Me and BB cream are still getting acquainted.
Very briefly, BB cream stands for Blemish Balm – hugely popular in Korea and Taiwan, its a treatment and foundation in a bottle.
I have a couple but not one that I like enough to sacrifice my usual liquid foundation for (I am using Chanel’s Pro Lumiere day to day. It’s…..ok. Prefer Matte Lumiere. Seriously, don’t be influenced by the guy at the counter just because he’s cute* and gay.)
*Cute as in, I want to take him home and watch Bear in a Big blue house with him and feed him apple puree**
**Not in a pervy way, in a ‘he’s like my son’ kind of way***
***That also sounds wrong. I’ll stop digging now…
I tried out this BB cream by L’egere because I like the name – ‘water drop’.
This is supposed to do everything. It’s a base, a foundation, a moisturizer, it has a sunscreen, its a treatment (for scars), it’s waterproof too. It’s a messiah!
The same says Shiny Pearl, and this is indeed like a Shiny Pearl. The liquid feels a little oily and ‘siliconey’ a bit rich and suffocating on the skin (I hate anything overly greasy and rich that feels like its blocking my pores). There are tons of little reflective particles in the BB cream – so its oily AND full of sparkles.
This is better for dryer skins and those who wants the DEWY look……
Once of the reason I chose this one was because the L’egere range is apparently a little darker than other BB creams. The shade of this BB cream is about a NC30-35 IMO, works perfectly well on me. Every other BB cream I own is too ashy or light, since South east Asian ladies tend to be fairer.
The coverage is quite rich – it blends in well but it definately lives up to the ‘pearl’ name. It feels siliconey and yes it settles but you do look a bit shiny-disco-bally. I mean I LOVE dewy bordering on shine, but this was just…a bit much.
Horror of horrors - I think it broke me out. Little white spotty things on my upper lip.
Ingredients: Arbutin, Cyclomethicone, Jojoba oil, Polyglceyl-4 Isoterate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1Dimethicone, Bees Wax, Tocopheryl acetate, Propyl Parabem,Sorbita sesquioleate, Petrolatum, Titanium oxides, Cyslopentasiloxane, Iron Oxides / Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyl Paraben, Sodium Hysluronate, Marine Collagen, Rose Water, Centella Asiaticac.
Pros: It does do an awful lot, has good coverage. Darker than most BB creams.
Cons: Too oily, too pearly, broke me out. It’s fragranced too.
Price: Ooh I think it was £14.99
Where from?: In the UK I got it from www.beautyeshop.co.uk which has free shipping over £19 (special delivery!) and has been pretty good although they only use google cart – email them for Paypal.
Verdict: God, I love the idea of a product that can just be slapped on and it does EVERYTHING, protects, perfects etc. but the texture of this was just odd. It was like applying lard to the face (well, liquid lard) and even when it sunk it it was ever so slightly off in colour (though the tone was ok) and it didn’t last. If you are oily run, don’t walk away from the BB cream.
Recommended – nah (that means no).