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Beauty Balms also known as BB creams are a makeup trend that have caught the attention of women all over the world. This “miracle” cream has knocked tinted moisturizers and foundations back into the bottom of make-up drawers.

Wondering what all the fuse is about? BB cream originated in Asia and gave women an almost porcelain look and feel. The cream is a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen and provides coverage without clogging pores. The wonder product takes four products and reduces them into one convenient tube or compact.

Since BB creams originated in Asia, it wasn’t until recently shades suitable for people of color were developed. If you happen to be brown skin or darker, you were promised by major department store brands that darker shades were “coming soon.” The time has arrived, and whether you can only afford drug store or department store prices, there is a BB cream for all the brown girls who want flawless looking skin.

 

 

Average Price: $7-9

Maybelline is one of the few drugstore-sold cosmetic companies that came out with the darker shade BB creams at the same time as the lighter shades. This the only major cosmetic line that offers  darker tones and gives a smooth finish.

Average Price: $18-20

The main concern with this BB cream is that depending on your undertone it may not blend well with your complexion. Check with you retailer on their return policy so you aren’t stuck with a color that doesn’t look right.

Price: $37.00

Now on to the department store brands. Clinique not only offers a darker shade but it also has a SPF of 30 which is higher then most brands offering 15-20.

 

For all the MAC fans, this is hands down the best BB cream if you are looking for coverage and overall smoothness. This BB cream comes in tube and compact form for varying preferences. If you need deep dark, make sure to call your MAC retailer ahead as many have sold out.

  • jtwilliams

    thanks for the info! and a little tweak is that bb creams originated in germany, then got uuber (lol) popular and popularized in asia. btw, i use the maybelline one, and it’s pretty good, esp in the winter. and now i’m thinking about going to the mac compact. i also use missha, that’s an asian one (it’s korean) that goes into the brown realm, not very dark though. i’m a mac nc35, and it’s missha 31 that i can use. also, garnier has one that’s oil-free in deep dark that i also use. there are a few others, but the only true one is the missha. but, it’s confusing, bc the missha one (from what i remember) has parabens in it, which is totally counterproductive if you’re trying to move forward, in a positive way, with your skin. bizzarre.