Every few months there is a hot new beauty product that steals the hearts and pocketbooks of women across the world. Now that we’ve all tried nail polish stickers and neon lipstick (maybe not), the latest “must have” in the cosmetics aisle is a product called beauty balm or bb cream. Made for your face it is a veritable tube of “all in one” product that will do everything short of balancing your checkbook.
Beauty balms claim to provide benefits of a moisturizer, skin corrector and a little bit coverage, all in one product. Some are designed for dry skin, some for oily, but they all promise to hydrate, smooth lines, diminish uneven skin tones and deliver a radiant glow to your face. They tend to provide light coverage, along the lines of tinted moisturizer, but they can be doubled up with foundation if you need a little more coverage. If this sounds like something you need then take a look at these balms that are consistenly receiving rave reviews from women everywhere.
Best Multi-Tasker: Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27
Boscia B.B. Cream comes in one “universally flattering shade” and claims to soothe, firm, and smooth your skin tone with light coverage to hide your imperfections. With SPF built right in it is perfectly designed for someone who wants to use one product to get it all done- perfect for people on the go.
Best for Dry, Sensitive Skin: Dr. Jart+Water Fuse Beauty Balm
I suffer from very dry cheeks and when I applied Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm (a sample I paid for) over a light moisturizer my skin felt noticeably hydrated and smoothed. The coverage was minimal- perfect for the summer months- but it definitely helped to even out my skin tone. Even better this formula is free of synthetic fragrance and sulfates that make my rosacea flare up. It is available in one universal shade.
Best on a Budget: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
It didn’t take long for a drugstore version of beauty balms to pop up, and the Garnier formula gets rave reviews. Available in two shades it provides SPF 15, evens out your skin tone, hydrates and makes your skin more radiant. The reviewers seem to agree with these claims and at only $12.99 a tube it is a great product for natural looking coverage.
Best for Oily Skin: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 25
Beauty junkies everywhere already know Smashbox for its award winning primers (designed to go under your foundation to smooth and prime your skin) and they’ve applied their technology to beauty balms. Available in five shades (fair to dark) it claims to be a five-in-one product that will moisturize, prime, perfect, protect and control oil with just one application. Sounds too good to be true, but if anyone can do it, Smashbox can.
Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.