At first I was quite sceptical about this kind of a product as it just didn't make much sense, a balm-like skincare product that is also make-up? When I think of a balm, it's something thick and quite heavy, although good for body moisturizing, the dry skin for hands and hair, deffinately not to create "a fresh-faced, flawless look" as it's supposed to. And what do we have tinted moisturizers for then if this is so new and genius?
Anyway, after a Sunday morning spent make-up bargain shopping in Boots, I saw this product - 17 BB Blemish Balm - such a bargain at just £6.99 and a 3 for 2 make-up offer, so I decided to finally find out what is this product all about. And I'm so happy I did!
It is deffinately nothing like I have ever used before, the texture is like a balm (but not too heavy) and it covers my skin with almost a powdery effect. And the effect itself is unbelievable as well - the skin just looks like it has been blurred out!
I've got very large, visible pores and my skin is really complicated to take care of, as it's sensitive and changes very very radically depending on whatever is going on around me - it will literally be super-oily on a hot or a rainy day, super-dry if I get up too early or don't have enough sleep, etc. I know it sounds strange but it's just very sensitive to the external circumstances so I do need something that protects my skin as well as covers all the flaws -a multi-tasker product and this is one!
The one complaint I've seen other bloggers talking about is the lack of shades - right now it only comes in light and medium. I'm lucky enough and the light matches my skin quite well. Also, take Your time blending it. If I do need concealer under my eyes or the chin/nose area that tends to be a bit red or swollen at times, I actually apply the concealer first for a super-natural effect that blends together perfectly. Another tip - don't be scared to use Your fingers to blend it into the skin - don't forget it's a balm! So You need the warmth of Your fingers to melt the product a bit so it blends evenly and glides on the skin. Just make sure Your hands are clean and if needed, use some hand hygiene gel atleast 5 minutes before doing that for a sterile and clean application. (Please don't pack Your hands with the sanitiser and then try to touch Your skin straight away as it is all spirit-based and way too strong for the delicate skin on the face! Give it a few minutes to work and wipe Your hands)
Anyway, to sum it all up -
No matter if my skin is oily or dry, the 17 BB blemish balm will always deliver the same amazing effect!
A very light coverage, even skintone, no dry or oily patches, no visible pores - I don't know how they do it but now I know why BB creams are called "magic make-up"!
What are Your thoughts?
Lots of Love,