Best BB Cream Ever for Brown Skin! Kiss Aqua BB Beauty Balm Review

kiss ny aqua bb cream-first impression

It’s the end of the week!

Can I get an Amen?!

Anyway, I only received this product yesterday, but I’m already in love. I can see this becoming a staple in my makeup routine for months to come (or until I come across something new, whatever.)

What product am I talking about? None other than the Kiss New York Aqua BB Cream!

First, let me tell yall something…stop sleeping on beauty supply store makeup!!!! Yes it’s inexpensive, yes it may not be as popular or circulated among makeup junkies, but the stuff is bomb. Some of my holy grail products have come from not Sephora, not M.A.C, not Nordstrom (couldn’t even if I wanted to on my college student budget)….but the good ole beauty supply store. The LA Girl Pro Concealers that many rave about can be found right in these beauty supply stores (in certain neighborhoods of course.) Basically, don’t turn your nose up to the Beauty Supply Store.

With that being said, let me stop rambling.

This BB cream is about $8, and it comes in 6 shades that cater to women with darker shades of skin (so this is perfect for my fellow black makeup lovers out there. It comes with 1.42 fluid ounces of product, so there’s a bit more in there than your standard 1 fl. oz. product. You can definitely tell that there’s a lot of product in there once you feel the container.


It comes in tube packaging with a squeeze dispenser….like a fat toothpaste tube, so you get a lot of control over the product. The shade I got was medium, and I think it matches me pretty well. I have neutral/warm undertones, and this was pretty much in that range in my opinion. There could be a little more variation in terms of the undertones of the shades, since most of them are pretty warm in my opinion. Anyway, they recommend applying the product with your fingers, but I’m bougie so I don’t lol. I applied the product with my favourites brush, the EcoTools Buffing Brush, and it gave me amazing coverage.


I swear I only applied one layer of product….not even a dime sized amount! It gave me the coverage of a medium/full coverage foundation! This was only my first day using it, but it most certainly lives up to its claims to:

Even your skin tone

Cover and conceal

Brighten and refresh

…and refine pores and regenerate skin

I find that with other BB creams (granted I’ve only tried two others), the coverage is okay, but still closer to that of tinted moisturizer. Again, I haven’t tried any high end brand BB creams, but this one does it for me. The coverage is great, it isn’t really oily (I didn’t have to blot my face), and the consistency isn’t thick so it’s perfect for these hot, humid, summer days.

All in all, I give this a preliminary 11/10. I really like this product and I can’t wait to see how it performs in the next few weeks.

Have any of you tried this BB Cream before?

You can check it out here on Kiss New York’s Website, here on SamsBeauty, and here on Amazon if you can’t access it at a beauty supply store.

Have a great weekend!

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