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Blogmas - Battle Of The BB Creams: Maybelline | Revlon | Lancome

22 December 2014
Can you believe I'm doing a post like this? Alphabet creams piss me off.

I'm putting that aside though because I've ended up with a few that I wanted to try out, I don't give a shit if they are meant to be 'good' for my skin, I'll let my skin care take care of that, what I wanted to know is if any of them would give the coverage that I like but not feel as heavy as a foundation. I wanted to know if they were able to be applied with my fingers on lazy days or suitable for hot days when the last thing I want to do is apply a full face of makeup.
Also I kind of just want to use them up so they don't go bad and end up in the bin.

Revlon Photoready BB Cream.

  • Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • Hydrates like a moisturiser
  • Smooths like a primer
  • Covers like a foundation
  • Blurs flaws like a concealer
The product comes in a flat squeezy tube with a fine tip dispenser, you have a lot of control with how much you use which I like to see. My issue with the packaging is that the stupid thing is always falling over, I can't stand it up and let it be a pretty cosmetic item without it toppling over at the slightest bump and taking it's neighbors down with it.

The product almost looks like a mousse when you squeeze it out with it's nice light texture and it smells like sunscreen which isn't all that surprising.

The SPF factor is good, lazy day check right there but you have to use quite a bit of product to actually achieve the proper protection, I don't know about you guys but applying several layers of a BB cream to achieve sun protection defeats the fucking purpose for me.

I would agree that it's hydrating but the idea of my moisturiser being mixed with colour pigment and sunscreen makes my skin crawl, I need a barrier between my skin and my makeup, this is what I use serum, moisturiser and sunscreen for so I'm not going to use this on it's own.

It does not cover like a foundation, the coverage is sheer and dewy, so it will look like skin but you'll be a little shiny all over. I also don't agree that it smooths like a primer, it doesn't fill pores and lines like a silicone based primer would, so don't expect your skin to feel silky smooth. It does have extremely subtle blurring properties but it's nothing compared to what an actual concealer would do. Up close I think it looks pretty shit, from afar it's ok but it also sits on the Oompa Loompa spectrum so unless you love orange I would just avoid this.

Rating: 3/10

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream.

  • Conceals imperfections
  • Helps protect against the appearance of blemishes
  • Oil free, non greasy
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Clarifies the skin's look
  • Conceals redness
  • Hydrates and smooths
  • Compliments skin tone.
This stuff has a medium/thin consistency but the pigment packs a punch, this is going to be the friend of those who have something to hide (on their face). It definitely helps to conceal imperfections and redness and any other undesirable stuff that might be happening on your skin, except dryness, it's not going to help there.

It's definitely non greasy and has an almost fully matte finish but it still offers a little bit of that 'real skin' look, it's easy to blend, doesn't stink (smells very lightly of sunscreen but it's not obnoxious) and doesn't oxidise in to an orange tint.

I don't agree that it minimises the looks of pores and as for clarifying and preventing breakouts I can't comment because I had no issues before I started using it but with 2% Salicylic Acid it's likely to help those who respond well to that ingredient.

This wears well throughout the day and has been a bit of a favourite of mine recently, I don't have to use a primer or use oil blotting sheets throughout the day, I can pair it with an illuminating base if I want and it plays well with all of my skincare and other makeup, I like to just rub it on with my fingers because I get great results that way and I don't have to wash an extra fucking brush each week!

Rating: 9/10 because the pore minimising claims are rubbish.

Lancome UV Expert GN-Shield BB Cream.

  • Triple potency action; Cover, Correct, Protect.
  • Feather Light Texture
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30
  • Fades lines, dullness and unevenness
  • Dewy, radiant and translucent finish
  • Works to brighten and perfect skin's quality day after day
  • GN-SHIELD protects against UV rays
  • Pollusafe Complex™ protects against external aggressions
This BB cream has a thin consistency and offers little in the way of coverage, it feels fairly light on the skin. The finish is not what I would call dewy but more 'I've just been to the gym and I'm a sweaty little grot who needs a shower'. 

I believe this is actually a Korean release product (I received it in the Christmas blockbuster pack and I think they were just trying to move them), the SPF 30 is printed on an overlay sticker, hiding the original SPF 50 print and this is supposed to be medium/dark but it is far from being medium/dark by western standards. Now you all probably know by now that I really like Oriental skin care products so I have no issue whatsoever that this isn't an Australian release but it does annoy me that this is otherwise an expensive product made by a prestigious brand and it's kinda crap.

The sun protection factor is good but this GN-SHIELD and Pollusafe Complex stuff doesn't really grab me as very exciting, the GN-Shield is supposed to neutralise  the main cause of spots and hyperpigmentation (the sun?) and the PolluSafe™ says absolutely nothing other than it protects against environmental stress, to me it's just fancy words used to sell a basic BB cream at an inflated price.

The coverage isn't really there, it helps a little but it's not the BB cream that I like to reach for the most, I don't really feel like it fades much of anything and I refuse to use it daily because I don't love it so I can't comment on it's long term claims of brightening and perfecting the skin. At least it's not orange so it's winning points right there. It's ok when it comes to longevity but I wouldn't bother writing home about it.

Rating: 4/10 because it's crap like the Revlon but not orange.

The clear winner for me is the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream, followed by Lancome and Revlon comes in last. The Maybelline I will buy again because I really do like it, the others will likely go bad before I can finish them off.

What is your favourite BB cream?

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2 comments on "Blogmas - Battle Of The BB Creams: Maybelline | Revlon | Lancome"
  1. I've tried a few, and the only one I've actually repurchased is the Garnier BB cream for oily/combo skin :)

    1. I haven't tried the Garnier one yet I don't think, but if you have repurchased it I suspect it might be worth checking out!