BB Crème: The Ultimate Top 3 (July 2012)

Here comes the result of Top 3 Bestselling BB Crème surveyed in July 2012, out of 28 products in 7 retail websites:

Ranked #1. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30   $37 (1.4oz)

2011 Gold Star Award Winner. 2012 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Finalist.

Natural, lightweight coverage.

Ranked #2. Dior Diorsnow White Reveal BB Crème SPF 50   $50 (1.0oz)

Highest sunscreen level among BB creme products.

Ranked #3. 3LAB Perfect BB Cream SPF 40 PA+++   $95 (1.5oz)

Sold out, back-ordered item. High-end product with impressive antioxidants.

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BB Creme: The Ultimate Top 3 (June 2012)

1. Dior Diorsnow White Reveal BB Creme  SPF 50   $50 (1.2oz)

2. Clinique BB Creme SPF 30   $37 (1.4oz)

3. Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream SPF 35   $38 (1oz)

Want perfect looking skin with one simple step in the morning? Try BB creme.

This is the product Asia has been crazed about for the past few years.  It originated from Korea, where women wanted flawless skin without looking like they have applied makeup.

The miraculous BB creme was thus invented to meet their demand.  This makeup line swept through Asia like a storm, making it a necessity for many women while giving up their foundation and sunscreen. Why?  BB creme combines the functionalities of a foundation, lotion and sunscreen all in one.   What is the difference between a tinted moisturizer and a BB creme?  All day coverage.  BB creme gives nearly full coverage while lasting a long duration, withstanding heat and humidity.

We’re happy to see the trend finally coming to North America. Global companies like Dior and Estee Lauder noticed the popularity of BB creme and released their versions overseas a couple of years ago.  While many brands are available, these large companies have an advantage over smaller ones in terms of spreading the first words to the U.S.  Henceforth, the three companies on our bestselling list all chose to have BB creme as an addition to their existing skincare lines to ease the transition into North American markets.

Dior Diorsnow White Reveal BB Creme SPF 50 has the highest level of UV protection, but limits its color selection to only one.  This BB creme is suitable for lighter skin since it was originally developed for East Asian markets. We would expect Dior to extend its color selection since it is the most popular in North America today.

Clinique Age Defense BB Creme SPF 30 has three different shades to choose from, covering a greater range of customers. It is also packed with antioxidants.

Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream has two tinted colors. It is oil-free and delivers high performance on hiding imperfections.

A word of caution for BB creme lovers – my dermatologist advices staying away from BB creme if you continue to see acne problems or already have sensitive, acne-prone skin.  The problem with BB creme is that it gives greater makeup coverage in a matter of seconds, but in compensation is extremely hard to remove thoroughly.  Most of the BB creme products are waterproof and possibly comedogenic, which creates difficulty for our skin to “breathe”.  BB creme lovers should take time to remove your makeup in order to avoid this problem.  It is a makeup not a skincare product, even when companies advertise them that way. Lastly, although BB creme has sunscreen and moisturizer, please do your skin a favor by applying both before layering on BB creme.  You should lather up your face with a good sunscreen since the amount of BB creme we use daily is insufficient as a substitute for sunblock.