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I got a couple of samples of the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream in a magazine and decided to give them a go. I don’t often order from Avon – there’s no representative near me and it’s not very often I visit their website – but I’ve been impressed with the products I HAVE tried, so I was happy to give this a go.
BB creams are everywhere these days, and this product – packaged in classy black – seems to be offering similar things to all the others, which is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s all about how well it works. I applied a small amount of BB Cream over my usual moisturiser for a good couple of weeks until it ran out.
The product is described as a ’10 in 1’ beauty balm – 10 claims is rather a lot I must say! I will cover each claim in turn.
- Infused with Vitamin E – obviously this is a claim I can’t directly test, but its presence suggests that the product cares for the skin and helps to protect it.
- Infused with minerals and antioxidants – as above, I can’t directly test this but it reassures me that the cream is full of good things.
- Hydrates skin – This is true to an extent. I have slightly oily/combination skin and so I wouldn’t want anything too moisturising. However, I still had to apply a thin layer of moisturiser before using this product.
- Evens skintone – I found this claim to be true. I have slightly sensitive skin which is also incredibly pale, so any unevenness shows up a great deal. This product really helped with evening out my skin tone.
- Visibly minimizes redness – Again, this is true, as any red patches I had were mostly covered up.
- Conceals flaws – Similar to the prior two claims, I thought this cream did a reasonable job at concealing any flaws in my skin.
- Lightweight feel – This is true – it doesn’t feel like I am wearing makeup at all.
- Smoothes skin – I’m not sure about this one, as my skin feels pretty smooth already!
- SPF 15 protection – Again, this is a claim that I can’t directly test, but the presence of the SPF reassures me that the cream will offer me protection from the everyday sun.
- Skin looks better even after removing – Surprisingly enough, I found this to be generally true, although it might not be down to this cream – my skin goes through phases, it might look flawless for a few days then break out in several spots – so it’s possible that my use of this cream coincided with a series of good skin days.
Overall, I am really impressed with this cream and would definitely repurchase. A tube costs £12 but is currently on offer for £7, which is a great price.
Before buying this product I had looked a lot into bb creams and knew exactly what to expect. It took me a while to decide exactly which bb to buy since there are so many on the market. I didn't take a huge amount of thought for me to choose avon's offer. It was convenient for me since I already order from avon and it was on a 2 for £12 offer so I could get my favourite primer.
My skin isn't perfect but could be worse. I suffer from acne but only very minor and the spots I do get are tiny. My skin rarely dries out but I do need moisturiser but later in the day my skin can become slightly greasy but it is hardly noticeable.
First of all I was surprised that it appears to be very liquidy but after squeezing a bit onto the back of my hand I found it is surprisingly thick, almost feels like a lotion. After first applying it I discovered that it did do enough coverage to make my skin look flawless but its impact was subtle which I loved and my skin tone was beautifully balanced. The only negative I found was that after a few hours my skin felt more oily than normally. This can be avoided by wearing a primer before or if you put a little pressed/loose powder over the bb then the effect is a lot less noticeable.
Overall I am happy with the product since I feel great with it on and it even has spf15 for general wear sun protection. I can only give it 3* though since I need to use a primer or powder which ruins the bb feeling a bit. The amount of coverage that is possible however does have me questioning whether this is truly a bb cream or more like a light foundation.
===What is BB Cream?===
BB (beauty balm) cream was originally invented in the 1960s by a German dermatologist which he used on his patients after surgery. It then was introduced to South Korea in 1985 when it became known as the "the secret of Korean actresses'.
BB cream was only launched on the Western Market in 2012. However although these creams are supposed to include all that is needed for your face - moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunscreen, it is not known whether they still have their dermatological properties the same as the original ones brought out in the 60s, or are just a glorified foundation.
Ideal Flawless BB skin loving beauty balm.
'Lightweight beauty balm with mineral pigments feels breathable and delivers moisture and SPF15 protection without clogging pores.'
Comes in black cardboard box.
Is in a black tube with a screw on black lid, 30 mls.
'Skin loving beauty balm.'
Huge list of ingredients.
Instructions are just to apply to face and blend.
Made in Poland and use within 24 months.
£12 at full price.
I have heard and read quite a bit about these BB creams lately but had not tried one before. then Avon brought one out and as it can be returned if you are not satisfied with it I decided to try it.
Firstly this is expensive - at £12 for a small tube I did not think it was very good value for money - unless Avon sell it at a reduced price at all.
I bought the 'Shell' shade as I am quite pale anyway.
Some people have commented about this being thick but to me it is just the same consistency as any liquid foundation.
Admittedly it does go on well and blends in quite nicely - I have used it both with and without a moisturiser on first.
Personally even if I kept using this I would prefer to use a moisturiser over all my face first and then just use this cream where needed - mainly on my nose, cheeks and chin. It does not feel heavy at all and covers quite well - not every blemish though - so if you have some mark on your face that would still need a dab of concealer.
It feels light and breathable on my skin and I think for younger girls and women they may be happy to use it without moisturiser first. I would not say it is really moisturising at all but neither is it drying. It stays on a good few hours but to me is no better or worse that a normal foundation but is more expensive and in a smaller package.
The weird thing is if you look at yourself in a magnifying mirror you will see minute sparking flecks on your face - this is never mentioned in any of the literature or on the Avon website. However these are so small that I do not think they would be visible to the casual observer. Whether they are there to give your face more glow or what I cannot say - but it is something I did not expect.
This works fine as a foundation but personally I do not think it is anything special.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes, but only as a foundation.