Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++

Yay!  Spring is almost here! I saw these on my walk today.

Now that Spring is on the horizon and you're spending more and more time outdoors it's time to think about upping your sunscreen ante a bit more.  Even though I wear sunscreen daily it never hurts to add a little more on top.  One of my absolute go to products this last year has been Boscia's BB Cream.

Now, in case you have been living under a rock this last year or so and have no idea what a BB Cream is it's a product that serves several functions.  The BB stands for either Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm depending on the brand itself.  BBs first became popular in parts of Europe for use after plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures and then really took off in Asia.  If you feel like you need some more coverage but can't seem to find a traditional foundation that doesn't irritate your skin a nice BB just might be your answer.

A BB should not only have some color/tone correction to it like foundation does but it should also have a good amount of sunscreen as well as protective and anti-aging ingredients that are traditionally found in a face cream.  It should be moisturizing like a lotion but should provide much better coverage than a traditional tinted moisturizer.  A lot of brands have just been repackaging their tinted moisturizers as BBs to increase sales so make sure to look at the ingredients and SPF to make sure you're getting what you really want.

I have tried several of the top BBs available in the US (Sephora has a great selection) and Boscia's is my favorite so far.  I even like to mix a little of it into my regular foundation because it helps it to absorb so nicely.  If you're looking for heavier coverage, use this BB as a primer before applying your usual foundation.

I first received a sample of it in a Sephora VIB bag and I was instantly obsessed.  It's a one-shade-fits-all BB and for me it works really well.  It comes out much darker than my skin tone but blends in flawlessly.  The slightly darker shade helps keep me from looking too washed out in the winter and goes well with the little bit of color I get in the summer.

Straight out of the tube.
Just start blending....
Self-adjusting shade blends to a natural finish.

As the product warms with your skin it completely blends in and isn't noticeable to me at all.  I'm very picky about my foundations and if it looks like it's just sitting on my pale skin and is visible when you're close to my face it's a no go.

This BB has SPF 27 which is just fantastic.  The highlighted beneficial ingredients in this BB include:

  • Abyssine: naturally derived "survival molecule" protects and soothes skin
  • Arbutin: antioxidant derived from bearberry that brightens skin, fights hyperpigmentation and reduces fine lines
  • Hydroxyprolisilane: promotes elasticity and reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Beta-Glucan: provides moisture and protects against environmental damage
  • Titanium Dioxide 6.4%; natural physical sunscreen protection

The other point in this BB's favor is the amount of product you get for the price.  It's a 1.75 oz bottle for $38 and it lasts a long time.  Any prestige foundation or BB will cost at least that much but will probably only have 1-1.5 oz of product.

I hope it's lovely where you are today and you were able to get out and about in the sunshine!

Photos: Me


  1. Thank you for reviewing this, and showing how it looks on your skin! I love Boscia, and I've been wondering how their BB Cream was. I'm usually not a fan of BB creams because they feel kinda gritty, but I think I'm going to give this a try!

    1. Stephanie, you're welcome! I'm glad this was helpful. I've tried a lot of other BBs as well and know exactly what you mean. One of the Dr. Jart BBs was kind of chalky and gritty and just didn't work for me at all. I liked the Smashbox BB better but since it comes in shades it was a little harder to find the perfect match. One was too light, one was too dark.

      Thanks for reading!

    2. Stephanie, I was in Sephora this afternoon and they also have a "light" version of this now if you have a fair complexion.