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May 9, 2013

The BB Cream Monologue|Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Is A Love At First Sight

I hope you are not overwhelmed by all the BB cream madness because I'm about to bombard you with more. The beauty blogosphere has been saturated with talks about these makeup innovations, and I would like to share with you some of the best (and worst) I've tried.

I'm starting a new mini series, The BB Cream Monologue, which is the intro 101 on anything and everything there is about BB cream - product demonstrations, reviews, comparisons, and breakdowns on which brand is the best for your skin type.

I've been using BB creams for years, and if there is one thing I learned is that they aren't and shouldn't be used as skincare substitutes. Companies market them with different claims because just like any other beauty products, a good campaign needs special points to attract customers. I'm not saying that they are gimmicks, but if you wish to remove those annoying fine lines with an anti-aging BB cream, you may be out of luck. However, one that provides decent coverage, offers long-lasting performance, and keeps my makeup flawless is a winner in my book.

I've been contemplating about getting the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream ($39 for 1.5 fl oz/45 ml) after spotting it at my local Costco, so I was beyond excited when offered the opportunity to try this. I'm about a MAC NC20, and medium (out of 5 shades) is a pretty good match for my light complexion.

The broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40 is a good and much needed feature. But I would still recommend layering a separate sunscreen underneath if you'll be exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period. 

My immediate reaction is that its texture is very similar, if not identical, to my favorite BB creams from Asian brands. It's thick (but not cakey), moist (but not greasy), and creamy (but not heavy). The rich consistency doesn't make sprending this the easiest, so I like to warm it up first with my fingers.

A quick scan of the ingredients list reveals dimethicone and some possible allergens, so if you have extremely sensitive skin or are allergic to silicon-based products, this may not be a great choice for you. But the added vitamin c and cell regenerating ingredients should arm this BB cream with some potent skin boosting abilities.

This BB cream delivers light to medium coverage and is excellent at concealing large pores and uneven skintone. However, the coverage is weak for my acne scars. It's also not hydrating enough for drier skin, so I would recommend this for normal, combination, and oily skin. 

It dries to a semi-dewy finish that looks natural and healthy. I don't need an extra setting powder. I have pretty oily skin, and this keeps my oil at bay for about half of the day. At least one touch-up is required if you don't want patchy makeup by the end of the day.

Overall, this BB cream is a pleasant surprise that offers good coverage and clean finish. The rich texture requires some practices to achieve an even result, but the finished look is beautiful and flawless. Although not comfortable for dry skin, this is decent at oil control. At 5 different shade options, you'll easily find a perfect match for your skin tone.

I have a whole stash of BB creams lined up for this series winking but I would love to learn which one is your favorite? Foundation, tinted moisturizer, and BB cream - which is your pick for a quick and easy look?   ~Angela

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  1. I am probably the last person to get excited over BB creams but I still read the article, lol :-) I actually like the look and the sound of this one. My skin is on the oily side, so I guess it would be good for my skin.

  2. Thanks for reading Melissa :) I have pretty oily skin too, and this works fine on me. I can't say that it's the best out there for oily skin, but it is very nice. I still have to blot once in the afternoon, but overall I like the finish and how it looks on me. I don't use setting powder with this because I really like the semi-dewy finish, but if want to get more hours out of this, a translucent powder is always a good choice.

  3. Fiona @ Street LoveMay 14, 2013, 11:31:00 PM

    Although Asia are very much into BB Cream...I'm not. I am the odd one :D

    No doubt there are pretty decent BB Cream in the market. Some turn grey on me, some cake on me while some is amazing like Clarins Asia exclusive BB Cream. I'm starting to accept BB Cream more but I must set it with powder. I don't like the stickiness when I touch my face lol. The coverage looks great on you!

  4. Some BB creams are quite sticky on me, and I have to use a setting powder, but a few is fine just by itself. That Clarins BB cream sounds really nice, and now I want to try it.

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