FIVE: BB Creams

Recently I’ve been testing out a few of the many, many, many… BB creams to hit the market! It seems like everywhere you look there’s a new BB Cream on the shelves and before I’ve even gotten close to testing these there’s now CC Creams hitting the shops! I can’t keep up!

But to start the BB/CC cream reviewing I have been trialling five of them with the ultimate test of a day in the office followed by a night running around London. If that’s not a test, then I don’t know what is!

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So taking it from left to right:

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream ‘Fair’*

This is an unusual one, it comes out a sort of white/grey sort of mix – that when blended into skin adapts to your skin tone and the subtle pigment comes through. In the swatches above this doesn’t show as much how it blends, but it does.

This is the sheerest coverage of the five I’ve been trying. It’s nicely hydrating and of these five, the most suitable for the paler skinned!

Origins A Perfect World SPF15 BB Cream*

This is the thicker of the five, and quite dark for a ‘light’ shade. So one that’s worth checking the colour match if this is one you like the sound of.

I love how hydrating this one feels of all the different options – definitely the one that I felt hydrated all day long.

Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream (Light)*

This is one that is really well pigmented – where a little goes a really long way with this. It’s the most yellow toned of the five- and the finish of this is the most satin/matte of all five. Some of the others leave more of a glow. So this one feels the most like a foundation to me and stood up to the test of a day at work – without needing touch ups.

This is the one I’ve come back to after testing each of them and has made it into my regular routine.

No7 BB Cream for Normal/Oily Skin (Medium)*

This is the second of the No7 BB Creams that I have tried out – I initially used the one for dry skin and found it ended up a little too shiny for me. This Normal/Oily skin version definitely is better for combination skin. The shade I’ve been testing is a little dark for me -the light would be a better match.

I’m really impressed with the No7 BB Creams overall – they’re really creamy, absorb nice and leaves skin feeling really good. Good to know there’s a lovely all-rounder on the market that’s a good price.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream (Light)*

Skintone wise, this one blended the best and suited my skintone the best – but I wasn’t totally in love with the texture. I found it felt more like it was sitting on top of the skin rather than absorbing in. It looked lovely at first but I found it make my skin feel quite oily across the t-zone, this might be ideal if you have dehydrated skin and want that extra hydration boost.

*PR samples



  1. March 14, 2013 / 8:09 am

    I love this review! I’d really like to try the Estée Lauder one 🙂

    Great post!


  2. March 14, 2013 / 8:18 am

    I bought the L’oreal one last summer and loved it! I thought it was awfully strange when it came out white though! But it was perfect for being on holiday because of the sheerness


  3. March 14, 2013 / 10:57 am

    Good post I tend to stick to Korean BB Creams as I find them much better!

  4. March 14, 2013 / 9:42 pm

    I keep being told to try the Estee Lauder one and from the sounds of it I think I would love it. x

  5. Marcey
    March 15, 2013 / 6:25 am

    I’ve just started trying BB cremes & one most people don’t know about is from Yves Rocher. It has excellent coverage & lasts well.

  6. Bree
    March 17, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Great review!

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