Hit and Miss: The Body Shop BB Cream

I am normally a big fan of BB creams and I tend to use them more often than foundations, which I find sit a little heavy on my skin. BB creams have a very light texture and a dewy finish which I find to be very comfortable for a more frequent use as compared to a foundation. I found myself looking at the makeup section of The Body Shop last autumn and I ended up picking a tube of their All-In-One BB Cream. The concept intrigued me: it comes out as a white cream, which is filled with pigment capsules that burst to release colour from heat when applied to the skin. It also claims to adapt to your skin tone, while giving you a smooth, even finish with a light to medium coverage.

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When I first applied this to my skin I noticed that it had a very, very floral scent and I’m not one to mind scent in my base products but this was over powering to a point where I could even smell it after I’d applied it. I started to notice the colour of the cream after a few seconds and since I had picked up my tube in the shade 4, I was hoping for a decent amount of colour pay off. I was sorely disappointed; the colour appeared super patchy and I was left with one cheek slightly darker than the other. I took my makeup sponge and bounced it all over the skin to really blend out the product but that resulted in really sheer application in order to even out the colour. I have completely used this tube up, however every time I have used it, it is a hassle to try and make it work on my skin. I do, however, like the dewy finish it gives while also being a very breathable formula.

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For such a small product that has an even amount of pros and cons, I really don’t think that it’s worth £12. I think that the Garnier BB Cream offers much better results and it also cheaper, while the Dior Nude Skin BB Cream is a favourite of mine if you’re looking for a more luxe product.

On the whole, while I liked the finish of the All-In-One BB Cream offered, I was very disappointed by how much I had to sheer out the product to even out the colour. While it is a good product it is by no means a great one and I would argue that there are better options for the same price or less that you can also try. While I am glad I got to try out this product, I’m not sure I would buy it again. For now, the hunt for the best BB Cream is still on…

Disclaimer: All products featured have been purchased by myself or have been gifts. These are products that have worked for me, however they might not work for everyone. All reviews are honest opinions. I am not affiliated with any links mentioned above, unless otherwise stated. All photographs above have been taken by the author.

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