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Last week I introduced the collaboration Project Focus 10 collaboration and showed the 10 products that I’ll be focusing on for the next 10 weeks. Today is the first of the series of more detailed reviews on one of the items: Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Beauty Booster Invisible Skin-Fusion Multi-Perfecting Makeup SPF 30:
I will not be reviewing them in order from 1-10. I do what I want! 😛
I have this in 01 Light and it is available in 3 shades, ranging from fair to medium skin tone. It retails for $62 for a 40ml tube and is available at Hudson’s Bay and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.
The BB cream comes in a slender tube which also has a pump under the cap. Compared to other Guerlain packaging, this is downright utilitarian, but I really like its simplicity.
The pump dispenses a small amount of product per pump which I prefer – one pump is enough for a thin layer to cover my entire face. This product is also quite buildable.
The colour 0 Light is on the pink side and slightly too light for me, however, if I apply a sheer layer, it blends into my skin fine. This BB cream, suprisingly, packs quite a bit of coverage. I would call the coverage a medium satin matte – it’s not dewy like most other BB creams on the market. I can apply this with my fingers to provide a seamless finish, however, the best way to apply this I’ve found is with a makeup sponge due to its thicker consistency. The lasting power is also very good – I get a bit of shine in my t-zone by mid-afternoon but nothing that blotting paper can’t solve.
Content-wise, the sunscreen ingredients are a mixture of physical and chemical: Titanium Dioxide 3.55%, Octinoxate 3.74%, Oxybenzone 1%. Other skin benefiting ingredients include: glycerin, glycol, and hyaluronic acid. Some may find these ingredients to be irritating: alcohol (11th on the list), and fragrance (mid-way on the ingredient list). The fragrance to this product is what I would call slightly floral but it’s not overly offensive to me. The smell reminds me of Nivea’s cream – I suspect the fragrance was added to mask the sunscreen smell.
While I liked the coverage and finish, I think for people with sensitivity to scents or cannot find a suitable colour within the very limited shade range, I would offer an alternative: MAC’s BB cream. This reminded me a lot of that coverage and finish, actually. And MAC’s is free of added fragrance (although it does smell a little like sunscreen), is offered in 12 colours and costs only $37 for the same amount of product.
I’ve owned the Guerlain BB cream for just over a year (yes, the tube says expiry after 9M but meh, the product consistency and scent is fine) and I redeemed Optimum Points for it so it was “free”. I likely would not repurchase it since there are much cheaper BB creams on the market but it was a nice to try out a luxury brand’s take on a BB cream. I’ve been wearing this daily since Project Focus 10 started and my goal is to use this up by Spring time. 🙂
Have you tried this BB cream? What’s your favourite BB cream?
• High coverage
• Good oil control
• Contains SPF 30
• Long wearing on the skin
• Limited shade range
Stash worthiness: 7/10
Notes on the other Project Focus 10 items:
• I finally started using the Smashbox Double Exposure palette! It’s always bittersweet to dip a makeup brush into a perfect, unblemished pan. Kind of like walking on freshly fallen snow.
• The Orly Nailtrition has been saving my dry winter nails like a champ! I’ve only had 2 peeling nails compared to usually 5 or 6.
• Last week I tried using the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water as a finishing spray only – I’m not sure how I feel about it using it for this purpose. I’m going to try using it as a spray before foundation this week instead.
Hey, it’s the final week to enter my Favourite Things Giveaway! Have you entered? 😀