Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Three BB Creams In Your Drugstore the Pink Sith Thinks You Should Avoid

3 BB Creams to avoid according to pinksith.com

You know me. I'm a BB cream addict. OK. Maybe not addict, but I always like finding a new foundation/base makeup product. When BB creams showed up on my radar well over a decade ago, I knew I would find some winners and losers in the bunch. I have found a few good BB creams and MANY bad BB creams. The ones from the American drugstore market are mostly insufficient as BB creams go. To learn more about what I consider to be a REAL BB Cream (In my opinion) should do, read my article "BB Creams. What Are They?". Sure, there are a few good drugstore BB creams, like Revlon Photo Ready BB cream, but there are some real stinkers too.

Today I bring you three BB Creams that IN MY OPINIONbelong in the Hall of Shame a.k.a. trash can. In no particular order:


1. L'Oreal Paris Magic Magic B.B. Cream (Purchase)
L'Oreal makes the claim that this "magic" cream has "4 Beautifying Actions in 1: Primes, Perfects, Hydrates, Corrects".
This is actually NOT a BB Cream like you think. L'Oreal tricks you by using the abbreviation B. B. This abbreviation, B. B. stands for "Beautifying Beads". I think it's more like B. S. As L'Oreal explains it. the Beautifying Beads are encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C and E. 


Do you see the "beautifying beads"?
Encapsulated pigments is code for color encased in wax balls which "burst" when you mix them and the lotion on your skin. Almay had that gimmick years ago called "Smart Shade" foundation or some such nonsense. First we have a BB cream where the BB doesn't even mean what consumers think it to mean. Secondly we have a lotion that is devoid of Vitamin C. It does have vitamin E listed as Tocopherol the 3rd last ingredient on the list, and Panthenol which is Vitamin B5, the 2nd to last ingredient on the list. (The lower the ingredient, the less of it in the product) This is primarily a silicone laden moisturizer (Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, and Isoeicosane) with some pigment pellets suspended in it. They should call it P. P. cream!!



Field testing this "BB" cream resulted in oily sheen across face, little to no color imparted on the skin. It did not Prime, it did not perfect, it did not correct. It did hydrate...sort of...but the silicones prevented this from fully absorbing into the skin. Last but not least, where is the sunscreen? BB creams should provide protection from UVA and UVB rays. This product has 0 sun protection.

Verdict: Not a real BB cream, Not worth your money.

Ingredients:
Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isoeicosane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Boron Nitride, Phenoxythanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Methylparaben, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates/C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)


2. CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 BB Cream Tinted Coverage (Press Sample)
CoverGirl used to have THE EXACT SAME PRODUCT marketed as a tinted moisturizer. Now with the BB craze they simply changed the packaging to read BB cream instead of Tinted Moisturizer. Yes. Really. Do they think we are stupid? The CG Smoothers BB Cream does contain sunscreen, so there is that, but aside from it being a moisturizer with a low level of silicones, this does not a BB cream make. It's a tinted moisturizer, plain and simple. It does not mask pores, act as a primer, smooth lines, rejuvenate skin tone...none of that. A proper BB cream will do all that. The CG Smoothers BB cream does boast antiaging benefits as it has Vitamin E higher up on the ingredient list and Vitamin A really low on the ingredient list, but even if you used this as your ONLY moisturizer for an entire year I don't think you would not see any anti-aging benefits from those ingredients.


Field testing this "BB" cream was a nightmare. I understand that it is meant for dry to normal skin, and I have oily skin, but that wasn't the nightmare. The nightmare is that the pigmentation in the "BB" cream was severely lacking. Like I could see it was tinted when I squeezed it out of the tube, but as soon as I began to apply it to my face the coverage was so incredibly sheet that the color completely disappeared. Like NOTHING. Like putting on plain old moisturizer. CG claims that this product has "lightweight moisturizers with a wash of sheer color to help cover tiny imperfections and smooth skin tone" A) Not lightweight moisturizing. Kinda medium to heavy. B) "cover tiny imperfections" my butt! If I had imperfections that this slop could cover, I wouldn't need a tinted moisturizer in the first place because I would have to have PERFECT SKIN! C) SPF 15 is not strong enough for sun protection in my opinion. The Zinc Oxide is photostable (Meaning it wont degrade or break down over time while wearing it) but the Octinoxate is NOT. In fact, it is "Water-insoluble; Degrades overtime when exposed to sunlight, therefore, not the most photostable" (Source Skinacea.com UV Filters Chart)

Verdict: This is just a tinted moisturizer with a crappy and non photostable sunscreen to boot.. If you want something that moisturizes and you don't care that the tint won't show up on you....skip this and get a regular moisturizer with a decent sunscreen.

Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (6%), Zinc Oxide (3.0%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Oleth 3 Phosphate, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Talc, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Panthenol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Methicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth 7, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides


3) Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup (Purchase)
9 in 1. Well that's certainly a time saver, right? Rimmel claims that their BB Cream "Primes, Moisturizes, Minimizes Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect". Technically that is 9 things, but let's look at them one by one, shall we? Prime - OK. There is Cyclopentasiloxane, which is used in primers to smooth out skin and mask pores. Moisturizes - OK. It can moisturize with the Shea Butter in the ingredients list along with a few other ingredients. Minimizes Pores - That should read Minimizes THE LOOK of pores because nothing, aside from extraction, could possibly minimize the size of your pores. Your pores do not get bigger and smaller because you put some gunk on them. Pores can LOOK smaller thanks to the Cyclopentasiloxane. So that's kinda only 8 things now. Conceals - The tint will conceal a bit. Covers - That's kinda like conceal isn't it? So I'm gonna knock this down to 7 things it does. Smoothes - So it does not technically smooth your skin though some sort of chemical exfoliant and it has no physical exfoliant so I'll say it GIVES THE APPEARANCE of smooth skin with the Cyclopentasiloxane and Mica...so that's 6 things it does because priming and pore concealing are almost the same as smoothing in this instance. Mattifies - Yes. It does mattify. Brightens - It does contain Ascorbyl Glucoside which is a form of Vitamin C, and a stable form at that. The Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract in this product could technically brighten your skin if it wasn't so low on the ingredient list...and if Glycerrhiza Glabra Root Extract was truly efficient in brightening...which, according to Truth In Aging website, "there is little research on its [Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract] actual ability to whiten or moisturize. When combined with other plant oils, alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, keto-acids amides, ammonium salts and inorganic salts it can be used to reduce dark age spots and whiten skin, according to some studies." Maybe we're at 5 1/2 since the jury is out on the benefits of Glycerrhiza Glabra Root Extract to whiten, but at least the Ascorbyl Glucoside is stable. Protect - Yes. the SPF 25 is decent, it could be higher but not necessary. The sunscreen is all chemical Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (4%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (2%), and while Avobenzone is not known to be photostable, the addition of Octocrylene makes it stable. So yes, the Rimmel BB Cream is really a 5 1/2 in 1 product.


Field Testing this BB cream is where I had my problems. This stuff is streakier than a spray on tan without exfoliating. I mean this stuff balls up on your skin, does not apply evenly, and in general looks like you have a fine layer of play-dough on your face. It's utterly terrible. I really had high hopes with the mattifying promises, but alas it was not meant to be. Oh and the lightest color Rimmel offers was still too dark and orange on me.

Verdict: Move Along This is not the BB cream you are looking for. While this does meet most of the requirements to be a BB cream, the formula and finish leave much to be desired.

Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (4%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (2%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Beheneth-25, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Dimyristate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, BHT, Citric Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

I know that some of you will disagree with me on these "worst" BB creams.  This is my opinion only. Your experience and opinion may differ.  I would love to hear your experience with these particular products because everyone is different and has different needs. If you have had a good experience with any of these products, and wish to leave a comment, I ask that you also mention your skin type (Dry, Normal Oily) and skin concerns (Redness, Acne, Dry Patches, Sensitive) in your comments so others will benefit from your feedback. Thanks!

32 comments:

  1. but...butttt..... =( I love the L'Oreal.... *cries and drinks wine*

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    1. Brooke! There is a wine shortage! This is why we can't have nice things!

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  2. TOTES AGREE. And thank goodness you didn't trash my Revlon Photoready. Them wouldabeen fightin words. I suspect there are many more....

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  3. The L'Oreal BB cream was one of the worst face products I've ever used. I don't think I've ever returned something that fast in my LIFE.

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  4. I would absolutely add the Garnier and Nivea ones too! Generally most Western BB creams are terrible compared to the Asian drugstore ones.

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    1. I like the Garnier for oily skin. I have used it for about 6 months.

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  5. i have normal/combo skin with some acne scarring so i go for fuller coverage foundation on top of my tinted moisturizer. BB and CC creams are not a part of my regular routine but i've tried some.

    i actually liked the L'oreal and the worst for me was the Olay Fresh Effects. it barely qualifies as a tinted moisturizer, let alone a bb cream. horrible.

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  6. Love the Garnier-- it works for me, and it has several different formulations, and more shades than most.

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  7. thanks for the heads-up,i have flirted with these in the store a few times but was always skeptical enough not to buy- THANK GOODNESS

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  8. I also can not stand gainer BB cream, along with these. I'm not even sure how anyone even likes that one. I really want to try the Revlon BB cream since I heard such good things about it, but the last two revlon foundations I used broke me out. I'm so afraid to try the BB cream.

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  9. Totally agree on the L´Oreal product. It is not real BB cream.

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  10. Thanks for the heads up on these three to pass on. Speaking of drugstore foundations, I'd like to recommend Lumene CC Cream - I've had really good luck with it. But it's funny how some things work for some people and not for others. I hate the Revlon Photoready: it just settles into all my lines and wrinkles. And I love Almays Anti-aging Smart Shade Foundation. So go figure!

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  11. Well that's good to know, thanks Elvira! I am not a BB cream girl to begin with anyway, really.

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  12. "Move along!" I am picturing the ghost of Obi-Wan guiding me through the drugstore makeup aisle. Or maybe we all just need a top 10 BB cream guide (drugstore or department store) from the Pink Sith. my tube is almost empty. Help me, Pink Sith. You are my only hope.

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  13. LOL! I can't bring myself to refer to any of these as a BB cream, and I agree that they are some of the worst of this makeup "genre" to have ever hit the market.

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    1. Agree with you on this. It's marketing strategy of some 'miracle' product just gets on my nerves, and when companies employ tactics pretending they are bb ceams when they are not or worse, repackaged products, I steer clear altogether.

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  14. I was in lurve with the L'Oreal until I saw a photo of myself in which my face in no way matched my neck. I became extremely embarrassed that that's how I'd been walking around for the previous few months. I did appreciate the texture, though, and how well it wore on its own during the summer months. I'll put in another vote for the Garnier, though-- it's a little higher maintenance, formula wise, but that's hardly a complaint for how well it performs in all other areas.

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  15. I love the L'Oreal BB cream but I will admit that the name is misleading. However, I liked the coverage. I have oily/combination skin. I would add that Garnier BB cream is the worst on the market. It's oily, it has no coverage, it doesn't last long at all. I haven't tried the oil free version and I won't. I'm not wasting my money on that product again.

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  16. was cracking up at B.S. and P.P. L'Oreal ...can you imagine a product like that lol!! In your words...these are all terrible terrible, I've tried Dr Jart and it works wonders for my skin. Most drugstore BB creams are just overpriced, lackluster foundations with some inventive advertizing thrown in

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    1. I agree about Dr. Jart! GOOD STUFF!! I like the black label and the water fuse bb creams.

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    2. I used Dr. Jart water fuse bb cream for a while and it's great!

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  17. Lordy, the L'Oreal pellet type products infuriate me!
    Great round-up, although I'd like to add the Lancome BB to your list (zero colour pay-off, chalky finish) and the Garnier (sloppy, oily mess).

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  18. Great post!!! I thought these products are great, thanks for letting us know. I feel sad that some brands really trick their consumer with false claims.

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  19. Garnier was the worst BB cream I have tried. Granted, I tried it before they came out with their "oily skin" formula, but I have no urge to waste $12 on another tube of it.
    I do happen to use the Rimmel BB Cream daily. I find it gives me a good amount of moisture and coverage, evening out my redness and generally keeping me shine free for most of my day. I've never had an issue with its application or coverage - but I also tend to keep my face slightly still damp when applying it so that my skin locks in the moisture.

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  20. I use Missha's BB Crème (Korean) & really like it a lot, though it is expensive. I don't think I'll be buying anymore BB's for a while. As I'm hitting pre-menopause, I seem to be getting oilier & oilier & have more more acne. I don't think BB's are the right choice for me any longer. Thanks for a dose of Truth. Love it.

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  21. What is up with L'Oreal and their BB/CC creams? This BB cream is definitely not my fave, but what really gets me is the Visible Lift CC Cream. I have heard from multiple readers and bloggers that it's a greasy mess with ZERO pigmentation. Sigh...

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  22. I have oily skin with occasional breakouts and have to say that I absolutely LOVE the Garnier BB cream. I purchased the oily skin BB cream and think it covers wonderfully and gives just enough SPF.

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  23. Actually, at 61, I now prefer the Covergirl CG Tinted Moisturizer (aka bb cream)--the sheerness has its advantages. I don't want anything that fills or conceals--that only makes one's skin look worse. My skin is really smooth and wrinkle free and I mix the tinted moisturizer with a litle bit of illuminator or extra moisture and apply with sponge. Mature skin will not benefit from heavy concealment.

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  24. I actually really like the Rimmel one. The lightest one is still a touch too dark/orange for my skin, but that's really my only complaint. I enjoy the Revlon one too, but I have to use a good amount of powder to not look completely shiny, while the Rimmel actually keeps me fairly matte throughout the day.

    I was surprised by your reaction to the Loreal one. I never felt like trying it, but I heard a lot of others say they liked it.

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  25. I liked CG smoothers (as a tinted moisturizer!)...I have normal to dry skin without any major concealing issues. But it pisses me off that they repackaged it just to try and cash in on people wanting to be trendy. Dishonesty FTL.

    I tried the revlon CC cream (it's cc right? idk, the one klout gave out) and it was godawful. GODAWFUL. It didn't blend, didn't absorb, didn't moisturize, didn't smooth (it made my skin look rougher because it clings to random places)... just terrible, terrible product.

    I've been trying Skin 79's Super BB, which is technically drugstore since I got it at my local Japanese supermarket for ~$15. I like it! Great for dry skin so far. :)

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  26. I must agree that so far none of the drugstore BB cream have impressed me, except for the Rimmel one. I think I'll just stick with my trusty Asian brand BB cream (loving my Skin 79 one right now).
    Love this post!

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