Whilst at London Fashion Week, one of the freebies I picked up was for The Bodyshop All-in-One BB cream. I have tried a few BB creams – first the launch pad for all BB creams in this country – Garnier BB Cream which I used for several months, (click the link to read my review,) and I have since tried Nars, which I didn’t feel I could recommend here. I usually use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser day to day but I’m always on the look out for a purse friendly alternative so was keen to test this one out.
In actual fact, as soon as I squeezed some of the BB Cream out of the tube I was fascinated. The product starts out as a white cream which transforms to your skin colour when swept over your skin. With only 3 shades available and a promise that ‘for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish’ it had a lot to live up to. None-the-less, continuing my back-of-the-hand test, I was impressed by the finish.
It has taken me until this weekend to properly try the BB cream out and I have had mixed thoughts about it, with an overall positive result I think. Firstly, I felt that it wasn’t suited to skins as fair as mine, as the overall tone is a little on the warm side and as I started to blend in the cream I noticed tide marks at the edge of my cheeks. However, as I continued to blend the cream in, not just around my hairline but across my cheeks I was impressed with the coverage and the finish. The shade, although warmer than my natural skintone looked natural, the finish was creamy and the formulation felt hydrating, yet I didn’t suffer with any greasiness or shine as the day wore on – less so in fact than my usual choice, the Laura Mercier. I was also pleased to note that there was no significant fragrance – something I found very off putting about the Garnier cream. The downsides would have to be the lack of SPF and the fact that I don’t think very pale skins could wear it due to the warm tones of the colour it produces, but I am pretty fair and think only a small percentage of people would have a problem with it. At £12, I think it’s an excellent compromise
So, have you seen The Bodyshop’s All-in-One BB cream or tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, or can you recommend another brand I’ve not mentioned here?