I remember reading about BB creams about a year or so ago in Glamour and the like. Recently, my friends and co-workers started using them, and I’ve been hearing rave reviews. Apparently, these little creams not only cover like a foundation, but they also moisturize and provide sun protection for your skin, contain anti-aging properties, help heal blemishes, even out skin tone, and even make your morning cup of coffee when you’re too lazy to do it yourself!
Okay, that last one is a lie, but apparently these boogers do more for your skin than just provide coverage. One friend recommended Lumene, a BB cream that contains something called Arctic Cloudberry, which apparently does crazy good shit for your man-catcher (what I like to call my face). When I ran out of foundation, I immediately headed over to Walgreens to pick up a bottle and was excited to try it out.
…I was underwhelmed. My first thought after I put it on was, “Great, this covers about as well as my foundation did, but I shelled out $15 instead of $6.” I’m not really sure what I expecting. I guess after hearing all the rave reviews about BB creams in general, I expected to be blown away. I expected to have a moment in which I would think, “I get it now!” I’ve been using it for about a week, and the improvement in my skin is only slight. Lumene only comes in two shades, Light and Medium, and I feel the Light has too much of an orange tint to match my pasty white skin really well. I manage to make it work by blending the hell out of it, and I do think it actually covers better than a foundation in that I don’t feel it sinks into my (ahem) wrinkles like my foundation did, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again.
I don’t know if it’s all BB creams, or just this one in general, but I was super excited to try this product and once I did, I was just like, “Meh.” So far: not that impressed with BB creams.
Was I too quick to judge BB creams based on this one product? Any others I should try?
UPDATE: Okay, so I’ve been using Lumene for about a week and a half now, and I have to say, it has grown on me. My skin tone and clarity have noticeably improved, and it just feels softer. I think this, as well as PRID, combined with my face wash and face moisturizer, have proven to be an effect over-the-counter combo in fighting acne. I think I’m going to stick with it; I have been converted into a believer.
*No, I’m not affiliated with Lumene, nor am I receiving compensation for this review. I just like to talk about things I’ve tried out, and whether or not they work.