This product has a lot going for it but....
Like most Canadian women, I've eagerly been awaiting the arrival of BB creams, as I've read so much about how wonderful and easy they are. Last week, while I was walking through a department store, I heard an announcement about Estee Lauder BB cream and thought "Great! At last" and then promptly forgot all about it. Then, I was at the drugstore and saw an empty display stand for this BB cream from Marcelle (a small and really quite excellent Canadian company) and decided to get some but they were all sold out. A day or 2 later, and after reading the good reviews here, I saw a display in another branch of the same store and picked this up in the Light to Medium shade. Bonus - it was on sale!
This cream really does seem to "erase" pores. It looks natural and matte and does give a nice, even skin tone to my face and does a not too bad job of covering up redness and my broken capillaries though, to be honest, it doesn't feel all that much "lighter" than my regular foundations. It also has surprising "staying power" - more than I would have expected (even after a quick shower at the gym, when I towel off and towel my face, some of this product comes off on my white towel - THAT is pretty good staying power). It's not all that moisturizing for this time of year but my first thought was "It'll be GREAT in summer time". And that, my friends, is "the rub". How can a product that claims it "protects from premature aging and environmental stresses" (their own leaflet) NOT contain ANY SPF???? I'm wearing this with my Kiehl's SPF 50 sunscreen underneath it but come summer, I'd prefer not to have too many layers of product on my face when it's hot, sticky and humid. So as much as this is a nice enough product, it really doesn't meet my most basic needs for this time of year (moisture - lots of moisture) or for summer (sun screen and the more the better). Now that I've remembered about Estee Lauder's BB cream, I think I just might make my first EL purchase in something like 20 years! If Marcelle were to reformulate this so that it retained its good qualities but also included a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (20+ would be even better), then I would certainly repurchase this but as the product is now, I would not.
FOR EVERYONE'S INFORMATION: I contacted Marcelle for clarification as to whether this product has any sunscreening effects at all (2 of the ingredients had me wondering) and they confirmed that the oxides, etc. were there strictly for colour and that this product does not provide any sun protection at all. HOWEVER - the person who wrote back to me said they do plan on launching a version WITH SPF in the future (no indication of when that "future" might be) so it might be a good idea to keep a look out in future if, like me and most others here, having sun protection in an "all in one product" is important to you. They also sent me several coupons, which was very nice too!
I've used this bb cream daily for two weeks prior to writing this review. This means that: 1. No breakouts!
2. I liked it enough to use it for two weeks. Which is awesome.
- Really convenient packaging! Plastic tube with pump & clear lid. Easy to travel with and squeeze out the needed amount of product.
- Nice finish. Satin-matte finish but not dry or powdery, does not cling to flakies.
- Texture is nice, very smooth and silky. Not too thin, not too thick. Easy to apply with fingers.
- Evens out skintone, covers redness well.
- No SPF! This is a big negative for some, myself included.
- Only TWO colour choices: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I don't know what the whole "self-adjusting pigments" thing is about, but…it's nonsense. The lightest shade will be too dark/yellow for anyone lighter than NW15. I find that I can get away with it, especially in the summer when I'm a bit more tanned, but it's definitely NOT a perfect match.
Overall, this is a nice BB cream. Good coverage, no breakouts & a really nice finish. However, you really have to be one of the lucky ones for whom the two available shades are made because the selection is…slim, to say the least.
smuge off do easily but very light and natural look so if you want to use this product DON'T TOUCH YOU FACE AFTERWARDS or else it comes off. by putting powder on top ruins the idea of a natural look so... but I really like it I try not to touch my face afterwards haha. ALSO IT SMELLS LIKE BURNT PLASTIC EWW
Let me start off by saying that I love this product but the only reason I gave it a 4 is because it doesn't contain SPF. If they made one with an SPF i would love it even more as it would be great for summer. If applied properly it evens out skin tone just the right amount to make people think you are not wearing makeup. I love the whole polished natural look. Will difinately buy again even if they don't introduce one with spf.
Very impressed with this so far (about a week)! I cannot stand foundations, but am of an age where I do need some evening-out of my skin tone. So many other products broke me out or felt like I was wearing a mask. I'm using this (in Light-Medium) after my usual moisturizer, and as the previous reviewer mentioned it does look a little alarmingly yellow at first (which worried me as I'm cool-toned) but it really blends right into the skin and lightly buffs out splotchiness, shine, and redness. Set with a little powder, I can't even tell there's anything but a fresher-faced me. Love it.
I have been using this product for three days now, so it is still too early to tell how it will affect my skin in the long term. That being said, so far, so good. I am using the light-to-medium version.The claim Marcelle makes about the self-adjusting pigments seems to be legit. I am very pale, with a neutral skin tone, when I first apply the cream, it goes on a little yellow, but within a minute, the color adjusts to my own, with no problem. I see no differentiation between my skin tone and the cream, which is great because I think I am just too lazy to make sure the cream is applied perfectly so that there is no color blotching. I have combination-oily skin (t-zone), and after 8 hours of wearing this product i still saw no shine. Granted, I used a transluscent powder to set everything in place. For summer, I can see the product being suitable as moisturizer, but I live in Montreal, where the winters are cold and harsh, so I still wear my moisturizer with spf under this. From what I can tell, the bb cream really does smooth everything out while you are wearing it, but I will have to update you with regard to lasting effects both on and off. I was using Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15, and i prefer the texture of the bb cream. I used to mix my clinique with serum so that it wouldn't cake. This does not cake at all. The coverage between the two are the same, which is amazing since Clinique is more of a foundation than a moisturizer. BB is definitely great as a makeup base, but I did not see necessity to apply foundation after use. I was happy with the coverage. Marcelle says it's non-comedogenic, and so far, I don't have any clogged pores or little white bumps as a result of use. UPDATE: 1 month later, and I am still very much enjoying this product. Still no clogged pores, application has become much easier with some experimentation, and no longer wearing any powder over it. T-zone still seems to be happy! UPDATE 2: summer came, and the oily t-zone came out in full force. I think I am going to have to abandon this until Fall. But i normally only wear liquid "foundations" or such products during winter months.
Update - I'm still using it as my everyday go to BB. Yes, the oil control is not all that. I don't think anything will be a miracle oil absorber for me and I know nothing is going to inhibit the oil production. If I'm going to the grocery store or mall or just for everyday, I use the BB only. It's enough to even me out, give me a little coverage. If I am going into the office or somewhere that needs a little more coverage, I am fine with a concealer or a little foundation on a couple spots.
I think I am just lucky enough that the shade suits me. I can see how it would not be ideal for a lot of people.
I just got the Stila BB, will see how it compares.
Yes! I would buy this again. I read about it on The Kit yesterday. They noted 2 BB Creams. The Marcelle and Estee Lauder. Well, it's so cold today that I got lazy and went to the drugstore instead of the mall. I found Marcelle for $23 (45mL). I got it in the Light to Medium shade and it goes on like a dream!!!! It's give the face a really luminescent look and makes the skin so smooth. I can see using it and nothing else when the skin is blemish free or to go to the grocery store etc. I may still use my Pur Minerals Under Control on the tzone. I put it with my Pur Minerals Green Colour Corrector and a foundation or concealer and it all works together very nicely. I'd still love to try the Estee Lauder BB Cream but for now, this is a great pick. I'll wait for an Estee Lauder special event.
I too have used this for just a few weeks. After seeing a story on BB creams on my local news I thought I would try this. It was not yet in stores so I had to order it online and it arrived within 2 days along with a free eye shadow palette and an acne wash (nice touch).
I had pretty much given up on foundations and tinted moisturizers as I always they felt caked on and that I was hiding behind them. I have pretty good skin, no acne issues, tone is pretty good for my age, some uneven pigment and well, age is starting to set in as I am of that age.
With this product, I use my eye cream, serum and moisturizer with SPF before the BB cream. It goes on nicely and does not interact negatively with my usual routine. I will put this on before brushing my teeth giving it time to settle and dry a bit. I don't powder or foundation over it, just add my brow powder, blush and mascara.
After using this for a day I told people at work I was trying something new with my make up and asked what they thought. I did not tell them what I was doing differently and all of them commented on my skin and how good it look, like it was glowing even. The compliments have not stopped.
One of the other nice things I find with this product unlike other facial/foundation products I have used is that I don't run home at the end of the day and want to get it off my face ASAP. I have gone into the evening with no touch ups and I don't feel like pulling my face off. It does not dry my face out or get greasy and I often forget I have it on. On weekends I will wear it alone just to give me a fresh faced but natural look.
Overall I am really, really happy with this product. I have ordered a different BB Cream from Asia and it is on it's way via New Jersey so I will have something to compare it to soon. In the meantime, this is my go to daily face treatment.
This claims to be one of the first Canadian made BB Creams on the market, and promises a multitude of benefits:
- evens out skin tone
- offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits.
- protects from premature aging and environmental stress
- promotes skin regeneration
- matifies skin and controls shine
- smoothes and calms skin
- minimizes the appearance of imperfections and pores
- excellent make-up base provides anti-dull radiant complexion
"Suitable for all ages and skin types with it's self-adjusting pigments, powerful antioxidants, aloe and chamomile and available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. Can be used alone as a tinted moisturizer, over moisturizer to unify your complexion or apply as a make-up base for total foundation coverage and improved stay-on power." $22.95 CDN
**UPDATE** now available with spf 20 in an anti-aging formula as well as a cream-to-powder formula (don't know how that fits in with BB creams)
Now I've only been using this for 2 weeks, so I honestly don't know how much of an effect this has had on my skin, but what I can say is that this does even out my skin tone, matifies, minimizes my pores and brightens my complexion----temporarily. There is enough pigment in this that I dare say it offers medium coverage, as opposed to other drugstore BB creams, like Garnier (which was so incredibly sheer it did nothing for me). However, once washed off at the end of the day, I still am left with uneven and dull skin.
I'm typically NC20-25 and purchased this in Light to Medium and it matched perfectly, with a good amount of yellow in it, which was lacking in other BB creams I'd tried in the past. There is no sunscreen in this, so I usually apply a layer of SPF, let it dry a good 10 min and then apply this with either a sponge or my fingertips. There is enough pigment that I can layer on top of areas that need more coverage (my undereye and around the nose) to not require any concealer. I then apply a light dusting of powder to set it all before adding any other powder products. The products lasts a good 6 hours before I need to touch up my t-zone, and even then it doesn't look greasy, but dewy. I have also tried this as a base, and although it didn't do anything to help prolong my foundation, it didn't do anything to worsen it neither. The texture is that of a thick lotion---not quite thick enough to be considered a cream in my opinion as it can run off of the back of my hand if a take a pump and hold my hand up vertically. Once on the skin it does feel nice and hydrating, and not at all heavy.
My mother is NC15 and this blended nicely on her mature skin. The pigments didn't settle into any lines or wrinkles, nore did it emphasize her pores. She has dry skin and used a serum with SPF before applying this, which helped make application and blending easier.
Both of us have sensitive skin and this did not affect us negatively in any way. This claims to be perfume free, however I do detect some sort of floral scent, but nothing strong or offensive.
The packaging is a pump top with a squeeze tube, which is light and portable and handy for travelling (there is a plastic cap for the pump). The pump is nice as you have complete control of how much or little you want to dispense. I don't know how great that will be when I'm nearing the end of the tube, but I suppose I can always unscrew the top and squeeze out the remaining product.
Overall, I say this is a good product in terms of drugstore BB creams. I haven't used this long enough to determine whether it will hold true to all of its claims but it is a good start.