MUA All in One BB Cream (£4)*
I've been aware of BB creams for a while, They have always been something I've wanted to love, I've previously tried two drugstore ones, The 17 BB Cream (good) and the Garnier one (terrible!) and I have tried (and loved) the Illamasqua Skinbase which was one of the first BB Cream hybrids coming over to the western market and I also trialled some authentic Asian BB creams. They sound amazing and promise a lot. Evening out of skin tone, being a primer and a foundation in one and concealing blemishes all with one super product.
I've been trying out the MUA All in One BB cream recently so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it. Personally the product feels very heavy for a BB cream, surprisingly it's one of the thickest BB creams I've tried. BB creams generally are thicker than a tinted moisturiser but not as thick as a foundation and I'd say this does have a similar feel to a normal foundation. Although saying that it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all and blends effortlessly with my Real Techniques Buffing brush straight onto the skin. It glides over pores and fine lines and after a good buff it sits well onto the face. I find the coverage is probably about a medium or light medium depending on the amount of product used.
I have two shades, light and medium. I'd probably say light is too pale for my natural skin tone and medium is too dark for it so I mix the two. I doubt I'd be able to wear and of the three available shades shades if I was fake tanned though as the dark isn't that dark in my opinion. Fair play to MUA for making a BB cream that is actually pale. Most of the BB creams I've seen are really orange or very ashy pale. It's a shame they don't have more darker shades too. My skin is sort of pale, but olive toned so its always a struggle to get the right tone.
Overall I think It's a good lazy day foundation, I wear it on those days where I want to wear makeup but don't want to go through the faff of applying a full face of slap. The MUA BB Cream evens out my skin tone, covers any redness and conceals some of my blemishes. The finish is slightly dewy, I wouldn't class it as greasy or slick looking once applied but it does give the skin a semi dewy glow. I feel it's a touch tacky for me as I prefer my skin to look matte, but thats nothing a dust of setting powder couldn't sort out. For a measly four pounds its one of those products thats worth trying out I think!