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Thursday 6 June 2013

Skin 79 VIP Gold BB Cream

So BB Creams. Yeah I know. If you're not rolling your eyes right now and trying not to barf you are made of sterner stuff than I am. But please try to hear me out :)
I'm pretty sure you all know the history of BB Creams by now - famous European plastic surgeon made it for his patients, got back to Asia and became huge there before it eventually made it's way back to Europe. But obviously BB creams, like any makeup, are different depending on where you are. European BB creams are like fashionable tinted moisturisers and Asian BB creams can be used as a foundation substitute for example.

So, I thought I'd try out Asian BB Creams, and where better to start than with the Skin 79 ones?
I don't know about you but for me Skin 79 is kind of synonymous with Asian BB Creams. So I started off by getting a sample kit of BB Creams. Apparently they are all pretty much the same but I found that Skin 79 Gold is more yellow toned than the Pink one....maybe I'm crazy but that's what it felt like to me. Anyway, all of then were pretty grey toned, or at least seemed to be when it's pumped out. It's also really dark to start with. I really freaked out. I was sure there was no way it was going to work. However it blend beautifully. If you are as insanely pale as I am (NC15-) you may need to mix it with something paler, but I only need to do that when I'm REALLY pale, which makes make me think it'll work on pretty much everyone. I mean it probably wouldn't work if you're darker than the shade, it might make them ashy, but the grey tone doesn't show up on me so it may not show up on you. It's worth trying it anyway.

 Anyway.....let's talk wear and consistancy. The BB cream definately has a cream finish, like a rich moisturiser. The cream does have a tendancy to get a little shiny in some areas and it can crease a little under my eyes but if I powder it a little and blot sometimes during the day it's all good.
I find that it wears really well, lasting pretty much all day, and blends very well with hands, brushes and sponges. I tend to use hands as you would with a tinted moisturiser and it works really well. The cream also has an SPF of 25 which is nice if you're wanting a pretty heavy duty integrated SPF...
Okay, ingredients...

Okay, so there are the basics: water, silica, talc, fragrance etc and a heck of a lot of other ingredients. Seriously, the list is insane. But there are a few 'natural ingredients', titanium dioxide (which is where the SPF is from, and will cause flash back) and 3 different kinds of paraben. So not brilliant tbh, but if you are worried about the chemicals reacting to your skin I would try using a primer that is free from any chemicals you worry about underneath this, it's what I do :) (I use the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer underneath stuff like this.)
So, what do you guys think about this BB Cream, BB Creams in general and the crazy hype that surrounds them?

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