Lighter Than Foundation, Better Than Tinted Moisturizer: Bobbi Brown BB Cream

I don’t believe I’ve written about BB creams before. I am a fan of liquid foundations and I use powder foundations either as a setting powder, or on its own when I’m in a hurry. I don’t think I need to explain what BB creams are anymore, since the phenomenon has spread from Korea to Asia to everywhere now. I used Skin79 Hot Pink BB cream before I used foundations. Yup, I started on BB creams. And here’s my take on Bobbi Brown’s version.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Light


BB creams usually have at least 3 common benefits to skin. It moisturizes, treats and protects. Some people skip moisturizer and sunscreen completely, but I never fail using my SPF50+++. Β Depending on your skin, you can apply this like you would any other foundations, that is after your skincare, on top of moisturizer and sunscreen. For those with very oily skin, I guess you can skip moisturizer, but I’m not one to tell you to skip your sunscreen πŸ˜‰ I have normal to combination oily skin, and I apply the works before using this. I have no problems with turning oil slick even without setting it with powder. A little blot around the 5th hour would do the trick. Setting it with powder will make it last even longer, providing a little more coverage too.


Bobbi Brown BB Cream cap


The BB cream has a thicker creamier consistency compared to the rest of my foundations. My liquid foundation stash consists mainly of light to medium coverage ones, and they are usually airy light in texture. This BB cream is the heaviest (texture wise) yet applies beautifully. It goes on creamy but sets dewy. I wouldn’t read dewy as oily, but rather semi matte, semi dewi. Initially, my skin does feel like there’s a thin film of cream sitting on top, but after about a minute or so, it sinks into the skin. If you like the powdery feel, you could always top it with loose powder. I like to set it using powder foundation for more coverage. This BB cream does not cover much. It evens out my skin tone and covers mild redness. For blemishes, I suggest using a concealer.


Bobbi Brown BB Cream Light Swatch


Here’s a before after just to show you the coverage. I applied just the BB cream after my skincare. No powder or concealer. The shade I’m using is Light (there are 5 shades, lightest being Extra Light). It has yellow undertones without much pink in it at all. I love it because that’s what my skin needs. If you’re one who needs something more neutral and something that leans pink, you might want to try it out before purchasing. I like to apply BB creams with my fingers. I squeeze some onto my ring finger, dab it all over my face, gently pat then blend out. I find that when I do this, there is less rubbing and I’m being more gentle with my face. Also, the product sets faster.




As you can see, there is less redness but blemishes are still visible. You also probably won’t notice extra sheen on my face, because there isn’t. I really think this is suitable for those with combination oily skin, but I’m not too sure about those with very oily skin. You’ll have to let me know. Another thing I’d like to add is to let you in on the scent. I prefer something without any scent, or something very light, and this one has a stronger sunscreen smell. I would say the scent is consistent to my Skin79, so I don’t know if it’s a BB cream thing -_-

Here is the ingredient list for those who are interested.




The 30ml Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35 retails for RM150. Have you tried this before? If you haven’t, have you tried any other BB creams before? Any luck?


xoxo Lily


  • Parita

    It looks good for everyday use especially if we don’t want to use foundations everyday

    • It definitely is πŸ™‚ You should try it!

  • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    It’s my go-to! πŸ˜‰ And it smells like sunscreen to me actually hehe πŸ˜›

    Glad you like it! I love it a lot, and even though I do stray I still come back to this as a fallback because of its light-ness!

    • Thank you for enabling πŸ™‚ I’m glad I got this. Sukie should try this. LOL!

      • Stephanie/Yukaeshi

        It was worth the both of you wondering if I was working for Bobbi Brown when I kept on extolling its virtues πŸ˜›

        • Lol! It was a fun shopping day πŸ™‚

  • I really want something light like this, but I wasn’t sure this would be the best fit for my very oily skin. Maybe I will grab a sample tomorrow when I’m at the mall…I DO like Bobbi Brown’s base products a lot so who knows, maybe I will like this!

    • Yes, if you have very oily skin, I do suggest you try it out. Who know, eh? I hope it works for you too!

  • Nida

    The coverage looks promising.

    • I’d say it’s light to medium coverage only but it evens out the skin quite well πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been curious about this one, but with ALL the BB creams hitting the market I have almost forgotten about it! Glad to see it works so well for you. I like BB creams also because they’re a happy medium πŸ™‚

    • It’s been all about Korean BB creams for a long time here then died down. Then came western brands with BB creams and now CC, DD and ZZ creams. Yup.

  • Althea Young

    Yes. This is really great. Lighten up your skin from dark spots sounds great. I honestly do have some dark spots but it is no invisible because I applied a cream that lightens up may face. Well, that is really great.

    • This helps tone down redness, but it doesn’t really do that much in lightening spots. I still believe in whitening serums to do the job properly!

  • I used this a while ago and liked it to a light foundation which I liked. Definitely not a BB cream in terms of texture but its otherwise pretty good. I’m not sure where my tube has gone now though hmm…

    • Haha! Time to take it out again!

  • This is great for everyday, I like a little mre cover myself. I love the Nars one!

    • Nope not nars, Missha πŸ™‚

      • Lol I see. Haven’t tried this either πŸ˜›

    • Oh I haven’t tried the NARS one but I’ve read quite a lot about it. How does it hold, do you think, in humid weather?

  • to me, this one didn’t seem super exciting. not bad, but not a great color match for me and not something I had to have, at least based on playing with it at the counter. I want to try some of the Dr Jart ones (though the premium is too light on me) and some proper asian brands! πŸ™‚

    • I tried some Asian brands like Dr Jart, Skin79, BRTC and other Korean brands and in the end, I preferred Skin79. Some made me pasty white, some are too thick and heavy but I guess it all boils down to what you prefer. I’m a light to medium coverage kinda girl πŸ™‚

  • Najia

    Do you know where to buy Skin79 products in Malaysia?

    • I’ve seen them at Watsons. They sell some smaller sized ones so you can sample them. If you like it, you can get their full sized ones.

  • I’ve never had a thing for BB creams but this looks great! definitely giving this a try πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sarvin, I hope you’ll have a great first experience and thanks for dropping by!

  • MJ

    tested this BB sample in *fair – luv it. But thanks to your article on “how-do-you-choose-your-foundation-shade”, i was shocked to discover that NONE of my foundations/bb matches my neck! the horror!! Went back to BB, and they still match me with *fair. When i insisted on a color which matches my neck, they applied a shade lighter, *light… and said “both colors match me but the shade *fair is my color match … *light is acceptable n match my neck. Why do they confuse us like this? She’s a senior makeup artist btw. Of course, I left the shop with *light. i do look fairer but at least my neck-face same color.

    • I’m glad the article helped, MJ. Many SAs match the foundation shade to our face, not our neck or other parts of our body. Lisa Eldridge recently posted a foundation series, and she just reinforced my shade matching theory. I mean, if my whole body and neck is lighter than my face, why do I still match the foundation shade to my face? It should be lighter to match the rest of my body πŸ™‚ Either way, I’m glad you finally found the right shade!