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I have a love hate relationship with BB Creams. I love very few of them. I love to hate most of the US ones that are glorified tinted moisturizers. I probably hate 90% on the US market. My favorite BB Cream is no secret, it’s the Korean Holika Holika Essential Petit BB Cream SPF 30 PA++. It comes in a shade that’s light enough for my complexion, which most do not. BB Creams, also known as Blemish Balms, Beauty Balms, or Beblesh Balm, were originally created in Germany before they took Asia by storm. In my eyes, BB Creams are basically a multi-tasking skincare / makeup / complexion perfection product.

BB Creams are supposed to have the following properties:

  • Moisturizer
  • SPF
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Brightening
  • Nourishing
  • *some also claim to act as a primer

They’re a time-saving multi-functional product. When I had to get up at 5am for work, I relied heavily on my BB Creams It made my skin look flawless. To me, if I only have time to focus on one feature, I want to focus on my skin, so the BB Creams was essential.

The reason most of the American ones drive me crazy are that they only seem to have the following properties:

  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • SPF
  • *sometimes nourishing ingredients

In other words, in my experience, most of the American ones were glorified tinted moisturizers with SPF. That is ok for a product, except they were trying to capitalize on the BB Cream name. As such, a lot of people were like ‘Why would I use this? It’s nothing special. It’s just like a tinted moisturizer.’ And in most cases, they were right!

I learned about BB Creams at the feet of the master, Izzy from Musings of a Muse. She’s got a ton of BB Creams reviews, both American and Asian, if you want to check them out.

What do you think about BB Creams? Do you have strong feelings about the Asian or US ones?  Do you use them?