Showing posts with label BB cream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BB cream. Show all posts

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Urban Decay Illuminating Beauty Balm


Urban Decay have release two new BB creams this summer - a bronzing one (which thankfully I haven't got to try out) and this illuminating one.  Bit strange, UD releasing BB creams when everyone's already moved on from the BB / CC trend - aren't they a bit 2012 now?


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Review & Swatches: REN Satin Perfection BB Cream


REN's Satin Perfection BB Cream is a somewhat new direction for the cult skincare brand, given that their extensive lineup doesn't currently contain colour products.  REN see BB cream as a halfway house - not skincare, not colour, and their BB cream is certainly different to many of those I've tried recently.


This is the Light/Medium variety, and it looks a little bit orange in the tube.  Packaging, as always for REN, is simple and effective - the product is sealed from the air and is dispensed through a pump.


A couple of pumps looks a little less orange, but still not at all the right colour for my skin.  But don't be fooled.  The selling point of this particular BB is that it doesn't provide a high level of foundation like coverage - the effect is a more even skintone, a satiny glow, and a natural finish.


Smoothed out, you can see it's still completely the wrong colour for my very cool skin.  Also, a bit too orange.


Blended in, however, the cream has magically adapted to my skintone, providing a lovely even finish which isn't shiny-shiny but still has a lovely glow.  If you look really closely, it's still a touch too warm for my winter-white skin, but for those with a more golden undertone (and probably for me in the summer), it's likely to be a great match.

Given that this BB cream is made by a company who creates high quality, high performance skincare, I'm inclined to believe that the skincare benefits are more effective than, say, a BB created by a colour-only brand.  If you're looking for a BB cream which provides foundation like coverage, this won't be for you - but if your skintone is slightly warm and light to medium in tone, and you like subtle, natural coverage, it's definitely worth investigating.  My mother has claimed my tube, as she hates foundation, but loves the natural glowy effect that this cream gives.

It costs £26 - not cheap, but on a par with similar BB creams from brands like Clinique and Clarins.  You can find it at Space NK, and other REN stockists.

Disclosure: PR sample

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Swatch: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream


Another month, another BB cream release.  Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream will be released in May, and they're a little late to the party - Clinique (amongst other brands) are shortly releasing CC creams.  

Anyway, this one combines Clarins skincare benefits with SPF25 and a semi-matte finish which provides a light but buildable coverage, available in three shades.


This, surprisingly, is the lightest shade.  It's not really very light.  


Blended out, you can tell that this base product is way too deep for my pale and cool skin.  If you're a pale and pasty lady, you'll probably find Clarins BB cream a no go as it's just too deep, and too warm.  The finish is rather nice, though - it's not so matte it looks chalky, but it's not too dewy and wet either.  It sets down well on the skin and leaves a velvety feeling to the skin.

If your skin is a little less fair than mine and you're intrigued by Clarins entry to the BB market, you'll find this on counter and online in May.  It'll cost £28.

Disclosure: PR sample

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Erborian BB Creme au Ginseng



I picked this BB cream up in Sephora during a recent trip to Paris. It's not French, however, but Korean. I've been using it daily for about 2 weeks and I have to say it's excellent.



It definitely bears more resemblance to my other Korean BB cream by Dr Jart than to European/American BB creams, in that it's very cool - possibly grey or ashy on some people - and pale. It has a lighter consistency than Dr Jart, making for a more natural finish and easier application. It goes on like a dream.


The formula contains ginseng, and promises a (slightly creepy-sounding) "baby skin" effect. My skin has not been transformed into an infant state, but it does look very even-toned and clear when I'm wearing this. I'm also pleased that it has a substantial SPF rating of 25 - box ticked.

My small (15ml) tube cost 12.00 euro at Sephora. I've done a quick Google and it looks like Erborian's BB creams (there are various types) are sold at Space NK costing £34. Hopefully this is for a larger tube than mine.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Dr Jart: Korean BB cream now in Boots



We've seen plenty of BB creams pop up on the UK scene in the last year, coming from mainstream and niche brands alike from Maybelline to Illamasqua. The BB format is now well-embedded in the British beauty lover's consciousness (although we're still not 100% sure if we're supposed to call it "Blemish Balm", "Beauty Balm" or what).

So the timing's about right for an original gangster BB cream from the BB motherland (South Korea) to arrive on the UK scene. Dr Jart is a popular brand over in South Korea, where the BB market is at the height of its powers - one in three Korean women own one. Having been to Seoul and seen with my own eyes the insanely huge beauty market (I've never seen so much retail floor space devoted to beauty), this is seriously impressive reach.


As with many Asian beauty brands, the range of products available from Dr Jart is pretty dizzying, but a fairly easily grokked selection of four has been picked to launch in Boots. There's one for young skin, one for mature skin, and a couple in between. All have SPF of 25 and over, and range in price from £18 - £24.

I've been trying out the Regenerating BB, which is one of the "in between" ones. I picked it because it's silver, and apparently contains skin-healing snail secretions (although I've seen been worriedly Googling to see if the snails are harmed in collecting this - seems not).


It's a pale, cool-toned shade (despite the odd thing my camera/inner arm is trying to do to the shade in the pic) with medium coverage, and the formula is quite rich. I couldn't wear it every day as it's too greasy for my skin, but for drier skins this will be very nourishing, especially when autumn arrives. I should probably have opted for the Water Fuse BB for younger skin, which has been getting a lot of positive blog coverage, but I do expect to be reaching for this in winter.


The shade choice is pretty uniform across all four Dr Jart BBs, although the Premium BB, for older skin, is slightly darker. If you're a cool-toned Asian or Caucasian you're in luck, but otherwise these won't work for you. (I wonder if there are any plans to bring out BBs for other skintones?)


You can get Dr Jart BB creams in larger branches of Boots and from Boots online

Disclosure - PR sample
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