So this past summer when I was in Sephora a class-ring-wearing young lady with bright lime green eyeshadow and black pencil/glitter eyebrows offered to give me a little makeover.
Um, ok. Just don’t make me look like you. (I didn’t really say that. I thought it, though. Since we’re being honest.)
I was in the store to buy more Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (LOVE. See here.) and the girl was aghast. “Why aren’t you using a BB cream?”
I don’t know. Because.
Glitter Brows told me the benefits of a BB cream: it brightens, it highlights, it has SPF and it will “automatically” (yeah, right) match my skintone. She also said that “BB” stood for “Beauty Balm” and “Blemish Balm” and something else. The whole point is that it’s a multi-function cream with coverage and skincare benefits.
Still don’t get it? Yeah, me either.
Still, I tried it.
(Of course I did!)
So, I have dry skin that’s usually pretty clear (I’ll have a huge middle-of-my-forehead-zit tomorrow after having written that). I don’t like foundation and have used bare minerals for years. I like that it’s LIGHT and doesn’t melt off. For a year or so I’ve been using Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with an SPF on top of my neutrogena daily sunscreen. It never feels heavy and seems to withstand a full 90-degree day in Cabo.
Enter Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream. Cost, $39.00. (I think she sold me the most expensive BB cream in the store. Also, I’ve noticed after having bought this one that there are plenty of drugstore brand BB creams, too.)
After the Sephora trial-run with the BB cream and Glitter Brows I felt like there was something heavy on my face for the rest of the day. I hate that. But I did like the way it looked – it was dewy and as a dry-skinned girl, I sort of enjoyed that change of pace. It seemed to match my skin tone just fine and all was well.
After I got back to Cabo, I attempted wearing it again. It’s thick. If you don’t shake it up, it’s watery before application. (Weird.) And the color definitely doesn’t look like it’s going to match your skintone when you first put it on. I’m fair-skinned but tan well and I think that this “one-size-fits-all” theory isn’t necessarily apt in my case. In this crazy-intense heat, you could see the “tint” of the BB cream. As Craig politely told me mid-August during an outdoor meal: “You look like you’re melting” Then when I pressed he just said, “You just don’t usually look like that…”
🙂 (I love him.)
I haven’t used the BB cream since then but I will give it another whirl this “winter” when the weather chills out a bit. Perhaps I’ll try using a miniscule amount – maybe that will help?
At this point, I have more cons than pros. I’m back with my regular, light, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.
Tell me, though – do you use a BB cream? What are YOUR thoughts?
P.S. I’m in the process of updating my “favorite things” link at the top of the ‘ole blog. It includes my favorite baby/toddlers things and now my favorite beauty/skincare things. Check back.