#Review – BB Cream Choices That Won’t Leave You Broke & Disappointed


BB Cream in hand.

Ready to conquer the world.

With her loud giggle.



I find something oddly satisfactory about squeezing out a tiny dollop of product from one of those sleek looking, shiny BB Cream tubes. Much like bursting bubbles on a sheet of bubble wrapping paper. Unfortunately though, the economics of quenching such off-beat passions, don’t work out very well. Simply because, the size of these BB cream tubes are inversely proportional to their respective price points.


Over the past few years, BB Creams have invaded the Indian makeup bag, with powerful promises of combining foundation, powder, primer, into a single, slender tube. Originally introduced by Korean companies (yes, the product was first developed for use in the Asian markets only and only in the year 2012, was the concept promoted in the West), the tubes have found their places on our dressers, in various shapes and sizes. BB happens to stand for Beauty Balm / Blemish Balm while CC (creams) stands for color corrector, the major difference between both creams is that CC creams are specialized in addressing skin discoloration as well. While I have enjoyed experimenting with a plethora of BB (and CC) cream choices, I have increasingly found most of them to be priced exorbitantly high. I have sought suggestions from friends, parlor aunties, and even tried the ultimate God of all search – Google.  I discovered some great recommendations among the higher price range choices (that include BB Cream choices from Skeyndor, MAC, and The Body Shop). But it was challenging to discover recommendations on the more economic choices of BB Creams.

And therefore, in complete empathy towards the searing impact on our wallets, with the upper-end choices, I bring my top 3 suggestions on BB cream choices that are affordable, and effective.


  1. Maybelline, Clear Glow All in One, BB Cream | 3 Shades – Nude, Radiance & Natural | 18 ml | INR 250/-
  2. Lakme 9 to 5, CC Complexion Care Cream | 2 Shades – Bronze, Beige | 30 gms | INR 290/-
  3. L’Oreal True Match, Skin Idealizing BB Cream | 3 Shades – Gold, Ivory & Honey | 30 ml | INR 590/-

What I Loved About the Product

Maybelline, All in One BB Cream

Asides from its bright, matte blue packaging, the cream itself has a great soft fragrance, and firm texture. I am personally biased towards creams that are firm, and those that do not run, when squeezed out and the Maybelline cream is just that. The cream blends well, (although being thicker, takes an additional few rubs to perfectly smoothen), and gives a great overall finish to the skin.



Lakme 9 to 5, CC Complexion Care Cream

What I truly enjoy about the Lakme CC Cream tube, is the honest feeling of immense satisfaction, on buying a product, that promises value for the money spent. More so, because, the product itself is fabulous for daily use. It has a medium texture, (definitely more runny than the Maybelline cream), and therefore, blends into the skin, in just a few strokes. The results ensure an even finish, although the quantity may have to be increased, in areas that need a bit more attention (for example, under the eyes, and around the nose).



L’Oreal True Match, BB Cream

While this may not fall into the budget bucket in the traditional sense (as it is priced higher than the other two choices), the cream wins hands down for its moisturizing effect. While the product resembles a lotion more than a cream in texture, it is absorbed fast into the skin, producing a supremely soft finish, and hydrates the skin exceedingly well. The overall finish (leaves the skin well evened out) is comparable to the other two choices, but scores higher in the soft well.



What are the Ingredients?

Maybelline, All in One BB Cream

Honest Confession – The ingredients are absolutely illegible, and I couldn’t peer sufficiently close on the back writing of the tube (for the fear of blinding myself), to decipher the ingredients, in an appropriate manner. The tube doesn’t have external packaging either, leaving us pretty much to ourselves towards hunting down cryptically ingrained words. I strongly urge the company to improve on this.

Lakme 9 to 5, CC Complexion Care Cream

It is interesting to know that the Lakme BB Cream contains Ginger Root Extracts, known to have antioxidant properties, encouraging skin protection and healing (in case of wounds, lesions). The slight citrus-like effect is due to the presence of the Citronellol and Limonene ingredients.


L’Oreal True Match, BB Cream

Interestingly (although in alignment of my personal experience w.r.t the cream’s moisturizing capabilities), the ingredients include a significantly high percentage of a variety of oils such as Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Macademia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Coriander Fruit Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil. These oils contain high levels of Vitamin A & E, that help greatly in preventing skin irritation and inflammation.


 What I Didn’t Like So Much

Maybelline, All in One BB Cream

The cream does not seem moisturize, or hydrate the skin as effectively when compared to the L’Oreal and Lakme choices. Also, buying just 18 ml of product for the price point seems a tad bit unfair. 

Lakme 9 to 5, CC Complexion Care Cream

There isn’t too much to dislike about this cream, except for its pungent, slightly stronger fragrance. That being said, as with most face products, the fragrance can always be diluted, post usage of the other cosmetic products.

L’Oreal True Match, BB Cream

Too runny. My tube left a trail of cream all over my dresser, during the application, leading to wastage.

What were the results like?

All the 3 products are comparable when it comes to overall finish, and each of them give a well blended look to the skin. The impact remains slightly longer during the day for L’Oreal and Lakme (about 5 hours) in comparison to the Maybelline tube (the finish started diminishing in about 3 hours). The hydrating and moisturizing impact was definitely highest in the L’Oreal product, and the least for the Maybelline cream.




Value for Money?

In order of preference, Lakme 9 to 5 undoubtedly emerges as the top choice with respect to return on the investment made. 

We would love to hear your thoughts, experiences on any of the above products. Drop us a line in the comments section below. In case there any specific products that you would like us to review for you, give us a shout, and we will come back to you with our thoughts.

#HaikuAttempt – Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

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