I am not one to wear a lot of makeup and when I do, I prefer makeup that is simple to apply, non-greasy, and leaves me looking and feeling great, which is why I jumped at the chance to review The Body Shop’s global best selling All-In-One BB Cream. The cream is touted as a “masterpiece of make-up and skincare combined.” It comes in four shades ranging from lightest to darkest and the colour is said to adjust to your skin tone. Being fair skinned I had my doubts this product would work well on me. Often, tone-matching products make me look more like a Simpson’s character than actually matching my skin tone.
The cream comes in a convenient 25 ml tube, which is a great size for travelling and to keep in your purse. The cream dispenses white, which allows for a more even application. The white quickly transforms into a foundation like moisturizer and feels non-greasy once dried. Overall, the feel of the product was just as I like – non greasy, and quick and easy to apply.
The All-In-One BB Cream claims to match your skin tone as your skin tans naturally from the heat of the summer sun. As a fair-skinned individual, who generally uses facial moisturizer that contains a minimum SPF 15, I was a bit turned off by this claim. I realize some women’s skin tone probably naturally darkens from everyday exposure to the outdoors, but mine does not because I take precautions to ensure I am fully protected from the sun’s UV rays. As well, because I am susceptible to skin cancer, I always make sure to wear moisturizers than contain SPF. So, because the All-In-One BB Cream does not contain SPF, even on the days I was testing this product, I still had to wear my regular daily moisturizer underneath. The only positive thing I can say about this is that my pores did not clog and my skin was still smooth and unblemished. So, if you’re like me and like wearing something with SPF on a daily basis, I suggest just using a sunscreen underneath the All-In-One cream.
My only other complaint would be that the lightest skin tone, 00, was still a bit dark for my complexion and the first time I used it I did appear more like a Simpson’s Character, but with a little practice and a little less product, I was able to even out my skin tone and make it appear more natural.
Would I purchase this product again? Well, I probably would, but before I do I would like to test it against some drugstore brands to see how it rates in comparison. I liked the convenient size, the ease of application and the fact that it contains Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, sourced from the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative in Namibia, which benefits over 5,000 women in rural communities. The All-In-One BB Cream is an award winning product, having recently won the 2014 Product of the Year Canada award in the cosmetics category, so it is good, but there is definitely room for improvement. I would like to see it include a sunscreen as all as have a lighter finish for people who have a lighter than fair skin tone, such as myself.
Have you used an all-in-one cream before? Have you tried The Body Shop’s All-In-One BB Cream? I’d love to read your comments!
For more information on The Body Shop’s All-In-One BB Cream, including an instructional video on how to properly apply the All-In-One BB Cream, be sure to check out their website: http://www.thebodyshop.ca/en/makeup/all-in-one-makeup/all-in-one-bb-cream.aspx
Disclosure: For the purposes of this review, I received the above mentioned products free of charge. All opinions are my own.
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