24 April 2011

Possibly my last post about BB Cream

BB cream has proven that it's not just a makeup trend. It's become a makeup staple (at least in certain parts of East Asia). Even my mom asked my to send her some BB cream. The number of BB creams out on the market is a bit overwhelming.

Despite the plethora of options, I've continued to use the same BB cream, Dr. Jart's "Black Label Blemish Base" for the past two years. (It's very close to my skin complexion, blends well into my skin, offers medium coverage, and feels lightweight.)

Since I buy most of my cosmetics from a drug store, I had no idea that international (i.e. Western) cosmetics brands are now offering their own versions of "BB Cream." Has BB Cream gone mainstream?

But, for those of you interested in the market's latest offering of BB creams, here's what I can gleam from this Vogue Girl article (available in print and online). These SPF containing BB Creams were rated in terms of their coverage, oiliness, application, and how long they last.

My cousin Cyndi helped me translate the article. Translation is hard, y'all. Korean does not always translate well into English. We tried our best to stick close to the Korean wording, hence some awkward phrasing below. Don't go quoting us or anything.
Check out the original Vogue Girl article for more details.

"BB Sunscreen" (Vogue Girl Korea, April 2011)

1. Bobbi Brown "BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++" Light Color
If it's foundation your looking for, the BB Cream made by Bobbi Brown is it. You can choose between three skin tone colors. Coverage meets expectations. When you compare it with other BB creams that are clay colored, it is yellower so it is good for covering troubled skin and red, splotchy skin. This is recommended for those who want natural looking coverage. It's going to even out your skin tone, but won't cover up all your pores. 40,000 won.

2. Espoir Moisture Firming BB Cream with SPF 33.
The texture is firm. Because of it's rich texture, you fee like it will be hard [to apply], so you'll be surprised by how soft it feels when you apply it. It goes on thicker. If you don't want it to clump up, you'll have to blend in thoroughly. When you first apply the cream, it feels oily, but then it quickly becomes matte and you don't have to worry about it feeling sticky throughout the day. Like a body lotion, it's floral scent leaves you feeling good. 30,000 won.

3. La Roche-Posay UVIDEA XL BB.
La Roche-Posay boasts a clay colored BB Cream. It may not look like it (right out of the tube), but it looks much more natural when you apply it on your skin. Because of it's darker color, it's a little more effective than foundation in covering your pimples and blemishes. The cream is lightweight. Because of it's lightweight texture it easy to apply it like lotion. It feels like a thin coating over your face. The finish is very matte, so your skin may feel a bit dry. 49,000 won.

4. So Natural Tri-Active BB SFP 27 PA++
When you compare it to other BB creams the color's a bit darker. The cream is better suited for faces with acne and scars, not tiny blemishes. As soon as you apply it to your skin, it feels like moisturizing cream. It has a very light scent and texture. The cream keeps your skin feeling soft as if you applied lotion. Because the SPF is less than other creams, you should also apply sunscreen. 23,000 won.

5. Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi-Action Formula SPF 35 PA+++
As indicated in it's long name, [Estee Lauder] tries to pack it's creme with lots of functions. Compared to other creams, it's more dry and stiff. Because of it's texture, you may feel like you have to use more force when applying the cream. In actuality, it goes on easier than you think. Because of it's pink tone, it's recommended for people with yellow-toned skin, not red-toned. [Something about it being shiny and oily, and therefore, short-lasting] You'll need to reapply frequently. 60,000 won.

6. Dior UV Shield BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++
Like liquid foundation it's watery, so you'll have to be careful when you're applying so that it doesn't drip. However, it's easier and faster to apply than other products. The coverage is very good. It feels like you're applying foundation rather than BB cream. It matches all [Korean] skin tones because of the pink and flesh-colored tones. It's more suitable for combination or oily skin. Thanks to it's high SPF, this BB cream alone will keep you from feeling guilty about not using sunscreen. 65,000 won.

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I'm assuming that these BB Creams are only available in Asia, but I could be wrong. Coincidentally, Elle Girl Korea also features a comparison of BB Creams in their April 2011 issue. You can also check out their "Best of the Best BB" feature on the Elle Girl site. The Elle Girl crew gave the highest rating to elishacoy's "Time Capsule BB."


Anonymous said...

Hi Analog,

As I am not a local, could you advice/suggest beauty salons that provide good facial treatment in South Korea?

I am always impressed with the way how Korean's take care of their skin and I will be heading down to Seoul next month for business thus would like to experience it myself. Thank yoU!!

annalog said...

I'm sure there are tons of great skin clinics (pibu-kwas) in Seoul, but I've been going to the same chain for the past few years: Areum Dawoon Nara www.anacli.co.kr tel. 02-755-2105 I pay 100,000 KRW for a "scaling" (glycolic acid peel). I once went to a cheaper place for 80,000 KRW and sorely regretted it, so I've stuck to AreumDawoonNara since then.

I go to the one in Myeongdong, near exit 2, in the Cafe Bene building.I wrote a lil' about scaling here: http://annalog.blogspot.com/2008/06/guest-post-piliksus-scaling-adventure.html

Let me know if you have any questions.