BB Creams, originally an Asian phenomenon have seriously taken over…well everything. Lots of Western brands are now adding SPF to their tinted moisturisers and calling it a BB Cream launching their own versions of BB creams. In my opinion a true BB cream should be able to work as a foundation, concealer, SPF, moisturiser (if your skin isn’t too dry) and have skin healing properties (a lot of Asian brand offer a ‘whitening/brightening’ element too, whether this is your cup of tea or not is another matter). You might think that’s a lot to ask in one product but that’s the point of it…otherwise it’s just another base with some sun protection. I digress.
Boots No. 7 launched a Beautiful Skin BB Cream a while ago and I have been testing it for a while:
Take off those winter layers and reveal your outer beauty this spring with new BB cream. Its unique 3-in-1 formula evens and enhances skin tone and disguises imperfections, while the nutrient-enriched formula helps to banish blemishes. And with the added protective power of SPF 15 and 5 * UVA technology to help skin stay youthful, BB is the only way to wear this season’s must-have essential – perfectly-pared back, beautiful skin.
Ok so the BB cream…
This comes in 2 shades, light and medium (sorry no dark!). I tried light at first and it was so ashy on me, medium still looks a bit ashy when first applied HOWEVER does warm to my NC30/35 skintone quite quickly unlike some Asian brands that just look grey all the time. However I wouldn’t recommend this for people who are very golden or olive or indeed, dark skinned.
The texture is quite slippy, it does remind me a lot of Mischa’s BB Cream although it lacks opacity; it gives more than a tinted moisturiser but not as much as a liquid foundation. It’s better than the Garnier which offers very little in coverage, this one does tone down redness and cover minor blemishes. It couldn’t double up as a good concealer though.
SPF 15 is not particularly high – I wouldn’t liked to have seen a stronger SPF included in this product like 25 upwards even if we are in the dreary UK weather.
There are different options for skin types such as Dry/Normal, Oily/Normal etc. which is great so you can tailor it to your skin type or the season. I tried both the Normal/Dry and found it a tad sticky (even though my skin is dry). Oily/Normal I felt had a better texture and a nice even glow without looking sticky.
This is not enough to use as a moisturiser alone, I had to use a cream under it, however, for people with oily skins this could multi task. It also wears surprisingly well (and I don’t powder much) and didn’t cause all allergic reactions which I do sometimes get with BB products.
One layer on my skin – it adds a nice glow:
All in all, I like this BB cream – to me it’s like a really good tinted moisturiser that can cover redness so you can just slap it on and go in the mornings. Its the best BB cream on the western market I have tried so far.
See the BB Creams here it comes in light/medium, Dry/Normal, Dry/Very Dry and Normal/Oily for £12.95.