I'm going to be weird and answer my own question because I found it out..
First off I'm a BB Cream queen. I'm totally addicted to it, I've tried almost every brand I can think of, nothing surpasses the original Korean BB Creams, which are thick and offer a lot more coverage then most American counterparts.
This is definitively a tinted moisturizer. While it does do some stuff BB Creams do, like color correction, a veil of color, and comprehensive sun protection, it does not do key things a BB Cream does.
It is not a primer, for one. A BB Cream is almost always a primer, or can be used as a primer.
It offers a light wash of color. If that's all you want, great. I use it between primer and BB cream now. It adds a nice depth to my tone.
It doesn't offer any skin correcting ingredients. It has protection, but BB Creams have things to reduce irritation, whiten the skin, protect against break outs, whatever the case may be. They where originally invented by a dermatologist for their patients to use after treatment. The skin treatment step is also included in a nice BB Cream. That way, with time, your skin will look better.
Since it doesn't prime, and it doesn't offer much coverage, if you are like me and like big color in your eyes or your blush to pop, you will have a hard time. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin silky and lovely, but there isn't much to blend into. A foundation at least, if not a BB Cream, is needed as an inbetween to blend things at the very least.
Do not get me wrong, it is a phenomenal product, I LOVE it, and am never without it when I go out, but it isn't a BB Cream. Maybe some day Shiseido will bless us with a BB cream, but until that day, I will use Missha (wonderful Korean company of BB creams) on top of this before I go out ^^
answered 7 months ago
I have been using a bb cream for the last months. Prior to that I was basically making my own by combining my favorite moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation. This is not marketed as a bb cream but that is how I use it and think it surpasses any I have tried or combined myself. I highly recommend it. In fact this is the 1st product that I have ever reviewed because I love it soooo much!