Coverage is very sheer with very little pay off which could be why MAC dubs it a primer. I did a little beauty mark test below so you can see how very little it covers. However, those who need a heavier base to conceal acne, dark spots, or just general problem skin will be disappointed in the lack of coverage. The product undoubtedly eases dullness and creates a fresher more vibrant finish on my skin plus the added benefit of SPF 35 is great and the extra long wear time however those who are looking for a pigmented BB Cream that creates a truly flawless experience may be disappointed here.
I will be updating with a review of the US version should their be any changes to the formula…! Thanks for the review. I was planning on ordering this last night. Thank you for the review! I know its not a BB cream in the original Asian sense, but this is actually the kind of product that I really like! I love things like Origins VitaZing, and this seems to fit more into that category, a lightly tinted blurring effect with some good SPF that makes a great base for concealer and powder.
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If this is going to be at the counters I might check it out. Or, if my Sephora ever gets the Dr. Jart water one, maybe that would be even better? Any thoughts? Hey Kelly not quite like Vitazing dear.
It has a cooling, refreshing feel ;D! But if you use MAC base products already you might want to check this one out! I suppose I do wish it has the anti-aging ingredients I mean why the heck not, right? I was so excited when I heard about Mac coming out with a bb cream but it seems every new bit of info I hear makes me more and more sad lol.
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I might have good skin but I still like a little coverage lol. Idk if I even want to get this now: I know it does a fine job of easing my dullness but it works more as TM than a full on BB Cream imho though. I never commented before, but I have a question now about the bb creams. I have a frangrance allergy, and I tought that maybe you can recommend a brand wich made fragrance free bb creams.
However, I will say avoid Missha as some have a strong scent!
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LOL winni ;-D! Awesome review, very honest and very educational too why not? Since using this product my skin has felt more soft and it looks more even in tone. It has to be one of the best Primer's I've ever used. I'm prone to getting a bit of a shiny forehead throughout the day so I'm constantly patting it away. I've noticed that with using the BB I get hardly any shine at all. On a more lazy makeup day I would just use this BB with a bit of concealer and powder but for a night out I wouldn't use it on its own, but more as a primer under my makeup. It really does it all and feels fantastic on the skin!
It is a pity that I only use the product 4days prior to written the review, however, I found that the product remove easily with water. Not very oily as other product of bb cream I had use eg, Biotherm white detox BB cream. Colour easy to applied and fit onto my skin well. My skin felt breathable, smooth and not overly hydrate as compact. I was sent this cream to trial by the generous Beautyheaven girls.
I went to the David Jones store in Sydney andhad the usual exceptional service. Wow is all I can say, the cream just glided on and gave me a flawless complexion. I have good skin so I only need a small amount tfor application which means the cream will go a long way. The end result was a dewy and glowing finish to my complexion with about kedium coverage. My husband liked it and he hardly comments on makeup.
The first time I wore it to work, y colleagues thought I looked like I had just come back from holiday as my skin was glowing. I did not have dry patches through the day and would definitely buy this cream again. I like using it over the BB compact cream for a heavier coverage and evening look. I am a satisfied customer and would recommend to anyone with oily combination skin.
Kevin in the DJs Sydney store was lovely during my colour match session, in which he determined that 'Dark' was the best shade for me. I mentioned I wanted a more matte look due to my oily skin, and the application of the compact seemed that it would be best for me. I'm so glad I got the chance to trial out the tube as well, as between the two, it turns out I prefer it more to the compact. The colour is closer to my skin colour than that of the compact and gives enough coverage for a day to day look while still looking natural.
I applied a primer prior to applying the BB tube and it went on very smoothly afterwards. The BB was easy to blend into my skin as well, very lightweight, and it quickly evened out my complexion and gave it a fresh glowy look especially across my cheeks, without it looking or feeling like I had a full face of makeup on. And it didn't turn my skin oily as the day wore on - initially I thought it might as it applied on so smoothly, especially compared to some other BB creams and the MAC BB compact which are a bit thicker in nature, but it remained fresh looking for at least 6 hours.
I love this product - I've only got the chance to try it twice since receiving it for the trial but so far it's one of those products I feel confident wearing. It just looks so natural yet gives me the comfort of knowing I've made some effort in covering up the imperfections! As part of the trial team, we were asked to go in-store for a personalised colour match at a MAC store in David Jones.
I really appreciate this approach as it allowed us to get base product that actually match our skin tone, rather than guessing from colour swatches we find on Google or bad colour brochures from product advertising material! The SA from the city Melbourne store told me that MAC has expanded their colour offerings in their BB cream range and she tried two shades on my face - medium and medium plus, both match well with medium plus more aligned to my slightly darker summer skin.
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I was also offered to do a full face make-over but as I was doing this in my lunch hour, I decided to just stick with the much shorter colour match and head back to work. The BB cream is cream-gel in texture and great when used with fingers alone but when used with the contoured MAC brush to buff the product in, you can achieve a second skin finish. It provides light natural coverage which on good skin days where there are no break outs and fresh acne scars to hide , does a beautiful job of evening out the skin tone to give an even complexion on it's own. On days where I need extra coverage, I topped it up with a few dots of foundation on the problem area and use the brush to buff it into skin and blend out any streaky marks.
I like that this BB cream is fragrance free and does not oxidise on skin so you don't get a orange face after a few hours as well as providing SPF 35 protection. Because of the lighter coverage, it does not settle on fine lines or accentuate large pores, a blessing for me around the nose and cheek areas. I love the hydrated feeling it provides to normal skin and on my combination oily skin- providing a semi dewy finish which I quite like as it helps to keep skin moisturised but not so much that you look like shiny - something that my skin type is very prone to.
On hot humid days, it does oil up a bit after 3 hours and I would recommend blotting paper to keep the shine in check. The compact can provides slightly thicker coverage as it is a cream product but when buffed out with the brush, gives the same light natural coverage. I did find the compact finish slightly more dewy or oily looking on my skin, especially after an hour of wear, so prefer the tube version,. I would have given it 5 stars had it provided slighter stronger coverage as I think BB creams should as they can be sheered out with additional buffing. I've tried a few different BB creams in the past and usually been disappointed by the finish.
After a few hours they have usually rubbed away to nothing and left my skin bare.
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What a surprise to try MAC! They have have nailed it!!! This cream glided on and blended very easily and the colour, Light on my pale skin matched a treat. For those that love a dewy finish this product is a must. It felt and looked great enough for my boyfriend to comment I look glowing.
A touch of powder and this set perfectly for the whole day. I haven't had a lot of luck with BB creams in the past. You are usually only give the option of light, medium or dark - I tend to opt for medium and nearly always end up orange. I believe that there are a choice of 7 different colours so the chances of finding one that matches well is much higher.
I went into a store to get colour matched and they did half my face in the beauty balm and half my face in the compact. I much preferred the feel of the balm. It honestly didn't feel like I was wearing anything more than a mousturiser. Colour wise the match was great. My face is lighter than my body so we decided to colour match closer to my body.
When the makeup artist applied it with a brush it was near invisible. It blended into my skin that well. Although I was sent a brush as part of the trial I mostly applied it using my fingers and this did leave it looking a little tiny but streaky - although that was only up close in the mirror. If you stepped back it just left my skin looking even and luminous. I have normal to oily skin and found it moisturizing enough to use on its own. I loved the fact that it had SPF Upon application it left my skin with a healthy looking sheen. I really liked the finish of it. I found that it lasted well throughout the day.
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It didn't transfer into my clothes or children! The coverage was medium - I could still see my natural skin underneath but it became more even. I liked the label of coverage as it didn't leave my skin looking like it was caked with foundation - just even and natural. I wore it on its own without makeup and it looked fine - just like my natural, now perfect, skin! I had one blemish during the trial period and it totally disguised the redness of it. I am really happy with this BB. In fact it is the best BB that I have tried so far. Would not hesitate to recommend it. I went down to David Jones in Melbourne and was colour matched by the lovely Annie.
She was fantastic, showing me exactly how to apply and also answered any of my questions, such a lovely lady!!! The shade chosen for me was a really good colour match to my skin, you almost wouldn't know the difference but now my skin was so even. I am impressed that it actually has an SPF35 which is great for all year around, and especially now in the Melbourne heat of summer where it really does have some staying power and my face didn't really sweat much and didn't have an oily sheen which I've found some BB creams do give me.
I've only had to have minimal touchups during the day which makes it pretty much close to using a foundation although this is much lighter, great for summer days. There's no smell to it and is very easy to apply. They recommend to use a blending brush to really get great coverage which they included in my trial pack yippee, how wonderful they are to ensure that I will use it appropriately. The packaging of the BB like all M. C is sleek and sophisticated whilst being easy to use. I was colour matched as light and this is the perfect colour for my fair, freckled skin. The texture of this product is a little thicker than other BB's I have used and I prefer this.
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