There has been a great amount of online buzz about the introduction of some of the first BB ("Beauty Balm") creams in Canada and now it looks like quite a number of brands have emerged with their own version. I know BB Creams have been around in Asia for awhile now and from what I can gather, the Asian BB creams still reign supreme. I'm only going on reviews I've read though, not personal experience. I have to say though that my experience with the Marcelle BB Cream has been pretty awesome!
There are two different shades of the Marcelle BB Cream: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I guess the idea is that you can blend until you have your desired shade, but I can't imagine being African American and being able to use the Medium to Dark because it's really not that dark...I know it says there are self-adjusting pigments but still...anyway, I was a Medium to Dark which I figured out from finding out what the Asian model in the ad was wearing! This BB cream is great for all skin types, hypo-allergenic, paraben free, perfume free, oil free and non-comodogenic. What I really love about this product is that it pretty much sounds like a "renaissance cream". It does everything (except provide SPF coverage. Grrr!) and when you're in a rush or just feel like keeping thing simple, it can act as a lightweight moisturizer, tinted skin corrector and makeup base. Today I wore it alone with my daily moisturizer and it kept my makeup in place and shine in check for my 10 hour day!
Upon application, I felt like my skin was a little brighter looking and just more even in colour. You can use your normal foundation on top of the BB cream for more coverage, but I really wanted to see how it would fare alone and boy was I happy! It also has a really cool hybrid pump/tube bottle that I'd never seen before.
You can kind of see in the BEFORE and AFTER shots that my skin is a less red and more even in colour once I've used the BB cream. It also blended perfectly with my skin tone.
A part of me didn't want to buy this at first because I had just gotten my new Stila foundation to try, but I realized that this morning when I was just a little short on time, I found the BB cream to be my everything for the day acting as a light concealer, skin brightener and skin tone corrector. My makeup looked great on top and didn't budge all day. When I need more coverage then I'll go back to Stila or real foundation, but this Marcelle BB Cream has really impressed me! I love finding stuff I love!