Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that BB creams are the latest, hottest thing in makeup. The concept for BB creams was developed in Asia where the product typically includes SPF, anti-aging ingredients, brightening elements and skin whiteners. But here in the U.S., most of the creams aren’t such impressive multitaskers.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ($37) has a surprisingly short list of performers: 30 SPF and antioxidants. Not exactly a remarkable list of strengths. To use a metaphor, this is the reliable mid-size sedan without any extras. If you are looking for a fully loaded luxury car tailored to fit your needs, you want Dr. Jart.
The other serious flaw that this product has is that it only comes in three shades. They range from pale to just lightly tan and aren’t as blendable as other BB creams that I’ve seen on the market. So if your skintone is dark or difficult to match, this cream isn’t the one for you.
Now that we’re done discussing what this product is not, let’s talk about what it is.
Age Defense is like a tinted moisturizer on steroids. It covers better. It blends easier. And even under powder (Lord knows, I love my powder.), it looks dewy fresh and even.
The SPF 30 is a nice additive. My only complaint is that when you have your photo taken wearing high SPF makeup, you look ghastly pale. Something about the flash reacting to the silver in the sunscreen.
Despite this product being the least BB of all BB creams on the market, I’m still happy with it. The coverage is brilliant–smooth and natural-looking. So even though it’s not exactly what I wanted, it’s a surprisingly good foundation for those of us who need a bit more coverage without feeling like we’re wearing spackle on our chin.