Thursday, March 21, 2013

imageAs a woman of color, some products that are created for women of other backgrounds, don’t necessarily work for particularly darker-hued women like me.  As BB Creams have been all the rage lately, I didn’t see a reason to jump on the bandwagon because most, if not all, of the available BB Creams that have cropped up in the last few years did not appeal to me until now. 
BB Creams (BB stands for “beauty balm) originated in Asia as a foundation/skin care treatment.  According to Wikipedia, BB creams are “promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.”
As makeup-obsessed as I am, I did not have the excitement to try a BB Cream. While the concept was nice and appealing, most of the ones I’ve seen did not match my skin tone at all. Even the makeup lines that attempted to add a “darker” shade failed miserably. So when supermodel and fashion icon and beauty entrepreneur, Iman, decided to do a BB Cream, it peaked my interest.
I recently got a sample of the IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème to try from the lovely folks at Iman Cosmetics.  As someone who is a big fan of tinted moisturizer, I could appreciate the look and feel of this Iman BB Crème.  My shade match was Earth Medium (NC50 for you MAC girls).  I’ve used this BB cream for a good three days on my normal to oily skin without any issues.  I wore it alone and I’ve worn it under my usual Artistry #7 Tinted Moisturizer.  It looked amazing either way.
I can say with assurance that this is a keeper!  I love the sheer weight of it and how smoothly it goes on.  I had fun mixing it with my tinted moisturizer as it provided a bit of a sun kissed glow to my skin.  I was surprised how long the product lasted throughout the day.
Now for some, the product may be a little too shiny after application, but you can lightly blot the shine with a tissue and apply a sheer loose powder afterwards.
imageThe IMAN BB Crème is available in 6 shades that accommodate a large skin tone range to include Sand Line (available on-line only), Sand Medium, Clay Medium, Clay Medium Deep, Earth Medium, and Earth Deep.  This product is suitable for Normal, Oily, Combination, and Dry skin.  Unfortunately, this product is not suitable for acne-prone skin.
Just in case you’re wondering about the benefits of the IMAN BB Crème, ingredients include grape seed, licorice root that help brighten skin and counteract hyper-pigmentation.  You get good sun protection with SPF 15 and Acai Extract help to fight again free radicals that can wreak havoc on the skin. Other skin lovin’ ingredients include Vitamins A, E, & C, Aloe, and Kokum Butter to hydrate and soften the skin.
At a price point of $20 (USD), this is a very affordable product.  I will be adding all six shades to my makeup kit to use on my bridal clients.
Now, if you would to sample the new IMAN Skin Tome Evener BB Crème for yourself, you can.  The folks at Iman Cosmetics are providing samples of their BB Crème in Clay Medium and Earth Medium plus they will throw in an IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmer in Crystal, and Luxury Lip Pencil in Tan.  Sweet deal, eh?
In order to participate in this giveaway, please leave a comment here about why you’d like to try a BB cream AND follow Chic Chocolate on Facebook.
This contest is open to U.S. Residence only.  The winner will be chosen by 6:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and will be announced Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  Good Luck!
P.S. If this IMAN BB Crème interests you, you try this product at an Iman Cosmetics event in an area near you!
Go to to find events in your area.


  1. I have never used Iman's skin care products. I would love to use this as an oportunity to be introduced to Iman Cosmetics. I also could use an evener cream -- never used that either!

    And of COURSE i follow Chic Chocolate on FB!

  2. This product looks great. I would love to try it. Thanks Chic Chocolate for the contest.

  3. Would love to win because I've been searching for the perfect bb cream and this iman one looks really promising. Been waiting for it since I first heard about it.

  4. I would like to try this BB cream because it's an all in one product. I haven't worn make-up in years, and I think this would be good to try. Thanks!

  5. I'd love to win and sample the Iman BB Cream. It would be lovely to use a product that I don't have to make "work" for my skin tone!

  6. I would love to try the cream due to the fact that i have discolored skin patches and while im in the midst of working of taking care of that this will be an addition and maybe speed up the process!. Ive never been without make and im ready!

  7. I would like to try this product because it offers a vareity of shades and it has spf in it.

    I like you on facebook

    dlatany at gmail dot com


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