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Monday, 8 July 2013

Which Is The Best BB Cream?


BB creams aren’t exactly new anymore, I remember trying them last year and thinking, erm well they’re okay but I feel naked wearing one. But things seem to have advanced and every beauty brand out there basically does a BB cream now. After seeing Rosie Londoner post some of her fave make up items on her instagram the other day, one of which was a BB cream, I decided that I must try them again and hopefully get her radiant glow. When you’re having a good skin day, there is nothing better than only applying a BB cream, it's natural and treats your skin just like skincare does. The big question is, which BB cream should I buy and which BB cream is for me? Lucky for you, I’ve put a few of them through their paces...




First up, Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream. When I was sent this by Essenctuals I fell in love instantly. When you squeeze it out of the tube, it is the thickness of foundation, infact, probably thicker, it doesn’t have that liquid feel to it. It’s perfectly thick but then surprisingly, when you put it on your skin, it glides on like moisturizer and is actually really light. For the past week I have only worn this on my face, I literally use one tiny blob, because it’s thick, a small amount of it goes a long way. This is in shade light, which I feel actually looks quite dark on my skin – so don’t make the mistake of buying the medium shade when actually, the light shade is really dark. I feel like this makes my skin glow instantly. I have done a full review of Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream here. My personal fave as it gives a great coverage but your skin still looks natural and illuminated.






Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector - This is the little beauty that Rosie Londoner posted on her instagram. Rosie wears this (so I immediately went out and bought it, oops) and her skin always looks radiant so I thought why not, and added it to my little Boots shopping basket. I think it was around £8.00 but you can usually get it on offer in Boots. This is ridiculously moisturizing, even more so than the Clarins one and I feel like it’s probably better for the skin, less make uppy. The coverage isn’t as good, it's more like a really thick tinted moisturiser. I got this in shade medium and it is far too dark for me. I will try this again when I have a tan. I do like this, but the coverage isn't as good as the Clarins BB cream and because it's really dark I have to  blend this loads with a foundation brush and it goes a bit dirty on my skin.




ThisWorks Perfect Look Skin Miracle Tinted Moisturiser - This isn’t strictly speaking a BB cream but I’ve put it in here as it is a tinted moisturizer which you can use as a primer or just wear instead of foundation, similar to a BB cream as all BB creams make good primers and tinted moisturisers. I personally find this a little bit too greasy to wear underneath foundation, but if you’re having an amazing skin day or if you’re abroad, this would be unreal to wear as it has a gorgeous little caramel colour to it. It is really light on the skin and super duper moisturizing, there isn’t really any coverage with it, just a tint so if it’s coverage that you’re wanting I’d go for Clarins. This is great if you just want to add a nice radiant tan to the skin without wearing make up.

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream - This is actually really really nice and one of the ones I wear most often. It was the first product that I'd ever used by L'Occitane and I really am impressed with the brand. This is similar to Clarins when it comes to coverage but for some reason it feels even lighter and feels less like foundation, this does stay on a bit longer than the Clarins BB cream and it feels like it's better for your skin as it's full of goodness. It just feels more natural but looks kinda like a powdery foundation. Even the packaging is light weight, just how this feels on your skin. This feels so light but gives such a nice coverage without making your skin feel heavy or look caked, it makes your skin look plumped. This has an SPF of 30 which means that it's amazing in the sun.




L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream – I bought this last year (as you can tell, the packaging is a bit ruined). My friend used to wear it and I commented on how good her foundation looked, when she told me it wasn’t foundation I honestly couldn’t believe it. Basically, this little BB cream (I’m sure it was one of the first BB creams on the market), comes out purple and it feels like it’s an exfoliating face wash if I’m going to be honest, but then when you put it on your skin, somehow, it changes to a foundation/skin colour and makes you look like you’re wearing foundation. It’s so clever, it really does mimic the look of foundation and again, it looks so radiant. I do feel a bit grubby and dirty when wearing it though because of the little balls/pieces inside it, it doesn’t feel that smooth, but it does look really smooth. It’s so magical, it’s worth a try just to see how well it works on your face. I use this around the pool on holiday as it has an SPF in it and it’s so light that you can still get a tan but if you’re having a bad skin day it kind of covers it up, just not as well as the Clarins one.


La Roche-Posay  Hydreane BB Cream - I've got to say this is probably the most disappointing for me. When it comes out of the tube, it is very much like Clarins, thick and moisturising but when you apply this on your face, or maybe it's just my skin, it seems to stick to the dry areas of my face and just make them look worse. This could be because, again, the colour is far too dark. I don't understand why BB creams in a shade medium come out so hideously dark. It leaves dark line at the side of my face, even when I've blended it in. Again, this may just be my skin and it is a gorgeous texture and should look insanely good on your skin. When swatched on my hand, it looks just like Clarins but seems a lot more moisturising. When you apply it, it looks as though it's going to give great coverage but instead it just feels like a really light tinited moisturiser that kind of crumbles on the face. Boo La Roche Posay, I usually love you. I will persevere with this when I have more of a natural tan.


Vichy Idealia BB Cream - I have this on today and I am in love with it. If you want a really heavy coverage, then this isn't for you, I'd say it's a medium coverage. It doesn't cover up under eye circles or bad spots, so pop some concealer on first. But it does leave you with a natural glow and it lets your natural skin shine through, perfect if you're wanting to tan. The packaging is beautiful and Vichy is known for doing great skincare, so this really will fix your skin whilst wearing it. I feel adequately covered up when wearing this, but still look natural and glowing and don't feel like I'm wearing make up. This is around £15.00 at Boots so cheaper than Clarins but a touch more expensive than Garnier. I use shade medium in this and for once, it isn't too dark unlike all the other BB creams in a medium shade. This really does make your skin look illuminated and healthy. It has soothing and hydrating Vichy Thermal Spa Water inside it, which probably explains why it gets rid of redness and general nastiness so well.


Sorry for the lack of swatches on the last few, I keep picking up new BB creams! I have noticed a complete change in my skin since I have stopped wearing foundation, even my boyfriend has commented on how nice my skin looks now. Hello good skin days, I have you to thank, BB creams. Hopefully this little guide to find the best BB cream on the market has helped you. Obviously they're all different depending on what you're looking for. As a summary, I'd go for Clarins for coverage and to wear out on a normal day/night out and then Vichy or L'Occitane for every day wear. Which BB cream do you want to try? Have you used a BB cream before? Can you recommend any? Lots of love, Em x

P.S, I've been shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan 'best new beauty blog' award and I am speechless, I'd love to have your vote. You can vote for me here. Thank you so much.
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54 comments:

  1. I love BB creams and I initially used the Garnier one. I loved that but found to not give enough coverage like you said. I now use Dior Nude BB cream and it is probably one of the best things I have ever bought. Light on skin but gives coverage. Amazing

    Rachel xx

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    1. Yeah, apparently the oil free one is better. I want to try this Dior one so badly! Thanks for the tip :) xxx

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  2. I've only ever tried the Maybelline one and I wasn't impressed with its stickiness. I would love to try the Vichy one though.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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    1. I've not heard anything good about this Maybelline one! Yeah the Vichy one is seriously good:) xxx

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  3. I've never really gotten in to BB creams because I didn't know where to start... This post really helped, thanks gorgeous!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. Ahhh glad i could be a help babe xxx

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  4. Great review! all I wear are BB creams!!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. BB creams are must haves for Summer! xxx

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  5. Em, I like 2 Korean brands, Skin79 and Lioele.

    They leave a fairer tone on the skin, which I know you're not too fond of, but they make your skin look amazing and very natural :)

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    1. I've heard a lot about Skin79 must try it! xxx

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  6. Great post! I tried to Garnier one when it first come out and I just couldn't get on with it. I recently got their newest oil free version and it's literally amazing, the coverage is brilliant too so definitely work checking out! xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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    1. Ahhh I want to try the oil free one! xx

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  7. i have the maybelline dream fresh bb cream, i hate it though! not the biggest fan of them i must say, this was a lovely post and your photos are amazing x
    thinking-like-a-doll.blogspot.com x

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    1. Ahhh never seen or tried this one... Aw thank you glad you like it ee:) Xxx

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  8. This might have inspired me to try my first BB cream!!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Oooo you must let me know which one you try! x

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  9. This is super super helpful! Right now I'm looking into getting a tinted moisturizer but I've heard that some BB creams (like the Dior one) are great as well!
    Thank you for this!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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    1. Aw yay, glad it helped :) I need to try the Dior one. Yeah, tinted moisturisers are good but only if you have perfect skin, I love how BB's actually cover up the skin a bit more xx

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  10. I have only tried the Skin 79 BB cream but some of these sound interesting so I will be trying them out for sure :D x

    www.krystelcouture.com

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    1. OO never heard of that, gonna have a look at it now thank you:) X

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  11. This was very informative
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/2013/07/wishlist-with-sheinside.html

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  12. I tried the Garnier one after seeing my friends skin looking so good, but I found it oki'sh, but a bit too greasy for my skin! I shall have to investigate your other recommendations....thanks xx

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  13. Great reviews, I love the Garnier Oil Free BB Cream:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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    1. Ahh loads of people have mentioned this - must try it! xxx

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  14. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!

    I love your blog and the things you post!

    Thanks again Em!

    www.victoria-emma.blogspot.co.uk

    Love Vickyy

    XO

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    1. It's fine lovely, not to worry:) xxx

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  15. What an amazing selection of BB Creams! I personally love the Garnier Oil Free BB Cream and the Boots Botanics BB Cream xox

    www.beautifullyshallow.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, oops I have a whole collection haha! Ahh I want to try the oil free version! xx

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  16. I've been a bit dubious of BB creams but I may give them a go! I always thought they were just similar to tinted moisturisers.

    Holly xx

    http://thosemarchdays.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. There isn't anything to be dubious about, they're so good hehe! xx I used to think that too!

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  17. This is a wonderful post!! I do love BB creams more than foundation. I've tried the Garnier and L'Oreal ones, but the L'Occitane BB creams sound really good.

    Olivia xxx
    Beauty from the Fjord

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    1. Me too, especially in this gorgeous weather:) xxx

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  19. I LOVE the vichy bb cream! Highly recommend!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. The Vichy one is one of my faves xxxx

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  20. ps. May have just voted for you as the best new beauty blog on the cosmopolitan website! - you deserve it!

    Emily x

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    1. Awww Emily this means the absolute world to me, seriously! xxxx

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  21. I really do want to try the Vichy BB Cream or the Diorskin Nude one, so far I've only tried the Garnier and a Maybelline one and they completely broke me out!
    http://haveyoueverfalleninlove.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah, I think the Dior one sounds amazing, will have to get my hands on that. Wow as if they broke you out! aaahh! x

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  22. I think La Roche-Posay is nice i use this cream & its really effective.. you can also visit skindirect.com to buy online branded beauty products, hope you'll like..

    First Aid Beauty Cream

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    1. Yeh thats good then that you likei t x

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  23. BB creams are the way forward, great post :)

    http://studentbeautylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/rimmel-bb-cream-vs-match-perfection.html

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  24. the clarins cream looks amaaaazing! really want to try it out
    www.marylee31.blogspot.com
    x

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  25. Thr Garnier BB cream is my absolute favourite! It's my go to in summer when I don't feel like wearing heavy make up and feels so good on!
    lipsticksandlifestyles.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Ahh that's interesting that you like it, I must have just got the wrong colour! x

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  26. I'm currently trying the Vichy BB Cream! The results are amazing!

    I've followed your blog, please could you follow back

    Purplesparklez.blogspot.com

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  27. The Vichy BB cream is amazing, kept seeing it on here and finally caved a bought it on sunday and I'm already in love. Not normally a fan of BB creams but its lovely. So glad I did! Thank you for giving it rave reviews! It's a good colour match too and I'm pretty pasty so that a bonus!
    I love your blog.
    Sam. xxx

    http://inspirationfortheimagination.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. A big thanks for sharing that. I am using Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream from Etude House. Have you tried this before? It has a great coverage and yeah, my skin don't feel greasy like the old times. Lol..

    Jen xx

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