Battle of the BB creams: splurge vs. save
Everyone is still going nuts about BB creams, beauties. Absolutely nuts, tell you. And I get it. Truly I do. When a skin care product passes my desk that promises to tackle multiple skin issues (read: dull and uneven skin tone, sunburn and UV damage, dehydration and acne breakouts), I’m all over it like white on rice.
Numerous brands have introduced these super-charged skin-perfecting products into their skin care line-ups, and today we’re showcasing two relative newcomers to the BB arena and forcing them into the battle arena. It’s luxe against budget-friendly; splurge verses save. Yep, we’re doing the research for you, so you know just how many pennies to part with when it comes to the ideal BB cream for your skin.
Let the battle begin….
SPLURGE: Dior Hydra Life BB Crème ($85 | 02 9695 4800)
The deets: This BB was created in collaboration with Dior’s make-up artists, so there’s a strong focus on skin-evening properties and a flawless finish. It’s lightweight, contains high-strength pigmentation-correcting ingredients – just what you’d expect from a luxe brand – and feels velvety smooth on the skin. You get fresh, luminous skin instantly, and clear, even skin with regular use.
You’ll love it if… Your uneven skin requires a little more coverage than a regular tinted moisturiser gives, and your skin could do with a serious hydration boost. Just like BB creams available in Asia, this one is quite thick in its coverage, and the high quality ingredients mean it’s a smart long-term investment for your skin.
SAVE: L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique, $26.95
The deets: Available in light and medium, this BB cream contains pigments that adjust to your skin tone and type, making for a natural, even finish upon application. Once applied, it works away at sunspots and imperfections, creating a clear and even complexion with regular use. With SPF 12 UV protection it’ll help prevent new sunspots from forming, while nourishing the skin with 24hours of intense hydration at the same time too.
You’ll love it if… You’re after instant luminosity and a wonderful, hydrating make-up base. Sheer in its coverage, its skin-perfecting tint also makes it ideal for foundation-free weekends. Your skin will love the dewy, glowy finish too, which is awesome for the cooler months.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Skin care is such a personal thing – what works really well for you may not do good things for your best friend. Depending on how much coin you have to burn – and what your major skin concerns are – these two skin wonders are both brilliant. But if you’re after an instant glowy fix, L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique will float your boat, and if you’ve got mature skin and major skin concerns, the exceptional anti-ageing elements of the Dior Hydra Life BB Crème can’t be overlooked.
Have you tried either of these BB creams? Are you interested in trying either of them?
PS. Ever wondered if it's a good idea to sleep in your BB cream?