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I am about to re-buy this product as it has been a pleasure to have and really does a great job. I find it works amazingly for 'helping' acne / oily skin. ***What is it? BB stands for BLEMISH BALM ***Boots 17 BB Magic Cream: Ideal to brighten your skin being similar to a primer product, evens out your complexion as a foundation would, cover blemishes in comparison to a concealer, hydrate like a moistuiser whilst soothing the skin like an anit-inflammatory plus it contains UV sun protection. Definitely Magic to do all that!!! The above description is adapted from that of the Mail online and other researched sources. It is in my view an -in-depth and realistic way to describe the product. Although I did not realise that it was doing all this but thinking about it and having used it I would agree with the claim! ***My Experience: Boots 17 BB Magic Cream is a foundation which seems to help oily skin. I first bought mine at the airport as I had terrible 'spots' just before we were to go on holiday. So I scoured the cosmetics for something to cover them better and came across this one. At the time I did not realise it would be helping clear my skin. It did by the way and all was well on holiday! The reason I wish to review it is to recommend for anyone who is looking for a good foundation with similar skin problems (acne prone, needing cover up and over 20 years old!). The textures is lovely and the colour is light and natural. This product is non-drying and I feel suitable for all age groups. ***Packaging and Pricing: It comes in a black tube and is simple in its design and packaging. Available at Boots shops and online it is an affordable product in the £5- £7 range. ***Other information: It does say made in Thailand, which brings me to add that it seems that the 'buzz' about BB (blemish balm) creams may have originally been popular in this part of the world. The Korean and Asian market seem to have found it suited their skins and gave them the porcelain smooth skin they like. Also, Boots do have branches in Thailand as indicated on there website. ***The BAD NEWS: There is not an animal cruelty free testing statement on the product. It seems that although BOOTS themselves do not test the products on animals the ingredients used in the product WERE / ARE tested on animals. Argueably, a lot of the ingredients could have been tested prior on animals and therefore no re-testing or Boots let others do the testing and don't make false claims on their products (not wanting to prompt a debate just pointing out a few thoughts, I am not an expert in this area). However this is a shame and could be a incentive to look at reviews from other products to find a more ethical one. ***What it is NOT! I do not consider it to be a tinted moisturiser. Just to clarify that it does have properties in to deal with blemish skin and at the same time it is not harsh and drying. I believe anti-aging properties are in the Boots 17 BB Magic Cream. I know that there are some BB creams that come across as tinted moisturisers but this is not one. ***Recommend it Yes or No? Yes, if you are looking for a covering foundation cream to also help with spotty outbreaks. I do not buy any other Boots 17 brand products but glad to have stumbled on this one. I hear a lot of advertisements ''Raving'' about BB creams so it seems to be the must have item in today's beauty market. I it could be that other products are better or equal. I will be sticking with this one. momentarily. I am rating 5/5
For reference: I have very pale skin, so none of the Boots 17 foundations are actually light enough for me; even the Porcelain and Ivory shades. *** My skin is dry and sensitive and keeps having rebellious phases and randomly rejects products I've used for years without complaint, so I found myself in need of some miraculous product that could correct visible pores and any unevenness and discolouration, yet won't feel heavy and show up the dry patches and make my skin flake, like foundations can*. I find the base in tinted moisturizers too yellow and, anyway, they just don't wear long enough for me to bother with. After hearing/seeing the hype about BB Creams I set out to find one light enough for me and after months of looking for a fair, non-yellow shade I've finally found a winner... 17 BB BLEMISH BALM feels a bit watery, so I thought application would be awkward, and I wasn't expecting much in the way of coverage. But the formula actually works in it's favour; it feels very light and silky on my skin and blending the product for a skin-true colour match is super easy - it's like I've applied a primer first, when I haven't (I very rarely use primers now). Once blended, the results are a smooth satin finish, with surprisingly good coverage. OK, it won't cover my hormonal breakouts, but my main problem is discolouration, which this product solves. It even reduces the appearance of my pores AND undereye circles too. I've found it to be transfer resistant, long lasting and it doesn't settle in my fine lines. Flaky skin? a thing of the past. 17 BB BLEMISH BALM says that it contains ingredients that help prevent breakouts and controls the oil levels in the skin and I have found both things to be true. Admittedly I don't regularly suffer from breakouts, but nevertheless the hormonal ones I do get don't seem as frequent, and when I do get the odd spot it will clear up quickly. I've not changed any of my usual skin care products recently. I've also noticed that the old 'high shine' forehead problem isn't really a major issue for me any more either - I don't even bother to put my powder compact in whichever handbag I decide to carry round, for touch ups any more. There will be some shine on my face at the end of the day in hotter weather, but not too much and it doesn't look 'oily' - more glowy - so I'm happy to put my powder away and just leave it. 17 BB BLEMISH BALM has a SPF of 25, so it is great for holidays. I went to Florida late last year and this wore perfectly for 10+ hours each day, under hot and humid conditions. I'd baste myself with a high factor suncream everywhere else every hour or so and would still burn, but my face never turned that oh-so-attractive shade of lobster with just the one application. So not only do the cosmetic features of this BB cream pass the test, but the protective abilities do too. I think the packaging is very user-friendly; It's in a squeezable, slim tube, so you can squeeze all of the product out. Plus; it's a ideal size for small bags and the lid is very secure. *** £6.99 [30ml] Light, Medium, Medium/Dark. (17 cosmetics are exclusive to Boots stores) * The only foundation I own that doesn't cause any flaking right now is Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. If you have dry skin, and want a bit more coverage then you'd find in a BB Cream, I highly recommend it; it gives skin the same healthy glow as NARS Sheer Glow, but it is lighter and a third of the price.
I've been hearing about BB creams - blemish balms - for some time but until recently hadn't been tempted to try one for myself. That was until I went into my local Boots store and saw that their very reasonably priced 17 range was offering a BB cream for only £5.99 (£6.99 was the full price). In addition, a free mini makeup kit was available for spending £5.99 or more. I ended up walking out of the store with a tube of BB cream, a mini blusher, lipgloss and full-sized eyeshadow for just over a fiver! *Packaging* The Boots 17 range has updated its packaging since the last time I bought something from it. I really like the modern packaging: the tube is black with silver writing and it comes in a black box. The packing is simple but attractive and I think it makes the product look more expensive and luxurious than it is. The tube stands on end which is handy as gravity propels the cream to the bottom, making it therefore easier to get out. The screw-top lid is secure and easy to get on and off, while the product is thick enough not to be messy when you squeeze it out; the hole in the tube helps in this respect as it is very small and it's easy to only squeeze out as much product as you need. The tube contains 30ml of product and once opened lasts for 24 months. *About the BB Cream* BB Cream in general has been hailed as the latest beauty must-have. It started life as a treatment cream for those with skin problems and has lately been marketed as a wonder skincare product for all. Described as 'all in one magic makeup/skincare', this product is the 17 brand's version - pretty much every makeup brand has developed their own blemish balm! It is designed to work as a moisturiser and foundation in one, giving the effect of no makeup. I will discuss the different properties of and claims about the product below. 3 different shades: BB creams tend not to come in the same diverse number of shades as foundations. This one is no exception: Light, Medium and Dark are the shades available. Natural flawless finish: The formula is described as creamy and weightless, and it is supposed to blend into skin seamlessly. Covers skin: imperfections are concealed by the product. Enhances skin: skintone is evened and enhanced. Improves skin: it is claimed that skin condition will be improved in 4 weeks. The cream is supposed to prevent breakouts, control oil and minimise pores. Protects skin with SPF25: This really appealed to me and was one of the reasons I purchased the product. I would rather wear some form of sunscreen on my face every day, but most are too greasy - I hoped that this would solve the problem. To apply the product, dab it onto your skin and blend using a sponge or your fingers, just like foundation. *Using the product* I've been using the product for about six weeks, almost every day. The tube is lasting pretty well, as only a small amount is needed each time, and I still have plenty left. At first, I used the cream instead of a moisturiser (my skin can be slightly oily, particularly my T-zone). As the weather has become colder, I've found the cream alone isn't quite moisturising enough for some parts of my skin, so I've started applying a little moisturiser around my eyes, mouth and on my cheeks. I will discuss how the product claims relate to my skin below: 3 different shades: My skin is extremely pale so I chose the Light shade; even so I wondered if it would be too dark for me. Sure enough, it is a bit darker than my skin, and I would prefer a lighter cream, however the cream blends very well and I don't need to use too much, so as long as I rub it in properly I experience no problems. My skin still looks pale, but a little healthier. Natural flawless finish: I find the product very easy to blend into my skin and it is very light, more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. My skin looks smoother and more even-toned after use. 'Flawless' is perhaps pushing it a bit but my skin certainly looks better: clearer yet still natural. Covers skin: My skin is in pretty good condition generally, but this product does a good job at covering up imperfections including small spots, blackheads and large pores. I can often forego concealer when using this product. I find that I have to use little or no face powder (it varies from day to day) when wearing this cream, which is pretty impressive. Enhances skin: My skin looks more even-toned when using this cream, and also looks generally healthier and more radiant. Improves skin: As mentioned, my skin is generally in pretty decent condition and I haven't noticed a massive improvement over the last few weeks. My skin is less shiny than it was, but I feel that this is down to using the cream each day rather than a long term effect on my skin. Protects skin with SPF25: I am not a scientist so cannot test this claim directly, but I like the fact that the cream has a high SPF as it makes me feel easier about exposing my skin to the sun (not that this is a massive problem in the winter!). The SPF is higher than that of most BB creams - most tend to have a factor of 15. This is definitely a point in this particular brand's favour. *Conclusion* I am very pleased with this product and would recommend it: it is very effective at evening out skin tone and covering up imperfections. I have pretty good skin though so someone with damaged skin or lots of spots may prefer something with heavier coverage. I like the way the product has reduced my need for face powder: I believe my skin appears more natural as a result. I would consider buying this product again as it is a real bargain, though I would prefer to try a brand with a shade of cream closer to my own. I am still able to wear this cream, even though it is a bit darker than my skin tone, but would prefer if it was the same shade. The summer would be an ideal time for me to wear this because of the oil control, slightly too dark shade (which would look better in the summer than the winter) and high SPF. I recommend this product to anyone wanting to try a good quality, value for money BB cream.
I bought this blemish balm from Boots about six months ago after my friend very enthusiastically recommended it. I have slightly oily skin which is prone to acne breakouts and is also a bit sensitive. For this reason I like to minimise the number of products I use on my face and am always on the look out for 'all in one' products and those specially formulated with problem skin in mind. The 'balm' is essentially halfway between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation - it gives a little more coverage than the average tinted moisturiser but is lighter and less heavy than most cream foundations. It works well for me because I us it instead of moisturiser on the oilier, more blemish-prone parts of my face (forehead, nose and chin), and tinted moisturiser elsewhere. I then use my regular concealer over the top as required. I would definitely buy again as it serves a good purpose as a compromise between two different products - but if that's really all BB creams are about I'm not sure that they're worth all the fuss that's been made about them! The one problem I have with the cream is the colour - I use the 'light' version and it is still significantly darker than my skin - and I'm not even that pale! It doesn't matter too much because the coverage is so light, but a better match would be great. On the plus side this product is extremely affordable and for this reason I'll stick with it rather than trying one of the more expensive brands.
I wear foundation most days and so was very interested over all the hype of BB creams last year. After a bit of investigating online I saw that this particular one was not too pricey and had some really great reviews and so I decided to buy some to try. The letters BB mean blemish balm or beauty balm. The cream originated in Asia and is meant to be an all round product which will give a natural looking coverage whilst also covering minor imperfections, hydrating skin and improving complexion. It can be used in place of a foundation or tinted moisturiser or can be used as a primer. I love the packaging for this product because it's so simple. It comes in a classy looking black box with white writing and no pictures. The writing on the front of the box tells the brand and name of the product as well as stating that it is "all in one magic make up". The tube inside matches the box. Once the box has been discarded, the tube stands easily on it's lid if you wish to keep it out (although I shove mine in a make up bag along with everything else). The tube opens and closes easily by twisting the lid and it is easy to squeeze out the right amount of product. As this BB cream is a Boots 17 brand product you can only buy it from Boots, but this can be done online or in store. The product costs £6.99, which will earn you 24 points if you have a Boots advantage card. This is one of the cheaper BB creams and so I'm very happy with the price. I bought a tube of this in late November, have used it most days and it is only just running out now, so I've certainly gotten a fair bit of use out of the product for the money I spent! Applying, wearing and removing The cream is easy to apply, simply squeeze a bit onto fingers, a make up sponge or a foundation brush and smooth it over your skin. The cream blends in easily and takes very little effort to apply correctly. I usually wear this product alone for a normal day and use it alongside concealer and powder at times when I want to make more of an effort. It looks great either way. I find that this product gives a much lighter look and feel when compared to my usual make up whilst still managing to provide a decent coverage. It stays put well all day (or night). When it comes to removing the product I have had no problems at all, soap and water is enough to remove it, although I do usually use a make up remover. Effects on skin The product claims to: Covers: full coverage which conceals imperfections and helps control oil. Enhances: the creamy formula evens skins tone for a flawless finish. Protects: SPF 15 and hydrating formula for healthy skin it certainly does seem to do these things for me. Since using this BB cream I have noticed an improvement in my skin (and others have too!), I'm prone to break outs and my skin can be dry in areas and at other times very greasy, but I seem to be having less problems now. My skin can also be quite sensitive and so I am happy to say that this product has not caused me any problems at all. I really like this product and will be buying it again in place of the foundations I used to use. I would most certainly recommend this BB cream to others and feel that it is very deserving of 5 stars.
A few months back I found I was hearing about the craze of BB Creams everywhere I went - on the TV, on the radio, in magazines, in newspapers and even on the side of my morning bus! After seeing yet another advertisement in my copy of Heat I buckled, gave into the peer pressure of the pages before me and decided I would try one for myself! However as with most beauty products (especially new hyped up ones) there are as many brands to choose from as the length of a piece of string. I only wanted to dip my foot in to this new fandangled idea so I opted for a cheap version to start off with - just to see how it went. I chose Boots 17 BB Cream costing a mere 499 pennies, or £4.99 to me and you. Packaged in a shiny, glossy, black plastic tube with a minimal but elegant design of the italic brand name and product name. It's sleek, sophisticated and stylish but also very practical. It only comes in 2 shades - light and medium. There is no darker shade which I think is a strong disadvantage. It contains 30mls of product which is a good amount I believe in a very easy to use squeezy tube! I don't know about you, but I didn't have the foggiest what a BB Cream actually was. The only BB I was familiar with was my BlackBerry or the TV show Big Brother! So after some research here is what I found out... BB stands for Blemish Balm, not Baby Bafta or Baffling Bagpiper much to my relief but slight disappointment! It was created by dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek in the 1950s and produced widely in Korea. Weirdly enough it was not designed and made to be a beauty product but more of an after care for anyone who had undergone laser surgery treatment as it calms and regenerates the incredibly sensitive skin of the patients, as well as providing excellent coverage to conceal any scars or redness. Sounds very good to me so far! And I'm not the only one; after a few well known celebrities started using this wonder cream after their surgery they started telling everyone who would listen about their new found secret weapon. Word spreads fast and soon cosmetic companies ears were pricking up at the sound of a big money making deal! They adapted and created their own formulas and now in 2012 nearly every beauty brand has their own version of the BB Cream - from Rimmel to Dior! But you may still be wondering what it is, just like I was. I asked everyone I could think of and drove my boyfriend mad every time we went shopping! I finally found out what this brilliant cream does and I will share my findings with you! The BB Cream contains four major attributes (forget 2 for 1 this is a 4 for 1!) it contains a moisturiser, primer, foundation and sun block! I think this is an amazing concept because rather than plastering your face in four separate items which clog your pores indefinitely - you just apply one! Also it saves you a lot of money and time, think how much you spend on a moisturiser plus a primer plus a foundation as well as sunscreen = a small fortune! Another little bonus would be if you are going away on holiday and don't want to cram your suitcase up with loads of beauty products but also don't want your skin to suffer - replace all them bottles with this ONE bottle! Genius! I was so pleased with the research and reviews that I had read that I couldn't wait to try the 'Boots 17 BB Blemish Balm. All In One Magic Make-up with SPF 15.' I have a very fair complexion so I chose to opt for the light shade rather than the medium and I must say it is VERY light! Once you squeeze some product out it has a slight beige colour to it, but when you blend it in it transforms into a very sheer, iridescent almost pink toned shade with quite a bit of shimmer to it. I like to apply mine with a foundation brush and then buff it into my skin with a stippling brush as I find that sometimes it can cause the dreaded line on the jaw but that could just be me. It gives me full coverage without being too heavy and settling; it does not cake on my skin or sit in dry patches which I am so happy about! It isn't a matte finish so if you have dry skin you will get along with this! But if you have oily skin, don't feel left out; you will also favour this as it has high oil control. It is very natural looking and gives you that 'no make up' make up look, a little like a tinted moisturiser but with slightly more coverage. I love the fact it doesn't clog pores like foundation - in fact it eliminates and erases any pores that you have thanks to the primer aspect in the formula. I find I don't have to wear any powder over the top to set it in place which is always a tell tale sign of wearing make up, so my skin feels like it can breathe! Any acne, scars or blemishes as well as discoloration or pigmentation are gently covered and concealed as well as giving skin the healing properties it needs to soften, smooth and refine. Its not just a pretty face though, it encourages skin to regenerate new layers that create and maintain youthful glowing skin. We should all protect our skin from the sun but I sometimes forget to apply sun block to my face as I don't want to appear shiny, but with this it contains SPF 15 and a UV protectant for healthy skin and more importantly protected skin! I have been using my BB Cream for about a month or so now and love the results my skin has been having. It feels more soft and smooth and also looks more radiant. The Boots 17 version is only £4.99, however different brands range up to £25 - I don't see the point in paying that much when you can find one that does exactly the same - maybe even more for a quarter of the price at your local Boots!
I bought this cream after getting caught up in all the hype in magazines and on blogs concerning this new phenomenon of the BB Cream. For those who are not aware, the BB cream was originally formulated for those who had recently undergone laser surgery, and needed a cream that would soothe sensitive skin whilst also evening skin tone and covering any scarring. The cream became particularly popular in Asian countries before being marketed by many of our major beauty companies. Personally, I suffer from fairly poor skin so I tend to rely on more heavier coverage foundations. However, I liked the idea that I could use a product like a BB cream on my days off work, and hoped it would even out my skin tone a little without me looking a bit 'overdone.' I purchased the no 17 BB cream on a whim after seeing it on offer in my local Boots store. I had already heard a lot about these creams, and the fact that it was on offer for £4.99 as opposed to the usual £6.99 pretty much sealed the deal. The cream is contained within a sleek black package which would not look out of place with more expensive branded products. I liked the fact that it had a sturdy 'twist' top, which would not come off easily leaving my entire make up bag covered in make up. For your money you receive a fairly average 30ml of product which is pretty typical for this type of product. As with many of these BB creams there is a fairly limited choice of colour, and I was left to choose between 'light' and 'medium.' For those who are familar with the estee lauder doublewear I am a typical 'fresco,' so I decided to go with the medium shade. Unfortunately, there were no testers avaiable so I just guessed and hoped for the best. On further inspection of the packaging I was excited to discover that it is marketed as an 'All in One Magic Make Up' with an SPF 15. It claims to: Covers: full coverage which conceals imperfections and helps control oil. Enhances: the creamy formula evens skins tone for a flawless finish. Protects: SPF 15 and hydrating formula for healthy skin. Whilst I was not particularly looking forward to using this product, after reading these claims I couldn't wait to try it out. The product itself resembles a typical foundation whilst I was expecting a lighter consistency. Regarding the colour it was far lighter than I had expected, and unfortunately appeared even lighter when applied. I am glad to say that there is no unpleasant aroma associated with the product, something which I wish I could say about other products. I decided to apply the cream with fingers as I was under the impression that this was more of a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. It applied fairly typically, but unfortunately looked fairly shiny. I decided to let it 'sit' on my skin for a while hoping it would sink in a little. Regarding coverage, I would say that it provides a light rather than full coverage and I definately needed a little concealer. Those with good complexions would probably be ok. It definately evened out my skin tone, but unfortunately I can't say that I was left with a 'flawless finish.' The major problem for me was that it was far too pale and left me looking a little ill, and also in desperate need of some blush to bring me back to life. Whilst I was not impressed with the product overall, there were some good factors. Firstly, the cream lasted well and when I looked in the mirror after a day of rushing around and dog walking it was still there. Many more expensive foundations which I have purchased have failed to do this so big thumbs up to no 17. Furthermore, I loved the fact that it had an SPF 15 which saved me applying another cream for sun protection. Whilst I would definately not repurchase this product, I have used it occasionally on those days when I am not in work and just want a little extra boost to my skin. It is really quick to use and pretty foolproof, I literally just slap it on and go. For me the major problem is that it looks quite shiny (I think it's supposed to look dewy and glowy but for me I just look plastic). Secondly, it is far too light for my skin tone making me look as if I am wearing something, as opposed to the intended natural look.
I paid £6.99 for this in Boots, although I bought it with my Advantage Card points! The product comes in two shades, light and medium. I chose the light shade as I have rather pale skin. The cream comes in a black tube with a lid that simply unscrews. The cream is a light beige colour (well the light one is) and it's the same consistency as "normal" foundation. There's not really any smell to the cream, which I like as some BB creams can smell a little overpowering. The cream contains SPF which is useful to have as the skin can be exposed to the rays of the sun all year round, not just in the summer. The cream can be applied with your fingers or it can be applied with a brush. I apply mine neat with a concealer brush and blend the rest of it in with my fingers. The cream is easy to apply and the formula is easy to work with. It absorbs into the skin well and it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky and/ or greasy. The cream can also be mixed with moisturiser to make a tinted moisturiser. I simply mix a dot of this with my moisturiser (which is currently Boots No. 7) and apply it to my skin with my fingers. I then apply loose powder over the top of the BB cream to help it set. The cream covers spots and blemishes and it helps to even out your skin. It doesn't look orange and it doesn't look "too much", I think the coverage is perfect. The cream lasts all day and it is easy to remove at the end of the day with a simple make-up remover or a wipe. I would recommend this to everyone, although I wish it come in more shades as two shades wouldn't be enough for most people.
I have been using tinted moisturiser for a while now mainly because I don't like the heavy greasy feeling that I have experienced when using foundations. Many of the foundations I have tried have ended up being abandoned and binned after only a couple of uses. With a toddler and another baby on the way I don't have that much time to put my make up on in the morning and I have always found that tinted moisturiser blends easier than full foundations. However, the winter months have taken their toll and I decided that my pale skin needed a bit more colour and coverage than my trusty tinted moisturiser. With this in mind I went to my local boots in search for a new foundation but one that I would get on with better than my previous purchases. The 17 brand is a favourite of mine and this product immediately stood out to me from their other offerings. The packaging is an understated but elegant black with silver lettering which makes BB Blemish Balm look more expensive than it actually is. At £6.99 for a 30ml tube I found this to be very reasonable and as it is currently on offer with £2.00 off it is an absolute bargain. BB Blemish Balm promises to be ' a cult wonder product that gives your skin a complete natural, flawless finish'. It also includes SPF 25 protection which I think is essential in any face product all year round. There were only 2 shades on offer which I think is a shame because the other foundations that 17 make have at least 4 or 5. I tested both shades and found the 'medium' which is the darker of the two shades to be the best for me. I have relatively fair skin so if you normally take a darker shade of foundation then BB Blemish Balm is probably not going to be right for you. On applying the product at home I was genuinely impressed with how light the product felt on my skin. It blended really easily and felt like it melted into my skin rather than sliding over it which I loved as hate that greasy feeling you get with some face products. It had a faint biscuit like smile which was not unpleasant and I think was probably a result of the SPF in the product but if you are sensitive to such smells you may be put off using it. The colour was a good match and blended easily so I was not left with any tell tale tide marks and it was very quick and easy to use. However despite my positive experience with BB Blemish Balm so far the coverage that it I found it provided me with was very disappointing especially because it promised to offer 'full coverage' and help control shine. In my opinion it failed to do either of these and its effects were rather similar to that of my usual tinted moisturiser so I had not really gained anything from purchasing this product. I will continue to use this product as a good tinted moisturiser in the spring rather than as a foundation and my search for a more suitable base for the present winter months will continue.