[beauty junk round-up: lumene bb cream]


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. 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Olivia says:

    I started using Garnier’s BB cream back in December. Now, I stopped wearing foundation of any kind years ago, but then I hit my late 20s and realized I needed something. I really like Garnier’s product. It’s lightweight, covers well, and it’s so easy to wash off at the end of the day. And with a coupon (because I’m cheap), I can get it for around $9 a bottle.


    1. sarahvb2 says:

      I didn’t think about Garnier. I use Garnier Fructis stuff all the time for my hair and really like the products. I’ll have to check out the BB cream when I’m finished with Lumene. Thanks for the tip!


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