BB Cream: The Next Generation with Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm

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On April 3, 2013
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A little while ago, when I told you about the new Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD range, I mentioned briefly the BB Balm. Now, we’ve been inundated in recent years by the whole BB craze with every brand and their aunty coming out with one form of BB Cream or another. Some work well, some don’t. Some skip the BB trend and go straight to CC icon razz BB Cream: The Next Generation with Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm

I tested the Estee Lauder BB Cream that came in a tube a little while ago but I wasn’t too impressed, because I have a problem with shade. In many cases, the “One shade fits all” BB creams turn out to be too dark for my skintone. I appreciate it when brands realise that there is no “One shade fits all” product and come out with different shades. So when Estee Lauder unveiled their next generation BB Cream with the Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm SPF30 PA++ product that comes in just 1 shade, I felt a little trepidation.

So, what’s this “BB Balm” you ask?

Estee Lauder decided to put the BB Cream concept into that of a portable, easy to use compact. They say the texture is the next generation of BB Cream. Here’s something you can toss into your bag and carry around for quick and easy touch ups. Being part of the Cyberwhite range (they call it Cyberwhite not Cyber White) the product contains a decent amount of SPF (SPF30 PA++) for UVA and UVB protection and it also helps to reduce dark spots and pigmentation on skin. If you can imagine, its like makeup with skincare benefits, if skin brightening is your concern.

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Well, I can’t tell you how it fares in terms of the skincare bit. I’m just not dedicated enough to use just one base product daily. Also, I find the coverage a little too light. So while this one is pretty decent for weekends, days off and just general light use, I wouldn’t use this on days when I need better coverage. On those days, its always liquid foundation for me.

However, if you are lucky enough to have perfect skin (ihatechu icon razz BB Cream: The Next Generation with Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm ) then you will love this because the light texture and coverage evens out skintone while allowing your natural skin to be seen. This gives you a very natural “Makeup? What makeup?” base.

Pictures speak louder than mere words so here you have the before/after images to give you a better idea what what I mean.

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In the before shot, which is of bare skin you will notice the redness around the nose and the blemishes around the chin and the pigmentation. In the after shot, which is with a thin layer of the Cyberwhite HD BB Balm, you may notice that the skintone generally looks more even, and redness is minimized. However, the pigmentation is pretty much still visible. So if I wanted better coverage, I’d take a concealer to those.

If you lightly dust some loose powder over, the coverage improves so if you want something light then this BB Balm works. If you need better coverage, go with a liquid or cream foundation.

The texture is, as the name implies, like a balm. It isn’t as thick as a cream foundation is, and feels very lightweight on skin. I however feel that it is a little sticky to the touch and takes a long time to set, so I do suggest dusting loose powder to set it.

In terms of colour, the BB Balm works with one caveat – I have to be lighthanded with it. I tried it a few times and initially, used too much so after a while, it looked a bit dark on my skin – about half to one shade darker. Not too noticeable, but noticeable enough for me. If I use a light hand and just apply a thin layer, its fine so if you are very fair skinned you will have to bear this in mind. I don’t think this will do for anyone who is too dark either, or someone who has very warm or golden skintones. The tint is a little pink so it gives a brightening effect to the skin, but if your skin is too warm or golden then you risk looking a bit ashy. Best thing therefore, is to try it in store.

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Squint, and you might be able to see the swatch down my arm. It does have a very light, rather translucent quality when swatched on skin and the tint isn’t very strong. But it develops a little over time so don’t apply too much.

As I have said, I use this on weekends or maybe if I’m on holiday and don’t really want to put on a full face, yet want my skin to look more even, or on off days. I don’t have perfect skin and I realise that, so manage your expectations. This isn’t a liquid foundation and isn’t meant to be one icon smile BB Cream: The Next Generation with Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm

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Packaging wise, the balm comes in the signature Cyberwhite HD light blue compact with a mirror and a double-decker system where the balm compact is on the top layer and a sponge is included in the bottom layer. It isn’t refillable and because its a sponge, you do have to wash it now and then so it doesn’t get too manky.

I don’t have a lot of complaints about the packaging. Its compact and its handy and I don’t mind toting it around. Besides, if you travel, you don’t have to worry about in flight liquid restrictions the way you would a tube of BB Cream so this is a nice alternative. The sponge picks up a nice amount and applies it very evenly on skin. You don’t have to blend too much because its so light and its quite easy to use. No real complaints about this product then, except that the shade can be too dark (or too light or too pink) and that the coverage is low.

In a nutshell

The Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm SPF30 PA++ is a lightweight balm textured compact base product. The BB Balm has skincare benefits to help target dark spots and skin brightening plus a light tint to even out skintone. Texture is lightweight and coverage is low but it does do a decent job evening out skintone. Perfect for daily use for someone who already has perfect skin. Not so perfect for someone who doesn’t. I do suggest using some loose powder over it because it can feel a bit sticky to the touch. Don’t over apply or it’ll look too thick (or in my case, too dark) so a thin layer is best, just to even out the skintone. Its a useful product, but I do think its a bit pricey so it may not be for everyone.

Pros: Lightweight and comfortable on skin, Not oily or heavy, Easy to use, Evens out skintone and redness in skin, High sun protection factors

Cons: Pricey, Tint may not suit very light or dark or warm skintones, Low coverage

Who will like this: Anyone who has good skin, Anyone who doesn’t like using sunscreen, Anyone who likes using a low coverage foundation just to even out skintone and brighten skintone

As with all BB Creams/Balms/Products, I personally do not subscribe to the all-in-one product claims. So, I treat all BB Creams/Balms/Products as makeup which means I discount the sunscreen protection. Granted, they may offer sufficient sun protection, but I always use a separate sunscreen just to be safe. But if you don’t like using sunscreen for whatever reason, then a BB cream/balm /product may be ideal for you, because they generally contain higher SPF than foundations.

Oh and I must mention that there is a faint scent that I don’t like but it doesn’t linger and you have to really get up close to smell it. Its not flowery or anything (some people have said its calming) but I just dislike it.

Have you taken a look at this product yet? Is it something you might like to use?

It doesn’t look like the whole BB cream trend is dying out so I’d just ride the wave. I have found some that are nice, and many which aren’t. I still don’t quite get the idea behind a BB Cream but I like how they are like tinted moisturiser or tinted sunscreen, just a little better as most of them do offer better coverage than just a mere tint. So, for me BB somethings are weekend and holiday bases, never for working days or formal occasions. Unless you have perfect skin then ihatechu icon razz BB Cream: The Next Generation with Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm

Paris B

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite HD Advanced Brightening BB Balm SPF30 PA++ Price: RM175 Availability: All Estee Lauder counters

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liyeun April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

Well we dont hv perfect skin so Ilikechu! Hahaha…. thanks for the review, paris! So far the only BB cream that works ok for me is thr one from Bobbi, which I got after reading your review. For this, though, I might skip this cos I am just too tired of trying! Nowadays, I either used a tinted sunblock during lazy days or straight to foundations for more gorgeousness! Hehehe


Paris B April 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hahaha ilikechu too! :D The one from Bobbi Brown is nice. I haven’t used it in a while but I think I’ll dig it out again. The others that I’ve tried that are decent is also the one from Kiehl’s. See if you can get a sample, because the coverage isn’t great but I like the effect it has for brightening the skin somewhat. Also, it comes in 3 shades!


Cecilia Wong April 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

For one second there, I thought you were speaking Japanese. :) I would give this a pass. I’m very happy with my Bobbi Brown and Rachel K CC cream.


Paris B April 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

hahaha I hope it wasn’t a bad word in Japanese you know >.< Interesting to see a few fans of the Bobbi Brown BB Cream! I like how it comes in different shades, but I don’t think Bobbi Brown talks about it a lot which is unusual. Which Rachel K CC Cream are you using? The black or pink one? I’ve tried both and one is too dark and the other a bit too meh. I’m not sure what to make of them :(


Lily April 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

This bb bream looks orange in the pan… Or is it my mobile’s wonky colour balance? I am still in love with my Bobbi brown bb cream. I’m now trying Rachel K’s cc cream and it has been an impressive ride! Have you tried it?


Paris B April 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Yes, it does look a bit orange-pink in pan. Looks dark to be honest but doesn’t apply as dark. I have tried the Rachel K CC Cream but can’t decide what I make of it. I’m just not that impressed but maybe its coz I’m not sure I understand it :(


Jenn April 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

BB Balm = > Blemish Balm Balm?? So cute! Wahahaha! :D

I’m personally not a fan of creamy / balmy products in a compact as I’m abit of a germaphobe, but hey, these are so much more portable than the usual tube! If only the price was lower I may actually buy one to try cuz I love how it looks on you! :)


Paris B April 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hahahaha I was wondering the same thing! :D People are throwing the BB label around a bit too conveniently without realising what it stands for. The concept is a good one and its quite easy to get an even finish but just one of those “I don’t really want to put anything on but I better so I don’t scare the masses” products :)


Evan Chang April 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

No thanks to this product for me, bacteria can easily build up with products like these. Plus with my skin I need lots of coverage.
Can’t wait for their bronze goddess collection though


Paris B April 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Someone asked about it during the launch actually, about bacteria etc. But generally speaking, if you keep your sponge clean and you’re the only one using it, the chances it’ll go bad isn’t very high. These products have preservatives in them after all :) I saw some pix of the Bronze Goddess collection but not swayed. Summer is usually a wallet friendly time for me – but wait till Fall/Winter comes around >.<


Biianca April 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I have a similiar one from Missha, however it’s too light for me. :( would love to try this out when I finish my 1373847 bottles of bb cream haha. However I would like to ask about the sunscreen thing, cause I’m using Shiseido’s very high protection sunscreen and it’s thick so when I try to apply liberally it makes my face very white :( is there any other way to reduce the whiteness? Thanks ya Paris


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hi Biianca, the problem you described is quite common in very high SPF sunscreens. The only way is to use less, or if it doesn’t look any better, to change to another that will not look as white on skin. Unfortunately, it is a common problem :(


Nikki April 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I love the Cyberwhite SKINCARE line and I’m not sure about the BB cream ! Ahhh faint scent? I’m not into scented face products too! But maybe, I can bear it since I am ok with the cyberwhite skincare line!

We’ll see if this will arrive locally!….I’m kinda excited to give this a try as I tested the tube version too and since I’m darker than you, the shade is fine with me :D


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

You may not even notice the scent, Nikki :) I used to be ok with the Cyberwhite skincare range even if I didn’t think it fantastic, but I have a suspicion that the new formula is breaking me out :( I think the shade will definitely suit you – add to your lovely glow :)


lisa April 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

i’ve tried Rachel K and Chanel’s CC cream. Don’t like either. One of my favorite BB product is still the Laneige BB soothing cushion which i got to know from MWS. My current other favorite is the Omorovicza Complexion Protector BB.


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Ooh I’ve heard loads of good things about the Omorovicza BB Cream! Where do you get yours and is the shade light skin friendly? :D My skin didn’t like the Chanel CC Cream and while I think the Rachel K one is ok, it doesn’t blow me away either. That Laneige one is really nice. Pity that it dries out so quickly >.<


Yue Rain April 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

i dislike light coverage. i prefer something that can cover all my imperfection at one go. To lazy and not good in using concealer. If i want to wear makeup, make sure it is obvious or i rather go bare face even if i look horrible. Pricey for my pocket too =(


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Sounds like full coverage foundation is your way to go :) I personally prefer light/sheer or just medium coverage bases myself. I like having some imperfections peeping through because it just feels more natural to me so I go for light foundations and on days when I need something with more coverage, I go for concealer :D


Sze Ling April 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

Can someone say “Another one?!”? :P

I’m not big on cream stuff in compacts (weirdo, I know). And I’m no fan of the one-shade-fits-all concept either. None of those ever match my skin tone. Never! So this would be a pass.

On the topic of everything BBs, I’ve recently tried the Smashbox BB cream, not the CC. (And yes, they are catching up on the CC too.) Not bad, coming from someone who generally avoided everything BBs. The coverage and staying power is really good. BUT, the texture is quite thick, if you compare it to the NARS TM. ;)

So, if you happened to be around the Smashbox counter, give it a try. And they have 5 different shades (I think).


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

“Another one!” Haha its not going away, Sze Ling!! They’re multiplying! :P

I know most people are a bit leery of compact cream products and while I’m not, I will attest to the fact that it usually gets messy and I don’t like that either. Also, that one shade fits all thing? No go! I tested the Smashbox BB Cream at Sephora a couple of weeks back too and you’re right. It does feel quite nice but I decided not to buy it. Enough! I’m a foundation girl not a BB girl! :P


Becca April 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

Arrghh the texture of this sounds so lovely! I’m sad that a.) it’s not available here (yet), b.) there’s only 1 shade, and c.) that one shade is slightly pinky toned :/ I have very warm, yellow undertones and don’t like pink or even a lot of peach in my base products. I really like the idea of these BB compacts though–I wish someone release a version geared more towards oily skin and warmer tones!


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Do you get the Cyberwhite range in the US, Becca? If you do then it may make its way there soon but if its going to be Asia only then maybe they’ll come up with something similar for the American market :) Its so mind boggling sometimes, having different items in different parts of the world, and worse still if its something you want or that may suit you, that isn’t available where you are! Gah!


Sam April 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I’m a maybe on this – it looks good in terms of light coverage and shade, but with the price, I can probably get away with a Maybelline BB cream!


Paris B April 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

LOL!!! Yes, you are quite right about that. The Maybelline BB Cream is quite good!


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