High-end to drugstore, you've probably seen that the latest craze in the beauty world is a product called "BB cream". BB, which can either mean Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, is a makeup-meets-skincare cream that is similar to a tinted moisturizer, but contains many more benefits than just moisturizing your skin. Beauty Balm creams claim to reduce the size of pores, hide wrinkles, and even out skin tone, all while providing coverage, protection from the sun (with SPF), and moisture.
So, what are a few of the pro's? Beauty Balm Creams can offer you a matte finish that is smooth, almost as though you took the time to apply primer, foundation, and powder, in one easy step. If you are looking for a morning regime that you can do effortlessly, you have found it. Another pro is that you can give your skin an antioxidant retreat all day long. Anyone else only do most of their skincare routines at night? BB creams work on reducing the size of your pores and wrinkles all day all while providing you a healthy glow and a little coverage.
Con's?! Lay 'em on me! And, like most skincare products with big claims, there are con's. The main con being that most of these products aren't going to be magic, especially if you aren't willing to buy a brand that you already know works on you. For instance, if you love Clinique and MAC, you probably won't find a miracle product with Maybelline. These products do not provide a lot of coverage. Instead, they provide the same effect as a primer, which lies underneath your powder. If you are looking to go out, you can bet that this product can only be worn underneath your makeup. But, it might still be worth it, just to have a little bit of skincare happening underneath heavy makeup.
What's this going to cost me? While some of the higher end brands like MAC, Clinique, and Stila are offering BB creams from $30-$40, you can find an affordable, yet equally effective balm with Garnier, which is only $12.99 in drugstores. Any other drugstore brand (like Maybelline) might not be worth saving a few pennies on because they won't provide a finish you're looking for.
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