Once again your favorite beauty bloggers are battling it out. This time to find the best BB (beauty or blemish balm) cream. My soldier in this battle is 3LAB’s Perfect BB Cream SPF 40/PA+++. For more BB Cream blogger reviews, either click the previous and next buttons above or see the thumbnails at the end of this post.
Being on a budget when I get the opportunity to try a luxury product, I’m all over it! I love the concept of BB creams, they are like a tinted moisturizer on steroids; a foundation, moisturizer, primer, sunscreen and serious skin care all in one. Rather than going into a long explanation of what a BB cream (Blemish or Beauty Balm) is, and where they came from, you can read my post on BB creams here. I also review a few other BB creams in that post.
The saying “it’s all in the name” is very apropos here, 3LAB’s Perfect BB Cream SPF 40/PA+++ is “perfect” for women over 40–hydrating, pore minimizing and anti-aging! I can’t find much wrong with this product other than they need more shades. There are three shades available which is more than most BB creams.
What I Love About 3LAB Perfect BB SPF40/PA+++
Texture: lighter than a foundation (“perfect” for summer), better coverage than a tinted moisturizer
Sunscreen: Titanium Dioxide (a whopping 12.16%) based and does not contain chemical sunscreens. Also 3+’s is the highest protection available
Finish: semi-matte, gives a flawless, poreless appearance to the skin!
Skin Care benefits: infused with 3LAB’s signature bio-engineered growth hormone and apple stem cell technology
Lasts for 12 hours or more
Packaging: Sanitary pump tube
Limited shade availability. I don’t even feel good about calling that a con because so many BB creams only come in one shade!
In my humble opinion, 3Lab Perfect BB is the absolute BEST out there! Most have more moisturizer in them than skin care and make my combination skin look oily and greasy by mid-day. Some of the sunscreens leave a whitish cast on my skin and give the BB cream a thick gloppy texture. This one is similar to a light foundation and gives a smooth, flawless, radiant look to the skin. It does not wear off, oxidize or fade–it lasts for a good 12 hours or more without looking cakey.
There are three shades available; Light, Medium and Dark. Don’t be scared, each shade works for a variety of skin tones. I apply with my fingers or my beauty blender sponge but it does come with a “roller” applicator. I have no idea where my roller is, (probably with the yellow sweater I lost last summer and the book I’m currently looking high and low for) but many of my blogger friends love it! One applies the 3Lab BB cream with her fingers and then blends with the roller.
Overall: This BB cream cannot be beat! I wish I could say that for the price. At $95 this is a splurge, but in my opinion one worth it. When I find a foundation I love that makes my skin look flawless, I don’t look elsewhere. Considering this is the ONLY product I use–no separate primer, moisturizer or sunscreen, this price seems more in line. I will definitely repurchase when I run out. What I want in a BB cream is EXACTLY what 3LAB provides–foundation, sunscreen and skin care all in one product.
Prime Beauty Grade: A
Check out what the rest of the “warriors” chose for their favorite BB creams!