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November 14, 2010

One Step Foundation with Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

I have the chance to try out Clinique's travel exclusive BB Cream today.  I think this is prolly the second BB Cream I have tried.  From what I have read before, BB creams (which originate from Korea), they are supposed to be multi-tasking workers, promising to get rid of blemishes, improve skin texture, you know all that jazz.  Personally, I am not sure how to use it, whether alone as a foundation, or under a foundation -- which seems to me a tad too much.

The Clinique Age Defense BB Cream retails for USD$31 at Clinique counters at Asia Pacific airports and Duty Free Downtown stores.

Clinique jumps on the popular Asian BB Cream bandwagon with their Age Defense BB Cream, marketed exclusively for the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Market, and targetted for the jet setting seasoned traveller.  Flying about can make your skin dehydrated, and dull -- and this product is the solution to refresh your skin, making you look polished after sitting in the dry atmosphere in the plane.

This cream helps to prevent the premature signs of aging due to harmful sun exposure (it has SPF30/PA+++), and also conceals imperfections.  Also, using this cream will reduce fine lines, and soothe the skin, making it hydrated. The product is appropriate for all skin types, and the formula contains multi-polarised pugments to enhance your complexion.

I am personally suckered by the benefits of using the product, which includes:

  • color correcting benefits for a brighter and more even skin tone
  • absorbs excess oil to ensure longwear and oil control
  • absorb harmful UV rays
  • protects skin from harmful environmental aggressors
  • calms and soothes irritated skin


The product itself feels like the current BB creams on the market.  It is very smooth and creamy.  The color is also on the pinker side, but it is supposed to blend and settle into your skintone after some time... and also you can wear your usual foundation over it.  As I am testing this out, I am only using this on its own, without any primer, or foundation.  I did, however, have to use a concealer, and set everything with loose powder. 

It does even out and brighten my skin tone, but cannot conceal my spots. If you have great skin, this should be enough as a foundation.

I applied the BB cream with my fingers, massaging it into my skin.  The color of the BB cream matches my skintone exactly.  Phew!  So I set it with a translucent loose powder.   I am really quite impressed by how, despite the despite the fact that I did not use any primer, the BB cream did not sink into my pores making them even more obvious.  It actually did make my skin look smoother.

I am insecure about the spots on my face, and especially around my chin, so I spent some time 'airbrushing' them out with my concealer.

I had nothing much else on the rest of my face, except for blush, and some gloss.  I also filled in my brows and put on some falsies.

Next, I will show you a few pictures I took throughout the day, and you can see how the BB cream wears for a good 8 hours.

It is relatively cooling today, but very humid, and rainy.

I had to blot my oily T-zone time to time.

And finally, I got home....overall, obviously worn off, but I am very impressed by how it lasted....though I am sure if this had been a super hot  sweaty work day, I would definitely need my foundation over the BB cream.

Here is a quick summary of my thoughts:


  • great as a tinted moisturiser type of product, fuss free, evens out your skin tone in a jiffy!
  • impressive skin smoother, anything that allows me to skip the primer is a keeper!
  • light weight, and easy to blend
  • sun protection!
  • quite long wearing, and great for weekend days when you don't want a ton of products on your face


Not quite good:

  • may not suit all skin tones.. yes, great for all skin types, but I have a feeling darker skintone girls might find this too ashy, and therefore can only use this as a primer before foundation
  • Oil control not strong enough for my oily T-zone
  • not accessible to mainstream market, you can prolly only find this during your travels at the airport (maybe DFS in town might have?)


I want to try this BB cream as a primer under my foundation next time, so do expect some updates in subsequent LOTDs.

That's all, and I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


PS Clinique Age Defense BB Cream was given to me for consideration.  All opinions here are my own honest ones.

posted by

OOOh... I love using bbcream! Like you say.. if make me skip primer and also becos of the spf! I normally skip concealer and set the bbcream with 2way cake foundation (extra coverage) :P

I wonder whether this will be available in the future?

posted by

Clinique has a BB Cream too, BB creams are def taking over the market!

Like Chantana I typically set BB Creams with 2-way powders because most BB creams don't seem to have enough coverage for me either. That way it works like a foundation but also a primer so the 2way powder stays on longer/better. haha.

posted by

Is it only available in one shade? Would really love it if they had BB creams for tanned/olive skin...

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