First Impressions: Iman BB Cream

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“Not worth the price.”

I’ve been wanting to try this out since I heard it was being formulated late last year. When it finally hit shelves, I couldn’t find it in any of the local stores around my neighborhood, and I didn’t want to order online. I went into Wal-Mart yesterday, and low and behold: BAM! It was there.

So I finally got a hold of some of Iman’s BB Cream!  A BB cream for women of color!? Fuck yeah!

Price: $20

Shade: Clay Medium (I almost got Clay Medium Deep)

Unfortunately… I’m  not very impressed by it so far, especially not to have spent 20 bucks on it. Eeeh..

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Before: Soo, me without makeup. Hella pale, skin imperfections, puffy under eyes

After: Brightened and more evened skintone, not much coverage, made skin shinier, made puffy under eyes even more visible -__- (and I filled in my eyebrows, I had to. Lol)

Well, these are just my first impressions. I just don’t feel like it makes much of a difference… and for it to make my skin shiny is just, urggh.. Not good. I already have oily skin, so that’s the last thing I need.

I suppose it would be fine to wear if I’m just running out to the store, doing errands. I guess it does look nice for a “Fresh face” kinda look. Granted my skin already feels smooth, this BB cream still makes it feel nice. And I can’t “feel” it sitting on my skin (where as some foundations are heavy and you know it’s there). So that is all a plus.

This is what my full face of makeup would usually consist of:

BB Cream

Concealer

Foundation

Setting Powder

Eyebrow pencil

Liquid Liner

Eye shadow

Mascara or False Lashes

Lipstick/Lipgloss

Bronzer

(Circle lenses? Does that count hahaha)

 

 

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And here I’m only wearing:

Iman’s BB cream

Concealer

Setting Powder (I just can’t with the shininess!! Dx)

Eyebrow pencil

Mascara

So, I’m going to keep it on all day/night. I’ll report back later to let you all know how this BB holds up. I’ll even workout in it haha. Maybe I’ll like it better when I use it more often. It’s suppose to improve my overall skintone over time (days, weeks, months), so I’ll be watching out for that too.

Again, these are just my first impressions.

Skin 79 BB Cream + My Application Technique

I’ve always been interested in BB Cream for years now. I’m sure many of you have heard of it by now, considering the trend sweeping across Western Beauty Brands… But I’m not talking about the Western BB Creams. I’ve been interested in BB Creams long before Western companies began attempting to create their own wanna-be versions (and maybe many of you have also known about them before too!).

The “BB” in BB cream stands for Beauty Balm, Blemish Balm, Beauty Base, or Beblesh Balm. It was originally created in Germany, but became very popular in East and Southeast Asia.

The cream is meant to act as a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, while also giving light coverage. Different BB creams have different benefits, such as “Anti-Wrinkle”, “Whitening”, “Brightening” “Sebum Control”, and so on.
There are many brands, but today I’m only going to speak about the two that I purchased awhile ago. As a black woman, I’m also going to explain how I wear it. Many BB Creams are usually too light for darker skintones, but that doesn’t stop me!)

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So these are the first Korean BB Creams that I’ve ever purchased, I’ve used different Western brands and to put it rather bluntly, they sucked. Being that they are western brands, they also have no excuse not to make BB cream for women with darker skintones (and many brands have done very poorly in that department).

This brand of BB that I have is Skin 79, as you can see, they also came with small samples (which I don’t plan to open or use until I’m out of my current BB).

 

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Skin 79: SUPER+ Beblesh Blam: Triple Functions

The benefits that this BB provides is Whitening, UV Protection, and Wrinkle Improvement.

I’ve been using this BB for over a month now, and I have to say that I really like this product. I especially like the way it makes my skin look. As far as it’s “benefits” go though, I don’t believe this product whitens,  and seeing as how I’m not trying to bleach/whiten my skin (granted my face is darker than the rest of my body), that doesn’t bother me at all. And I happen to have smile/laugh lines and a single (frown/worry?) line in my forehead, but I haven’t noticed much difference with those either, haha!

Price: $13.78 (free shipping, on Amazon)

Website: Hot Pink Super+ BB Cream

 

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Skin 79: VIP GOLD COLLECTION: SUPER+ Beblesh Balm

Again, this BB is supposed to provide the same benefits. I actually don’t use this one as often as it’s pink counterpart though. It has a more grey-ish tint (even under my makeup) which doesn’t really sit well with me. Maybe I need to work with it more, but until I do it’s not particularly my favorite.

Price: $13.99 (free shipping, on Amazon)

Website: VIP Gold Super+ BB Cream

 

(You can find way more information on both products on the website links I provided. )

 

The swatches actually look very similar in this picture. (Pink is on the left, Gold on the right). But the Gold is really more grey-ish when I put it on my face!IMAG0339

IMAG0338And these are the samples. 2 Gold (the one I purchased), and One Orange- Which seems to have the exact same functions as the BB Creams that I have, but I’m going to guess maybe it’s a different tint/skintone. I’ll find out when I finally open it. :P

And now I’ll show how *I* wear these BB creams. Obviously, they’re too light for me. Someone with a lighter skintone could wear this BB Cream without any other makeup if they wanted to, but I can’t get away with that. So after I apply it on certain parts of my face and blend it in, I apply my (MAC) concealer/foundation on top of it.

 

I’m going to use this face canvas that I drew to explain.This is typically where I place the BB cream.

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I don’t use a lot. And you don’t want to use a lot either or else it’ll stand out too much under your foundation and have you looking ghostly. I simply pump a small amount onto my index finger and dot it onto my face in these areas: 1.On my forehead between my brows, 2. the tip/bridge of my nose, 3. under my eyes, and 4. on my lower cheeks/jaw (sometimes a little higher)

And then…

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I just blend it in! I blend the area between my eyebrows/on my forehead to meet the bridge of my nose. I blend under my eyes, but I don’t blend it out so much that it’s spreads all over my face. and I blend out my lower cheeks/jaw upward, onto the outer perimeter/sides of my face (up to about where my ears start- not on my ears though lol) Also, I typically apply my BB this way because this is where I usually have blemishes on my skin (lower cheeks/jaw that I explained) and so those are the areas that I try to cover a little bit. So maybe you will want to figure out what best suits your face, depending on what you want to cover/fix.

And from there, I apply my Mac Concealer and Foundation on top and go through my usual makeup routine. Sometimes, after I’ve finished applying my foundation, I also like to apply a little more BB back under my eyes and on the bridge of my nose and blend it in (for a brighter under eye look). But, that’s about it! :) I definitely plan to expand my Korean BB collection and I’ll be reviewing them as I go along!

I hope this is helpful to someone. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help you out.