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I've always struggled with foundation. My problems mainly boil down to me not being particularly good or patient at applying make-up. I want something quick and easy, being the type of person who would much rather have that extra 30 minutes in bed rather than faff up with potions and lotions on a morning. I also detest the feeling of thick make up on my skin, and while my skin is petty good for my age (Ahem..late 30's) I don't feel confident to go foundation free. What I want from a foundation is not a full coverage, but mainly something to even out tone and give me a bit of luminosity.
Previous to trying No7 BB cream, I used another of their products; Lift and Luminate. It was when replacing this product that I was first recommended the BB cream, which was new in, by the No7 consultant. At first I was unsure. While I hate a thick, cakey foundation, I've not been very impressed with tinted moisturisers and was concerned that this was something similar. However, after having it applied in store I was pleasantly surprised with the result and decided to buy it.
No7 BB cream claims to be an all in one moisturiser, primer and foundation. At first appearence it looks pretty much like a normal foundation, perhaps just a little bit thinner. It comes in 3 different skin types and in two simple shades of fair and medium. I went for this one for normal/oily skin as I do have a little bit of t-zone greasiness, and as I'm more olive skinned than pink I went for the medium. It may sound a little worrying that there's just two shades, however because of the consistency and the way the product works everyone should be able to use one or the other. I love this simplicity.
I find using this product incredibly easy and exactly want I want from a foundation. It takes me less than a minute to slap dash the BB cream on and despite my lack of attention, it blends so beautifully well that I never again need worry about unsightly tide marks. I do think it's moisturising and my skin never feels dry from using it, however I still moisturise lightly before using and find this gives an even better, smooth result. Not being one to mess about, the fact the primer is built in is a huge plus to me, and I find the pores on my nose and cheeks obviously reduced and improved. What impressed me most though was the great even tone it gives my skin. I wasn't expecting it without layes of thick foundation and was very, very happy.
Once I've applied, I touch up under my eyes with a bit of concealer and then have either a sweep of bronzer or cream blush. I find my make-up lasts really well throughout the day and yet feels really light and comfortable. The BB cream for greasy skin gives me a dewy and luminous look, rather than a flat matt one often associated with products for my skin type. Because it blends in so well, it doesn't sit in and accentuate the fine lines I have and I feel it definitely manages to give me a more youthful, radiant complexion. After removing the BB cream I find the problem areas of my skin to be under control. Having tried other products aimed at an oily skin type I appreciate the moisturised feeling it gives me, rather than a tight and dry one
I've used N07 BB cream for over a year now and wouldn't go back to thicker foundation. I absolutely love it and am a bit surprised by the less favourable reviews here. I would definitely recommend this product, especially to other women around my age who find matt/thick foundations ageing as I did. I've had several comments while wearing this, wondering which foundation I use. At £12.95 it's great value and lasts a good few months (even better if you apply a money off voucher regularly given out for No7) As with all No7 products, it also has SPF 15 and Five star UVA protection which are essential in my mind...another reason to love it. In fact, I can't think of any reason NOT to like it.
I first heard about BB creams a year or so ago and was immediately interested as I liked the idea of a light coverage with all the benefits of a facial cream. The first bb cream that I tried was from number 7 as I bought it when it was on promotion for 3 number 7 products for the price of two.
I usually like number 7 make-up and skin creams but this wasn't nearly as nice as I had hoped it was going to be. It was okay but I couldn't see what all the fuss was about to be honest and it wasn't until I tried another brand that I really seen the benefits of using a bb cream instead of a foundation.
It isn't even that the number 7 bb cream is cheap as it isn't because it costs £12.95 and I think this is taking it into the territory of more expensive designer brands. I bought the bb cream which is for normal to oily skin as my skin can be a little greasy looking when I have moisturiser on it but it also comes in formula for dryer skin.
I actually wish that I had got the one for dryer skin to try first as I thought this was a little bit thick and not really greasy enough to apply to my skin easily. It was really thick and at first I couldn't see much difference between this and a proper foundation as it was really thick and clagy.
I bought the medium and although I tried it on my hand before buying it I should probably have plumped for the light as the medium was a little dark and even though my natural skin tone is not that fair it was still a little bit dark for me.
Although it felt thick and heavy when it was actually all rubbed in I thought it gave me a nice looking complexion. My complexion was noticeably improved while wearing it and looked much softer and almost dewy. The dewy look was nice as it wasn't shiny as such just a little bit glowing.
I just wish it had been a little bit less thick as I bought it because I wanted something that was going to be light feeling on my skin for spring but still give me a little bit of coverage. I could actually feel this on my skin and although I liked how it looked I didn't like the heavy feeling especially when I could get better coverage from my normal foundation which actually didn't even feel as heavy as this did.
The number 7 bb cream gave a nice level of coverage for my skin and evened it out while giving a nice glow but I just didn't like how heavy and thick it was as I was expecting something lightweight and this didn't do that.
I love cosmetics and consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about them. But in last few months I heard lots of mentions about 'bb creams' and I didn't really understand what it was so I ignored the buzz. Recently however I decided I should find out a bit more about this new product that everyone seemed to be talking about and so I bought the Beautiful Skin BB Cream by Boots No7.
So what is a BB cream?
The product is a multifunctional skin cream which gives coverage to the skin but that also has skincare properties. It evens out the complexion, acts a primer which prolongs the life of your make up, covers up imperfections and moisturises and brightens the skin. Some even come with an added SPF
What about Beautiful Skin BB Cream by Boots No7?
I chose this one because it has been specifically designed for normal/oily skin, although there is normal/dry version available too. This particular BB cream works on a three in one basis by evening and brightening the skin tone, disguises imperfections and nourishing the skin with a spot banishing formula. It also includes a SPF 15 so it will help to protect the skin from sun damage.
The product only comes in two shades which is fair and medium. I bought fair because I have very pale skin. Having only two shades usually means that you won't find one to match your skin but the colour of this light so it should suit a broad spectrum of skin tones.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to clean, dry skin. You are supposed to wear the product alone in order to achieve the appearance of perfect make up free skin. I'm not brave enough to go without make up so I bought the product with the intention of using it underneath my foundation.
Packaging and Price
The cream comes contained within a white plastic tube which has a black screw top lid. It looks fairly expensive and it's something that I don't mind having on display in my bathroom. It has a black screw top lid and the product is easy to dispense from the bottle. The product costs around £12 and it is available to buy from the Boots store and from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product looks like foundation when you dispense it from the bottle but its consistency is slightly lighter. I find it difficult to get out of the habit of using a moisturiser first, so if I do have patchy dry skin on my forehead, I do still use my normal moisturiser first. It smoothes onto the skin easily and you don't need to use much of the cream to get the desired results. You get plenty of time to work the product into the skin before it dries so you can blend it in properly.
The product does give a sheer coverage that looks fair more natural than foundation. It looks like your not wearing make up but yet your imperfections are covered to a degree. It doesn't completely deal with blemishes and you need a concealer to cover that and it doesn't do much to lighten dark circles beneath my eyes. My complexion look more even and it also looks a bit brighter and healthier.
The product has quite a matte finish but because my skin is oily, I still need to apply a mattifying powder on top which ruins the no make up effect. My skin does feel soft with it on top and it does look in a good condition but my skin is older and so needs extra product to with it which ruin the affect of the cream. I haven't had chance to test out the sun protection however I assume it must work if Boots say it does. It hasn't caused me any irritations or discomfort on my sensitive skin and it hasn't made me develop any new blemishes.
All in all, if this product had been around in my teenage years and early twenty I would have absolutely loved it. My skin was youthful enough then to be fine with just this. I would also wear this on holidays as it would give protection from the sun and make me look healthy and fresh but still bare faced. As it goes, my skin still needs Porefessional to cover the pores, concealer to cover my blemishes, Touch Eclat for my dark circles and mattifying powder to stop me shining. All of this leads to me looking like I'm wearing foundation so in my opinion, I might as well just wear the make up.
I was very excited to find out BB Creams were hitting the U.K after having imported them from Hong Kong, Korea and Japan for a long time.
BB creams are suppose to have skin benefiting properties to the formula as well as providing coverage. This means its suppose to help with acne, redness, sun protection, anti-ageing, etc. However I noticed that on the packaging of No. 7's BB cream it has no mention of anything like that!
However, I decided I pick it up to try anyway because I'm a fan of No. 7 products and like their Tinted Moisturiser. I also like the fact that this BB cream has UVA AND UVB protection so its a great product for holiday in the sun! Its also non-comedegenic so I don't have to worry about the product blocking my pores!
There are only a limited choice of shades and I chose the light one. The consistency of the product is neither too runny or thick. It apples on even and well and is also buildable. I found the shade matched quite well to my skin.
Overall there is nothing special about this BB Cream and its more like a tinted moisturiser. I think they just used the term BB cream to stay in trend so if you are looking for a good, decent moisturiser then I'd recommend you give this a try!
The great thing about having 2 older sisters, particularly one who's a beauty therapist and another who receives a lot of beauty products free to trial, is that they tend to pass on a lot of products to me after trying them out themselves. This was one such product, my sister received it as a free trial product and after using it for a while gave it to me. It costs £12.95 for a 40ml tube.
It comes in a simple white plastic squeezy tube with a black twist off lid. Although it's quite plain looking it does have quite a high quality look and feel which is typical of No7. It's a nice compact size which will fit easily into a handbag if you wanted to have it with you for touch ups.
The cream is a mid consistency and has a smooth and light creamy texture. It glides easily onto my skin just using my fingertips and it's very easy to apply, blending quickly and easily. The shade I have is 'fair' which is the lightest, and I was surprised at how dark it comes out of the tube, but it actually blends into my pale skin perfectly which was a relief.
It feels nice and light on my skin and doesn't feel like it's clogging my pores. At first after applying it I was very impressed by the finish it gave, making my skin look practically perfect but without the look of makeup. It also made my skin look quite dewy and fresh without making my oily t-zone look too shiny.
Unfortunately the look it gave me doesn't last more than an hour before the cream has disappeared from some areas and collected in others, giving me an odd patchy finish. I also find it makes me very shiny after a while and makes my skin feel quite greasy, which is not great when you consider that this is made for normal-oily skin. Applying a powder over the top may help with this problem but that kind of defeats the point of a 'do-it-all' product like this in the first place, and would change
Overall I can't really recommend this BB cream as whilst it looks good at first it just doesn't last. Not worth the money in my opinion.