In my late 20s, my skin started to show signs of sun damage, like age spots and broken capillaries.\u00a0 Pregnancy gave me melasma, which causes more discoloration on my face. My skin, suffice it to say, is starting to show its age. I thought it was time to try one of the many products on the market that help with evening of skin tone and covering up imperfections. In the last year, beauty balms (\u201cBB\u201ds) have flooded the beauty industry.\u00a0 I had previously tried tinted moisturizers, but was indifferent to them; however, BBs are touted as different.\u00a0 Many of them claim to be five products in 1 bottle: sun protection, moisturizer, primer, foundation and concealer.\u00a0 I was skeptical, which means it was time for some homemade consumer research. I headed to my local Sephora store, talked to their sales associates, and came home with five little containers; each in a bag labeled with product name and SPF protection.\u00a0 Below, I share with you my pros and cons and overall impressions of each of the five products I tested. I hope my reviews will help in finding the right BB cream for you. Clinique\u2019s BB offered a heavier coverage than the others.\u00a0 I found my skin still looked quite shiny after application, but my skin texture was smoothed out and imperfections better hidden. This BB had a noticeably heavier feel than some of the others, but it had great lasting power throughout the day.\u00a0 It also served as a good foundation for my blush and blended well with my spot corrector. Dr. Jart\u2019s BB went on very creamy.\u00a0 I didn\u2019t think the color looked very good on my skin.\u00a0 I have an olive skin tone and it seemed too light and pink for my coloring. \u00a0It did provide mild coverage on my imperfections, but I still needed spot corrector.\u00a0 The overall look was a bit shinier than I prefer.\u00a0 This BB also provided a nice base for my blush but my spot corrector did not blend well since the color of this BB did not match well with my skin tone. Smashbox\u2019s BB cream provided heavier coverage and felt more like a foundation.\u00a0 It did not make my skin very matte, but did even out my skin tone. It served as a good base for my spot corrector and blush and had outstanding staying-power all day.\u00a0 I was shinier by midday than I would like, especially my forehead and t-zone. Tarte\u2019s BB was by far my favorite of the five. \u00a0It stood out immediately for its lightness and primer-like qualities. It gave me a light matte look and mildly covered imperfections, but I still needed spot coverage.\u00a0 It was a great base for my cheek stain.\u00a0 My forehead and t-zone were slightly shiny by mid-day.\u00a0 I felt this BB was the best match for my skin.\u00a0 I generally have shiny skin, so I preferred the primer qualities of this BB that gave me a matte look.\u00a0 It also just seemed to blend the best with my skin color.\u00a0 It was light, but seemed to give me the most even and matte skin texture, which I liked. Urban Decay\u2019s BB went on smoothly and felt like a primer.\u00a0 It made my skin matte but did not provide quite as much coverage as some of the others.\u00a0 Notably, this is the only BB that I thought had a distinct smell that I didn't really like.\u00a0 The color of this BB definitely gave me a more bronzed look, so this product would be great for someone who is looking to add a bit more color to her complexion while still looking natural.\u00a0 I loved that this BB stayed matte throughout the day. Final Word on BBs: My overall impression of BB creams is positive.\u00a0 What I found most interesting is how different they can be.\u00a0 Each product had its pros and cons.\u00a0 In the end, I found that I prefer a lighter feel that provides a matte look. For anyone interested in changing up their makeup, I would highly suggest asking a store for samples.\u00a0 Instead of the typical trial and error process you have to go through to find the right product, samples will help you find what works best for you, saving you money and time in the process. I\u2019m still on the fence as to whether I\u2019m going to add BBs to my makeup regime, but it was certainly fun to try out new products and find what works best for me. Have you tried a BB? \u00a0If so, do you have a favorite?