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 OPINION, belong 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"?|
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.
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.
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.
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!