The Hunt for the Right BB Cream

Last week, I shared some tips on how to fight the battle against oily skin. Living in humid South Florida, the struggle can be very much real. As previously mentioned, I found out about these magical BB Creams, or Beauty Balms, and decided to try them out. I began a hardcore Google search about various BB Creams and came across a few that seemed pretty promising. Not only can some miminze shine, they also can even your skin tone. As a girl who battled acne throughout her teens, I was down.

My only issue is that I wasn’t a fan of the prices. I want to look good, not go broke. I saw that Maybelline had their own BB Cream, and since it was under ten dollars I decided to give it a try for my sister’s wedding. Risky, I know.

Maybelline BB Cream


I give Maybelline kudos for having my shade but in terms of preventing Crisco-face, it didn’t really do it for me. It did however give a nice coverage that wasn’t cakey. After checking out their website, I realized it doesn’t promise to prevent shine and the description said it’s “ideal for normal skin.” So I would recommend Maybelline, just not for my shiney-faced gals.

Though slightly discouraged, I kept looking. I heard companies like Garnier and Olay had BB Creams and I was excited to try them. Unfortunately, that excitement didn’t last long when I saw them in the store.

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The variety of colors stink!

It’s often difficult for women of color to find makeup that matches their skin. If it wasn’t for Queen Latifah, many would be out of luck when it comes to finding affordable foundation. I was disappointed to see that Garnier or Olay didn’t think about other skin tones while making their BB Creams.

Finally I moved on to Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream. I like it, though I’m not a fan of the 39-dollar price tag. Rather than swipe my debit card, I took the broke college student route and got a sample from Sephora first.

Smashbox BB Cream Sample

You don’t need much so my sample is still pretty full. Applying it with a good beauty sponge does the trick. With Smashbox’s BB Cream, I had a slight amount of shine but not the super greasy look that I’m used to having by 5 p.m. It also gave my face the right amount of tint without looking cakey. I had a natural looking color.

As much as I like this stuff, I don’t think I want to pay $39 dollars for it. Suze Orman wouldn’t approve, so I’ll decide once my sample is all gone.

So I guess in the meantime the hunt goes on? I guess this is where I cue the black screen that says “To be continued…”

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3 thoughts on “The Hunt for the Right BB Cream

  1. My skin became much less oily once I’ve given up on all the commercially available cleansers, acne treatments and moisturizers and switched to 100% natural, homemade skin care. I’m still experimenting to find the perfect regimen for my skin, but I am pretty sure that I won’t be raiding Sephora for skin care products any more :)

    • Some natural skincare products don’t agree with my skin; but I switched from Clean & Clear and Neutrogena cleansers to an all-natural cleanser and it’s definitely made a huge difference in my skin. Especially in terms of taming break outs and oil. Water is also my BFF!

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