BB Cream reviews of Bobbi Brown, La Roche-Posay & Ginvera

by Sylvia

BB cream reviews

I’m not sure about the US or Europe but in Australia and here in Singapore, BB creams are becoming quite the rage. Today I will review 3 of them complete with photos of the results.

What is a BB cream?

BB actually means Blemish Balm. BB creams are a cominbation of a skincare product (moisturizer) makeup and sun protection. Or you could consider it makeup with extra skin healing properties and sun protection. In short, it’s an all in one product, perfect for lazy ladies like me who will never make the time for a full makeup regimen.

I’m already on to my third BB cream so I thought I’d give you a review of my experience with BB creams sofar.

Ginvera BB Cream

The first BB Cream I ever tried was the Green Tea, nude cover BB cream from Ginvera. It can be used for all skin tones and has an SPF of 30PA++. The cream is also enriched with Green Tea, Ginseng, Chinese Angelica and Hyaluronic acid.

The cream is very fluid and is easy to apply. I just do it with my fingers but I’m sure there are more fancy ways to do it. The colour looks a bit funny at first, but once you apply it on the face, it does blend in with your own skin tone, even though I feel it comes out too light. The cream has a very pleasant smell also.

I have taken pictures with half of my face applied with the cream only up to my eyes. Can you see the difference?
Ginvera BB cream review

La Roche-Posay

The Roche-Posay BB Cream was actually bought by accident. I was looking for a good sunscreen and was offered this in the shop. Only later did I realise that it is actually a BB cream. It is clear that La Roche-Posay puts more emphasis on sun protection. The  SPF is 50PA+++ and the cream feels greasier on the skin. I’m also not sold on the colour that has a bit of a greyish undertone.

La Roch Posay BB cream review

Bobbi Brown

Liking the concept of a BB cream, I decided to turn to the brand that I often use for makeup. The BB creams at Bobbi Brown come in various colours and the light shade was deemed best for my skin. Although definitely thicker than Ginvera, this cream does not feel greasy on the skin and the colour is nice. Although there is no thick coverage, it definitely evens out my skin tone. It tends to have a yellow undertone which evens out any redness. Bobbi Brown’s BB cream has an SPF of 35.

Bobbi Brown BB cream review

BB creams review general verdict

The most important question is of course, can one cream really look after your skin, avoid lines, cover blemishes and protect against the sun? This would definitely be ideal for a lazy person like me, as that would mean I would only need to apply just one product! After trying it, I must say I’m quite impressed of what it can do. I felt the colour looked quite natural on my skin with the Bobbi Brown cream being my favorite. Both the Ginvera and Bobbi Brown creams felt non-greasy and they are not as thick as a foundation which suits me quite well.

However, I don’t believe that they can take over the duty of a good day-to-day moisturizer. As we age, we need a good cream with anti-aging properties  and I don’t feel that a BB-cream would be enough care for my skin.

So what I do instead is use a moisturizer AND a BB-cream. It’s still a lot quicker than using a separate foundation and sunscreen and I prefer the lighter texture of aBB cream to provide both functions. It’s perfect for a girl like me who would not normally even bother with a foundation.

The Bobbi Brown BB cream was my favorite and will be a much loved staple in my skincare / makeup box. I always add some loose powder at the end to get rid of the shinyness and this is the final result.

Here is a before and after picture of the Bobbi Brown BB cream applied to my whole face, finished with their loose powder.

BB creams review

Have you tried out BB Creams yet? If yes, I’d love to hear your reviews!


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Luc

In Australia, everyone is obsessed with BB creams, mainly because we need all of the sun protection we can get!
I’ve only used the Garnier one, which was the first one here, though others have recently arrived on the market. I have quite sensitive skin, and I was surprised that it did not make me break out at all.
I still like a more polished foundation look for work during the week (I have a reasonably casual office, so I think I need to be reasonably groomed, otherwise everything starts to slide to sloppy!) But the BB cream is perfect for the weekend. I used a richer moisturiser below it (though in the middle of summer it is ok on its own), then the BB cream and then some powder, as it is a bit shiny. It works well, and is a nice sheer kind of finish.
I’ve heard lots of good reports about the Bobby Brown one, I will try that next I think.

Sylvia

Thanks for your great feedback Luc. I guess, since I normally use nothing, a BB cream is already a step up. Since I still have not found a sunscreen that I love, it seems like a good alternative.

Greetje

I don’t use things like this. Just a day cream and bronzing powder. Quite frankly, taking off the remains of the bronzing powder at the end of the day, is more than enough work. Funnily enough I am much into clothes etc, but have no interest in make-up and the such. None at all.

Sylvia

It will be fashion again tomorrow Greetje!

Marla

The Bobbi Brown was also one of my favorite bb creams. I liked the shades and the consistency of this cream. I compared it to Missha and it was pretty close however the Missha had better coverage. Unfortunately it also contains parabens and has a fairly powerful perfume smell.
I still end up using my regular foundation most days in order to cover my hyperpigmentation and redness. The bb creams just don’t seem to cover it up as well.

Sylvia

I guess I should have compared my foundation and BB cream as well to see the difference. Perhaps next time. Thanks for your feedback!

Buckle Button Zip

Haven’t tried a BB cream yet, but know they are popular. Love the effect you got with the Bobbie Brown creme + powder.
x Laura

Sylvia

Thanks Laura. The photos are not so flattering as they were taken indoors with not the best light, but at least it gave you an idea.

Paula

What I think may be similar here in the states would be a moisturizer-tint make-up maybe?

I dont wear foundation/make-up but agree on the moisturizer! I use all other kinds of skin products–just too lazy for foundation. One must be very careful in its’ application!

Sylvia

True Paula and because BB creams are thinner, they are a bit easier to apply. Still gives you a bit of coverage without too much hassle and the benefit of the much need SPF.

Heather Fonseca

I’ve long been a fan of tinted moisturizer with SPF, so the BB creams piqued my interest soon after their introduction in the us. I’ve tried the one by too face, and I love it! It’s thick and gives good coverage but doesn’t look heavy. I’m looking forward to trying more brands!

Sylvia

Interesting Heather. I never heard of that brand. I look forward to reading about your trials with BB creams.

Marianne

I was already using a coloured daycream, so this will be more practical for me. Lately I am getting a lot of dark brown spots in my face and body, you get that when you get older, and they get darker from the sun. So it is very handy to have a suncream as well in your cream. My next plan is to go shopping for a BB cream.

Sylvia

Hope you find a good one Marianne. If you can, report back on your experience!

Crystal

I am african-american and use a combination of Super Beblesh Balm from Skin79 (korean brand) and Dream Fresh from Maybelline for it’s color. Basically a squirt from each, mix the together and apply. They are perfect! I get coverage and the BB cream from Skin79 has a lightener that has faded the dark spots I have. My skin tends to be a bit more on the oily side so I have to use a blotter once a day, but the coverage is amazing and my skin is better looking now in my almost 40s than it ever was in my 20s. I’m a huge fan of BB creams and they are great for someone like me who is not a makeup person.

Sylvia

Thanks for your feedback Crystal!

Bonitec

Hi Sylvia, excellent review of BB creams! I would like to add that BB cream is one of the few skincare products that were invented in Asia and made their way to the West. BB Creams are getting popular in Europe and the US, years after the Asian BB Cream craze! Asia seems to be the place where the new cosmetic trends get started nowadays. The next big alphabet things are the “CC cream”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CC_cream and even the “DD cream” 🙂

Kris

So happy to have fund your blog…li was looking for a BB cream and will be buying the Bobbie Brown one. Love that your blog is for us over fourty.

Sylvia

Welcome Kris. Hope you will be happy with your new cream and enjoy the many articles on the site!

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