By Get Lippie
The BB cream craze (not to mention the CC/DD..ZZ/whatever creams) has largely passed Get Lippie by, to be honest. After the first wave of original Korean BB creams hit the blogs, a bunch of brands leapt onto rebranding what had been rather lacklustre tinted moisturisers as BB creams, and I got totally fed up of the hyperbole, so I’ve been ignoring them. I always said I wouldn’t bother with BB creams until brands actually brought out new formulations instead of simply calling old products new names. And so, after only about, what, three years or so? Get Lippie is finally getting on the BBandwagon …
So, what is a BB Cream then? :cough: well, basically, it is a tinted moisturiser, but it’s meant to be one with high SPF coverage, and with definite skincare benefits, which is where a lot of the original “BB” creams lost me, as they were essentially cosmetic products rather than skincare. You should be able to, in a pinch, wear your BB cream without a moisturiser underneath, and with many, you (or, rather, I should say, *I* simply can’t).
Anyway, I’ve been trialling Estee Lauder’s Double Wear All-Day Glow, which is their first BB-Cream from their best-selling Double Wear line for quite a while now, and I really like it. As you can see from the above, it’s quite a thick formulation, but it spreads well over the skin.
Compared to some other BB creams on the market, this is quite highly pigmented, which is what I like about it. Mind, Double Wear is known for its longevity, and it’s nice to report that the All-Day Glow lasts very well too. It has a slight powdery finish on the skin, but it has great light-to-medium coverage which is very buildable.
My hands are fairer than my face, for some reason, so, whilst this looks a bit yellow on my hand there, it’s a great match to my face, and the slight yellow tone does a good job of balancing out my red patches.
Blended out, this has slightly less of a dewy finish than I expected from the name, but this means it needs little, if anything in the way of powder, which is handy! This is Intensity 2.0, but the range has 8 shades in total, I’d probably prefer Intensity 1.0 for winter, but as a summery coverup Intensity 2.0 works well for me.
Lasting power is very good owing to the slightly more opaque than a normal BB, I get 8-10 hours out of this. If it’s a very hot day, I may need to powder down slightly in the late afternoon, but that’s only to be expected. As a summer alternative to the original Double Wear foundation, this is great, lighter and sheerer than the original formulation, and more glowy than Double Wear Light, it’s a lovely formulation. It costs £29 from leading department stores.
The Fine Print: PR Sample – Photos for this post were taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 lent by Microsoft.