Sep 052013

Kiehl's BB Cream06

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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Jan 102013

Omorovicza BB Cream5

I’ve been testing Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB ($125/ 1.7 fl. oz.), as one of my foundations over the past few weeks. As you likely know by now, the better BB Creams are “foundations with benefits,” including sun protection and other skincare ingredients. This product made Cafe Makeup’s Top 10 Products of 2012–I really love it.

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As a skincare specialist, Omorovicza has added an effective moisturizer and vitamin C to release moisturizer gradually throughout the day, as well as to encourage collagen protection and reduce free radicals. My skin feels calmer, if that makes sense. It’s very gentle. It is an ideal winter foundation, because it has the effect of improving the quality of my skin–my face actually looks better after I take it off at the end of the day than it did before I applied it in the morning.  On that basis alone, I’ve got to keep a bottle of this in my beauty drawer at all times. To be honest, I’d rather use Omorovicza Complexion Perfecter than some of the standard foundations, because of the noticeable skin care results.

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The coverage is light-to-medium, and reasonably buildable (you can use it as a concealer on cheeks and forehead by building coverage there). The feeling is very moisturizing but lightweight. It gives my skin a slight sheen in strong sun sunlight. Testing in my car rearview mirror, I did not see an detectable sparkles but simply a soft sheen-glow. I don’t like using a powder over it, because the glow is very flattering and gives my face a nice dimensionality. I look well rested (even when I’m not) and a bit younger. Applied, it looks more like a glowy cream foundation than a liquid.

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The product comes in one shade, as far as I can tell, that is well suited for light skin tones with a neutral color base (it leans neither pink nor yellow to my eye). For more swatches, see Mostly Sunny’s review here. The texture is creamy and airy–I find it spreads very well with fingers (that’s my recommendation, as many BB creams are the denser side of the texture spectrum). This gives me luminous coverage without looking (or feeling) in any way like a mask. Like the Diorsnow BB Cream, Omorovicza Complexion Perfecter doesn’t emphasize pores (note that the Dior gives a more matte appearance by comparison).

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I like the large bottle size–it contains 1.7 ounces compared to the 1 ounce size of most foundations. The bottle is a luxe, heavy, frosted glass topped by a plastic pump which keeps the product sanitary.  The pump is controllable–it’s smooth and allows me to pump out just a tiny bit if I need to (no splurge out!). This product does not contain any silicones and relies on physical sunscreen ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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 Omorovicza Complexion Perfecter is formulated for those looking for a best-in-class, all-in-one solution. The coverage is sheer to medium is intended for those with fairly good skin, although I have used this with heavier hand in problem areas, or perhaps supplemented with a touch of Armani Maestro Concealer underneath. It gives me an absolutely gorgeous palette, which holds onto color well (probably due to its moisturizing properties). The biggest selling point for me, and the reason that I’ll replace this bottle, is the skin care ingredients and the lightweight feel. Some BB creams claim skin care benefits, this one delivers. Immediately. Also, many BB creams have a suffocating effect on my skin. Although the texturee of Omorovicza is on the creamy size, for a BB cream it’s quite lightweight. Bottom line–it’s a top shelf BB cream, the best I’ve tried.

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Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB is available from Omorovica’s website,, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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