A month or so ago, I realised I was running out of my beloved Rimmel BB Cream in Matte and I thought I would try something new for a change. Particularly since starting blogging, I have been trying to replace products with different alternatives rather than buying the same products over and over again. This blog would get bloody boring otherwise! So, when I went and had my bodyshop makeup consultation a few weeks ago, I thought I would give their offering a try, the Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream.
I mentioned I wanted to give it a try and the lovely assistant put some on along with a few other products and it felt like a really lovely light base. It was definitely lighter than my Rimmel BB cream which provides a surprising amount of coverage, however, it felt nice on the skin! So, in my basket it went and I trundled home with my new purchases, however, when I got home I realised just how light the coverage actually was! I know we’re all trying the no-makeup-makeup-look, but this literally looked like I hadn’t bothered in the slightest! I thought that maybe, the shop assistant had been a bit sparing with the product so I decided to reserve judgement until I’d applied it on myself.
I was recommended the shade 00 which is the lightest shade they do in this product, which is not unexpected as I do have a very pale face! When this product squeezes out, it is a white liquid that is meant to adapt to your skin colour to guarantee a colour match. For me this sounded perfect as it meant that I could use this all year round with no need to worry what colour my skin was underneath. However, when I came to rub this in, the moment when the magic is supposed to happen, absolutely nothing happened! The cream did not change colour, it’s very gritty in texture which makes it rather uncomfortable to actually rub into your skin and it doesn’t change the appearance of your skin in the slightest. Now this is not me exaggerating, there is no evening of the skin-tone, no coverage at all and no blurring of imperfections.
Coming in at £12, this is near enough double the price of my Rimmel BB cream and I am kicking myself that I didn’t just stick to my old faithful! I have tried quite a few BB creams over the last few years as I always opt for them instead of foundation during holidays and the warmer months, but sadly, I would have to say that this is the worst one I have tried to date. I’m using this almost like a primer at the moment, before I apply a lighter foundation, just to try and get some value out of my purchase, but I am not happy. There is one thing I do like about this product though and that is the packaging! I love the shiny chrome effect and that coupled with the nice slim tube really makes it feel quite high end. I would like to point out that I am really disappointed that I don’t like this product as I love the Body Shop and everything they represent, this could simply be a matter of it not suiting my skin. However, if you are thinking of trying it out, make sure you give it a good test as it is an incredibly light base!
I think I am off to stock up on the Rimmel BB Cream Matte again, it’s only £6.99 and it is so lovely to wear. Before I do though, do you guys have any good suggestions for BB creams, high-end or drugstore, i’m not too fussed? I would love to try something new though, but bare in mind, I do like a little bit of coverage! I can’t wait to hear what you guys suggest. Have you tried the Body Shop BB Cream? If so, what did you think of it?