B.B has ARRIVED! No not the latest Blackberry, something much more addictive. If you haven’t yet heard then read closely, BLEMISH BALMS  (B.B. creams) are the latest make-up trend to take the beauty world by storm and now, Garnier is launching its first in the UK.

So what does BB Miracle skin protector do? It’s an all in one, super-duper, anytime, anywhere skincare solution for perfected skin. B.B can be used on its own, used as a primer, when you get up or even after the gym. In short, BB creams are a make up/skincare hybrid, offering an all-in-one product that provides skincare, healing, coverage and protection.

BB or rather Blemish Balm creams are among Asia’s hottest beauty products and now BB’s have finally made their way to Europe and look as if they will have an equally mighty impact on our skincare market. Originally formulated in Germany to heal laser skin surgery, BB cream has in recent years gained a huge following for its skin-regenerating properties and increased its popularity mostly in Asia as it provided natural-looking skin coverage.

But Garnier isn’t the only brand available to the UK and Europe jumping on the BB bandwagon. I first started hearing about BB creams a few months ago, and decided to look into the different variety brands of BBs available.  Spanish spa brand Germaine de Capuccini has just launched its BB Cream Perfectionist (£49.25), a tinted cream with SPF 12 that’s rich in moisturising ingredients. In April, Harrods began selling Dior Snow White Reveal UV Protection BB Cream (£36.50), while Estee Lauder’s Cyber White Brilliant Cells Extra Intensive BB (£26) is available at Heathrow airport, and Mac’s Prep + Prime BB Cream (£22.10) and Clinique’s Age Defence BB Cream (£19) are also available at Heathrow and online.

Germaine de Capuccini BB Cream Perfectionist


Estee Lauder’s Cyber White Brilliant Cells Extra Intensive BB


Dior Snow White Reveal UV Protection BB Cream


Clinique’s Age Defence BB Cream

Over the weekend I gave in and decided to try my first BB cream, and thought it best to go with what I know, so purchased Mac’s Prep + Prime BB Cream. Even though it is quite pricey, I have no doubt the end effect will have paid up it’s value. It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all but works well as a primer; for us darker girls, the cream can be easily blended in with foundation or can be applied as a thin layer before adding foundation over the top.

It helped keep my makeup looking fresh for longer (thirteen hours) and always felt lightweight, giving a fresh, natural look.

So over all, a FAB thumps up.

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