Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Battle of the BB Creams // And first place goes to...


The BB market is borderline overdone now, as every brand offers up their own version along with CC's now. How long until DD's start being released? Its hard to know where to start if you're looking for something a little lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturiser. I haven't tried them all, but heres a comparison of the ones I have tried, starting with the cheapest. Just for reference, my skin is combination/oily with some dry patches around my nose, and I have a fairly light complexion with some old acne scarring/pigmentation. Basically, a nightmare...

Witch Anti-Blemish BB (£6.99)* has a touch of SPF, and whilst I'd prefer more, I can forgive it seeing as its cheap. It thick, but blends well with fingers, and the shade is perfect for lighter skinned girls like myself. Its also oil free, fragrance free and contains witch hazel, so a nice addition if you suffer from temperamental, oily/combination skin. It also evens out the skin tone as well as some of the higher priced products.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter BB (£6.99 on offer) is super silky, blends like a dream, and gives a pretty good coverage. Unfortunately its quite oily too, so the finish is just a little too shiny for my liking - a brush of powder is definitely needed. It is also artificially fragranced  (though its absolutely delicious) and contains alcohol. You'll love this if you have drier skin unlike me.

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB (£12 on offer) is a rather decent SPF and natural coverage, with a dewy finish. This one requires more blending as it turns an odd grey colour before fully blended and settled. It only comes in the one shade which should really be expanded into more shades, but it works quite well for me with a slight tan. Decent coverage, but it doesn't hold up too well in the heat and tends to slip quite easily. Also, it contains alcohol and not a whole lot of beneficial ingredients that 'BB' promises on the whole, but it works alright for me.

Ren Satin Perfection (£26)* is definitely the most natural looking of the lot, with SPF 15 thrown in for good measure, though I'd prefer it higher. Its also natural inside, with an impressive looking ingredients list full of antioxidants and beneficial goodies. Its super easy to apply and blend, leaves skin silky smooth and evens out the skin tone nicely, though not as well as Estee Lauder, but this is a natural BB after all. It smells delicately delicious.

Estee Lauder DayWear BB (£33) is really thick, and thus requires the most effort to apply evenly, but its worth it for the SPF and higher, more matte coverage. It doesn't entirely cover blemishes, but it evens out the skin tone better than any other and contains a tonne of antioxidants You'll also love this if your skin is a little oily like mine. The lightest shade isn't really that light, so this lightest shade might not be best for the super pale skinned amongst us though its perfect for me. Also, it smells like Watermelon. It loses points for the price - At £33 for 30ml, its the most expensive for the least amount of product. Ouch!

So, with all that in mind, who's my winner?

3rd place - Witch Anti Blemish

With its super silky formula, beneficial ingredients, and more importantly, the natural finish, first place goes to Ren's offering. I'd prefer it to have a slightly higher coverage, and perhaps a higher SPF, but it truly looks like a second skin whilst gently evening out skin tone, and no other in the race comes close in that category. With concealer, its perfection, and its the one I reach for most often. I can see why its selling out so often! 
I do love Estee Lauder's BB, but it is so expensive for the amount of product. That, bearing in mind I also feel like I have to use more because its so thick and harder to blend, it really doesn't deserve first place. It comes second because the finish is perfect for my oily skin and I like the heavier coverage. 
It was difficult to choose between Dr Jart+ and Witch's BB for third place, but I chose Witch for this place because of the price. They're actually quite similar in texture, coverage and longevity, though Dr Jart+ does boast a better SPF. Not enough to nab third place though!

Have you tried any of these BB's?
What others would you recommend?

S xx



  1. I didn't realise that REN did a BB cream, i've not managed to find one i really like from the cheaper options so might have to order it!

    1. Oh Zoe honestly, you have to try it!! x

  2. I've not yet used a BB cream so its nice to see a line up like this with the pros and cons!

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  3. I had no idea REN even had a BB cream - looks lovely!

  4. I didn't know REN did a BB cream either!

  5. I love the REN BB Cream and the Ginvera one is good x

  6. I think Garnier is pretty good, although i recently reviewed botanics and i think this is an outstanding BB Cream.
    Out of the above though i would certainly go for Garnier, from past experience and use. Rachel x

  7. would love to try ren


  8. Late to the party on this one, but I didn't know REN had brought a BB cream out!
    Great review though on all the creams. I'm deffo going to look into the REN one for myself. :)


  9. I use the garnier but the oil free version and its amazing :)

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