My small (but perfectly formed) BB Cream collection

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 4 - 2011

I promised you a post on BB creams and in all honesty, what I know about BB creams can probably be written on the back of one.  In other words, not an awful lot.

However, one thing I do know is that they’ve been around for a lot longer than you might think.  Currently hot topic across the UK blogosphere, we’re about 3 years out of date on this one.  Here’s the post that introduced me to them back in 2008: The lovely Muse talks about BB Creams

Since then, I’ve been gathering snippets here and there from other Asian cosmetics aficiandos like Rowena, Kathi and ParisB (just a small selection of amazing blogs with an Asian beauty focus) and dipping my toe in the proverbial waters.

The biggest complaint lodged against the Asian BB Cream market is the lack of colour variation and this still holds true 3 years down the line… for medium toned or paler skins, it’s not too bad.  Darker skintones (with the exception of one or two products) are pretty much ignored in this genre.

Speaking from a personal point of view, my pale pink skin isn’t as bothered by the oft-disliked ‘beige/grey’ tones found within many of these creams.  Infact, I find that they cancel out my redness better than any other foundation or concealer I’ve tried but I can absolutely appreciate why they don’t look as good on olive or yellow-toned skintones.

The below image shows them swatched on my inner wrist where the skin is considerably more milk-bottle than my face.  The texture of the three varies considerably.  I’m going to do a speed review on each…

Therapia ECO Feel BB Cream

This one has the heaviest texture, it’s quite hard to spread and drags a little unless my skin is well moisturised underneath.  The colour is good, though a tiny bit too dark for me.  Skin-loving properties are based around whitening and calming irritated skin with Apricot Oil and Aloe Vera Gel.

Coverage is medium, it conceals redness nicely but blemishes will need extra work.  I don’t find that this builds very well, more than one layer and it starts to look caked on.  It’s unscented and has an SPF rating of SPF25 PA++

I would recommend this for normal/combo skins.

Skin Food Gingko Green BB Cream

The lightest in texture of the three I currently have in rotation.  Best for drier skins, this leaves behind a medium coverage and a dewy finish. If you’re oily, you will probably hate this with a passion.

It’s delicately scented and promises to be filled with ‘beauty enhancing’ ingredients like lecithin and Vit B to moisturise and nourish.  Sadly, this one contains no SPF.

The colour is less ‘beige’ (read grey) than the other two and will be better suited to warmer skintones (though it is still very light).

Shills Super Magic BB Cream

My favourite and the one I’ve been reaching for recently is this offering from Taiwanese brand, Shills.  With the highest SPF rating of SPF50 PA+++, it’s been doing a good job of keeping my skin protected in the sun.  It promises to aid with whitening, wrinkles(!) and general skin improvement.

It’s the palest of the three and the most suited to a cooler, pink skin tone.  It covers my redness phenomenally well and is mid-way between the other two in terms of spreadability.  Again, this one is delicately scented which may put you off.  It glides on over a moisturised face but if you’re combo-skinned, you may not want to add that extra dewiness as this is pretty moisturising on its own.


As you can see, these ones all come from the Asian marketplace but I’ll be interested to see how the bigger brands currently throwing themselves on the bandwagon will interpret the ‘genre’ for the Western market.  I buy all my BB Creams on eBay but please be aware that there are fakes.  Infact, I’m not certain that all my purchases are genuine (though I’ve thankfully had no adverse reactions) so do all your usual eBay homework, check ratings… compare products to stock images etc and if in doubt, ask questions!

Have you tried BB Creams?  Want to?

63 Responses to “My small (but perfectly formed) BB Cream collection”

  1. eRiN says:

    I have a few BB creams on my eBay watchlist, I’ll add the Shills one to it because it looks like the one that’d suit me best! Thanks for the review and swatches, they can be so hard to find on these!

    • Sherry Blossom says:

      Care to share what ebay seller. I am a MUA and I have done clients with skin tones similar to those swatched. I’m curious to check these out! I’d appreciate it!

    • You’re welcome Erin, good luck with the auctions!

      • Krana says:

        I tried it in 31. I love hte dewy and soft feel. However, it wears off really fast and make your skin look blotchy once it oxidizes. I think it’s still a shade darker than NC 40. I don’t love it enuff to buy it again. I’m gonna stick to my mac.

  2. Jade says:

    I’m totally fascinated with BB creams at the moment so this round up is perfect timing, great reviews! :)

  3. Barb says:

    I’m a redhead my skin is paler than yours. I only use BB creams because they are the only ones that cater for my skin tone. I actually adore their grey-sh tinge because it tones down redness and sallowness. I’m currently using Skin79 Lovely Girl BB Cream and I adore it. It gives me perfect porcelain skin.

    • Isn’t it fab to find something that you’re properly in love with? Now the weather is warmer I’ve been really enjoying rediscovering my small stash of BB creams. I’ve just bought another one too!

  4. I am really dim I know, but are BB creams like a tinted moisturiser but with skin care properties? If so these could be right up my street! Will have to google BB creams and see what I can find out.

    • They’re a bit heavier than tinted moisturisers… I’d say the ones I’ve tried are medium coverage so perhaps a touch heavy for you? Though I’m sure they can be mixed with your moisturiser for a lighter finish. I think you’d like them though Debbie, they really even out my redness and leave a dewy finish.

  5. Wow! It is superb. I used this product. it is very effective for skin. Thanks for sharing..

  6. Sydney says:

    I’m so disappointed that these are actually so good as having lived in Asia I had the easiest of access to them and now that I know about them I am back here in the UK!

    I might check Ebay for Shills though, sounds the best of the lot.

  7. femputer says:

    Thanks for the info & reviews, it’s much appreciated! 😀

  8. Shifa says:

    Supposedly Illamasqua is going to come out with a foundation ‘inpsired’ from these bb creams and will cater for darker skintones too :)

  9. Shifa says:

    oops I meant inspired!

  10. Ilexica says:

    What a useful post, thanks! I’ve been interested to try one and since I’m pasty I’d been a bit nervous about ending up with a product that made me look tango’d. I’ll give the shills one a go.

  11. When I first got interested in Korean pop culture, I was really intrigued by BB Creams – but as soon as I asked around and realised that they all come in this one shade, no thanks. I don’t see the point of mixing it in with my foundation so that I don’t look ridiculous and I don’t have problem skin anyway so it’s not like I’d need the miraculous benefits they claim to have. The weird thing is, it doesn’t even match all of the general population of these countries…you see some Korean celebrities wearing them and looking either purple or way, way too yellow because the undertones of some brands are oddly pink and it contrasts with their natural skin colour. If it doesn’t even fit all Asian skin tones, I have no hope 😛 So yeah, if they want to get their hands on some of my finest English pounds, they can make it in a nice chocolatey shade.

    • Yes, that whole grey/pink thing is probably why they seem to suit me so well LOL

      There is one that seems kinder to darker skintones but I’m not sure if it’s well-liked… we need MOAR!

  12. Lillian says:

    I really want to try one. Being very very pale and pink it sounds like Shills would be perfect for me 😀

  13. Suzanne says:

    Okay – I need to know. what does BB stand for? :( *clueless* *amateur*

  14. Vijaya says:

    I can’t try BB creams, ’cause I can’t find any that cater to my skin tone.

  15. Julianne says:

    I’m really intrigued by these, but a bit scared of buying fakes with god knows what in them on eBay.

  16. My favorite BB to date (I’ve tried about 6ish varieties) is Missha Perfect Cover in the lightest shade- I believe it’s #13 Milky Beige. For pale pale girls, it’s the lightest tone I’ve seen, and doesn’t have that bisquey grey cast to it. I’m also very interested in illamasqua’s version, which should be out by the end of this month!

  17. Chau-Ly says:

    I actually have a order from Missha coming soon. I live in the U.S. so I got it on because my skin is darker and they say that one of the BB creams in #31 suits NC40 in MAC really well so hopefully it’ll work for me.

  18. Hara says:

    I just bought my first BB cream (Missha Perfect Cover in No. 23) and I absolutely love it! My skin is medium with yellow undertones and quite oily. I wore it to go out this afternoon and it stayed perfect until about 10 minutes ago when I took it off. There was minimum shine and it also contains SPF 42.

    I bought it online from a company based in the Netherlands,, with which I am not affiliated in any way. It saved me the hassle of having to trawl through the listing on eBay.

    • The Missha Perfect Cover is getting some rave reviews, I’m not sure I can hold out much longer… must. try. it! x

      • anna says:

        perfect timing, i got hold of feww bbcream and i have been testing them for my blog. I can share the problem of the undertone and guarantee you that the only one suitable for yellow undertone is this missha perfect cover number 23. I am mac nc 30 and for me it’s perfect

  19. Paris B says:

    Thank you for the mention Charlotte! Very thrilled 😛 I’m still mostly on the fence about BB Creams but there’s one that I might be raving about (after a few more goes to confirm). Lots of western brands have come out with them too – Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown… some are hit, some are sadly a miss.

    • Oooh can’t wait to hear about your potential rave! I can imagine that some of the big brands formulas will eventually be shown up to be a total bandwagon jump as opposed to any serious contender in the market. xx

  20. Jen says:

    I’m dying to try a BB cream but I haven’t read a review for one (that’s readily available to me) that has really grabbed my attention and made me think THAT’S the one for me… So the search continues.

  21. Janie says:

    Where in Asia can I buy these creams?
    I’m going to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in Sept. Will I find any there? Anyone any ideas???

    • You should find plenty but I haven’t got any specific answers I’m afraid xx

    • Paris B says:

      Politely butting in: Depending on the brand, you can find BB Creams in most pharmacies here in Kuala Lumpur (Look in Watson’s) and also Sasa stores or if from Korean brands, you can find some Korean skincare stores here too. Ditto Singapore. In Hong Kong, its even easier to find them (Sasa, Bonjour, cosmetics stores etc) For western brands, you can get Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Dior at counters and also at the Airports. I’m not sure about MAC but I know its available at duty free. Where to find them depends on which brand you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  22. Esha says:

    I love the idea of BB creams but know they will not suit my NC44 skintone, such a shame..

    • Yes, you’d really struggle trying to find a decent match… perhaps with the major players starting to delve into the market they’ll be more choice for darker skintones, here’s hoping!

  23. Janie says:

    OMG Thanks Paris B! How excited am I now for my soon BB Cream hauling in Hong Kong :-)

  24. Const says:

    Hey, I’ve been a passive reader for awhile now. Just wanted to comment on the BB cream bandwagon cause I’ve used a couple of them before. BB creams sound amazing because they sound like they do everything, but from personal experience, it could also easily wreck your face if you have sensitive acne-prone skin like mine. The biggest culprit was Missha Perfect Cover because it contains a good dose of mineral oil in its formulation; it caused me to develop awful cystic acne. Part of the allure with BB creams is that it’s supposed to be good for acne prone skin, but this isn’t always the case. Please be careful when trying out new BB creams, especially if you have acne prone skin! Try to find out what ingredients there are before buying any.

    • Hi Const!

      I’ve just bought the Missha Perfect Cover :/ I’ll make sure to try it when I have no special plans for the week!

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks for the warning. I’ve noticed that a lot of Missha products contain alcohol, Mineral Oil or some form of paraffin in their products, even in their acne and pore care products. My skin tends to break out easily and MO tends to aggravate my skin, so I’ll be avoiding some of their products.

  25. Jacqueline says:

    I love bb creams because they are very convenient. I fall in the medium tone category and am lucky that most bb creams fit my shade. I am using Dior BB Cream at the moment. I really love it. It fits my skin tone perfectly and has great oil control. My skin feels soft and supple after I take it off.

  26. liloo says:

    you got me wanting to know more and try them, but i shall wait till more accessible brands in the uk come out with them. mu curiosity is definitely piqued, cant wait to see what it does for my skin. am very sceptical and have a few fears and reservations already:
    1. am i going to have reactions to this like some people did and make the skin worse?
    2. is that going to really do something for my blemishes?
    3. is that going to aggravate my dry skin
    4. how the hell am i going to find something which match my skin tone, like the no.7woman in boots is going to help me matching it, yeah right
    5. is it enough coverage for me or will i prefer to resort to my usual mask of fuller coverage foundation
    6. how much is that going to cost? my revlon colorstay is expensive enough

    so i am pretty optimistic really :) ha x

  27. Rachel says:

    Had never heard of BB creams until your post, so I went straight online, researched, then eBay and purchased Skin79 Hot Pink (as I believe it is better for oily skins?). I’m hoping it’s not a fake! Packaging looks genuine and seller has good rating. The colour suits my fair skin very well and I always wear powder over the top of my base to try and keep oil slick at bay (though an hour later it always breaks through no matter what products I use). Thanks for introducing me to this, it’s ideal for summer with the SPF.

  28. Stephanie says:

    Thanks! this was really helpful! I’ve been looking for the right BB Cream for me for so long! Can you do a review on Skin79 Dream Girls BB Cream please? :)

  29. Sylvia says:

    Hiya! I stumbled upon this page when I came here to look at your wall of nails (gorgeous btw!)
    I have tried a sample of the Garnier BB cream which is now heavily advertised, and found it to be really good. I just used a little though.
    I also have a tube of Clinique age defense BB cream (green tube, with spf30) which I bought in Hong Kong – it’s not launched in the UK yet I think. I have medium Asian skin and found this to be a little too fair, but not too bad – the instructions say that if it appears too fair at first it will ‘even out’ in 10 mins (it does appear less fair/pink after a few minutes). Very happy with it for daily wear, only gripe is that it is quite thick (like a thick night cream) and doesn’t spread as well on dry, January skin 😉

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