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  • BB Cream

    When we asked you on Instagram, one of the beauty items you were keen for us to try was BB creams. Very similar to their twin product CC creams, these blemish balms (or as others refer to them, beauty balms) are meant to work like a light foundation or base. Unlike CC creams, they don’t necessarily use colour-correcting, light-diffusing particles to match your skin tone, so BB creams often come in a range of skin colours. They aim to provide hydration, sheer coverage and SPF protection, alongside potential soothing and healing properties, hopefully preventing the need for several separate products. They are similar to tinted moisturisers, but go one step further, with additional ingredients such as antioxidants to regenerate skin. We tried and tested the best the beauty market has to offer and came up with our four favourites. 

    Petro and Laura
    Laura Loves
    Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream£30

    I must admit I’m a BB cream novice – in fact before being asked to test them, I didn’t even know what BB stood for. But I believe this makes me the perfect candidate for unbiased testing, as I didn’t know what to expect. Burberry’s Fresh Glow (I tried shade Medium No.2) does deliver what’s on the tin, as I really felt it gave my skin an immediate ‘glow’. It comes in a creamy formula that I was initially put off by, as I thought it was going to be hard to spread out evenly and would end up looking streaky and feel greasy on, but it melted into my skin, giving me an instantly dewy complexion. The light-diffusing complex helps enhance skin luminosity and tone, while skin-matched colour pigments give a natural-looking finish. This is the perfect combination for slightly dry and mature skins; it lasted all day and would be perfect for everyday use.

    Laura Loves
    Bobbi Brown BB Cream£29.50

    I tested Bobbi Brown BB Cream in the Natural shade – it’s described on their website as a ‘multitasking formula that perfects skin in five ways: it covers imperfections and evens skin tone; draws moisture to skin; brightens dullness instantly and over time; helps reduce the look of wrinkles; and shields skin against damaging UVA/UVB rays’. I really liked the creamy formula that glides onto the skin (yes, covering imperfections and evening skin tone), and particularly the fact that unlike many of the other formulations I tried, it felt like it was almost instantly absorbed into my skin rather than sitting on it. I think this would make a great formulation for combination-to-oily skin, as it has a slight matt effect and the SPF30 makes it a perfect all-in-one city sunshield, too.  

    Petro Loves
    Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream£15.80

    We’re huge Bioderma fans at Wardrobe ICONS, as we love how natural and gentle their products are on our skin. Their Sensibio AR BB cream is no exception. This anti-redness, skin-perfecting cream is a lightweight, non-oily treatment that melts into the skin. I suffer from mild rosacea and I immediately felt my skin not only looked visibly less red, but also that some of the heat seemed to be taken out of it. According to the bottle, this is due to the soothing active ingredients within the BB cream. It also has a high SPF of 30, so allows you to skip a step in your beauty regime, provided you use enough of it. I tried Clair Light, which looked dark coming out of the tube but the colour matched my just-out-of-winter skin perfectly.

    Petro Loves
    Erborian BB Créme Au Ginseng£36

    I regularly use Eborian’s BB cream (inClair) in the winter as, although I love their CC cream, I find I go very orange if I use it without a bit of a tan. This BB Créme With Ginseng honestly does give you baby skin – not only does it mattify and even out my complexion, it also doesn’t dry it out or cause it to look flaky. When I use it redness and blemishes are instantly reduced, as is pore size, giving the illusion of refined skin texture. Whenever I wear it, someone asks me what I am using on my skin. I like the fact that it is lighter than any foundation I have tried, but still gives good coverage and I rarely need to use a concealer as well. The finish is velvety and non-oily, so it can be used as a make-up base too.

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