BB cream - I don't get the hype

(41 Posts)
freddiefrog Sun 21-Apr-13 19:40:12

Am I doing it wrong?

All my friends are raving about it, but I just don't get it.

I don't like thick foundation so it was recommended to me as the best thing since sliced bread

I had a No 7 voucher so I thought I'd give it a go, but I end up with such a shiny face - I do have slightly oily skin in patches (and bought the one for oily skin) but my whole face looks awful with this stuff. I never get a shiny face with foundation. It also makes my face feel odd, kind of sticky

Is it just the No7 is a bit crap? Do I need to persevere with different brands? I just don't see that it's any better than tinted moisturiser or light foundation. I don't get it

Any recommendations for a non-shiny brand

I have the garnier one which looks lovely but gives me spots on my chin.

I have a practically reflective face & the Garnier one is amazing. (I'm also very pale and it gives the impression of a glow which is nice) smile

and according to DP it smells really nice grin

TallulahBetty Sun 21-Apr-13 20:31:19

I love the Maybelline one. I HATE foundation, but this gives me lovely coverage when i need a bit more than just powder. Never ended up with an oily face.

WallyBantersYoniBox Sun 21-Apr-13 20:34:31

I use the Two Faced one which I think I saw in Boots when I was back in the UK. The finish is very smooth and even.

I bought an expensive Elizabeth Arden one at an airport once without reading the box and it was for very pale Asian skin (like a true original BB IYSWIM)

I looked like a Geisha... blush

Definitely get a sample or test in the store next time.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 21-Apr-13 21:46:47

Estee Lauder do a nice one

YoniRanger Sun 21-Apr-13 21:48:06

Skin79 ones are lovely.

Except the pearl one which made me look like a sparkly My Little Pony.

freddiefrog Sun 21-Apr-13 21:51:01

I really liked it when I first put it on. But after an hour or so I was Shiny McShiny

I currently use No7 Intelligent Coverage which I love, not too thick but enough coverage. The BB cream wasn't any improvement

Arisbottle Sun 21-Apr-13 21:52:27

I have a Dior BB cream, it is excellent.

Kewcumber Sun 21-Apr-13 21:54:15

I want to look like a sparkly my little pony. Sounds like a big improvement.

PrincessOfChina Sun 21-Apr-13 21:55:49

I have the L'Oreal one. My skin has been MUCH better since I started using it - I have dry skin and it's cured that, as well as apparently keeping any random spots at bay. I've stopped needing to use concealer at all.

My only worry is that it's a bit orange for my very pale, freckly skin. I keep meaning to investigate some others but I have them problem that if I match totally to skin colour it can make my freckles look v odd indeed.

Chipstick10 Sun 21-Apr-13 21:56:39

I use the bobbi brown one and mix it with a pea size amount of mac strobe cream, it's luffely.

WallyBantersYoniBox Sun 21-Apr-13 22:03:59

I luffs strobe cream.

I keep asking MAC consultants when they will do a European BB but they only sell in Asia still.

Arisbottle Sun 21-Apr-13 22:12:48

The Dior one is not orange, I am quite pale and it is good for me. Sometimes to add staying powder I add the pink powder that goes with it and that makes it appear even lighter.

QueenMaeve Sun 21-Apr-13 22:19:08

What is it? What is it?

lilypaige Sun 21-Apr-13 22:27:49

I have tried a few and found l'oreal the best, leaves a nice finish and not shiny at all

flumperoo Sun 21-Apr-13 22:46:00

I only discovered BB cream yesterday; I'd never heard of it before. I'm wondering what the difference is between BB cream and tinted moisturiser?

YoniRanger Sun 21-Apr-13 22:48:55

My freckles show through the skin79 ones so it still looks like my skin but just better. They are Korean so made for v pale skin.

freddiefrog Mon 22-Apr-13 13:14:17

Well, I've given it another go today

I love it when I first put it on, it takes about 10 years off me, you can still see my freckles so it gives me a sort of sun kissed look.

But an hour later and I'm shiny

Am carrying round a pot of powder which I'm slapping on with gay abandon

QuinnFabray Mon 22-Apr-13 16:01:12

If you're finding the No. 7 one a bit oily, you might like the Garnier one for oily/combination skin. NOT the one for normal/dry skin, they are very different! It's very good, and less than a tenner.

Just like foundation, there are good and bad BB creams, and ones which suit different skins.

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 22-Apr-13 16:06:23

I use Pure BB cream... £1.99 in savers and it's fab. I put a little bit on my fingertips and then just smooth it over my face to take away all of the blemishes. I then blot it if it looks too heavy.

I prefer it to foundation. It doesn't go shiny and it lasts all day plus it doesn't look too heavy.

mumblechum1 Mon 22-Apr-13 16:09:31

I use the L0real Nude Magique and love it. I never wear foundation as I always look orange or white, but the Nude Magique just kind of blends in to my natural skin tone, but blends out any freckles, brown spots etc.

ariane5 Mon 22-Apr-13 16:20:39

I have the garnier sensitive skin bb cream. It looks lovely on but I do still get the odd greasy looking patches (nose, forehead) by mid afternoon. I prefer the feel of it to foundation as I don't really like wearing make up but I look hideous with none on.

noddyholder Mon 22-Apr-13 16:21:43

I have the boots no 7 one I was sceptical but its great over moisturiser for a natural flawless look. I use such a small amount it will last forever.

Librarina Mon 22-Apr-13 16:29:05

I use the Bobbi Brown one - I put it on with a brush, I don't know if that helps? But it evens out my blotchy skin without looking caked and you can still see my freckles.

Best thing (which I only discovered last night) is that if you fall asleep with it on, you still look nice the next morning.

Trillz Mon 22-Apr-13 16:32:57

Its a tinted moisturiser. A quite nice modern tinted moisturiser. If that's all you expect, you won't be disappointed.

freddiefrog Tue 23-Apr-13 14:17:01

Well, I've given in a go for the last couple of days and am happy to admit I was wrong.

I've been keeping on top of the shinyness with translucent pressed powder and I really like it

Really natural looking and let's my freckles show through, but just enough coverage. I think I look quite a bit younger and have a sort of healthy sun kissed glow iyswim.

Once the No7 has run out I'll try some of the others to see if they're less shiny-making

HollyMadison Tue 23-Apr-13 14:29:45

If you're in a humid place it might not work well. I live in Singapore and a make up counter woman told me that BB creams aren't great here due to the heat and humidity. Guess that might be relevant in the uk if you're in a nightclub....

Absy Tue 23-Apr-13 15:07:53

So what's a CC cream then? What is all of this?

freddiefrog Tue 23-Apr-13 15:19:30

BB cream

No idea about CC cream though

freddiefrog Tue 23-Apr-13 15:19:52
dontyouwantmebaby Tue 23-Apr-13 15:41:25

I recently started using Maybelline BB cream in light. I thought it would give too little coverage for me but am quite happy with it. It gives a nice, fresh look & far less 'made-up' than when using foundation.

In my experience, tinted moisturisers NEVER, EVER worked for me so am pleasantly surprised by the BB cream tbh.

Think its something I'd rather have for daytime use than a night out though.

(CC cream is colour correction, think Bobbi Brown or maybe Mac are doing a new range for all different shades of skin).

QueenMaeve Tue 23-Apr-13 21:24:42

The things I learn on here. Definitely buying this tomorrow

ShebaQueen Tue 23-Apr-13 21:49:44

I have the Max Factor CC cream and I am so impressed with it. It really evens out my skintone but looks really natural.

valiumredhead Tue 23-Apr-13 21:51:37

I have tried loads and they are all orange ime!

RevoltingPeasant Tue 23-Apr-13 22:07:57

Agree re: the Maybelline. I picked mine up in Morrison's on a whim as it was reduced to £5 and it's great.

Am tempted to try the Garnier one next.

I had been using No 7 tinted moisturiser but it's heavier than BB cream and definitely makes me shiny.

RevoltingPeasant Tue 23-Apr-13 22:09:06

valium - the Maybelline one in light/ shade no 2 is not orange.

I have dyed red hair and light/ freckled skin, blue eyes, so I cannot be doing with orange as it looks ridiculous on me. The Maybelline one looks like my skin but smoother and younger.

weblette Tue 23-Apr-13 22:25:56

Anyone tried the Clinique CC cream? I'm happy with the Garnier BB but the SPF 30 with the Clinique is an attraction

Olay Total Effects do a nice one aswell. Just reordered it with my Tesco online Groceries because there's a fiver off it atm.

I can't afford some of the others.

valiumredhead Wed 24-Apr-13 12:52:23

Ooooooo I have just bought Max Factor CC cream - love it so far! On offer in Boots as a Buy One Get One Half Price Deal.

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