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Lots of beauty brands are realising their own version of a 'BB Cream' aka Blemish Balm. No7 has introduced the BB cream as part of their Beautiful Skin range.
No7 have tailored their Beautiful Skin ranges to incorporate a BB Cream suitable for normal/oily, normal/dry and dry/very dry skin.
No7 BB Cream boasts a 3 in 1 formula. The cream is enriched with multivitamins and minerals to keep it hydrated and also a dash of rosehip oil to moisturise. This BB Cream contains spf15 and 5* UVA benefits to protect the skin. This BB Cream is also tinted and No7 offer fair or medium as colour choices. It is designed to give the skin a healthy and flawless appearance whilst minimising blemishes.
As with all No7 products, BB Cream is hypo-allergenic and therefore suitable for those with sensitive skin. It is recommended that you smooth this cream across your face with fingers or a cosmetic sponge.
Each BB Cream box is colour coded to reflect the proposed skin type that it is suitable for. The normal/dry skin BB Cream is presented in a black and baby pink box. The BB Cream is presented in tube form with a twist off lid and is initially sealed. Any product information required is on the box or tube. This BB Cream has a 24month shelf life.
~Price and Availability~
No7 BB Cream is available in Boots stores or from www.boots.com. It is priced at £12.95 for a 40ml tube.
I was intrigued when the BB craze hit the shops but didn't make a purchase of a BB cream until I noticed No7 had released a few. I trust the No7 brand in general and always wait for their £5 off voucher deal so rarely pay full price for my make up and skincare. I bought this as part of a 3 for 2 offer and then had a voucher off too so it worked out this item was free.
I decided to purchase the day cream and night cream as well as the cleansing balm in the Beautiful Skin range. I bought the dry/very dry version of the above products but couldn't for the life of me locate a dry/very dry version of the BB cream in any local Boots. I asked the lady and she said it had been discontinued though they still offer it on the website? Anyway, I have dry skin on my forehead and normalish skin around the rest of my face so felt the normal/dry version would be suitable. I have medium skin but do not like dark shades on my face so opted for fair.
~Beautiful Skin Let Down~
I feel No7 are making too many claims with this product as I found this product not to be up to scratch. The packaging is good and looks quite stylish. Using the product is simple. I fully cleanse and moisturise my face daily and this is a must for me. I assumed I could apply this to a simply clean face but found it to be very 'foundation' like - ie I had to thoroughly moisturise and get rid of any hint of dryness before this could be properly applied.
The BB Cream has a medium consistency and does look a lot darker that you would expect it to be. I can't imagine how dark the medium version would be! It has a cosmetic like scent - nothing too strong or out of character for this type of product. The cream spreads well across my skin and doesn't drag. It is fairly easy to blend in but it is very clear that I am wearing something coloured on my face - it doesn't give a 'bared faced' appearance as promised.
I didn't like the way this cream sat on my skin. It felt quite heavy and I was fully aware that I was wearing it. It looked too much like foundation on my skin and anytime I have worn this, my skin felt a little clogged - I personally prefer my skin to be able to breathe. Despite moisturising beforehand, this BB Cream caused the slightest dry areas to show up and look awful. Applying this to my forehead was a no go - even when I used plenty of moisturiser.
So - it highlights dry areas, looks too much like a foundation and doesn't give a fresh faced appearance. It is gentle on the skin and the colour lasts well without going patchy or icky in warm weather. The BB Cream does offer decent coverage and covers imperfections. The SPF is minimal but ok for light sun exposure but not to be relied upon for scorching weather.
I just simply didn't get on with this BB Cream. Only a small amount is required to fully cover the face so a 40ml tube will last well. I just don't like the way it looks or feels on my skin even after fully cleansing. I can remove it easily with some cleanser or a cosmetic wipe.
I hate wastage but I think this one will be heading to a friends or relatives home as I don't like using it.
2 stars overall.
Thanks for reading x