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My Quest for the Perfect BB Cream Continues

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*IMG_5298

A few weeks ago I attended The Makeup Show in Chicago and I was introduced to a whole new world of brands and products…I was in “Makeup Heaven” and I did not want to leave…LOL. On the first day, I stumbled across AJ Crimson and the public debut of his version of a BB Cream; he calls it the BB+D Cream.

AJ Crimson is a celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of a brand of lip-gloss named Kissable Couture and he has recently launched a new brand of products called AJ Crimson Beauty. He is a well-known expert in the makeup industry and he definitely has the skills to prove it!!!


As you know, BB creams are all the rage and every other cosmetics line has one. The product has grown in popularity because they are more than a primer or tinted moisturizer and they are not quite a foundation. They usually have anti-aging skincare benefits and even out the skin tone. They typically have a SPF and they usually offer a sheer to mid coverage with limited availability in the range of shades offered (usually 3-4)…I know, I know…whomp, whomp 🙁 don’t shoot the messenger, I am just giving you the 411!!! But before you get yourself in a tizzy, let me introduce you to something that is more than the typical BB cream!!!


As I stated earlier, AJ Crimson debuted his BB+D Cream to the public at The Makeup Show in Chicago. Being in pursuit of the perfect BB Cream, I was so excited to get a color matched to my skin tone!!! I was a little nervous when I saw the results as it was a little darker than what I normally wear but hey…they are the experts and I am the consumer so I made my purchase, shrugged my shoulders and said what the heck!!!


So, I have been wearing the BB+D Cream for the last several weeks and here is what I like: This is not your average BB Cream…it offers a matte moderate coverage but it’s a little sheer at the same time. It totally evens out my skin tone without the look of makeup…FTW!!! It feels lightweight and I can use my Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge to blend it. AJ offers a total of 11 shades for all skin tones from very light to dark unlike most of the big cosmetics brands that only offer 3-4. A little goes a long way; one pump will be enough for your entire face. Last but not least, the darker shade that hey matched for my skin tone…works :-)…happy, happy, joy, joy!!!


So those are my likes and here are my dislikes: There is no SPF and that makes me sad, as I love it when my BB Cream has sunscreen!!! The smell is not that pleasant but you get use to it after the first couple of uses (but it could just be me and my sensitive nose) LOL. I have searched high and I have searched low but I cannot find out what the heck the “+D” means or what skincare benefits are offered in the product. The first time I used the product, the airless pump got stuck but I played with it for a few minutes, I was able to wiggle it free (this only happened on the 1st use).

Overall, I really heart the BB+D Cream by AJ Crimson Beauty; it has definitely become my go to BB out of all the other brands that I have tried (and I must tell you that if a brand offers my color, I am going to try it). So it is safe to say…I have tried most of them as I am in the pursuit of happiness for the perfect BB Cream…LBVS!!! With that said, my final grade is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! In case you are wondering why I didn’t give it a 5, it is because it does not have SPF. If you are interested in purchasing BB+D Cream go to Happy blending!!!


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