Back when BB Creams first took the world by storm, I tried a few and found that from a personal perspective, I never really liked the “real” BB Creams that came out of Asia and especially Korea. I found them heavy, grey (!!) and oily. When the western brands started jumping on the bandwagon and came out with BB Creams, I realised that their versions of BB Creams felt better on my skin. Nevermind that it was not “real” or that it was akin to a tinted moisturiser. I am more likely to use something that feels comfortable as opposed to something that is not.
There are quite a few Western brands out there doing BB Creams but they do tend to be a little pricey. Last year, UK brand Sleek Makeup launched their version of a BB Cream called the Be Beautiful Blemish Balm. And they did something right by my books. They launched a BB Cream in 4 different shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Dark), to hopefully suit all or most skintones, yes, even dark skintones! So, dark skinned ladies, you too can now wear BB Cream 😀
I had the opportunity to try this Sleek Makeup BB cream in Light. Whilst I could make it work, I definitely think that Fair is my shade. Have to trust my instincts next time and go for the lightest end of the spectrum and then work my way up 😛
Like most, if not all BB Creams, the Be Beautiful Blemish Balm serves to perform a myriad of functions – conceal, repair, protect, with full coverage and SPF15. SPF15 is a bit light for our blazing tropical sun, but it is better than nothing I suppose. Unlike many conventional Western BB creams, the texture feels more close to that of one from Asia – it is thick and it spreads well so you only need a thin layer for best effect. Not quite surprising, when I noticed that this was made in Taiwan.
Whilst the shade did not make me feel comfortable enough to wear it often, there is one thing I absolutely love about this BB Cream. It is seriously, hand on heart, not oily at all. I can wear it all day without it slipping one bit and I don’t oil up as I will with regular Asian BB Creams. I have drier skin but this feels comfortable. Its pretty amazing in that regard! 🙂