Monday, March 19, 2012

Estee Lauder, I bow to your new BB Cream

In all honesty, I have never tried a BB Cream. But at the same time, in complete and brutal truth, I think I don't need to having discovered Estee Lauder's New Day Wear BB Cream.

My mom purchased the Day Wear Plus cream a while back and while I loved the look of it on her, the Day Wear Plus was just too dark and oily for my skin. I was disappointed because I loved the idea of a cream that embellishes your skin without being a "foundation". I honestly do not have a great skin type - I'm prone to blemishes, discolorations, enlarged pores and oily skin. But at the same time, I hate the feeling of foundation on my skin. Even worst - I hate the look of foundation once it starts wearing off. With my type of skin, foundation wears off after 7 hours, max. And that's generous.

Bare skin:

Blended, and then really blended:

This BB Cream is a miracle product for me. The product does not leave my skin feeling oily or sticky - it leaves it feeling like skin. I suppose it might be a weird thing to say but when can you honestly say your skin feels like skin after you've put on makeup? It absorbs super quickly into my skin and feels like a moisturizer but it also seems to even out my skin tone. I have a lot of redness in my skin and blemishes here and there. While I didn't expect the product to cover my blemishes (which it didn't) it did cancel out a lot of the redness in them and made it extremely easy to cover up with concealer. What I like best about this product is that when my oil does break through, it does not oxidize or leave oily pigments on my skin. My skin just looks like it does when it usually gets oily without makeup on. Furthermore, with a good powder, the product stays very well on my skin.

To sum up, I'm going to list some pros and cons of this product:

- smells amazing, like fresh/sweet cucumbers!
- has SPF 35!
- suitable for oily skin types
- lightweight
- blends in easily

- smell could potentially be too much/irritating for some
- color range is small - there is only two shades
- does not provide much coverage
- might be a bit yellow for some
- might be too thick for drier skins. I can't vouch for this however - I have oily skin
- seems to be using up quite fast - since it is a bit thick, you need a bit more than most foundations

While the Day Wear Plus "tints" your skin, the BB Cream does not. Both do however smell the same and feel the same while applying it.It does not require an huge amount of effort to blend into your skin (I use a flat or round top kabuki brush) but I suggest working relatively fast as it absorbs quickly.

I know that I will be repurchasing this product once the bottle is empty. I am a bit put off by the fact that in Canada, this BB Cream will set you off by $45, but to me, it is worth every cent. However, I haven't even explored cheaper options (I've got my eye on you Marcelle BB Cream) so I'm not opposed trying different things.

Have you found a BB Cream suitable for you? Have you tried this particular cream? What is your take on it?


  1. Try Missha or Skin79 BB cream, they're as good and a lot cheaper! You can find them on ebay.

  2. I also want to try the Marcelle BB cream, but this one has caught my eye, as well. I haven't tried any of them yet! It does sound good, though!

    1. Yeah I hear excellent things of the Marcelle BB cream! Let me know what you think of it if you try it! :O)