Monday, April 21, 2014

BB Bronze

The BB craze is over and people have moved on to CC and DD creams (and even that is tired) but one unique (and iffy) variation of the BB cream was the BB Bronzing Cream from Bourjois. I love and trust Bourjois as a brand but this was just plain dubious. Despite this eyebrow-raising concept, when I saw it discounted to $5 in Priceline a couple of months ago; sold. Vivianna had written about how it bore some resemblance to the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle and Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer but I bought it primarily to mix with too-pale foundation shades like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 52 Vanilla because I've used up the shade 53 Light Beige and I need a means of getting some wear out of the remaining lighter shade that I own.


Surprisingly I've been finding myself using the Bronzing BB Cream in three ways. The first is, naturally, wearing it alone. I use the tiniest amount and blend it in the skin using a synthetic-bristle brush- namely the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Expert Face Brush- sometimes all over the face, others just around the edges where I'd apply bronzer. This isn't something I've been doing often because I've taken to using it the second way more regularly even on no-makeup days. While I have and love using the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+, I fancy the idea of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios tinted sunscreen so by mixing it into sunscreen, it mimics the French brand's ultra-sheer tint which can be worn under mineral foundation, or over concealer, or just on its own. The third way of using it is the chief purpose of darker, bronzier products and that is to mix it into BB Cream or too-pale shades of foundation that is perfectly good otherwise. The product is more fluid than a foundation and rather dark and caramel-coloured on its own so caution is recommended because it's harder to take away than to add more.

The bottle claims 8-in-1 functions and like many of Bourjois' products, the promises are inflated. Bourjois foundations often claim 16 hour wear, and while they may be traceable on the skin after 16 hours, there's no guarantee the foundation looks passable after such a long period of time. This same applies to this- things like prolonging tan and smoothing skin seem somewhat unrealistic in my opinion. The amount you'd have to apply to imperfect skin in order to even out skin tone is also ridiculous because this stuff is dark. They boast about its scent and while it doesn't smell great or chocolaty or addictive, it doesn't smell bad at all either- a little coconut-y and a lot like the Bourjois Delice de Poudre 'chocolate bar' bronzer that I own and have hit pan on. Bottom line, the Bronzing BB Cream is good for bronzing up face products and adding warmth, but not much else in way of coverage or skincare.

9 comments:

  1. This seems like an intriguing product but not unusual - I mean we have liquid highlighters so why not a liquid bronzer? That's a really good bargain though at $5! I don't think I would buy it unless it was heavily discounted. For the time being I have a foundation that's too dark for me that I've been mixing with others to make the right shade, if I ever run out of it (doubtful though because I don't use much of it), this would be a good substitute!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. I wouldn't use it as a conventional bronzer because it might blend patchily onto the skin but I've used up the Healthy Mix Serum in the darker shade (woo!) and I sometimes switch it up from the usual mineral powder so it necessitates something to mix it with. It's a pretty good product but not worth full price!

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  2. Ooohh haven't seen this before, it's quite a hybrid of things. Lol-ing at the 'addictive fragrance' claim.
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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    1. Bourjois love their 'addictive' fragrances! They're strongly scented, which could put a lot of people off in case it irritates the skin.

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  3. You scored a deal on this one. I was intrigued by this product when it first came out but I'm not really into bronzer and don't have any foundations/BB creams I need to darken so gave it a miss. Sounds worth it for only $5 but I'm not so sure if it was full price!

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    1. I was more intrigued by the This Works version but for such a bargainous price I couldn't pass it by!

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  4. Haha $5, how could you resist! I doubt I'd get much use out of this - it reminds me of this Revlon liquid illuminator I have in Bronze Light. The potential uses are there, but the motivation most of the time isn't :p Though I do like the idea of mixing with sunscreen - clever!

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    1. Essentially I think the product would look similar to the Revlon. It's so cheap, it's okay if there's no motivation to use it all the time! ;) (like all my other makeup!)

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  5. I've always really curious about this product, I swatched it in the drugstore once and the colour was really dark which intimidated me, but I think it's time to give it a go!

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

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