I love this new BB cream hype. I was never that keen on tinted moisturisers as I have very pale skin so they often made me look like I've just smothered fake tan on my face. But I love the concept of not having to wear heavy foundation and BB creams are a perfect replacement.
I have read lots of reviews on Maybelline's BB cream so decided to purchase it from Superdrug for £7.99 and try it out. I am not going to lie at first I wasn't that keen on it. The tube it comes in, is quite pretty but messy. I bought the light shade but it just disappeared on my skin giving little coverage.
However over the past week I have managed to make the product work for me. It does give a nice glowy and natural 'no make-up, make-up' look. Plus having a SPF of 30 so it protects my skin and keeps it hydrated as well. I do use a little amount of Smashbox tinted moisturiser with the cream to give a slight colour to it and if I feel I need more coverage that day.
I tried 17 BB Blemish Balm back in April for when I went on holiday to Florida. In the heat I didn't want thick melting foundation so tried this out and loved it. It gave a glowy dewy look and had a slight tint to it as well as a SPF of 15. I think I may prefer my 17 BB balm to Maybelline's version but I also hear good things about Garnier's BB cream.
Despite the hype I believe BB Creams/balms are an acquired taste. I like the glowy/dewy skin look and rarely use powder. So I love the BB creams as they are perfect for the glowy look. But those who prefer the matte powdered products might not like the BB products as much.....