The Real Deal About Body BB Creams
BB. CC. DD. WTF are these body alphabet creams, and why are they flying off shelves?
Good for: correcting mildly lackluster skin tone and tightening wobbly bits
Our take: The six-ounce Osmotics CC Cream has to be one of the most expensive body products I've ever used. That said, its coverage is almost perfect, with a touch of sheer color that made my pale legs a little less ghostly; it also blends well on darker skin. Its light-reflecting pigments are subtler and more neutral in color than the Urban Decay body BB, whose gilded shimmer is pretty but looks more obvious in sunlight. It also includes caffeine, a proven, if temporary, cellulite-smoothing ingredient. Vitamin B-5 and grapeseed and sweet almond oils provide some benefits. Plus, it contains no artificial colors, parabens or fragrances, and it's not tested in animals -- major selling points for vegans and allergy sufferers.
The cons? The scent is mildly musty, and gets a little funkier as the day wears on. A light floral or green note would be a welcome addition and help balance out the odd scent. And, of course, there's the price, which would take a big bite out of most women's beauty budgets.
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