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Makeup Wars: Best BB Cream

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I love BB creams and have a number of favorites. Currently, I often find myself wearing Skin 79 products, in part because I got a kit with samples of 4 of their different creams. At $15 for this sample kit, it is a great value way to try a few quality BB creams. I got my kit at YesStyle, which is my absolute favorite store for Asian makeup and fashion (they are awesome for cool handbags and shoes too)!

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The BB creams in the kit are:

Skin 79 Super BB (VIP Gold): Formulated for anti-aging.

Super BB Plus (Hot Pink): formulated for skin brightening and hyperpigmentation.

BB Diamond Prestige: A BB cream formulated for oily skin.

BB Diamond Pearl. Another good one for oily skin with light illuminators.

Skin 79 is a Korean company and these BB creams are the real deal, as opposed to the many drugstore brands popping up that claim BB in their title, but really are just tinted moisturizers. A real BB cream will be thicker and can often be worn alone in place of foundation with fairly decent coverage. It normally will also include treatment actives to address various skin concerns. The idea is to have a multi-function product all in one package.

Skin79’s products are tinted and they blend well, making it easy match your skin if you are in the fair to light range. Basically, once blended, they tend to look OK across several skin tone ranges. Where this brand it doesn’t work well though is for those with darker skin. The Asian companies have not done a lot to cater to that unfortunately. The US companies have done a bit better with that, but their products are often inferior. Look at the Bobbi Brown BB cream as an option for medium to dark skin (although they still lack a very dark shade) . The creams wear OK with my oily skin, but I do often apply a mattifier first, even with the creams that are meant for oily skin, as they still tend to leave me shiny at times.

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Below are Skin79 swatches in the following order: Super BB (VIP Gold), Super BB Plus (Hot Pink), BB Diamond Prestige, and BB Diamond Pearl. All of these blend to match my skin pretty well despite looking different right out of the tube.

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For example, here it is after I blended my arm. I was left with a smooth, skin tone matching surface. Coverage is quite good from them too.

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Here is a goofy self portrait. I’m wearing BB Diamond Pearl, which is the lightest of the four. I put powder over it, which mattes it up more, but I think if you can avoid the powder (ie you have normal or dry skin), you can get a better look from it.

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