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      23.08.2015 17:57
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      • "SPF 25"
      • Cheap

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      • Streaky

      Coverage, Protection but Blotchy

      When I was younger, and sometimes I still suffer today, I had very spotty skin. This has left me with lots of spot scars on my face that I am keen to cover up. However, I feel that foundation can be quite pore clogging and so I prefer something lighter, something like a BB cream.

      The Rimmel London BB Cream (Or Beauty Balm cream) comes in a fairly small 30ml (or 1 fl oz) tube. However saying that, it is only around £7 (but there are sometimes offers of 2 for £10 on rimmel products in boots) and it has lasted me well. However, although the actual amount has lasted me well, the product hasn't so much. Now, when I apply some to the back of my hand, ready to apply with a cotton wool pad, it comes out blotchy and streaky. For this reason, I also put some moisturiser along with it and mix the two together to get a more even result. But, this then means that the product is diluted and so I don't get as even coverage.

      Before I had to start adding in the moisturiser though, I did feel I got good coverage- not as good as a normal foundation, but better than most tinted moisturisers. A big bonus of this product for me is the SPF 25 rating. I am not a big fan of sun cream (even though I know it is important) mainly because of the smell and also the feel on my skin. However, I would not have known that there was sun protection in this product had I not read it. I feel it is important for my skin to be protected against the sun for health reasons and the anti-aging effect it has and this product protects well, but subtly.

      Overall, I do like this product, but I couldn't give it a full 5 hearts due to the fact that the product has gone streaky over time. Other than that, a great product.

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      12.05.2015 14:46
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      • "Gives even coverage"

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      • "Has masking look"

      Good BB cream

      I really like this bb cream. I bought it last year for an event I attended as I wanted a flawless long lasting finish. It comes in a good sized tube which can easily be put in your bag. The only down side is that it it is a screw top which can be fiddly getting on and off. It would have been much better if it had a flip top cap. It has a good consistently it's not too thick or runny. I apply it by rubbing it between both palms and then smoothing it in to my face. I find I don't need to use as much doing this way than if I used a sponge or brush. It can be worn different ways sometimes I wear it under foundation, some times I wear it over foundation and sometimes I mix it in with my foundation. It really doesn't matter which way you wear it all are equally good. The coverage is surprisingly good it definetly evens my skin tone and blurs and spots of blemishes I have. I also find it gives my face a dewy look with out looking very oily. It does last quite long without needing touched up which is beneficial. The only downside I can see is that the is only a couple of shade options to choose from which I'm lucky that the medium matches me so well but other people I think would struggle. I would suggest that If you would like to buy you should really go in the store and test it with your skin tone.

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      18.02.2015 22:22
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      • "inexpensive for a BB cream "
      • "good coverage "
      • "feels like nothing is there"

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      • "shiny on skin "

      Inexpensive BB cream that does the trick

      I bought this in medium, and it suited my skin tone perfectly. I for one have never used foundation and such before, so I wanted something that was inexpensive and for a beginner.
      the actual product is like a thick cream, I used a sponge to apply it in a dabbing motion to prevent it from looking streaky, which had done the job.
      It almost looks as if there's nothing on my face.
      Also, if you have any problem areas, such as acne or any redness, then applying a bit more does the trick.

      It may not be the best BB cream out there, but it certainly does what you paid for.

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      18.12.2014 10:42
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      • "Nice light coverage "

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      • "Makes skin look shiny "

      Good but not the best

      I don’t like to wear foundation a lot as I wear fake tan and I think my skin is pretty good normally so foundation can just feel heavy on my skin but I still like to have a bit of coverage so I really like a BB cream.

      Rimmel do a decent BB cream that is fine for the money but there are plenty of better ones available but they are usually more expensive than this one as this only costs £6.99 and as Rimmel is nearly always on offer somewhere you can get it even cheaper.

      This BB cream is a cream which also have foundation added to it so it is lighter than a foundation so you won’t get as much coverage from it but it will still even out your skin tone and improve the look of it. It also has added skin benefits which foundations don’t have as well as a built in SPF of 15.

      The colour of the BB cream is nice as it matches into my skin well and because it is less heavy than a normal foundation you don’t need to be as fanatical at getting the exact shade right as it works with your own skin tone to even it out and doesn’t look like you are wearing a brown/beige mask of make-up.

      Although I like the colour of this and how it evens my skin out the reason why I don’t think it is ne of the best BB creams is that although it is supposed to be matte and stop your skin from getting shiny for the whole day I think it makes my skin look very dewy which is nice in a cream but not a look I want from my foundation and I have to use a lot of powder to get the matte look that I want when this promises to do it without the need of powder.

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      22.11.2014 23:17

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      I'm usually very skeptical when it comes to drugstore makeup like Rimmel. I don't remember what prompted me to try this out, but I'm happy I did. This BB cream offers buildable coverage, anywhere from light to full. It's probably more a liquid texture than a 'cream', and it's just a tad runny out of the tube, so be careful. I'm a medium in this cream, which is close to a MAC NW25 for reference. I like wearing this when I don't feel like opting for a full coverage foundation. The only thing I can criticise is that it can get oily on my face during the day, which my HG foundation does not, so you will need to top up if necessary. Another thing is that there isn't a large colour variety available, at least not in Australia. However, it's a good quality, cost effective BB cream that I will continue to repurchase and use as a more lighter liquid foundation than my studio fix. It might works as sunscreen, but as bb cream this product sucks. The medium shade first matches my skin quite well, but it then oxidized and turned way darker than it was. My skin is quite dry and this bb gets me oily and gets my pore clogged. It also smells horrible but non the less as you just read my review you can see there are some egatives but they are definetly outwayed by the positives plus this did not cost me much

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      30.08.2014 00:26
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      • "Too orange"
      • " patchy"
      • "Bad coverage"

      Too patchy and too orange!

      This was my first BB cream I have tried and it was quite a disappointment for me personally. I wanted an all in one foundation product to save me time in the morning and this seemed to have it all with its 9 in 1 super makeup claim. When I first applied it, it was difficult to blend and looked a little orange but still went with it and gave it a chance (I am quite pale and picked the lightest shade they had) in certain lights it looked ok but as the day went on it would rub off really easily and leave big pale patches on my face. I was unaware of this at first until my boyfriend pointed it out to me, quite embarrassing!
      I have literally tried everything to make this make up work for my skin, for example mixing it with half of another foundation, or even half moisturizer to get rid of the weird patchy nature this product has, but even that failed! I also attempted using brushes and sponges to apply it in case I wasn't putting it on right.
      I'm not sure how it would hold up to be honest as an SPF moisturizer as it keeps sloughing off your face as the day goes on. In the end I went back to boots and got a refund because I was so disheartened.
      The packaging of the BB cream looks very presentable and the initial look of the foundation when you squeeze it of the bottle looks promising, although the texture is almost gel like. I would give this one a miss and try something else!

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      28.08.2014 03:59
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      • "Good coverage"
      • "High SPF"

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      • "Contains alcohol"
      • "Thick and cakey"
      • Streaky
      • "Sets too quickly"

      Stay away from this!

      I bought this product last summer after swatching it at the drugstore and discovering that it had amazing coverage. I took it with me on holiday and tried to apply it on the plane, as when you arrive at the US for the first time, you get your picture taken. But, to my surprise, it was awful. I had the hardest time blending it in. Everytime I looked in the little mirror it looked even more streaky and patchy and after some time of rubbing it in, it just balled up, as it had set. When I got home, I tried applying it with a damp sponge and a brush and I got the same results. I'd say you're better off getting a foundation instead, after all, they have about the same coverage and this "bb cream", that's supposed to be good for you, contains alcohol, a skin irritant!

      Posted on ciao.co.uk under same username

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      19.09.2013 12:41
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      More like a tinted moisturiser

      I don't spend a lot of money on make up or use any great amounts of it, but I do have to wear some when go to work in case I frighten any children! Buying and trying new stuff is not a big priority - just an occasional treat: I had only recently heard of BB cream and had to ask someone at work what it was! Recently I was in Superdrug and the Rimmel counter was selling 2 selected products for £10 - and one of the products I got was "9 in 1 BB Cream" (the other was some mad lip gloss but that's another story).

      The 30ml tube boasts, "It's a skin perfecting super make-up! 9 in 1 results: Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect". It also has an SPF of 25. Wow - hold me back - a fiver for all this! I was totally sucked in and bought the Medium shade as it seemed closest to my skin colour.

      I should know better by now, but a fiver's worth was exactly what I got.

      First of all, as I am very slapdash with regard to make-up and honestly don't give it enough care and attention, I just rubbed it straight on all over - and stung the eyes clean out of my head! I had to remove it immediately, and wait (and hide) for a few hours before my eyes stopped watering before I could try again. Next time I was more careful.

      It was a nice enough smell and was easy to apply, but I honestly couldn't see many of the results it promised. I don't have any really bad bits that need covered or concealed (except with a brown paper bag maybe) just the usual shading under the eyes, a broken vein or two and some brown spots, but even these were visible. It minimised pores to the extent that it filled some of them in, and while it wasn't terribly shiny it wasn't that matte either. I have no concept of "Priming" (I had to ask about that too) so I can't comment, and it didn't noticeably smooth my skin, but it did moisturise nicely and my skin was still soft after I removed it. The Medium shade matched my skin colour well and I didn't look orangey, too dark, or too pale.

      To be honest, I felt it was more like a tinted moisturiser, a bit of coverage, but not a lot. I always finish off with a light dust of translucent powder, and once I'd done this the result was OK but nothing sensational.

      I suppose OK just about sums it up. I would say as a skin care product it is quite good (as long as you avoid the eyes) as it does moisturise and absorbs into the skin without leaving a thick, greasy film. As an everyday make-up for women of a certain age like myself (ahem) it's fine, but is far from "Skin Perfecting Super Make Up". It might have better results if you have nice young fresh skin to start with, but in my opinion it is a very ordinary product. Of course £5 is an ordinary price - full price was £6.99 - so you can't expect miracles!

      As a plain old, good value bit of daily make-up I'd give it 4 stars - as regards to the promises it makes I'd give it two - so I've give it three in total.

      Thanks for reading!

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        12.08.2013 00:20
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        Not suitable for paler skin tones

        Trying to find a foundation that suits my skin is a total nightmare. I have an incredibly pale complexion and it seems that every foundation is destined to make me look like one of Willy Wonka's oompa loompas! On top of the paleness I have dark circles under my eyes (made more prominent by the pastiness), dry patches and the occasional spot. Sometimes I wish I could wear a mask! So when this BB craze hit I thought I'd hit the jackpot, with all of these products claiming to be the ultimate 'miracle' product to make your skin rival that of a Hollywood star's.

        So Rimmel, just like every other brand that has a BB cream out promises to sort out a variety of common skin problems by just applying this 'miracle marvel' to your face. For around £6.99 (RRP according to Rimmellondon.com) Rimmel promises:
        "Rimmel's 1st 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup 9 in 1 results: Primes, moisturises, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and helps protect. Lightweight, ultra comfortable formula instantly gives a flawless, 100% natural finish. SPF 25"
        Sounds pretty awesome for such a small price! I'm a rather sceptical person but when it comes to make up, beauty products and toiletries I am totally scuppered into their promising riff-raff. The tube comes in a rather small 30ml bottle that has the choice of 3 shades; light, medium or dark. Rather limiting considering we live in a world where fortunately people are more varied as opposed to just categorised into 3 separate colours. I found this choice incredibly limiting as the world is a little more diverse than this! The bottle itself has a neat little flip cap that minimises mess and allows the user control over how much they actually want to use.

        On the first use, I found that the product goes onto my skin with minimal effort of blending and has the consistency of what I felt was like a thick night cream and foundation. I worried initially that it would take AGES to sink in but it went on very smooth! It smells lovely and doesn't have that industrial generalised foundation-y smell which I liked, and the consistency made it easy to spread across my face without having to use a sponge or brush to ensure that all areas were covered. After applying it and feeling pleased with the coverage and lightweight feel on my skin, I was horrified at how orange my face looked in comparison to my neck. I double checked the bottle to make sure that I definitely picked up 'light' because I was so sure that it shouldn't be that dark! I'd used a small amount to dot around my face and felt disappointed at how dark it was on my skin.

        Out of the supposed 9 miracle results promised, I only found that it made my face look and feel smoother and moisturised my skin. I didn't see prominent evidence of concealing, a matte finish or priming! I felt very disappointed because Rimmel have offered a good range for people with paler skin and I didn't expect to end up looking like I'd rubbed mashed carrot onto my face (rather an exaggeration, but it did look pretty orange!) I ended up passing this on to my sister who has darker skin and she felt that although it offers good coverage for her skin tone, it doesn't last long and definitely doesn't live up to the 9 result promise.

        I'm not sure I would recommend this product, I'll just have to keep looking out for 'that' foundation!

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        05.08.2013 17:52

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        Overall an alright product, but not one I would rave about or buy again.

        My skin is pretty good most of the time, however my overall skin tone isn't particularly even and I do have dark circles under my eyes. I really hate having to put on foundation and concealers which leave my skin feeling caked and oily, especially in hot weather. I originally used No7 BB cream but was looking for a cheaper alternative, which is when I came across Rimmel BB cream.

        I tried it for 3 weeks whilst on holiday, to see how it would stand against 35 degree heat.
        Its no miracle eraser cream, it is a very very light coverage so I wouldn't recommend it for someone with serious flaws or redness. It moisturized my face and did even my skin tone but didn't blow me away. However I felt the colour was very good. Unlike some BB creams I have tried which come out extremely orange (I have very pale skin) the colour in the Rimmel BB cream was very good, no signs of orange. The only issue I had is that if I applied the BB cream after moisturizing, it caked and the consistency went very odd which was a little irritating.

        Overall an alright product, but not one I would rave about or run to buy again.

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        19.06.2013 12:26
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        Reasonable price, good colour/coverage and last well.

        I wear make up every day and on special occasions or on days where I will be out all day I use this product to give my make up a boost and keep it looking good for longer.

        Item: Rimmel BB Cream
        Colour: Medium
        Price: £6.99
        Bought in: Boots

        This BB Cream claims to be a "9 in 1" product and should do the following "Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and Helps Protect". So I will let you know if it does all/any of that and more on the packaging, price, colour, lasting effect.

        Packaging and size:
        The packaging is quite garish and I actually thought it looked like it would be a Maybeline product rather than Rimmell when I first saw it as it has a coloured tube and a bright lid. The tube I bought is a peach tan colour. Not exactly the colour of the cream, but not too far off it. The colouring is handy as I also own the Rimmell Fix and Protect Primer (to be reviewed later) and that comes in pretty much the same shape of tube, but the Fix and Protect Primer is in a white tube and with this being in a skin coloured tube I can quickly see what one is what when rummaging through my makeup bag. It is a 30 ML tube which is a decent size that it won't run out after a month ( I have had this since start of May and having used it around 20 times so far have noticed little reduction in weight, appears to be at least still ¾ full) and is also a useful size as it can be taken in hand luggage when travelling through an airport. The lid is same width as the tube so doesn't catch on anything in my makeup bag and can be wound tightly so won't be opening in any bags/make up bags unless I open it myself. The look of the packaging I think would appeal to teenagers as it is quite bright but has a "retro" appeal to people my age (32) who have used Rimmel since being a teenager. The type on the bottle is in 2 different colours of blue and is eye catching and literally advises right on the front that it is BB cream and has 9 in 1 uses, full details of ingredients and uses detailed on the back. But enough detail on front to get you interested. The tube actually can stand up on the lid which is ideal as it means that when you get close to the end of the product it will all drain to the bottom making it easier to get out. The tube is really pliable and for those very last applications you could squeeze the bottle the way you would with toothpaste to get the very last ML's out so don't foresee a lot of wasted product on this. You would be able to cut the end off the bottle too if you wanted to scrape the very last out (as seen as top tip for make up on Super Scrimpers TV show).

        Does it do what it says on the tin?:
        "Primes, Smoothes and Mattifies" When I apply this I wait until I feel it thoroughly dry in and the I apply my makeup. When I go to rub my liquid foundation in it does glide on more easily than when I don't use any BB cream. It also does feel as if my foundation dries in quicker too. When I use the BB cream as a primer I don't need to retouch my loose powder top coat as frequently during the day/evening so it does appear to create a matt base that I don't usually have without it.

        "Moisturises" As I wear this mostly with liquid foundation on top I don't notice the moisturising qualities then but when I wear it on it's own (if I am in the house all day and not wearing as much make up as usual) I don't need to moisturise in addition to using this BB Cream, I just wear it on its own. If my skin was dry and in need of moisturiser I wouldn't substitute it for this product, but I would say the positive of it is that it doesn't dry your skin out rather than saying it actually moisturises it.

        "Minimises Pores" I have to say honestly I do not notice my pores being open or big so when wearing this I see no difference at all and if I did have an issue with my pores I would probably by a cream specifically for that issue, rather than a BB Cream. That's not to say that it doesn't minimise them, I just don't have that issue so can't advise on this one.

        "Conceals, Covers and Brightens" This does give a good overall cover but if I was going out/going to work I would always wear liquid foundation and a concealer over the top anyways but for a base it does even out quite a lot of areas of my skin to make them less noticeable like pale cheeks and dark eyes, but not to the extent that no other products are needed. I apply it over my face in 2 parts, right side then left side of face and each application only requires for enough cream to cover the top of my middle finger for each side. So roughly 2 dollops less than the size of a 5 pence piece.

        "Helps Protect" This has an SPF 25 cover, so for Scottish daytimes I would feel confident that it is giving me ample SPF cover, however if taking in holiday I would always also wear an actual sun tan lotion to ensure full protection from sun damage.


        Colour/Consistency/Smell:
        You can see my skin tone from my profile pic and I chose this item in "medium". It looks darker than it goes on. When you squeeze it out the tube it looks quite dark but once tested on the back of your hand you can see if it will match your skin tone. As I wear it as a base layer I chose a colour that can be built up on, so my actual foundation/powder as actually slightly darker than this product. The liquid itself comes out like moisturiser, very easily from the tube. Not runny but not a paste either. The actual cream has a texture that you would get if you mixed moisturiser, foundation and powder together (which I guess that have kinda done). It feels light to smooth on your skin but dries with an almost powder finish. Somewhat like a foundation you would put on using a sponge application but not as heavy. I'm not sure if it is the SPF factor but it does actually smell lightly of sun tan lotion. Once dried in to your face however you can't smell anything off of it.


        Length of use/lasting throughout the day:
        As I have mentioned I have had this since around the start of May and having used it on mostly the weekends for nights out since then and a few days where I had a busy day at work and not many chances to top up my makeup, the tube is still around ¾ full. When I have the cream on it appears to make my settle on my face more easily. I apply the BB Cream, then liquid foundation, concealer then loose powder. If I don't use the cream I have to apply my concealer and powder around 2 to 3 times in the day, with the cream I tend to only need to retouch once. I also notice less of a shiny nose/forehead when I use the cream too. For me I use it as if it is an additional lighter layer of foundation for days when I need to either "set" my make up all day or for a night out when I want a base layer that will allow me to layer up more dramatic colourings over it and it works well for both my requirements.

        I lived for years without this so if I was on a tighter budget I would stop purchasing it as I was fine with just foundation, concealer and powder until very recently, but as an extra treat in my make up bag it works well and I feel good wearing it.

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          14.06.2013 13:43
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          Still trying to find a B.B. cream that suits me

          B.B. Creams launched in the UK not long ago, amid a flurry of media buzz and lots of hype regarding their miraculous benefits. There are loads of different varieties available now, and I have yet to find one that actually suits my skin type. I found a sample of this Rimmel B.B. Cream attached to an advertising page in one of the fashion magazines I read, and have been trying it out over the past week. The full size version of the product costs RRP £6.99 for a 30ml bottle and comes in 2 shades, Light or Medium.

          Product description: "It's a skin perfecting super make-up! 9-in-1 results. Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect."

          The Rimmel Beauty Balm Cream claims to be a "9-in-1 skin perfecting super make-up" which sounds a little exaggerated to me! It has the effects of a moisturiser, primer, concealer and foundation combined with SPF25. I don't think I have particularly troubled skin any more (hopefully I've outgrown the worst of my post-teenage spotty phase and only have ageing to worry about in the future!) but I still like to use make-up to give a polished look and improve my appearance so that I look groomed and presentable. I like the idea of B.B. Creams as they aim to give flawless results but with a more natural look, and the combination of skincare within make-up means that it should reduce the amount of products you have to use and therefore stops you from overloading your skin with layer upon layer.

          This B.B. Cream has a smooth consistency and feels just like a liquid foundation. It spreads over my skin quite easily and I apply it with my fingertips, making sure to rub it in so that it is blended well and I get a full coverage. The shade I have is described as Light, and although it is quite light, it's not perfectly matched to pale skins like mine but I can get away with wearing it as it gives a nice light level finish which does not appear to clog or cake over my skin, and also provides some dewy looking highlights. I do like my natural colouring and try hard to find pale make-up products that work with this, rather than ending up with an orangey coloured mask. I also like to use sun protection to avoid tanning or damage to my skin, and this B.B. cream contains SPF25 which is higher than many make-up products offer.

          There are a few little problem areas that I like to conceal with make-up, including dull grey skin underneath my eyes, slightly enlarged pores, and some patches of redness around my nose. This cream does work really well to provide a concealing effect and masks any blemishes as well as minimising my pores. However, it does not provide an even level of coverage and I found that any areas of redness were still visible through the B.B. cream, even if I applied another layer to these particular areas. I have combination type skin and am well aware that I can often get oily patches start to appear around my T-zone throughout the course of the day without the right products to keep it in check. With this B.B. cream my skin was left looking shiny and oily by midday, and I needed a touch up to make my skin look fresh and clean again. Because this cream claims to moisturise as well as cover, I did start off for the first two days by not using any moisturiser in the morning, but then thought that maybe this was making my skin off-balance so the following day I applied my usual day cream before the B.B. cream. However, that did not seem to improve matters so on the following two days I used a shine reducing mattifying lotion before putting on the B.B. cream, which did help initially but still did not completely resolve the problem. I would guess that this cream is probably better suited to dry skin types based on the results I have experienced.

          So as for the 9-in-1 effects, I'll sum up my basic opinions here. *Primes* - I didn't see that this product acted in any way like a primer, it did not provide any greater longevity or setting effect. *Moisturises* - This did not seem to hydrate my skin at all and was not absorbed into my skin after application like a normal day cream would be. *Minimises pores * - It really did have a positive benefit in making my pores less noticeable, as they are usually very prominent particularly over my nose. *Conceals* - It did help to conceal in the areas where I needed it to, and blended well so that it did not look heavy or obvious in masking blemishes. *Covers* I found this to be ineffective at covering areas of redness but it does cover blemishes. *Smoothes* - This does leave my skin with a smooth finish, but I believe this is more down to my regular skincare routine and it does not improve upon the level of smoothness that I already have before applying the B.B. Cream. *Mattifies* - This did not mattify my skin at all, and instead my skin turned oily after several hours of wear. *Brightens * It does give a light dewy finish which is nice for youthful looking skin. *Protects* - The SPF25 helps to protect the skin from sun damage which will in turn reduce the effects of ageing.

          The 1.5ml sachet I have lasted through one working week with one medium coverage application each morning, so I would expect a full size 30ml tube to provide around 100 uses, and if used once a day would last for over 3 months. I think that this particular B.B. Cream tries to do too much, and by attempting to combine 9 effects into one make-up product, it does not target specific skin types and is just not suitable for my combination complexion. I really like the concept of B.B. creams but this is another failed product in my opinion, and my search for a suitable variety continues. I have a few more offerings from various brands in my make-up drawer, waiting to be tried and tested, so hopefully one of them will be "the one"!

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          10.06.2013 12:54
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          A good BB cream, if the skin tones fit you

          I'd been interested in trying BB creams ever since I first heard about them - in an article in a Korean magazine, extolling the virtues of "blemish balm" cream, ported from the world of post-plastic surgery treatment to the faces of young, beautiful, squeaking, cheering popstars. I had been saving my money for a bona fide Korean brand, closest to the cream's clinical heritage, but, when I noticed this cream for under £5 in a pound store, I knew I had to try it out.

          =Initial Impressions=

          Rimmel BB cream comes in a 30ml skin-tone squeezy bottle, with, I'm afraid, a slightly cheap look; from the packaging alone, this could be a Collection 2000 product. Still it's important not to judge a book by it's cover! The packaging claims that it "primes, moisturises, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect" - the titular nine in one. It has SPF 25, so is suitable to wear in summer without sun tan lotion. When I saw it in the shop, I squirted a little out of the tester (ruining my black turtleneck in the process - clumsy Nepenthe!) and saw that it was quite a thick cream, with a beige tone and a fresh, face cream-y smell.

          =Use=

          To use the cream, smooth it over the skin - no complicated instructions here. This is a foolproof product. The cream feels nice and hydrating on the skin, and settles in quickly and smoothly, not sitting heavily on the face. You can feel that you're wearing a product, but, to me, this can be reassuring.

          I'll break down my review of the use into the cream's nine claims.

          * Priming
          The cream does a good job of prepping the skin for its covering effects - there's no need to use a primer before applying. This cream takes care of it all.

          * Moisturising
          As previously stated, the cream hydrates the skin and gives it a nice, even moisture.

          * Minimising pores
          Alas, this cream didn't quite manage to mitigate my pore ol' skin as much as I had hoped it would. It neatly smooths out pores in some areas, such as the T-zone, but the pores on my cheeks were more tenacious.

          * Concealing
          Such a thick, pigmented cream couldn't really fail to conceal, and conceal this cream indeed does. My favourite thing about it is that is obscures my icky acne far better than any stand-alone concealer.

          * Covering
          As above, really - I feel that Rimmel were cheating a little to list "concealing" and "covering" separately! The cream gives a nice, even cover, like very fine powder.

          * Smoothing
          This seems a little of a truism where "concealing pores" has already been listed. Naughty Rimmel! As previously observed, the cream makes short work of T-zone pores and of acne, but stumbles over cheek pores. Hélas.

          * Mattifying
          The cream does a very, very nice line in eliminating shine and grease! I love it for this purpose, as I have temperamental combination skin. As a result, I could recommend the cream to those with combination or oily skin for this alone, if nothing else.

          * Brightening
          I can't really give an impartial review of this cream's brightening power, as I imagine that it would brighten and freshen the appearance of skin which its limited shades actually matched. Only three tones - light, medium, and dark - are available, and I find the "light" too dark and too sludgy beige to suit my skin. It turns my face the colour of a 1970s sofa.

          * Helping protect
          The cream packs an impressive SPF 25, so its protective aptitude can't be faulted. I walked in strong sunlight wearing this cream, and it wasn't at all affected - it didn't melt or evaporate, and I didn't burn at all.

          There is one central issue with Rimmel's 9-in-1 BB cream, and that, I'm afraid, is the lack of available tones. I tried every shade's tester for this review. The cream comes only in three basic shades, labeled "light", "medium", and "dark", but which could perhaps be more suitably named "1970s sofa", "mochaccino", and "Oompa-Loompa". There simply isn't a shade light enough to suit my skin, and I imagine that the darkest tone may be too orange for those with dark skin.

          =Conclusion=

          I'm ultimately, sadly, disappointed with this BB cream. It does what it does extremely well - it hydrates, it protects, it conceals evenly. However, it doesn't quite manage to cover every pore and pimple and blemish, and there simply isn't a wide enough range of skin shades available.

          If you're a member of the small cross-section of the population whom these shades fit, I'd recommend this BB cream wholeheartedly - especially if you can dig it up, as I did, for under £5! However, I'd recommend that you test the cream thoroughly in the privacy of your bathroom mirror before you step outside, for fear of being mistaken for heading to a Charmander convention.

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            10.06.2013 00:10
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            Good by cream.

            I bought this cream after realising it was taking me a good 15 minutes just to moisturise, prime, highlight, conceal etc each morning. So I wanted something that could do it in 2.

            The Packaging
            This is not what I normally would expect from Rimmel. It looks kind of cheap and tacky as if it was a cheap tinted moisturiser from another brand. I would also much prefer a pump or even just a finer nib.

            The Features
            This is meant to have 9 features, which are:
            Primes
            Moisturises
            Conceals
            Covers
            Smoothes
            Mattifies
            Brightens
            Help Protects

            Even though all of these sound great some of these just sound kind of made up. For instance smoothes, how can that be a feature? This is something that should naturally be included, the same with covers.
            This also includes SPF 25, making it very wearable for summer.

            The Smell
            This smells very fresh like a number of their other face products. This smells so good and is very invigorating.

            The Texture
            This is very thick, and it probably needs to be to include all 9 features! This does apply very easily and does not take a lot to cover the whole face. It is nice and creamy. As it is so thick it isn't really buildable coverage but it probably isn't needed
            This has also made my skin a little more hydrated than usual, but I wouldn't say it had made a massive difference.

            The Colour
            As with all BB creams the colour range isn't huge, I believe just light medium and dark. I have fairly pale skin and so picked to the light and as long as I don't use too much this is prefect for me. This does make me feel that there might not be anything for very deep skins ones.

            Coverage
            This BB cream totally covers my freckles, which I am not keen on, but this also means it covers spots and other blemishes really well too.
            It also doesn't cause break outs, as it was so thick this was something I was worried about.
            An issues I often have with foundations is that when it gets hot they tend to melt and I have not experienced that with this product at all.

            Price
            This costs me just £6.99 meaning this is saving me money too!

            This may not cover all nine of the features and still needs to be set with a powder, but this is definitely something I will be buying again.

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            27.05.2013 22:28
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            a lovely BB Cream

            I love Rimmel products, and have been was quite curious about their BB Cream for a while, it claims to be a 9 in 1 make up product and seems to tick almost all the boxes when it comes to preparing my skin in the morning. I decided to pick up a little bottle about 2 months ago and am just about to come to the end of my tube.

            Colours Available
            This BB Cream comes in 2 colours, either medium or light. There isn't really a good range of different colours available, but I found that with the light one that I bought, I can match it to my skin colour by blending it and using a little less or more depending on whether I have tan on or how heavy I want my make up to look.

            Application
            This BB Cream can be quite hard to apply compared to the foundations that I usually wear. I find to get a nice colour, it takes a little longer to apply this as I need to do a little bit of extra blending to get a good base and coverage. I found that it however it does not take too much of this BB Cream at a time and if I use too much it looks quite heavy on my face. This is great for me as a tube seems to last ages.

            What I Thought
            I quite like how this BB Cream looks on my have, it has a 9 in 1 promise and claims it primes, moisturises, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and helps protect my skin.
            I found that it does live up to its promises and it gives my skin a lovely, healthy glow when I am using it. It contains SPF 25 which is great for protecting my skin from UV rays and the sun and my skin does feel in much better condition when I have been using it for a long time.
            I really like how this makes my skin look, the coverage is really nice and the colour can be blended into a nice natural colour. This is a really nice everyday make up and it looks much lighter and feels much smoother and not sticky on my skin than foundation.

            Price and Availability
            You can buy a 30ml tube of this for around £5. I found that this has lasted me about 2 months of almost every day use. I think that this is a great price for such a nice make up and I would definitely buy it again.

            Overall
            I really liked this BB Cream, I don't think it gives me enough coverage for make up for special occasions, but as an everyday make up, it is really lovely and feels nice on my skin. Also it has SPF 25 in it, which isn't in most other make ups that I have used. Overall I would give this BB Cream 4 out of 5 stars.

            *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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