Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Tinted Moisturizer By Any Other Name...

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BB Creams.

These bad boys have taken the U.S. beauty market by storm recently! Every brand has one and they all make their own miraculous claims of being skin perfectors. Being the gullible consumer I am who falls weak-kneed for a good advertising pitch and pretty packaging, I went out and purchased one after seeing a popular beauty blogger on YouTube list it as one of her recent favorites (although now I'm pretty sure she is sponsored by them). 

It was the Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream. I tried it out immediately, and because I didn't have anything to compare it to, I had a hard time deciding if I liked it or not.  What was it supposed to feel like? What was it supposed to do to my skin?

RIGHT half of my face has a layer of Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream,
the LEFT half of my face has nothing. Hard to tell.

After a few weeks using it, often in place of foundation when I was feeling lazy, I decided I wasn't too thrilled. I wanted to try another brand and see if my feelings changed. I had a coupon for the Garnier BB Cream, and after a little research, I decided to purchase it.

The consistency was completely different! Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream was thick, but didn't really provide much coverage, so I always had to do a second layer. In my opinion, if I'm going to have to do two layers, I might as well just buck up and wear foundation!  It also left my face feeling tacky for quite awhile, which is one of the big reasons I didn't like it at all. I could feel it on my face, and that is simply no bueno.

Now, the Garnier BB Cream is a whole different specimen.  First let me say that I've been using it for a good month and a half now, so I think I'm pretty set on my opinion. 

I'm a fan. It is much thinner than Olay's. In fact, I would categorize it as "runny" and at times kind of messy to pour (mine has dripped on the counter a few times), BUT interestingly enough, it gives me great coverage.  I was lucky enough that the light/medium shade matches my skin wonderfully, but I don't think everyone will have that same experience.  Even with one layer, I noticed my skin tone looked much more even, and with just a touch of under eye concealer and some powder, I was good to go! This is perfect for the warmer months we have coming up, as well.(Oh, side note: I don't have any breakouts right now, so I cannot comment on how well it covers them).

On the left side of my face I am wearing only the Garnier BB Cream.
On the right side, I am not wearing anything. Notice my under eye circles.

Obviously I shouldn't base my opinion on U.S. (drugstore) BB Creams solely on 2 brands, but right now my thoughts are: let's not beat around the bush and pretend they are everything they claim to be.  Y''s JUST a tinted moisturizer with some SPF! That's it! (but the Garnier wins this battle, in my book)

Have you tried any BB Creams? If so, leave a comment and let me know what kinds you've used and what your opinion is!
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  1. dang! i was so pleased with your review and was immediately looking up the brand and I come to realize it is not cruelty free. Is there any way you could help a girl out and find a product this amazing that is cruelty free...

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