So inspired was I by my fellow blogsister domncroxd‘s review of Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30/PA+++ that I traipsed on over to my nearest Bobbi Brown counter here in Singapore to check out her take on the Asian market’s newly crowned can’t-live-without makeup staple: welcome to the family, Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++.

Photo courtesy of musingsofamuse

Hurrah, you might say. Yet another international brand joins the foray of BB creams flooding the market. But unlike dom who was disappointed by Clinique’s offering, I found myself pleasantly surprised by Bobbi’s.

To kick us off, here’s what Bobbi Brown Malaysia and Bobbi Brown Singapore‘s Facebook pages say this BB cream is all about:

Developed by Bobbi Brown for customers who want a product with serious skincare and makeup benefits, this all-in-one cream perfects and smoothes skin’s appearance—instantly and over time. Offered in three natural looking, skin tone correct shades, this lightweight, easily buildable formula evens out and gives skin a lit-from-within glow. Skin is filled with moisture as oil and shine are kept at bay. Plus SPF helps protect skin against UVA/UVB damage. In a short while, fine lines and wrinkles appear less noticeable, visible redness is reduced and pores appear more refined.

How to Use
Apply a thin, even layer using fingertips, sponge or brush. Can be used as a makeup base and/or lightweight foundation.

“This cream not only offers amazing ingredients and benefits but also comes in three skin tone correct shades that look natural on everyone.” – Bobbi Brown

My first impressions and assessments occurred in this order:

  • Texture: the cream came out of the tube quite thick and concentrated – a very small amount is all that’s needed – but spread and blended with surprising ease. I used only my fingertips to pat and blend outwards, and this worked quite well.
  • Scent: much like the smell of your typical sunscreen, except far milder and less overpowering. Not at all an off-putting element, especially for women who are accustomed to using sunscreen as part of their daily routine. In spite of that, part of me wishes that this cream would smell a little more like Bobbi’s Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 15, which has a cucumber-fresh scent!
  • Skin tone match: I tried the light variant, and it suited my fair yellow-undertoned skin beautifully. No patchiness, no blotchiness, no obvious contrasts to my natural skin colouring. This is one of the reasons I am such a huge Bobbi Brown fan – she (and her team) take such great care to get their colours to match up to as large a variety of differing skin tones as possible.
  • Feel: slightly sticky at first. After a few minutes, once the cream had settled into the skin, the stickiness faded away and skin felt smooth to the touch, primed for makeup application. Also didn’t feel heavy, although I was aware of its presence on my skin surface, i.e. no airy-light, “as if your skin’s still bare” feel – but that didn’t faze me.

Pour conclure, just from my one-time test run, I have a strong feeling that this product is going to become another major Bobbi Brown hit, especially on the Asian market. Versatile, understated, does the job with finesse, protects from sun damage – it seems to tick all the right boxes! Also, the fact that it comes in three shades – light, medium and dark – makes it a far more interesting option than other BB creams that only come in one shade.

If you’re intrigued, head on over and give Bobbi’s take on BB cream a whirl for yourself! A 30ml tube of Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream retails in Singapore at SGD50.00 and in Malaysia at MYR150.00 (which appears to be a bit of an unfair tradeoff, unfortunately). However, I suspect that one tube would last you a considerable amount of time, as so little of this cream goes such a long way.


12 thoughts on “Preliminary Review: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA +++

  1. I like this one! (and you know I don’t like BB creams as a general rule) It is like a thicker tinted moisturiser but isn’t sticky or oily on my skin. Nice! My suggestion is to get it at the airport (KLIA sells it for RM129/126 where I got mine)

    • Hey Paris,

      Thanks for swinging by and for the suggestion 🙂 Yeah, I was quite impressed by Bobbi’s offering too. And I normally don’t like BB creams, like you!

      Am tempted to get a tube for myself, but can’t justify it just yet given I have yet to finish my current correctors, concealers and foundations! 😦

      – ksuan

  2. I was out shopping today and on a whim purchased this cream. So far it seems great 🙂 I had actually been wanting to try a BB cream for a while now, but haven’t seen any in stores (I was in California – now I’m back in Asia, haha!)
    Anyway, I’m not a big fan of skin whitening products, and I know a lot of Korean BB creams have whitening effects as well, so I was happy to find Bobbi’s take on them. I love Bobbi Brown products. They look so natural and refined, and usually she doesn’t put too much “crap” in her makeup. 😛

    • Hey there Serena, thanks for coming by and for sharing your experience with us 🙂 It’s always so nice to hear from fellow enthusiasts!

      Join the club re: Bobbi Brown love! There’s a good reason why her range is so beloved worldwide, and I reckon the reasons you listed are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg 🙂

      • An update: I bought the cream and have used it a while and I’m LOVING it. 😉 It works really well on my skin (I’m half asian so my skin has yellow undertones BUT also a lot of red/ pink in it) and hasn’t caused me to break out. It looks pretty natural although it isn’t one of those products that melts completely into the skin (I am acutely aware that I’m wearing makeup all over my face when it’s on, but it’s not uncomfortable). Also, I’m not a huge fan of the sunblock scent, but it’s by no means offensive.

  3. I’ve been lemming this but unfortunately it’s so expensive for a BB Cream (retailing here in the Phils for Php 2,100!), and BB creams in general break me out so I’m quite skeptical. However, my HG foundation is Clinique DermaWhite liquid foundation which I haven’t reviewed in months out of sheer laziness, haha. I just had to tell you that in case you’d want to check that out 😛

    • Eep. That is expensive! But it’s such a lovely BB cream, if there was one on the market I’d be willing to splurge money on, this would definitely be it!

        • Thanks Kira! Hope you do the same. dom and I are still a little shy and not accustomed to putting photographs of ourselves up on the blog as of yet, but we’ll strive to get more photos up and running 🙂

          Once you get the BB cream, do let us know what you think! 🙂

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