Make Up

Make up routine – Step 2 – BASE …

BB/CC cream and Tinted Moisturisers

I’ve decided to split the base products up a bit as I have so many that I use on a day to day basis; I’ll do a few other posts about the foundations I use too.

I used to be a bit of a base snob – only buying high end (what I’d class as £25+). In the last year probably, the bases available in Boots/Superdrug have got an awful lot better and I’ve found some real favourites for under £10-ish.

So, BB (blemish balm or blemish base), CC (complexion corrector, colour control or colour corrector) and tinted moisturisers are up first. In the beauty world, BB and CC creams were a bit of a fad – every company known to man released a BB cream – some were awful, some were good. I’ve got a few of (I think!) the good ones that I use regularly. CC cream is more recent and actually, received a warmer welcome in the industry – probably because they actually do something – they correct colour issues (redness/dullness/sallowness etc) using coloured pigments in the CC cream. I prefer CC creams to BB for this very reason. BB creams are really another tinted moisturiser really. Tinted moisturisers (TM) are just that – a moisturiser with tint. So, with this in mind, if you want a TM, technically, you’d be expecting to pay more for it as this is your moisturiser too…

I use BB/CC/Tinted moisturisers when I want less base on my face! When I’m on holiday or in hot weather. Or when my skin (amazingly) is looking pretty decent (no spots/scars/blemishes) and I can get away with a lighter base. I wouldn’t wear these on a night out or if my skin was bad. I’ve used some real crap BB / CC / TM – and I hate to say it, with the exception of two or three – the pricier ones are better … Sorry. But I’ll link a few budget good ones I’ve used over the years below.

Dr Jart Regenerating BB cream – £21 Boots. Other formulations are available (dry skin/oily/wrinkles etc). Nice BB. Good (light coverage). Quite dark colour but not noticeable (I’m v pale!). Not sticky. I apply with fingers. SPF 30. Good stuff.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream – shade light (med and dark available) – £21. My least favourite. Meant to be skincare/makeup merged – I’m not convinced. Prefer Dr Jart or others. Does go on nice – quite glowy. SPF25. I use when my skin is awesome as the coverage is SO light.

Bourjois 123 CC in 31 Ivory (think there are 3 or 4 shades) – £10 – SPF15. I bloody love this! I have redness round my nose/chin – this covered it without being cakey. Felt light and smooth. Nice sheen to skin without being greasy. Decent coverage of spots/scars/marks and dark circles. I’m impressed!

Bourjois left/ Vichy middle/Dr Jart right.

Bourjois top/ Vichy middle/ Dr Jart on the bottom

Nars Radiant TM – £29 – shade light 2 Alaska – swatch at the top of picture (this is too dark for me now, but will be fine in summer when I’ve got a bit of colour or I’ve used face tanner). I love NARS – one of my favourite brands. This is SPF30+++ and goes on well, not oily or sticky, stays well, covers well. A really fab high end TM. Love.

Estee Lauder BB – (3rd swatch in picture) £29 shade 1:0. SPF30. Again, another lovely BB. Does feel glowy and silky. It is v close to NARS but I prefer the NARS for some reason.

Liz Earle Skin Tint – (2nd swatch) – shade 01 Bare – £22. SPF15. My least favourite out of these three. A bit sticky on application so a powder is needed on top to set. But I do still like it. The shade is the most like my skin tone. I’d wear this with decent skin on a spring day (leave the SPF30 for the summer).

top – NARS/Liz Earle/Estee Lauder – bottom

Others I like are:

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream – £7.99
L’Oréal Nude Magique BB cream -£9.99

La Roche Posay Hydreane BB cream -£15 (one for sensitive skin) 
Yes to Grapefruit CC cream £12.99
Max Factor CC cream – £9.99 —–> This one has one loads of beauty awards recently, so might be a good alternative to the Bourjois 123 CC cream. 
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser £34 The Blow the budget option. Comes in loads of different shades. Really lovely and luxurious. They do an oil free one too. 

No.7 Triple Protection tinted moisturiser – 12.00. I used this when it first came out years ago. It has received quite a bit of good press recently though, so I don’t know if they’ve changed the formula(?).

Foundations coming next …


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