BB Cream has finally hit the western market and many familiar U.S. beauty companies have created their own versions of the "skin perfecting" BB Cream. Revlon is certainly no exception. When I saw this on sale a couple weeks ago at my local CVS I knew I had to try it out.
This product usually retails for about $10.99 for a measly 1 oz at local drugstores. But what I love most about BB creams is it claims to be a moisturizer, "skin perfector", and SPF all in one -- which theoretically makes what was once three steps in my morning routine into a one step miracle.
Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Perfector claims to be:
A Lightweight, Multi-Benefit Beauty Balm
- Hydrates Like Moisturizer
- Smoothes Like Primer
- Covers Like Foundation
- Blurs Flaws Like Concealer
- Protects with SPF 30 Like Sunscreen
Medium was a perfect match for my NC40 (winter)/NC 42 (summer) skin. As for my skin, I have fairly "nice" skin. I take very good care of my skin (after much trial and error with my skin routine), and have very few blemishes. However, due to my ethnicity, scarring lasts much longer on me when compared to fairer skinned gals. In addition, I have a bit of redness, and my skin tone is naturally uneven.
I've read others' reviews on this BB cream and have read much criticism regarding the "greasiness" of this product. I have combination skin (specifically: dry in some areas, normal in some areas, and oily in my T zone) and have found this to be non-greasy upon initial application, even after applying a moisturizer beforehand. However, as the day goes on, I get a tad bit oily in my T zone area if I don't set it with a powder. If I do set it with a powder though, I don't have any T zone oiliness issues. But I do think that those with oily skin would not like this product. This lasted on my skin for 8 hours without any issues except the ones previously mentioned.
As for coverage, I would say this BB cream is sheer to medium coverage. With a small application it'll "blur" some of my pimple scarring and even out my skin tone. A medium application helps with the aforementioned problems a bit better. The formula is thicker than other American drugstore BB creams I have tried. I did not experience any "breaking out" from this product, and I've been using it pretty regularly for the past 3 weeks.
As for comparison with Asian BB creams, I'd say this product leans more towards a tinted moisturizer than a "true" BB cream. But for the price and availability of shades for us tanner gals, I'd likely repurchase this over other American BB creams.