I still remember the first time BB cream became very hyped in Bangladesh. I think it was early 2013 or late 2012 when Maybelline launched their BB creams and everyone and their grandma was dying to order one for themselves. A few months later, Garnier India also came up with their own BB cream. I got one of those as a gift from Saima apu from Justifying Shopaholism. Around that time, everyone was also ordering the Missha BB cream from their website. And that’s when I first came to know about the amazing world of Korean BB creams.
Over the years, I tried several other BB creams; Revlon (I have a review here), Bodyshop Tea Tree BB, Rimmel BB and Sleek BB cream. But no matter what I tried, something was missing. Either it was the wrong shade or the wrong formula for my climate.
I always wanted to get a Korean BB. But I was confused because they are infamous for their pale shades. So, when I came to know about Klairs BB cream and it’s one shade suits all moto, I became quite interested.
But before venturing into the in-depth review of Klairs Illuminating BB cream and concealer, let’s go through the history and of BB creams.
Around the World of BB Creams in 5 minutes:
Although, South Koreans are famous for reinventing BB creams, it started its journey in Germany a while back. Generally, it was prescribed to patients who has undergone laser surgery for it’s various skin care benefits.
What does a BB Cream do?
- Mild Protection from Sun:
Most of the BB creams provide somewhat protection from the Sun (Bodyshop Tea Tree BB doesn’t have SPF properties). Asian BB creams often have SPF 35 -50 in them. But it’s not at all wise to rely only on BB creams for sun protection. Because you need a pea sized amount for sunscreens to work. But no one uses that much BB cream at a time.
- Anti ageing/ Balancing/ Brightening Properties:
A lot of BB creams come with anti-aging and skin brightening properties these days. Don’t confuse skin brightening with skin whitening/lightening. Your skin won’t get whiter than it is, but it will appear somewhat brighter.
- Provides Mild Coverage:
Most of the BB creams will provide you with light-medium coverage. But they are not to be layered like foundations. Use correcting concealers when needed.
- Evens out Skin tone:
Some BB creams come with licorice extract or arbutins, which helps to even out the skin tone.
Things you should be Aware of:
- Don’t replace Sunscreens with BB Creams:
As I said before, BB creams has SPF in them. But not enough to protect your skin from the scorching heat as they don’t have a UV-stable filters in them.
- Beware of the limited shade ranges of Korean BBs :
This is the singular thing that I find very irksome about Korean BB’s. Most of them come with 2-3 shades. I mean, why? Also, those shades are very pale for my Bengali skin tone.
- BB creams will oxidize in summer:
Anything will oxidize after sometime in Bangladesh. So choose a shade/ undertone that don’t look to ghastly on you.
- Take off your BB cream before sleeping:
Although BB creams are famous for their additional skincare properties, like any makeup it should be taken off before you head to bed.
Ingredients to Look For:
- Peptides (Argireline): Peptides help stimulate collagen production, which helps to reduce fine wrinkles.
- Vit-C and Green Tea extract: Repairs sun damage.
- Arbutin and Licorice Extracts: For evening out skin tones.
Now that you’ve earned your PhD in BB creams, let’s talk about my experience with Klairs BB cream and Concealer.
After watching too many YouTube reviews about Klairs BB and its magical properties, I was dying to get my hands on it. About 21 weeks ago, I literally did. Since then it has become my go to BB whenever I need some coverage. I hardly need foundations these days. A big thanks to all the wonderful Korean skincare products I am using.
About the Brand:
Klairs is a Wishtrend exclusive company
- Makes products targeting sensitive skin.
- They are an animal friendly company.
- Their motto: Natural, but still pretty.
Currently, Klairs BB cream is one of the most hyped BB cream in South Korea. And what’s more, Klairs dared to come out boldly with a single yellowish shade which they claimed that it will suit every skin tone.
Main Features of Klairs Illuminating Supple BB Cream:
- Gives a natural yet translucent finish.
- Hydrates your skin beautifully.
- Multiple applications don’t result in a cakey finish.
One shade to rule them all?
Most of the Korean BB creams come with 2-3 shades only. But Klairs dared to go much bolder and came out with only one shade that will suit only one.
I was a bit hesitant at first to try it out. So far all the reviews of this particular BB was from Asian girls and I’m much darker than them. But I was pleasantly surprised when it blended effortlessly into my skin.
Upon closer inspection, you will find that Klairs is on the yellowish side of the foundation spectrum. I have compared Klairs BB with a MAC Face & Body foundation here. This particular shade in C4 is darker than my skin tone. But as you can see, when blended the klairs BB looks very natural in my skin tone. So does the Klairs concealer.
Here’s me wearing Klairs BB in two different occasion. Doesn’t it look very natural?
The one thing I really love about this BB is that it doesn’t make me look ghastly pale. And If I skip the eye makeup and stuffs, then no one will know whether I’m wearing makeup or not.
Klairs BB cream provides a light-medium coverage. But it can be built up with several layers if you wish. It’s not overtly cakey, yet covers my blemishes perfectly. It provides a slightly dewy finish which is very much preferable in winter. But in summer, I like to dust the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder all over my face just to keep it nice and matte.
The Creamy and Natural Fit concealer is not like western concealers that are used to highlight and cover every bit of your dark circle. This concealer provides hydration while covering blemishes, pores and any target areas. What’s more, it will also suit sensitive skins as well.
The BB cream comes nicely packaged in a sleek white box. The tube itself is a thin, long one that contains 40 ml of products. The tip of the tube is squeeze friendly and it’s very easy to get the products out.
The concealer comes in a black, long and hard tube with doe foot applicator. It contains 6ml of products.
Application & Staying Power:
Klairs Bb can be applied in various ways depending on your look. Here’ I’ve attached a video from Wishtrend that will help you to understand the process.
Personally, I prefer to mix my Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Klairs BB and apply that to my face in a patting motion. However, you can also use a sponge if you want.
It doesn’t oxidize on me much and has a staying power of 6-7 hours. But beware of the spf, it will make you look shiny in a flash photography.
Now onto my favorite part, the ingredient list.
*** Although Klairs BB is very much suitable for sensitive skin, do not use if you are sensitive to Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and Methylisothiazolinone. The study is not definitive on their toxicity. But you can always do a patch test before using.
*** The ingredient list contains Talc and Fragrance. Why, Klairs, Why???? :'(
- Packed with some really good ingredients
- Has SPF 40 PA++
- Sensitive skin friendly
- Didn’t break me out
- Gives me a natural looking glow
- Blurs out my pores
- Doesn’t look cakey
- Doesn’t contain parabens
- Animal friendly
- You will only need a tiny amount
- Doesn’t oxidize much even in summer heat
- Great for everyday wear
- Only one shade. It suits me perfectly well. But people who are darker than me will need to mix another dark BB/ foundation/ concealer to match their tone
- Contains Talc
- Contains Fragrance
- Not for people with overly oily skin
Rating: 5/5 ( I absolutely love it, so why the hell not!!!)
1500 taka for the BB and 700 for the concealer. KCB also has a package of these two that is availabe for 2100 taka only.
Where to Get them:
Korean Cosmetics Bangladesh
**** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Also, what suits my skin, might not suit you.
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