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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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is meant to have 9 features, which are:
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.
This smells very fresh like a number of their other face products. This smells so good and is very invigorating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Before trying out my current BB cream (from Garnier), I experimented with a cheaper one from Rimmel. Not having ever used a BB cream before (but having read some pretty good reviews) I was excited, though slightly hesitant about what I could expect from a BB cream, in general. I have been used to using just an ordinary foundation cream on my face for many years and was concerned that a BB cream might not give me the coverage I was used to.
I ought this BB cream from Tesco's where it cost me £6.99 for the squeezy plastic pale tube. Just in case anyone is not aware of what a BB cream is, or might not even have heard of it before, it's basically a sort of light foundation cream, but it has many other added benefits such as providing a SPF25, a light and glowing tint to the face, moisturising properties and basically it's designed to be just lighter than a usual foundation, more like a tinted moisturiser, really.
I bought this in the lightest shade possible as my skin is very fair and I have light hair colouring too. I used this cream almost to the end of the tube before I went out to buy a Garnier one. There was nothing wrong with this cream per se, it's just that I wanted to experiment a bit and see what all the fuss was about the Garnier one.
The cream was light in consistency and was easy to apply in that it didn't feel thick or gloopy. There was really no need to ever have to use an additional moisturiser underneath this BB cream as it's obviously rich with added moisturisers anyway. I was surprised at the good colour mach for my complexion and I say this because when I initially put a tiny blob onto my index finger before I started to use this, it looked to me to be quite dark in colour. Once I had applied it to my face, however, and rubbed it in, the colour seemed to change and adapt to the colour of the skin on my face - it was slightly weird to see this happening.
It wasn't a BB cream which was thick enough to clog my pores and it even gave me more coverage than I was anticipating. It certainly covered all of my little flaws and gave me a nice dewy complexion which lasted throughout the entire day.
I would have to say that this particular BB cream compares very favourably indeed with the more expensive Garnier BB cream and I'd certainly be happy to go out and buy more of this but I wish it was slightly cheaper.
My first experience with a BB cream wasn't great so I was dubious about trying another one but I had heard great things about the Rimmel one and as Rimmel is a brand which doesn't let me down very often I thought I would try again.
I wanted a BB cream as I wanted something which was going to give me coverage but feel light on my face. I liked the idea of a BB cream as it combined a foundation with loads of extra benefits usually only found in moisturisers.
The Rimmel BB cream claims to offer 9 different benefits but most of them such as the claim it brightens skin I would expect to get in any tinted moisturiser.
The BB cream isn't anywhere near as thick and clagy as the other one I tried and it blends into my skin much easier.
It brightens up my skin and leaves it looking much more even. It doesn't give me the level of coverage that my foundation does but I prefer using this during the day as it does help to even out my skin tone and mask uneven patches of skin colour without looking or feeling heavy on my skin.
The BB cream has an spf of 25 and I really like this fact because I only really wear proper sunscreen in the height of summer when I am going to be out in the sun but with our unpredictable weather I never know what it is going to be like from one hour to the next so I like that I am protected if the sun decides to come out to visit while I am outside.
I also like how this makes my skin feel. It actually feels as though it is doing something to soften my skin and leave it in better condition and it doesn't block my pores or give me spots either from wearing it too much as it seems to let my skin breathe.
At the end of the day this is a tinted moisturiser but it is so much more than that too. It really does offer a decent coverage for my skin while still being lightweight and comfortable to wear and it protects it too while also moisturising it and leaving it feeling and looking nice.
You can buy this BB cream at boot's for £6.99.
I am not much of a make-up wearer these days - gone are the days of religiously putting a full face on before daring to leave the house. Now I'm lucky if I get the chance to do a quick sweep of powder and mascara! However, as I'm getting older I have noticed my (very pale) skin looking more blotchy and developing red patches, and generally not looking so flawless any more, which means I'm not really getting away with the no make-up look!
Recently I've been seeing and hearing a lot about BB creams - or Beauty Balms - which are to be used as a quick make-up base and replaces foundation, concealer, powder etc. They are much lighter than heavy foundations, so aim to look more natural - or indeed like no make-up at all, just smoothing your complexion and evening skin tone.
Pretty much every single make-up brand now produces a BB cream. I decided to try the 'Rimmel BB cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup', as from the title alone it has great claims! Also, it is the least expensive at £6.99 - plus I managed to buy it on a 3-for-2 Rimmel offer at Boots, which allowed me to update my make-up bag quite cheaply.
So the Rimmel 9-in-1 BB cream claims to be a 'skin perfecting super makeup', with 9-in-1 results:
Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect.
This is LOT to expect from one product! It comes in only 2 shades - light or medium. This could be a disadvantage if you are very dark or very pale, however I personally am very pale and found the light works well on me. It looked like it may be too dark initially, but blended to match my skin tone perfectly. I imagine that despite only having two shades to choose from, they adapt to the individual and suit a wider variety of skin tones.
So lets go through each of the 9 claims the product makes:
Primes - I found that the cream went on smoothly and did provide quite a nice base for other makeup (like eyeshadow, which didn't crease). So as a primer, seems to do a good job.
Moisturises - I have combination skin, which can get quite oily and spotty (especially at certain times of the month), but also get dry flaky patches on my forehead and my cheeks around my nose and mouth. This cream really helped disguise the dry patches - where other foundations have highlighted them - and kept my skin feeling soft and comfortable all day. I have to say I wouldn't replace my usual moisturiser with this product though, because I think specific skin moisturiser is different to a moisturising makeup, and each have their own use.
Minimises Pores - This absolutely helped minimise the visible pores on my nose!
Conceals - The cream did not completely conceal blemishes or dark circles, but did improve the look of them to a degree. I would say you'd need an extra concealer to completely cover imperfections.
Covers - This provided a good medium coverage, without looking like I was wearing makeup. My skin just looked healthy, even and fresh - and got rid of my red patches. So I would say this does an excellent job of evening skin tone and providing a flawless finish. However you do need a reasonably clear complexion to begin with, as spots and scars do need extra coverage (as stated above). Also very dark circles (mine make me look like I have black eyes!) need extra coverage.
Smoothes - The product definitely made a marked improvement in overall smoothing and perfecting of the skin.
Mattifies - This is one area where the BB cream did NOT live up to expectations. To be honest, I don't see how a cream that claims to moisturise and brighten, can also mattify? It's like an acne prone teenager using a face cream aimed for older 'super dry' skin, and expecting it to prevent spots and look matte - it just can't happen! However, as much as it didn't mattify, I must also say it didn't turn into an oil slick either and the makeup did stay in place without any sliding. But to give a matte finish you would need a powder in addition.
Brightens - Definitely. This cream gave my skin a really glowing dewy finish. However I did find that throughout the day some powder was needed on my forehead, especially in warm weather.
Helps Protect - with an SPF 25 this is brilliant as so many creams and foundations don't include that. And to use a separate sun protection lotion, it can clog your skin up and make it greasy under makeup. This product elimates the need for an extra lotion.
In general I have to say I love this product and use it daily now (no more scaring the neighbours or other mums on the school run!). I think the 9-in-1 claims are a little over adventurous, and not all live up to expectations - but generally this works really well for quick daily coverage. I would just suggest using a separate concealer and powder if you have darker blemishes or plan to use the product over a long day.
I have tried a number of BB creams now and I have to say this one from Rimmel was one of the cheapest and also my favourite so far and I don't often say that about cheap products.
So, what exactly is a BB cream? Well, BB stands for Beauty Balm and it promises to be a Super Makeup, offering to do 9 different things all in one handy cream. This Rimmel BB cream also has the name 9-in-1 skin perfecting super maker up and on the back of the tube it says it primes, moisturises, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect! Wow, thats a lot of things in just one cream!
I think to use the word cream is a bit misleading because for me its more like a foundation. When I first tried a BB cream I was quite surprised to find that its actually more of a tinted moisturiser than a normal white cream but that being said I like it because as it is so many things in one tube you don't need to apply anything else to your face.
I am quite minimalist when it comes to my make up and I don't wear foundation but do want my face to have some concealment to it and always like to brighten it up a bit and make me look less tired than I am with two small children so this cream is perfect for me.
I really like the colour of the cream. I have the medium one and I would say this works well for someone with somewhat fair skin and blond hair. I have quite white patches under my eyes and this cream really takes that away and just leaves me with a natural look to my face. I like that this cream is really light and I think that's because its a cream rather than a foundation so my skin does not look heavy and thick with make up. I can definitely see the primer section to this cream too as my face comes out really even after using this on my skin and its a really nice base for which to then apply some eyeshadow and give my face a bit of colour.
At the end of the day the cream is never cakey or never appears like it is sliding off like foundation can and it really does stay looking nice the whole time I am wearing it. The nice thing is you only need to apply the smallest amount to get really nice results. I think this tube will last me quite a while and at only £6.99 for a 30ml tube I think its good value and one I definitely recommend.
I kept reading about BB creams and decided to give them a try. After dabbling with a couple of brands, the price of this one attracted me; at less than a tenner, it's a bit of a bargain.
I've always liked Rimmel products and this does not disappoint. I'm very pale, so use the light version, but have been told the medium would make a good concealer.
The colour match is very good on me and the coverage is nice, light and but enough to hide any imperfections. It doesn't look like you're wearing much make-up. It smooths on nicely and blends really easily; no cakey look here! It doesn't take long to run in at all.
The coverage is light and gives me a healthy, dewy look, which I really like.
The bottle isn't very big; I'm undecided on the size. It'd be nice to get a bit more product, but a little of this does go a long way, and it's quite handbag sized so you can sling it in your bag for on the go touch-ups.
I like that it's an SPF, I'm terrible at remembering to put on a suncream, but this cuts out that extra step in my morning routine. It's quite moisturising, my skin feels very soft after putting it on. I'm not sure how much long-term moisture there is, but it does the job when I'm out and about.
I mostly use this on days where I don't want a full face of make-up, but want to brighten up a bit, say for running errands or something like that.
All in all, a nice product and good value.
I've been enjoying using a few brands of BB foundation cream recently but didn't like the prices of them so decided to try one on the market that was cheaper. The Rimmel BB Cream which is advertised as 'Skin Perfecting Super Make up' with 9 in 1 formula.
The reason I like BB creams is that they seem to be a halfway house with moisturiser and foundation and they are smooth and soft on the skin without caking it up like some foundations seem to do.
What are the 9 things?
I think the last point of the nine is a bit lame "helps perfect" is a bit of a barrel scraper but I am willing to let that one go!
I was really interested to see how this would perform against my favourite Dr Jart BB cream. I noticed when I squeezed it out that the colour did not look good for my skin, far too pale with a greyish tinge so I was not keen, though this is my fault for picking it up in 'light'. It rubbed in well and felt nice and soft but I had to get some colour on to my skin after using mineral powder and bronzer so I could not just go out of the house wearing this alone as I could with my Dr Jart or No7 BB cream. The product lasted well on the skin and was easy to remove at the end of the day.
Despite the colour being a bit pale for my liking, I did find the consistency good and had no problems with blocking pores and it did not make my skin feel greasy at all although it took a few minutes before it felt dry enough to move on to adding powder and other make up. The nine claims are met somewhat but I did need a bit of extra help with a separate concealer on some of my facial faults like pigmentation on the cheeks and forehead and redness around the nose area. I don't think this is a one product wonder by any means!
A 30ml tube costs £6.99 and will last a few months for me as a such a small amount is needed on application.
I didn't feel like I could rave about this BB Cream but nevertheless I will still use the rest of the tube so it's not that bad! I really do think there are better products on the market though and will not be purchasing this particular cream again. I probably should have picked a better shade (I picked up light and would normally use medium) but I was in a rush and didn't check my purchase. I do find the light good for hiding dark areas under the eye though so it's not all bad. I think if you don't like wearing much make up then this is probably a good product for you but for me I felt like it just wasn't enough on it's own whereas I have other BB creams that I would be happy to wear out on their own as they give me a natural light glow and great looking skin.
I have tried a couple of BB creams in the last 6 months and I haven't been that impressed with either of them. It isn't that any has done terrible things for my skin, it is just that they promise such a lot and don't deliver so much in return. [I had tried the Maybelline Dream Fresh and Garnier Nutritionist ones previously.] I wasn't therefore in much of a rush to try another one. However, when I saw that Rimmel's offering was included in a mix and match 3 for 2 offer within make up at Superdrug, I thought that would be a good chance to try it as I was buying 2 other things anyway. The normal retail price there is £6.99 for 30ml.
TO BB OR NOT TO BB?
According to what you read, "BB" may be short for banish, beauty or blemish. Whatever the name, they are supposed to offer an alternative to using foundation and seperate moiturisers and concealors. The first products I saw claimed to offer 5 seperate benefits, but this is no longer enough - Maybelline's BB gives you 8 reasons to buy it, so I suppse Rimmel had to give you 9. They are listed on the tube as : Primes, moisturises, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and help protect. The last is a reference to the fact the BB has a SPF of 25. Rimmel say that their product has been developed specifically for those who don't wish to wear foundation every day but who also want flawless skin. They summarise it as being "skin perfecting super make up". What woman could resist super make up?! I like to give foundation a miss on a good skin day, but it isn't always possible so I was intrigued to see how Rimmel would perform.
The cream comes in a good size for popping in your handbag for touch ups, and I haven't had any leakage problems with doing so. I like squeezy tubes for products like this as they make it easy to dispense what you need whereas glass type bottles are awkward once you have used a good amount of the product. The packaging isn't anything special though, with no artwork or fancy lettering. It looks quite basic, but I don't mind that.
The BB is available in only 2 shades, which seems an odd choice for something that can be used as a alternative to foundation. Most BB manufacturers seem to have also decided to offer a lmited number of colours. Rimmels offerings are light or medium. As someone who usually chooses ivory coloured products, I opted for light. There was no tester available in my local Superdrug but bigger stores do seem to offer one which I think is really essential. When I first put some of the BB on my hand I thought it looked a orange in tone which worried me. On the face it was O.K though. [See below.]
The BB is silky soft and creamy in texture and glides onto the face easily. It felt like a non-oily thick liquid foundation. Despite my reservations about the colour, it blended into my skin very well. It added a warm tone to my skin without being too obvious, which is welcome when you have a pale complexion like I do. It feels light on the skin, and not all " cakey." It does smell but only mildly. It is a pleasant perfume but I can't really put my finger on what it smells of - a sort of clean moisturiser scent, with a vague sweetness. I found that only a small amount was necessary to cover my skin effectively which makes the bottle size seem better value for money.
When I first used this, I wanted to use it as my sole skin make up that day. It evened out my skin tone nicely. I wanted it to cover a small spot near my hairline that was threatening to go bright red, and it did that well at first. I didn't feel the need to follow with a seperate concealor but as I went through the day, I realised that the BB had come off the spot. This is where I most needed coverage so this was disappointing. I reapplied it twice more before the end of a work day and so I don't eally feel the BB can replace a concealor entirely. I have used it to cover lesser, not quite so angry blemishes, and it did a better job.
The overall look of my skin was fresh and healthy, and I did like that. The finish is smooth and natural rather than really "made up" but you can tell I am wearing some kind of skin product. That is because there is a slight sheen or glow to my skin, similar to what you get just after moisturising. It doesn't make my skin look actually shiny as such, just radiant and bright. I would agree that it mattifies but again, I don't feel that it lasts all day in this regard. I have quite an oily t zone so if yours is less troublesome you will probably get the BB to last longer.
I tried to use this without the addition of a seperate moisturiser as that is the point of it. The only really dry areas of my face are on my cheekbones but I feel that all of my facial skin benefits from moisturisation. I thought the BB left my skin feeling soft, but not to the same extent as my seperate and specialised facial moisturisers do. As for working as a primer, well I don't think it really prepares my skin more for the addition of other make up more than a standard moisturiser would. The blusher that I added on top didn't really apply any easier or last longer after using the BB.
The final claim to test was the promise that the cream would minimise my pores. As I have large pores around my nose, I was really keen on this idea! The cream did glide over them well leaving them far less visible. Equally importantly, it didn't block them either. At the end the day, the cream is very easy to remove.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE BB?
I liked the fresh and bright look the BB gave to my skin, and I thought the result was more natural than many foundations offer. If the mattifying had lasted longer, I would happily wear this in place of foundation. I think powdering over the top ruins some of the effect, but if you don't have oily skin this won't matter as much to you. I don''t agree that for proper blemishes this can replace a seperate concealor. It is an average primer and moisturiser, but I didn't expect miracles from a multi use product. In general I think this works as a reasonable alternative to a foundation, but it isn't really a miracle product. Although it saves time to use a one for all BB cream, as I know that I will still have to take a powder and concealor around in my make up bag, I think I would rather just use my normal products. They may take a bit longer to apply seperately, but the effects are longer lasting, and the moistuisation is also better. I have happily used up most of my cream but on balance I won't re-purchase. I would say it is worth trying if you are curious to try a BB because it is one of the cheapest available, providing you can match your skin to the limited shades offered.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]