Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Designer vs. Drugstore: B.B. Cream
It took me a long time to even be able to buy this because it was always sold out, but after using it for about a month now, I will call it miracle cream! For those ladies that have not tried a B.B. cream, I highly recommend it. I have tried two of the drugstore brands out there, there are more, but I think I found my winner. Next on my list is to try a few of the designer creams to really determine my favorite. This cream, if you have not heard, has multiple benefits all-in-one tube including evening skin tone, moisturizing, and giving the appearance of make-up without wearing any. I dont like to wear foundation and barely wear powder, so this is a great find for me. I have even had a few co-workers comment on how great my skin looks.
The first one I tried was from Loreal, The Magic Skin Beautifier. This cream comes in many different colors, so it is best to try to find the best match. Which as we all know, can be a bit tricky when you cant really sample at CVS. SShhh, I might have tested. The cream preforms four actions: Primes, Perfects, Hydrates and Corrects - as the bottle says, leaving you with a flawless bare skin finish. It comes out white and then darkens into the shade once you start to rub it in.
The second one I tried is from Garnier, The Skin Renew BB Cream. This cream comes in 2 shades, so not as distinct as the Loreal. I bought the light/medium shade and it matches great. I imagine I will keep this shade also in winter when I do not have a tan. This cream offers 5 benefits: evens tone, hydrates, renews, protects, and brightens. I will also add this one offers SPF 15 as well. I would highlight that as the 6th benefit. This cream comes out a little darker than the actual shade and although it looks pretty thick, it goes on pretty light.
After a week of using this, I felt like my skin was softer and less blotchy. After another week, my skin just looks better. I really liked the Garnier product better. I felt like it moisturizes more and doesn't make you look dewy. As mentioned I also like the fact it has SPF. This is my only product I wear now during the day. So not only does my skin look great, but I am saving money not buying 3 or 4 different products. If you go to the Garnier web site, they have a $1 off coupon. Dot get frustrated if you cant find it right away, it took me a couple of weeks to find it.
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**Please note: These are strictly my opinions and the brands have no involvement in this review.