Sorry, I don't like BB Cream

(44 Posts)
LadyMud Tue 10-Sep-13 09:55:23

I tried the Botanics Radiant Youth BB cream yesterday - and I looked dreadful confused. It didn't really work as a moisturiser, and gave an unpleasant chalky appearance to my skin. Also the Medium was far too light for my fair skin.

In all fairness, I should point out that I am quite a bit older than the average Mumsnetter.

Should I chuck it out, or am I doing something wrong? I could give it another go over a moisturiser, I suppose - but that's missing the point!

LadyMud Tue 10-Sep-13 13:07:20

Oh dear, I've committed an act of heresy, haven't I blush
That's why you're not speaking to me, isn't it wink

I don't dislike it & do use it...but I think it's a proper fad & very over hyped. I like it because it's not as dry as foundation but that's as far as it goes! smile

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:15:13

Honestly, I think BB creams are the most difficult things to buy in the world. I have tried so many different types, from bargain Boots ones to £50 ones, and I finally found one, out of about 30, that I really liked. Have had 4 friends try the one I swear by, and they all hate it!

If you're still looking, go into Debenhams or something and pay a visit to every makeup counter. Pain in the ass, but well worth it in the end!

rootypig Tue 10-Sep-13 13:18:35

Sounds like you have the wrong BB cream. Take it back and see if they'll change it, loads of people are raving about the Soap and Glory one.

Though I see what you mean about the concept - to be honest, if you have dry skin or aren't in your 20s, I don't think anything could persuade me to cut out moisturiser!

Secretswitch Tue 10-Sep-13 13:18:58

Ladymud, I have found only one bb creme I tolerate.. It is from House Étude, a Korean brand. I really really wanted to be in on the bb fun, but just keep returning to my well loved foundation best friend..

LadyMud Tue 10-Sep-13 13:29:55

Thank you, everyone! I shall take this Botanics one back to Boots, as it's much lighter than Medium. And then I'll have a wander round Debenhams.
But 30 different BB creams? Blimey, life's too short shock

I bought the CC Clinique based on a thread here and it was awful (if anyone likes it pm me - its a pale one)

I have bought the BB garner £8 and I like it. I get told I look well when I wear it - which seeing as I've not had a full night's sleep for 3 years is a win I'd say.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:36:59

Didn't actually buy 30 different ones... Sephora, in the US, is a god send when trying new makeup grin

Only ended up buying about 5. Fwiw, I hated the garnier ones, they were too shiny, as was the Clinique one. The only one I found that I loved was Dior anti-ageing or something like that.

Garnier obviously - auto correct ....

Yeah shiny probably right actually for Garnier tbh - though just about ok on me. Clinique v. Chalky.

Has anyone tried the Bobbie Brown BB ? I'd read good things about it but ££££ so expensive mistake to make.

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 13:42:51

Me neither, I can never find one to match my white as a sheet English rose complexion, so it always looks a bit grubby and it doesn't feel particularly moisturising either.

Relieved it's not just me.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:44:41

Yes, the Bobbi Brown was a bit weird really. Consistency quite thick, but coverage was really minimal, and was hard to build on, as it tended to just move around what was already on your face, if that makes sense?

I don't have great skin though, so need better coverage than it had.

rootypig Tue 10-Sep-13 13:45:19

Reggie I use the Dior Nude, I love it. Really sheer. dunno about anti ageing though grin

For the posters who feel they're making mistakes, do you not get the counter to apply to your whole face before buying? I know not possible with cheaper ones, but with Bobbi Brown I definitely would. It's a faff but worth it I think to find the right product. Obviously I don't do this with every product confused, just the ones I am considering buying based on recommendations / back of the hand / sales schtick.

A lot of counters can also give you a sample - a few pumps in a little pot.

rootypig Tue 10-Sep-13 13:48:38

Ginga if you care to spend the money, try French brands like Dior and Givenchy. They do pale and luminous very well.

Anyone who is after coverage, the new NARS radiant creamy concealer is insanely good, incredible coverage but just disappears into your skin, tis magic. a few dabs lets you use something much sheerer over the rest of your face.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:50:42

Have heard the Nude one is very good, but haven't tried it yet. Mine is Hydra-life ("Enhancing moisturiser for immediate beauty"... Anything promising immediate beauty is worth a go!)

The other good thing about this one is it last for bloody ages. Got my tube I'm on now for Christmas last year, and still probably have 1/4 left!

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:52:13

Ooh, rootypig thanks for the Nars tip... Heard it was going to be great before it launched, but didn't know anyone who had tried it yet (off to Space NK!)

Bahhhhhumbug Tue 10-Sep-13 13:54:55

What's BB ?

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 13:55:28

Blemish Balm

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 10-Sep-13 13:56:09

I have ditched my bb cream too and gone back to foundation. I didn't like the coverage and it made my skin really greasy, it was like an oil slick by lunchtime.

Bahhhhhumbug Tue 10-Sep-13 14:00:26

Ahh right is that same as a concealer or something you put on as a sort of primer all over ?

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 14:00:41

rootypig that's good to know, if I get the urge to try BB cream again, I'll definitely take your recommendation on board.
I'll stick with the Avene and the foundation that I'm using at the moment, simply because my skin finds the change in weather to be erm challenging, not ruling out having another go when the summer next rolls around though.

Bahhhhhumbug Tue 10-Sep-13 14:04:13

Don't know why l'm asking tbh as l rarely get blemishes now - finally!
The wrinkles are taking over where they left off however.

goodasitgets Tue 10-Sep-13 14:08:02

I use the Missha BB perfect cover in #13. Cheap from eBay and good on pale skin

Bodicea Tue 10-Sep-13 14:08:28

I love my dior nude b&b cream as i have never worn foundation before apart from mineral makeup so it is a good step up for me. I still moisturise first though. Unless you have very oily skin I don't think you can get away with going it alone. Dior is expensive but I bought two tubes ( I like to mix 002 and 003 and in varying quantities depending on how tanned I am) in feb, wear it every day and there is still
Plenty left. A little goes a long way.

i have recently tried he shishedo one which is fab too. Think that might be even better although not been using it long enough to give a proper verdict.

idococktailshedoesbeer Tue 10-Sep-13 14:11:15

I love my Estee Lauder one, which I think was £36. Wear it instead of foundation now.

BeCool Tue 10-Sep-13 14:41:19

I have come to the conclusion that BB Cream is just a new marketing name for 'tinted moisturiser'.

They successfully mugged us into thinking an entire NEW product was invented. ha!!

Yes BeCool - exactly. It's tinted moisturiser with new funky name

Bobble33 Tue 10-Sep-13 18:52:00

Saucey Goosey, If the Clinique CC cream is still available I would love to try it.

HaveAGoodDay Tue 10-Sep-13 19:04:42

Im inclined to agree with BeCool & SauceForTheGangder.

I have got the Botanics one & I have to admit I do like how it looks, although I find it doesn't last all day - should it? And I have to apply powder (are we suppose to be putting powder on after & indeed moisturiser before?) otherwise it looks like I've ran to answer the front door...

HaveAGoodDay Tue 10-Sep-13 19:06:53

Er apologies Sauce - indeed it is Gander & not Gangder, naughty phone!

ProjectGainsborough Tue 10-Sep-13 20:20:47

Does anyone find them pore-clogging? I've been using the clarins one (Slightly Orange) and SOMETHING is making me very spotty. Can't work out if it's that or too much wine.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 20:40:43

ProjectGainsborough The No. 7 one I tried made me break out terribly, but haven't run into that issue with any others. Clarins is meant to be quite good on the skin, so maybe try switching it out with a different one for a week or so lay off the wine grin

amessagetoyouYoni Tue 10-Sep-13 20:45:08

I bought the same one as you OP, based on MN rave reviews. Hideous on me! Chalky, drying...the medium was a sort of milky beige awfulness of a colour in my fair/medium skin and showed up every line and blotchy bit on my face. Grrrr.

I have been using Clinique tinted moisturiser for a while. Its really nice, but not quite enough coverage for my slight rosacea, so have ordered the same brand but the CC cream online (eek) which apparently has better coverage...will report back.

Further to the offer up thread the CC cream will be winging its way to a happier home ...


JemimaPuddle Wed 11-Sep-13 08:00:42

I agree the uk bb creams are IMO just tinted moisturisers.

The original Asian ones are in a whole different league, I use a Korean one, missha perfect cover I think and it's brilliant. I wouldn't dream of using any makeup instead of moisturiser though so always moisturise first.

Poodlehorse Wed 11-Sep-13 08:02:24

I went off to Boots to purchase a BB cream and got collared by the Origins girl who said I didn't want a BB cream, even one of theirs. What I wanted was Vitazing. I didn't really believe and was ready to try and squirm away but let her put some on the back of my hand. Jaw dropping! White cream that turns the right colour for you plus enough to make you look like you just came back off hols. Magical stuff. pretty jaw dropping price too at £28 but I bought one and LOVE it. Don't bother with anything else and my skin has never looked this good, definitely doesn't clog pores as my skin is the first to clog up.

missmartha Wed 11-Sep-13 08:35:35

No, I tried a few but frankly life's too short to go from counter to counter begging for samples.

I have give up, BB creams don't do it for me. It's back to moisturiser and foundation.

rootypig Wed 11-Sep-13 08:59:39

Can't work out if it's that or too much wine

So often a problem! grin grin

ProjectGainsborough Wed 11-Sep-13 10:02:25

Darn. Clarins would be so much easier to give up than wine.

Poodle please don't tell me about other wonder products. I've already been out and bought the Botanics cream. (And the BBH, and the Clarisonic, and the Brazillian hair kit and the Tesco waterproof jacket... MN is costing me a LOT of money).

Sophiedotty Wed 11-Sep-13 10:17:27

I tried Garnier BB. It looked ok when first applied but then turned orange & greasy.

I tried the Body Shop's & it was too dark & didn't blend well.

I've gone back to foundation again.

valiumredhead Wed 11-Sep-13 10:20:03

I love the botanics one, it's fab!

reggiebean Wed 11-Sep-13 11:43:20

rootypig bought the Nars concealer today... Love it!!

rootypig Thu 12-Sep-13 10:01:50

reggie it's fab isn't it. I have shade custard, very apt grin

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