With Spring comes new makeup and adventures, and amongst the matte coral lipsticks and pastel nail colours, is this season’s hottest cover-up, the BB cream.

BB creams are short for Blemish Balm, and have been big in Korea for years, but just touched the Canadian Market. Estee Lauder, Dr. Jart, Garnier, Marcelle, Clinique, and Maybelline are the only brands that carry BB creams, while Dior will bring their rendition of the BB cream to Canadian makeup counters next month.

The sensational hype surrounding BB creams leaves you with lots of questions: What is BB cream? Is it a better substitute over the classic everyday foundation? Does it work like a tinted moisturizer? Is it magic??

BB creams work like a foundation, but with the coverage of primer and concealer built-in. Some BB creams work double-duty by giving even, light coverage, while healing blemishes. It’s a true miracle worker.

Colour and coverage: BB creams generally come in two shades of colour, but since this cream adjusts to your natural skin tone, you won’t have to struggle with finding your perfect colour match. The coverage is light like tinted moisturizer, coverage like a foundation and has SPF to boot.

Insider notes:┬áSadly, BB creams in Asia come with a skin lightening agent (we don’t approve of this practice), but the North American version only focuses on SPF and anti-ageing (hurrah! Battle early onset wrinkles with ease!). It’s also rumoured that a living placenta is a key ingredient found in BB creams.

Do like the Koreans, whose celebrities have been using BB creams for years. We vote for the Estee Lauder one ($38, available at Estee Lauder counters at The Bay and Holt Renfrew), but let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of the others.

Story By: Jyoti Sahota