I’d like to start by saying this is my first experience with a BB Cream after reading about them for quite some time. However, my problem skin (oily-combo, acne prone with some acne scarring-whew!) always kept me away for fear that the heaviness of a “cream” would cause me more problems. The lure of near flawless skin primed, perfected and protected all in one step was eventually too much for me and I decided to wade into the world of BBs…
After years of cursing, crying and finally praying my acne has significantly improved, however left in its wake is some scarring on my cheek and several large “ice pick” scars around my nose. I have a very odd skintone with undertones that are olive to almost grey with a lot of surface redness. All these problems… could a BB cream really cover it all? I started with the Always Nuddy BB 24 cream by Elisha Coy. The package promises it is suitable for “trouble” skintype, hmm, sounds like me…
I applied this over my usual moisturizer (Hope in a Jar) but I can see now how this is a step that could be easily skipped if you are oily. I open the sample expecting a thick, pasty consistency but what I find is actually a smooth and very spreadable product. Under the lights of my bathroom the cream appears to be a neutral tone, not truly leaning to either pinkish or yellow undertone. The cream spreads and blends easily with little rubbing, just a nice smoothing motion and its all blended in. It really feels more like a foundation than the consistency I was expecting. What appears to look a little greyish blends nicely with the skin once applied and I must say it matches my skintone PERFECTLY (now, keep in mind my crazy undertones) and redness is zero! It does give the skin a naturally radiant look, not shiny or greasy, not glittery, just really how healthy, moisturized skin should look. I can feel it on but it isn’t too heavy and it seems to be pretty transfer resistant, much better in fact than my usual Origins foundation. The wear is in fact what is the most impressive, I keep checking my face thinking I must be shiny but I’m not!
The Bad, and the Ugly:
Let me start by saying, even way back in elementary school I never read the directions and it got me in trouble more than once. This cream states it should be used AFTER foundation. Now maybe they all say that but to me the lure of a BB Cream is the one-stop shop, I don’t want to wear it over foundation, I want to wear it INSTEAD! That being said, this just isn’t enough coverage for me. I like the radiance of it combined the natural look but it just doesn’t smooth out the scarring around my nose like my Origins foundation. I did put a second layer in that area and it did blend in and look as natural as the rest but still just not the “filled in” look I was hoping for. Also, I can feel it, its not THAT heavy but if you are someone used to minerals it is going to feel a little heavy and is in fact a bit heavier than my Origins liquid. As I said earlier, I FEEL like I should be shiny, but I’m not, so why its good not to be shiny, it isn’t so good to feel like you must be. I’m thinking that as the heat and humidity of a Kentucky summer start to come in that this could be a VERY bad thing! I think this is mostly an issue because I have been oily for years and to feel any moisture on my skin has always been a bad thing for me but for dry and normal gals this shouldn’t be a problem.
Hmmm, BB Creams are not going to give me flawless skin. What they are going to give me is a nice alternative to the full face process that is moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and foundation for days when you just don’t have time to deal with it all!
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