A look at MAC’s unique take on the BB cream revolution
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
When I grow up, I want to be a beauty historian, because many great products and ideas are rooted in the past discoveries or necessities. I dream of a perfect world where new products help me look flawless with minimal effort. So, I am always looking for what is new, what has improved and what saves time.
BB cream is a popular player in the beauty ball game. What the heck is a BB cream you may ask? BB is actually short for blemish balm, blemish base or beauty balm. It is serious business in Korea where even the word “blemish” has a trademark. It is “all in one” product that has a combination of ingredients such as moisturizer, primer and sun block.
Believe it or not, BB’s have been around since 1960. Dr. Christine Schrammek, a German dermatologist formulated the first BB cream to help protect patients skin after surgery. I was excited to try one of MAC’s latest twist on the beauty balm, the Prep +Prime Beauty Balm Compact with SPF 30 ($30).
For now, this compact is available in just three colors:
Extra Light – pale alabaster
Light – pale ivory
Light Plus – light ivory
I inquired at my local MAC counter why there were just three colors and was told three things. 1) This is a test run to see how the consumers like it. 2) Due to the added sunblock it is hard to formulate warmer pigments. 3) Time will tell what happens next.
Initially, I was alarmed as typical colors do not usually work on me. But, rest your fears, because this product is super sheer and versatile. These natural, semi translucent shades are created to “perfect, protect, even out and illuminate” almost any skin tone.
This is the only BB cream I have seen in a compact. It can be applied it like a cream foundation with a sponge. The sponge performed just fine, but I preferred my foundation brush for an even application. This took a bit of practice, as I am used to warming product with my fingers.
But once I got the hang of it, I found the BB Compact to be a double duty lover’s dream combining skin prepping and priming with a broad spectrum SPF 35. Not bad for one slim compact.
The Prep +Prime Beauty Balm Compact formulation really smoothed out my skin and erased much of my redness with no irritation from my sensitive skin. Touch ups on the go were a snap. It was such a pleasure to say good-bye to redness whenever it rudely shows up uninvited during the day. I’m now a BB-believer!
Readers – Have you jumped aboard the BB Cream train? What are your thoughts?
Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
photos: we heart this, shown on NC 25/30 skintone
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