I got a full-sized version of this product in a gift pack that also contained full-sized version of the corresponding moisturizer and face wash all for 20$ (in Canada at Pharmaprix). It is normally ~20$ for just the BB cream alone, so this was a good deal for me.
However, I would not pay full-price for it and will therefore not buy again.
First, even this lightest shade is too dark for me. Maybe in the summer? But even then... I don't know. Tends to oxidize to more orange colour by the end of the day, but I don't find it bad. Can be off set w/ a well-chosen setting powder colour.
Second, it is shimmery. Looks fine on me but if you are naturally shiny/oily or don't want to have a shimmery/glowy face - get something else.
Third, lots of fragrance for something sold with acne-prone skin products.. doesn't bother me but is noticeable!
Also, Coverage is more than a tinted moisturizer but not as heavy as Asian BB creams. Fine for me.
Overall, I will use it but not rebuy. It gives me a very nice glowy complexion, but I wish it was slightly lighter... I have to remember to keep my hair down so that it's not noticeable that it's slightly darker than my skin!!!
* does not blend well. not with a brush, not with fingertips.
* sits on top of skin like a greasy, plastic film
* clings to every tiny hair, pore, and line in your face- highlighting and drawing attention to each of these!
* makes your face look oily
this stuff is bad.
This is pretty pricey $18 at Walgreens and the selling point to me was the reflectors (shimmer) in it as well as the SPF 30. It's my first BB creme and my skin is very clear aside from one or two pimples around my cycle. This I credit largely to Retin-A more than anything else, however, but I love this product bc it's got SPF, light coverage, and DOESNT make me break out. Most sunscreens clog my pores and give me pimples which is endlessly frustrating bc I don't go outside ever without sun protection. I find the light coverage perfect as heavy makeup is not for me, and set it with powder after it dries. I will buy this again.
I bought this because i wanted a good solution to a "light makeup" regimen for the summer. Having lived in Michigan most of the summer ( hot and humid in the summertime) and having lighter skin i am an spf freak but hate to layer my skin with spf moisturizer and makeup because i tend to get oily. I saw the ad in glamour magazine and immediately fell in love with all it claimed to do so i cut the coupon out and went to buy it. I've been using it for about 3 months now and i cant say that i hate it but i also cant say that i love it. It hasn't faded my past marks at all like it claims that it will and i think by now if this claim was true i could have noticed a difference but there is none. However, it hasn't made me break out but if you have really oily skin i wouldn't recommend this product. Despite it claiming to be oil free right when you put it on your face the feel of it might scare you a bit if your acneprone. And no, i am not caking it on. A little goes along way with this. The coverage is rather sheer but leaves a dewy look which i like but at the same time need to use my powder compact to blot here and there. Also it sucks that the only shade offered is "fair to light" which in my opinion should read "light to medium" coz the color is definitely not for fair tones. All in all if you don't want to wear foundation in the summer but still want light coverage with a good spf and dont have extremely oily skin then this is a good product for you. I like to use this with my physicians formula spf 50 healthy wear powder. So Its decent for a bbcream I guess but for the high price and results that i havent gotten that were expected with the claims made for this product in the long run i don't believe i will be repurchasing this product
I have tried a ton of BB creams in search of the perfect one. I was using the Stila BB cream for a while and absolutely loved it, however the price is quite steep so I wasn't sure about repurchasing. I came across this Aveeno one in my local drugstore a few days ago and thought I'd give it a run. I have to say that so far, this is fitting the bill nicely!
- the color is sheer enough that you can get away with using both the fair or medium shades unless you're extremely dark
- the texture is beautiful...lightweight and silky...glides on like a dream
- extremely blendable and buildable
- leaves your skin with a "lit from within" glow that isn't shimmery at all
- not greasy, but not completely matte either, so it isn't too drying on the skin
- pump style packaging so you don't overuse the product
- contains SPF
- very sheer coverage...I had to use two coats to get it just right (but this wasn't too bad because it was still sheer so it didn't look cakey)
- strongly scented (I like the scent, but if you're sensitive it may irritate you)
- while cheaper than some higher end brands, this price is still a bit high for a drugstore brand (I believe I paid something like $30 Canadian for this)
Overall I really like this product and would probably repurchase it.
Hi everyone! So a while back at Walmart I decided to pick up the Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion BB Cream in shade Fair/Light. I had read and watched some reviews on this BB Cream myself before buying it. From what I gathered it was the best BB Cream compared to the Asian ones and that the Fair/Light shade was not yellow or orange. Granted I didn't really see a lot of video reviews on this product or written posts, I decided to give it a shot anyway after reading a few blogs and watching a few videos.
It was $14.97 at Walmart. I was shocked at the price for only 2.5oz, but I didn't care because it's supposed to be natural and from the box it looked like the only one that offered any "benefits" This product contains an SPF 30
After I got home, I decided to read the box.
Here are the claims:
Aveeno Active Naturals Clear BB Cream can be your one step beauty product application for improved skin tone and texture. You can reveal the natural beauty behind breakout-prone skin with Aveeno Active Naturals Cream, Fair to Light. An important ingredient in Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream, 2.5 fl oz, is Total Soy Complex, created by scientists who formulated a unique way to process soybeans while retaining their naturally active benefits. Some of the benefits you can see when using this Aveeno Active Naturals Clear BB Cream and its Total Soy Complex are a more even and bright skin tone. This Aveeno Active Naturals Cream can also work to help fade the look of marks and imperfections left by past breakouts. Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream is a unique and skin-nourishing formula that can brighten your complexion while providing coverage at the same time.
Instantly evens and brightens complexion
Helps blend away imperfections from breakouts
Helps fade the look of marks from past breakouts
Moisturizes and nourishes
Helps protect skin from future damage
Sounds perfect, right? Natural, made from "Total Soy Complex", helps prevent breakouts, covers past breakouts, protects. And so on. Which could be true. I didn't even give it a chance after reading the ingredients listing.
Homosalate (5%) (Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7.5%) (Sunscreen), Octisalate (5%) (Sunscreen), Oxybenzone (2%) (Sunscreen)
Water, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Neoheptanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Urea, Sodium PCA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Triacetin, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides
Yep. You saw correctly. Oxybenzone & Methylisothiazolinone.
While I don't really think Oxybenzone is "dangerous" for occasional use. Like to use while on vacation or if you are gonna be out in the sun for a long period of time. I mean sometimes you just gotta pick your poison so to speak. I mean chemicals or skin cancer? (SMALL REFERENCE: Oxybenzone was the first to be used in sunscreens) But to be a "natural" product or at least even claim to be. Oxybenzone is something ALL natural companies tend to stray away from. They use Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Or both. Those are both claimed to be better than Oxybenzone. All of the other BB Creams have Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. And they don't even claim to be natural!
But on to the big issue. Methylisothiazolinone. Quiet a mouth full, eh? I know. Yet it's a cousin to the Parabens. It can cause all sorts of reactions or irritations. Even contact dermatitis. I'll link more information on it at the end of the review. (It's only a safe preservative for rinse off products!)
So Aveeno "Active Naturals" Clear Complexion BB Cream isn't so natural after all. Big shock.
*Insert eye roll here*
But I haven't even got to the best part yet.
Did I mention that the "Fair/Light" Shade is an absolute LIE!?
When you squeeze some of the product out on your hand it does look as if it's not going to be orange or yellow. But once you start to rub it in. Guess what? ORANGE. Like it was made for an Ompaloompa.
Since when did Fair skinned people get orange under tones? I know you can have yellow/olive and be fair. But I for one have neutral. So not a lot of stuff matches me. But this shade was 5x too dark for me and it was orange. I let it sit for a while but it turned oranger. If that is even a word.
(I tested this on my hand before returning it because I was interested to see if the color claim held up.)
But it did not. ONE BIG LIE. On the whole product. It's not Natural or good for you! Nor is it Fair/Light.
My advice is to stay far away from this.
Just to let everyone know, I'm not trying to bash Aveeno or this product. I'm just telling you some facts I found out about it and my personal opinions. I only try to point out the truth for those of us who care what we put on our face and body's. And when something claims to be natural it should hold true to it's word.
Thanks for reading.
I am really enjoying this product! I got this on clearance mark down for about $8 which was great b/c I'm cheap and I don't know if I would have tried it for full price. It has turned out to be one of my favorite foundations. To me it is more of a light foundation but heavier than a tinted moisturizer. This is the first BB cream I have purchased so I can't compare to others. All I know is it covers nicely and my skin can still breath. I have this in color Fair to Light and it was almost 2 dark. It is summer so that may change but when I put this on after my sunblock (Tropical Sands All Natural SPF 30) which leaves a bit of a white cast the color turns out great. After I wash I use aloe vera juice as a toner, apply Chagrin Valley eye mousse, a few drops of apricot kernel oil (this I use as serum b/c of the extra dry skin) let that soak in, then apply my moisturizer (Kiss My Face AHA 8%) then apply sunscreen. Seems like a lot of steps but after years of dry, irritated acne prone skin that is super sensitive I do what I have to to get rid of dull, dry painful skin symptoms. Lastly I apply a thin layer (maybe 1 or 1 1/2 pumps all over my face and rub in well. If I have spots or acne I apply a very thin amount to just those areas and it acts like a concealer. I then put a light dusting of powder to make the staying power longer. Usually Physician's Formula Super BB Powder (that stuff by itself covers great when you want a very natural look). When these 2 are combined I end up with a flawless looking complexion that I wish my natural skin looked liked.
This has not broken me out and seems to be making my skin better the more I wear it. I have been unimpressed by Aveeno products in the past even the clear complexion moisturizer and foaming face wash I didn't care for. But I really love this stuff. Sometimes when I have to go out fast Input some of this on and nothing else it it looks like I have really good skin. I don't reach for my Revlon Colorstay anymore unless it's a very special ocassion because it doesn't cover as good as this. It's not moisturizing enough to wear alone unless you already have oily skin. But it does give a nice glow without the oily looking aftermath. A little powder over top can give it a nice matte finish or alone has a glowy result. I didn't have a good idea until I saw pictures of myself wearing this and it was like I skipped my skin troubled teenage years and never had hormonal acne ever. I recommened this stuff b/c it really seems to be helping my skin overall even after I take it off. Causing me to wear less which is always a good thing. I've worn maybe 2 dozen times over the last month and a half other days I haven't worn makeup at all. Not exactly high end price but it's not cheap but when I run out even if I can't get the great deal I got before I will re purchase at full price b/c I like that much. Will update if there are any changes but you should definitly try this and did I mention I usually hate liquid foundation b/c my skin needs to breath? Thats saying something I guess.
Ugh! Oil free but feels greasy! I felt like I had rubbed a stick of butter on my face, and I'm oily so that's not a good feeling. Back it went.
Never has anything felt so disgusting, oily, and tacky on my face. It's full of "shimmer," and feels like they just mixed up a concoction of sunscreen, concealer, and cheap highlighter and slapped a "BB Cream" name on it. I shouldn't have expected much since it's cheap as hell, but I've only worn this three days now and it's going in the trash. My Ceravé unscented facial sunscreen outperforms this in feel and longevity, it's just terribly plain and I wanted to see if I could skip a step or two with a combo cream. Good idea in theory but terrible execution, overall. It looks like you applied Benefit Moonbeam all over your face and if you aren't oily as soon as you apply it you will be an hour or two after.
Duration- I wore this BB Cream for only a day before I decided to return it.
Price- $18 for a drugstore BB Cream... what was I thinking?
Packaging- Bigger than most BB Creams and love the pump!
Shade- I bought the Fair/ Light, which I think is the only available color. It matched pretty well.
Coverage- Pretty sheer
Finish- So glittery. That's mainly why I returned it. I couldn't handle the sparkle all over.
Oil Control- Nope. It made my face feel quite gross and sticky even after setting with a powder.
Conclusion- I haven't found a BB Cream I have liked yet. The idea sounds nice but I am just going to give up.