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I'm a great fan of most products from The Body Shop, particularly the Vitamin E range that this product is from. Now, I don't generally go for any kind of liquid foundation or BB cream, because I don't need much coverage, and also my skin is incredibly fair, so the majority of products look very orange on me (for reference, I'm probably an NW10 in MAC products). However, this product claims to adapt to skin tone so that us fairer skinned people don't end up going out like satsumas, so I got a sample of it to try out, as it seemed quite good when I was in the shop.
The first thing I noticed upon application was the fact that the BB cream definitely does not adapt to skin tone - there were orange smears all over my face and on my jawline when I put it on, despite blending it as thoroughly as I could. Luckily, I was only staying at home, so it didn't really matter, and I thought I may as well give it a few hours and see if it improved. It didn't.
After about an hour, my already dry skin felt tight, and the BB cream showed up any patches of particularly dry skin - not attractive. On my T-zone (well, the parts of it where the BB cream was still on), my skin had become very oily and shiny, with patches of cakey orange on.
I don't recommend this in the slightest!
I bought this a few weeks ago as a friend recommended it too me how ever, once trying it myself ive come to the conclusion that the moisturiser base too it doesnt work well with oily skin. It is probably great if you have dry skin as it will help keep it hydrated throughout the day but if you have oily skin pick a brand that has a less shiny look.
~ Dog Rough ~
Earlier this year I got a bit of a wake-up call from one of my blunter colleagues. Danny is a lovely guy but he tells it as he sees it. He wandered into our office back in February and asked me "Were you in Charles de Gaulle airport two weeks ago on a Friday?" I thought for a moment and admitted that I had been. "I thought it was you in the Air France lounge but I wasn't sure because you looked REALLY rough - so much that I didn't come over and say anything in case it wasn't you". Thanks Danny - sometimes you need people to tell you things your closest friends wouldn't.
I'd had a particularly rough week when Danny saw me in Paris. I'd been in several different hotels and taken far too many flights and not had enough sleep. I decided that I'd better try to make a bit more effort.
~ Better Buy (something soon) ~
As someone who never had a make-up role model at home as a teenager (my mum thought a bit of lippy and a squirt of Rive Gauche was more than enough for a night out) I grew up as a non-user of make-up and I wasn't about to start over with anything too extreme. A colleague was raving about BB creams - and I'd read plenty of reviews about them - so I decided to give it a go. I started with a Nivea BB cream that made my skin feel absolutely horrible, and then read a review of the other Body Shop BB cream (the one that comes in several shades).
I went looking on the Body Shop site to learn more and discovered that they had another product - the Vitamin E Cool BB Cream - which came in a single shade and was supposed to adapt to all different skin tones. Since I've always quite respected the Body Shop Vitamin E products, I decided to give it a go and picked up a tube next time I was in the Body Shop outlet at Cheshire Oaks. With 40% off when you buy 4 or more items, plus a further 10% off from my loyalty card, I paid just £5.40 instead of the list price of £10.
~ Stick or Twist ~
The thing I'd most disliked about the first BB cream I tried was that it make my skin feel very dry and a bit 'plastered'. This stuff went on my face and stayed there all day long, hanging on with such determination that I had to scrub it off by the end of the day. With the Body Shop BB, I found that it was a lot less drying but also a lot more prone to slide off my face as the day wore on. I applied it with my finger tips, dotting it over my face before rubbing it in with circular motions. Compared to the Nivea BB it had only a very light cover and felt a lot more like a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation. I don't have too many obvious blemishes but I did feel that the Body Shop BB wasn't working very hard to cover up any dark areas by my eyes or any slight red patches on my cheeks. As a plus point, my skin looked less 'flat' in colour than when using the other product, but the coverage was perhaps a bit too sheer. The colour - despite being a 'take it or leave it' one shade, seemed to be pretty good for my skin tone.
~ bye bye BB ~
On the plus side, it felt like a moisturiser and my skin didn't dry out, but I soon found that if I went out on a warmer day, or if I was physically active and worked up a bit of a sweat, it left my face looking rather wet and unattractively sweaty. Attempts to dab this off with a tissue left it covered in lots of unattractive brown muck. I use an electric toothbrush that frequently leaves me with minty dribble on my chin (I know it sounds so attractive, doesn't it?) and just dabbing that away with a tissue brings off lots of brown muck too.
Body Shop claims that the product moisturises for up to 12 hours, which I find quite believable. My skin never gets dry when using this. It claims that it evens skin tone and I guess that's fair, right up to the point that it all rubs off again. They say it gives fresh looking skin but for me I think this is only a product I could use in winter as the slightest bit of warmth just makes me look sweaty rather than dewy. The most worrying thing is that it doesn't appear to have any kind of sunscreens in it which means that even if it wasn't sweating straight off my face, it wouldn't be protecting it against sun damage.
~ Not so Sunwise ~
It's good to know that 50p from each tube sold goes to the Teenage Cancer Trust but I'd be more impressed if they were protecting skin of all ages from sun damage and the risk of skin cancer and wrinkles. There's something incongruous about a non-protective product being used to raise money for cancer patients.