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MAC and Clinique BB creams get extended distribution

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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30/PA+++Right on the heels of the launch of Bobbi Brown’s first beauty balm (BB) cream, parent company Estée Lauder Companies has announced that its corresponding products for the MAC Cosmetics and Clinique ranges (Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 PA+++, pictured) have gained extended distribution in duty-free and travel-retail.

The MAC BB cream (which is already available in some domestic markets too) can now be found at any duty-free shop that sells MAC products, while Clinique’s distribution is still fairly limited: in addition to Asian travel-retail locations, the product can now be purchased at London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Munich and Dubai International airports. It’s not a lot, I know, but at least now travellers going through Europe might be able to get their hands on this!

Swatches of both products can be found in this earlier post. Prices may vary according to the location, but the suggested retail price of MAC’s BB cream is $30.

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July 28th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++

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Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++Following on the footsteps of sister Estée Lauder brands Clinique, EL and MAC, Bobbi Brown has launched earlier this year her own beauty balm (BB) product, which is currently available in travel-retail markets in the Asia/Pacific region. If the other BB cream launches are any indication, a global roll-out should soon follow.

The main difference between the Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++ and its predecessors is that this one comes in three shades: Extra Light, Light and Fair. Again, given the target market it is no surprise there aren’t darker shades available, but three options is still better than one!

According to the supplier, this product was created for customers who want a product “with serious skincare and makeup benefits”. It is supposed to perfect and smoothe skin’s appearance “instantly and over time”, with a buildable formula and high broad-spectrum sun protection to prevent damage.

Here’s a full list of ingredients and their benefits (from the press release):

  • Light-reflective pearls to brighten dull skin.
  • Emollients to enhance skin’s luminosity and offer long-term moisture.
  • Scutellaria Extract, which helps reduce the appearance of discolorations and dark spots .
  • Natural peptide Argireline to boost natural collagen production, minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles and preventing future signs of aging.
  • Caffeine and Sucrose to prevent redness associated with irritation and blemishes.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate, which attracts moisture to skin.
  • Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract to protect skin from free radical damage.

The price of this product varies according to the country/retailer/airline, but it tends to range between $38 and $43.

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July 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am

BB cream comparison

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Estée Lauder were kind enough to send me the blemish balm creams (better known as BB creams) it has launched over the last year for three of its main brands. Given the opportunity, I decided to swatch them for comparison purposes – proper reviews will follow shortly!

The three products in question are Estée Lauder CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi-Action Formula SPF35 (which I first mentioned here), Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 PA+++ and MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ (I have already written about this one too). All three are exclusive to duty-free and travel-retail outlets, although only the EL product highlights this fact on the packaging.

Clinique’s offering is the pinkest; EL’s, the most yellow-toned. All three blend well into the skin (for reference, I’m about NW15) and would suit fair ladies. Coverage also seems pretty decent for BB creams, and in my experience their consistency is also heavier/thicker – previous blemish balm products I have tried were almost watery, very runny, while these three are more like proper foundations.

Click on the pictures below to see larger versions. If you have any specific questions, now is the time to ask as I will test-drive all three this month.

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January 9th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Estée Lauder CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi-Action Formula SPF35

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EL BB CremeTry saying this product’s full name three times in a row – whoever manages gets a chocolate! :)

Created exclusively for travel-retail and with the Asian market in its sights, the new product in the CyberWhite EX range from Estée Lauder combines makeup and the brightening benefits of this line. CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi-Action Formula SPF35 claims to provide natural-looking coverage and a luminous appearance to skin while “helping to improve skin’s condition and prevent future damage over time”.

It is also supposed to even out skin tone and minimise the appearance of imperfections, with the added bonus of SPF35 to keep the damaging effects of the sun at bay.

This BB cream can be found at airports in the Asia/Pacific and Americas regions, as well as Heathrow terminal 5 and Dubai International airport. I haven’t had the chance to test it yet, but as I’ll be travelling over the next couple of weeks I’ll try to spot it somewhere! And if you have it or had the chance to try it, please let us know what you think.

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August 27th, 2010 at 9:17 am

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++

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Mac Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ MAC Cosmetics is to launch its own version of a BB (Blemish Balm) cream exclusively in duty-free shops. For those who aren’t familiar with BB creams, these are lightweight tinted moisturisers that help to correct imperfections and are very popular in Asia. MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ is supposed to work as an all-in-one colour corrector, primer, UV protector and hydrating cream and is recommended for all skin types.

This is what the company has to say about the new product:

While MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ was developed to perform a multitude of tasks, the ultimate result is the same: flawless skin. Use it as a makeup primer, to provide a subtle glow and correct colour imperfections, while at the same time providing UV protection of SPF 35. Apply to skin before foundation for a smoother application and enhanced wear throughout the day.

The lightweight, creamy formula of MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ glides on effortlessly and forms a protective barrier against external aggressions, making it ideal for use in conditions that may cause stress the skin.  Apply it to freshly cleansed skin and it immediately evens out and illuminates the complexion, making skin imperfections less noticeable.

The new MAC BB cream will be available only at select travel-retail and duty-free locations in Asia and the US from May, which means only a few airports should stock it. The suggested retail price in the US is $30.

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March 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am

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