The BB Cream You Don’t Need In Your Life!

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?

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34 thoughts on “The BB Cream You Don’t Need In Your Life!

  1. That’s too bad you didn’t get on with it! I am always a bit weary of these one shade products, they always seem a bit too good to be true! The Body Shop Tea Tree BB cream is meant to be pretty popular, I haven’t tried it though so I don’t know about how good the coverage is. I like the Topshop BB cream, it has good coverage but the shade range is disappointing.

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  2. I’ve read such good things avout this BB cream so I was actually tempted to give it a go when my Rimmel runs out! Definitely not going to now mind, I’ll stick with my old faithful xo

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  3. I’ve never tried any base products from The Body Shop and I have to admit I’m a little reluctant too now after reading your review. The way that this BB cream is quite gritty doesn’t make it sound very appealing at all! I’ve just purchased the Rimmel Matte BB and love how great the coverage is! I’ve got a few posts with my favourites coming up within the next week but the Tropic Skincare Beauty Booster and the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation both rank highly with me!

    Amy | Get Glam


    1. It’s a really weird texture, the gritty bits actually felt quite scratchy! I love the rimmel one and I’m actually tempted to go out and repurchase it again tomorrow now!! Thanks for the suggestions! Xx


  4. This one’s popular and I’ve read a lot of great reviews but after reading about your experience I don’t think I’ll buy it. I’m using ELES BB Cream w/ SPF 30 (Aussie brand) and planning to buy a new one because my tube is almost empty. It’s great.. Maybe I’ll try Rimmel this time.
    ✽⦦✽ | ❤︎ Laineyloveslife

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  5. I’ve been using the bare minerals complexion rescue which is meant to be a cross between a tinted moisturiser and a BB cream, I really love it! The coverage is spot on and it just feels so nourishing on my skin.
    Would you recommend the Rimmel BB cream then? I’ve not really tried many BB or CC creams & I really want to experiment with them a bit more xxx


    1. Yes I would totally recommend the Rimmel matte one. I don’t like a matte finish but this is more of a satin finish so I really like it! The coverage is pretty good, more like a light foundation, and it blends in so easily! Has pretty good lasting power too which I like! Xxx


  6. Sorry to hear that this didn’t work out well for you. I haven’t had much luck with BB Creams myself. I have the Rimmel one but I only used it once and I wasn’t sure about it. I think I need to use it again. Recently I recieved one by a brand called Marcelle in my Birchbox and I really like it! It’s expensive though and I don’t know if you can get that brand where you’re from. I’m surprised this Body Shop one didn’t work out. They usually have really great products! xo


    1. I know, I am really surprised too actually, I usually love all their products! Which formulation do you have of the Rimmel one, I believe there’s three? I think they all work differently on different skin types so it’s really hard to say what works for one person will work for another. I’ll have to look into the marcelle one, I just want something that’s really easy to wear! Xxx

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      1. I think I have the matte one but I can’t really remember lol is that bad? Lol! The Marcelle one looks like its going to go on dark but it blends into your skin and is actually a universal shade. I think you would like it. 🙂 Xo


  7. This sounds like a terrible BB cream, so glad I read this review as I was tempted to purchase this one to give it a go. I like the whole “no makeup makeup” look but if a product provides hardly any coverage then there’s really no point in wearing it at all. x


  8. I havent really tried any of the makeup products of the body shop after how my my looked 5 hours after she applied the body shop foundation and one of their eyeliners, the foundation became very cakey and the eyeliner looked cracked..But their lipsticks are quite great.I prefer sticking onto their body and skin care products.

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  9. You should return it to The Body Shop, if you haven’t already! They have a really great return policy. That’s what I did when I bought the same BB cream last year — I didn’t like it at all either! (And I posted a similar disparaging review on my blog, although I disliked it for different reasons).


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