I'm sorry it's been a little quiet round here over the past week. I've been so poorly and have spent my days tucked up in bed feeling very sorry for myself. I don't think it was the flu but it certainly felt almost as bad. I'm on the verge of booking a holiday because my body is craving rest, recuperation and some much needed vitamin D. Anyone else really need to feel the sun on their face?
Anyway... I've been wanting to post about BB creams for yonks so I'm glad to finally get round to it. It's a great time to post because I'm sure we'll be headed for warmer days soon (pretty please Mr Weather Man) and that's when I think about wearing something a little less heavy on my face. Last spring/summer Bourjois Healthy Mix (I went through bottles of the stuff) and the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint were firm favourites and I'd certainly be happy to continue using either. Nonetheless, I have a bunch of BB creams to try. The market is absolutely flooded with BB creams right now - this, this and this seem to be the most raved about. Here's some info about the few I've played around with so far:
Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Make Up £6.99
I don't know about you but I'm going to raise my eyebrow at any product that claims to serve 9 functions. 9? Really Rimmel? This claims to prime, moisturise, minimise pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and protect. It's good but it's not that good! Kudos to Rimmel though - this is a good product, especially given the budget price point. It's comfortable to wear, covers pretty well and looks natural. It won't wow you and you may notice it's lasting power isn't superb. There are better options out there (at a higher price point) but to throw in my suitcase to go on holiday (it has SPF 25!), yes, I'd buy it again.
Dr Jart+ Water Fuse and Premium £18-£22 for full size (mine are sample size) c/o GlossyBox
These are high end BB creams with SPF. Water Fuse claims to control sebum production from sweat (therefore preventing streaking) and Premium claims to help fight ageing. I really like both of these but I'd find it painful to purchase at full price. Having said that they are the perfect product for hot summer days and holidays away. You can lay by the pool and still look like you have amazing skin. For that fact alone, whoever invented these BB creams deserves a medal. I've tried all of the Dr Jart+ BB creams now and can't fault them. They feel incredibly high quality - luxurious on the skin - and really do create a flawless look without the weight of a traditional foundation. I rarely have spots to cover so I can't comment on the coverage from that perspective but if your issue is simply uneven skin tone then you'll probably love these.
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Eye Roll On Light £9.99
Wow, this really surprised me. I'm not usually a fan of Garnier but I know they've had quite a lot of success with eye roll on treatments and this newly released product has proven just as popular. I suffer from dark circles when I'm overtired or rundown - nothing that a heavy duty concealer can't fix (I like Bobbi Brown) but sometimes I feel like it can look unnatural and slightly caked on if you're not careful. I found this roll on lived up to its name - it is actually really quite miraculous. You can't tell there's product on your skin but dark circles are significantly diminished. I love that it doesn't settle into fine lines (yes, I have a few!) and illuminates rather than masks, if that makes sense? Wow, just, wow. Very impressive.
Have you all jumped on the BB cream bandwagon? Any recommendations?