My review is based on the bronzing version. I've only used that one, and I love it. It gives a natural glowing look. I'm nw30/35 in mac for reference. I used my entire sample up and will be purchasing. My only gripe is the price.
I bought the UD Liquid Foundation and was using a different brands primer but still had to use a separate moistuizer before the primer and it was too much for my sensitive skin.. So I decided to buy this BB cream for under my foundation... And I love it! This is very sheer coverage with some more concealer need if i was to wear this alone on days that i am in a hurry or don't want to wear a face of makeup however with that being stated its so light and smooth once I put on my liquid foundation its awesome and so natural looking.. My redness is covered and no breakouts for me since my skin is sensitive and has been dry and oily this time of year for some reason.. I am sure the hot and cold weather is not helping but this is awesome for its benefits.. I have tried several other bb creams with no luck this is the first one that I would buy again once I run out...
Pros: - Oil free - Keeps my skin matte the whole day - Blends well into the skin - Texture is not greasy Cons: - Doesn't provide any coverage at all - Smells like colgate toothpaste - Very pricey Overall, I like it for a primer.. Use it everyday under my powder foundation and it doesn't make me shiny the whole day.. It's something for daily use..
This product does one thing only to a reasonable standard: blurs pores. It doesn't shrink them but does soften the focus. This is less than sheer coverage and can be used at a pinch in place of primer but frankly it doesn't have the staying power to hold up all day. I also found it slightly drying, perhaps due to the strong medicinal scent. It doesn't perform at all like a beauty balm should and the one thing it does OK many other products do better and more.
I tried this a year ago when I was really struggling with acne and hated it! It covers nothing! I was disappointed but kept the bottle anyway. Fast forward to now, when my face looks great thanks to grapeseed oil and apple cider vinegar, and this moisturizer is great! It covers my redness and gives me a beautiful glow. I have to apply concealer (almay) and set with glominerals powder. Truly my skin looks great and it lasts all day. I love not having to wear foundation, but this bb cream is only for those with good skin or a base for foundation.
I went into ulta looking for a foundation, the sales associate's face was beautiful I asked what she had on it and she showed me this and the powder. I tried it out and loved the way it was applied on my skin. However when I got home to use it the following day I didn't get the coverage I was looking for. I do have oily skin but I made sure I applied a primer and set it with a powder. I would only suggest this product to somebody who has "flawless" "good skin" because this doesn't cover up anything.
I bought this during Ulta's Days of Beauty for 17 bucks. I had tried it on my hand and I liked the airbrushed look it gave so I thought, why not. Huge mistake. It doesn't oxidize and make it darker for your skin. It left me looking like someone threw baby powder in my face. Plus it broke me out in a tiny rash. Not worth it.
I wasn't expecting a lot of coverage so I'm not surprised that this doesn't cover any spots on my face. If you are looking to cover breakouts, then this product isn't for you. I really like the minty, cooling feeling this bb cream has. It makes my skin feel fresh and clean after I've applied it. Right after application I thought it looked really oily and splotchy, but after a few minutes it dried to a nice dewy finish. It helped even out my complexion and left it a little moisturized. I didn't have those pesky flaky spots at the end of the day that some makeup products can give you. I've also noticed I have less of those "larger" breakouts and I am needing less of my moisturizer. I also use this under my foundation for a really even flawless finish. It really helps you use less foundation and helps it from looking caked on. It's also good for those days where you want light makeup or are in a rush. I pair with the Ultra Definition pressed powder and am very pleased with the coverage...very natural!! Overall I really like this bb cream for its different uses, but I wouldn't base it's performance on coverage alone.
First let me start by saying that a BB cream, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer is obviously NOT going to work for you if you have super oily skin, major skin issues, or need full coverage. It just isn't intended for that purpose, so it frustrates me when I read poor reviews about a product that is completely wrong for one's skin type or with unrealistic expectations. That said, I personally love this product. I have clear, "good" skin and really only use foundation to keep shine at bay and to give powder/blush something to stick to. This product goes on smooth (I use a synthetic flat top brush), and blends out completely sheer. The coverage is incredibly minimal, less than even most tinted moisturizers I have used. It dries down matte, and lasts all day on me with minimal touch-ups. Makes a perfect base for my other products. I do sometimes add a bit of concealer in certain spots if needed. I think it might also work nicely as a primer or under a mineral or powder foundation. It comes in a squeeze tube, which is nice & sanitary. The only odd thing is the scent; it smells like minty fresh toothpaste. I've never encountered another foundation product or moisturizer with this scent, but it doesn't really bother me, and it doesn't linger. My skin is normal to slightly dry, and I don't notice any particular moisturizing from this. I am in my late 30s so I like something that won't settle into fine lines, and doesn't look too heavy. Anti-aging benefits are a bonus. I haven't noticed any major skin benefits yet, but I've only been using this about a week, so I'm very happy with the product overall. I got this on a half price Ulta deal, so paid $17, regular price is $34. I would personally recommend this to anyone with "good" even skin who wants sheer coverage & a matte finish. If you can comfortably get by with tinted moisturizer or even just powder, this is a product you will enjoy. Overall I am quite happy with this, and I will definitely repurchase.
I am really surprised at the bad reviews. I never thought of any tinted moisturizer or BB cream as having any coverage. I used Tarte's tinted moisturizer and it seems to have pretty good coverage, but it is not something I expect when looking for a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. This stuff has replaced my old moisturizer because that is how I use it: as a primer and moisturizer in one. It provides 20 spf so it's all I really need. I have been using it for almost a week and today I almost didn't put on my foundation because it did seem to even out my skin tone and make it look smooth (I don't think I would be able to do this during a bad break out). I would have still needed a concealer for my eyes and a couple blemishes. It does have a bit of a medicine smell but it leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. It works well as a primer too. My foundation goes on evenly and smoothly with this under it. It really creates a good canvass for my face. Definitely gonna keep buying this instead of a $15 moisturizer and a $20 primer. (Only having to put 1 product on instead of 2 has also saved me some time in my routine)