fine lines, and more than 84 percent had significantly smoother and more hydrated skin.
Review: The cream is a peachy color, which is totally different from any other BB cream we’ve seen. It goes on rich and smooth, and dries to a matte finish that is very modern and really nice. The coverage is a little sheer for those looking to mask spots. One interesting note: this gives you a slightly peachy tone, which may result in a slightly darker color for some, or a nice brightening effect for others.
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