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BB Creams: Smashbox

Here we go again!  Another BB cream hits the market.  The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream has been around for a few months now, first as a QVC exclusive, and now available at Sephora.  

BB creams are super hot right now.  First developed to help surgery patients heal faster (read more here), they are now a hot commodity.  There are dozens of Asian brands, some of which you can get in the US, but now, they are getting a run for thier money with US manufacturers.

I have to say, of the many that I have tried, Smashbox is rapidly becoming my fave.  Keep in mind that I specifically am only going to purchase BB creams that do not contain parabens.  There are several more that i will tell you about, but will not buy so please make your buying decisions with that in mind.

This multi tasking formula claims that it will give your skin a glowing, ethereal look, while providing a hydrating veil for the complexion.  It also helps to retail moisturize on your skin and provides and ultra smooth finish, which helps to retexturize your skin and create a smooth canvas.

Ideally, I look for a BB cream to replace and/or enhance the following items:

  • Moisturizer
  • Primer
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Skin Care

Most BB creams are light to medium coverage, and this falls in between those two.  It feels natural on your skin and also helps control oil.  I do still use a concealer for spot coverage, but the Smashbox BB cream does a great job of providing natural coverage, while helping to control oil.

I also wear a powder over the BB cream to set it, and find that the Smashbox works best with the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder.  These two products together provide a medium, natural looking foundation and coverage.  I have been using the Smashbox BB cream for about 2 weeks now, and I find that it has helped to smooth my skin, even out the skin tone, and provide great moisture during the day.  I still start off with a moisturizer, but I find I use a lighter hand now.

I suggest using a stippling or patting motion to press this in to your skin, as opposed to rubbing it in  as you would a foundation.  This seems to give you better coverage, with a more flawless finish.

At  $39 for 1 oz, it’s a bit pricy, but if you consider that you are replacing multiple products, it’s not too bad.  Smashbox tends to run dark, so I use LIGHT but could probably do with FAIR in the winter.  

My verdict:  A-.  Why the minus?  It’s a bit confusing; while they claim you can replace foundation, the coverage level isn’t such that it’s a true replacement.  I do like the way it performs and enjoy it, but I wish the coverage where a little more.

Cho Bo Yang BANG!

I am learning to LOVE BB Cream!  Blemish Balm, Beauty Balm, or Beblesh Balm, the Asian skin cream craze has reached the shores of the US.  Both Asian brands and American brands like Smashbox and Cliniuqe are latching on to the trend, launching products here in the States.

It looks like it was originally created in Europe for dermatologists to heal heal patients, smooth and sooth sensitive skin, and provide coverage for scarring after procedures.

Now, many BB creams promise to be your moisturizer, foundation, treatment and sun protection all in one

Clearly there are some that are better than others.

This BB cream, the Missha Cho Bo Yang BB cream claims to contain 3 precious ingredients like Korean Wild Ginseng, Cordyceps Sinensis, Velvet and Pure Gold.  Now I’m not sure how you can put VELVET in a cream, but it does say it creates bright & radiant skin.

I ordered the No. 2 Calm Beige, and while commenting on the Missha Facebook page, they generous sent me a travel size of the No. 1 Natural Beige, since I wasn’t really clear on which color would work.

This cream is a thick pale beige, with a slightly beige cast to it.  however, once you pat it on your skin, it give excellent coverage and blends to match your skin tone.  I actually didn’t feel like I needed a concealer after wearing this!

I scored on this product, because itw as on a flash sale for $9.99.  Because it was my first order, I also got a free Perfect Cover BB Cream.  I had previously ordered one of these, and liked it but it wasn’t my fave (review on that later).

I didn’t find any noticeable fragrance, which is important for me, and I like the light feeling while providing full coverage.  This BB Cream also gives you 30+ SPF which is important for keeping your face young and beautiful.

This provides excellent coverage, smooths and evens skin tone, and is a great base.
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Stay tuned for reviews of the following BB Creams that I currently own:
Missha Perfect Cover
Skin 79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream Triple Function
Skin 79 Super+ Beblesh Balm VIP Gold Collection
Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm (sample)
I would also like to try:
Clinique Age Defense BB CReam
Boscia BB Cream
Smashbox BB Cream
MAC BB Cream
Maybelline BB Cream
and a few more
Happy Covering!