Iman BB Creme – is it better than the rest?

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I received this product to review so sooo very long ago. I’ve really been putting it through the ringer before I did my review. I wanted to be able to deliver a solid review to y’all. And so bam – here we go. Another BB Creme. Just about every brand that considers themselves to be somethin’ have come out with a BB Creme. Quite frankly, I’m over it. But if there is one to be excited about, it’s this one. And for one main reason…

The shade selection is brown girl-friendly! Finally, right? Brown girls everywhere have been hesitant about jumping on the BB Creme bandwagon because come on – most brands seem to neglect shades for those of us with darker hues. I realize that BB Creams weren’t created with those with dark brown skin in mind so I don’t take too much offense to it. But since it has become relatively popular here in the States, it was only a matter of time before a brand that produces products for brown folx would come out with a BB Cream. And so Iman’s Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15 was born.

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First, let’s rap about what this product SAYS it’s supposed to do:

  • EVENS with Skin Tone Evener Complex enriched with Acai, Licorice and Grape Seed
  •  PROTECTS with SPF 15 & antioxidants.
  • HYDRATES with Kokum, Almond, Aloe and Vitamins A, E and C
  •  PARABEN-FREE
  • COMPLIMENTS your skin tone with a hint of color in 5 perfect-match shades

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Decent and and achievable claims, I’ll say. I do like that this one is paraben-free and the hydrating properties are great for those of us with dry skin. Consistency-wise, this one seems to be a bit thicker and not as watery as some BB Creams that I’ve tried. In fact, it leaned more on the tinted moisturizer side than anything.

There are 6 shades to choose from – Sand Light, Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium and Earth Deep. I was Earth Medium and it seemed to be a decent match.

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Perfect? Not really because I noted a bit of redness when it was on my skin.

PROs

-I love the shade ranges.
-It has a lightweight feel to it.
-It’s fragrance-free.
-Application is simple as I found it smooth enough to apply all over using my fingers.

CONs

-The price point is a bit UP there considering it’s a drugstore BB cream. It retails around $19.99.
-It didn’t seem to last that long on me. Within hours it seemed to have dissipated a bit. A powder on topped seemed to help it last a bit longer.
-May be difficult to find. Your best bet is to order online at Target.com.

 

In this pic I have the BB Creme on just the left side of my face.

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The BB Creme added a bit more color to my face but I don’t know…does it look a little TOO warm? Also, my dark spots didn’t cover up as much as I would have liked them to…

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But does it work well in a pinch? Yuuuup. I have this BB Creme tucked away in my travel bag and find that this baby plus a powder is perfect for daytime and nighttime wear. So yes, I’m a fan!

The Beauty Basics

Price: Between $18-$20
Availability: Target.com and ImanCosmetics.com.
Do I Recommend?: Yep! Especially for my gals who’ve been looking for BB Creams for their complexions. Chances are if you are a brown girl, one of these shades will fit you beautifully. 
 

Whatcha think? Any Iman Cosmetics or BB Cream lovers try this one?

Garnier’s New BB Cream for Oily/Combo Skin

Hey, everyone! If you thought that the BB cream craze was over, brace yourself. There’s a whole new crop of BB creams (and CC creams, plus I’ve heard rumblings of a new DD cream…) hitting store shelves in 2013! Today, I’ll be dishing on one that’s particularly interesting since it’s made specifically for oily and combination skin: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin. Whew, that’s a mouthful!

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I came across this new gem while in Walgreen’s and was curious to try a BB cream for oily skin, plus I was pleased to see that Garnier had added a Deep shade to their BB cream lineup. So, let’s get into what the brand claims about the product. According to the box, Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin “immediately mattifies, minimizes pores, and conceals imperfections to give skin a naturally smooth, flawless finish.” So does it live up to its claims?

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In a word, yes. It truly does mattify skin skin upon application, which any oily skinned gal can appreciate. Much of the mattifying action in this BB cream is due to the inclusion of alcohol denat (it’s listed fifth after sunscreen) to act as an astringent. Even though my skin is oily, I typically don’t use skincare or foundation products with alcohol denat in them, as they have the potential to be drying and irritating to skin. I recommend applying a bit of moisturizer to your skin before applying this, especially if your skin is leaning more toward combination than oily.

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Despite the product’s watery texture, the finish and coverage were quite impressive. It made my skin look diffused, camouflaged some hyperpigmentation from a recent breakout, and evened out my skintone. The only problem was that it evened my skintone with a shade that didn’t match my own. Someone over at Garnier was a little liberal with their definition of “deep”. In actuality, the Deep shade was a caramel shade with warm undertones.

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My hand is a few shades darker than my face right now, but you can see in the photo that it’s too light for medium brown skin (I don’t know why, but my skin is still hanging on to a tan I got on a cruise last October. I’m so over it, y’all…). On my face, it matches the center where I’m lighter, but it looked too light on the darker areas of my face, like around my mouth and the perimeter of my face. Sadly, most brown girls won’t find a color match in this product.

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Shade matching aside, Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin really did make my skin look great. It’s a great option for those with oily skin who want light to medium buildable coverage in a lightweight formula. It would even be great as an oil absorbing primer before your foundation. If other BB creams were too greasy for you, you may want to give this one a try!

More About Amber:
Amber is the creator of Brown Bombshell Beauty, where she’s been blogging about beauty for brown girls since 2008. A bona fide beauty junkie, Amber has a serious obsession with huge natural hair, cute shoes, and has rarely met a red lipstick she didn’t like. Follower her on Facebook and Twitter.