Sep 052013

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Lately, I’ve been trying several new foundations and variations–BB Creams, CC Creams, and the like. This includes Kiehl’s BB Cream SPF 50 ($37/ 1.35 oz.). This is a generous tube with great intentions.

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Really, Kiehl’s has all the right boxes checked. It has a great sunscreen rating at SPF 50. It contains Vitamin C and advertises that it can (over time) color correct skin tone irregularities. It gives serious medium coverage. There’s a generous 1.35 ounces in this travel-friendly, lightweight squeeze tube for a well-priced $37. Who wouldn’t love it?

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Well, I didn’t love it. First, the scent of this product is strong (it’s a sunscreen type of a scent) and it just didn’t seem to fade. Also, Kiehl’s BB Cream has a heavy feeling on my skin that I just could accept. I tried this for a few days, but ultimately found that it just didn’t ever quite feel right. I was too conscious of it.

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The final straw was that the product just didn’t make my skin look better. Unlike Shiseido’s Urban Environment Sun Protector (available here), the Kiehl’s didn’t meld with my skin and improve the texture and glow. The Shiseido offers a more cosmetically elegant solution to the suncare protection question.  Note, however, that Kiehl’s coverage is stronger than Shiseido’s, so if you are looking for some strength in that department, that has to weigh in too.

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There’s a lot to love about Kiehl’s BB Cream, and I know there are a lot of fans out there. It comes in four colors–Fair, Fair/Light, Light, and Medium. I chose to try the product in Light, which was a bit too dark for me. Here are swatches of Kiehl’s BB Cream in Light next to MAC Pro Longwear Liquid Foundation in NC15 and Shiesido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation (the one in the blue bottle) in SP 20:

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Here are the ingredients for  Kiehl’s BB Cream:

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We’re so fortunate to have such a good range of foundations available, and I had high hopes for Kiehl’s. I’ve heard great things about it’s (now discontinued) tinted moisturizer. I think that my skin and the texture of this one just didn’t seem to be compatible. Perhaps you’ve had better luck?

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  5 Responses to “My Thoughts: Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream Review”

  1. Thanks so much for this review Amy, I really appreciate you take time to test all BB, CC creams for us. There re so many released and I am so confused, your reviews are helping a great deal.

  2. I love the texture and the color, i think that it’s perfect for me.

  3. This is really more of a sunscreen for me and not a BB cream/foundation! The shade that is the closest to my skin tone doesn’t match me too well, and you’re right about the scent. I would only wear it on the beach for example, and not for a day running around in the city! I’d feel self-conscious too.

  4. Hi Amy! I understand that you really didn’t care for this product, but I think it may be because you chose a color that was far too dark. There are 2 colors lighter than “Light” -“Fair” and “Fair/Light” which would probably be more well-suited to your skin tone. As you know, the traditional Asian BB creams do adapt somewhat to a person’s skintone, especially if one is rather fair. This Kiehl’s “BB” cream really doesn’t adapt, and you have to choose the color almost like you would choose a foundation shade. I would urge you to give it a try in a lighter color if you can get a sample. It blends in very well on moisturized skin and really offers very good sun protection and other skin benefits.

  5. I loved this! You’re definitely right about the scent, though the high SPF and perfect color match kind of sold me. The first color, Fair, is fantastic for lighter skin tones. It’s more of a sunscreen but it has seriously great coverage and for whatever reason works really well with my skin and under my foundation. It doesn’t leave me shiny during the day which is a bonus. The vitamin c in the form of ascorbyl glucoside should help brighten and the addition of adenosine is sort of interesting…

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