Can someone please pass the ketchup… or maybe chilli sauce. No, make that sambal. I need to eat my words re: not liking any BB creams.
Interestingly, right after I told you my reasons for not liking BB Creams, 3 new ones appeared on the market. I’ve told you that the Maybelline BB Cream is quite decent, for its price and today, I’m about to be made to eat my words again (!!) when I tell you that I might have found THE ONE. The BB cream I’d use over and over without complaint.
Ladies, say hello to the Vichy Aera Mineral BB Skin Breathing Blemish Balm Cream. We’ll just call it the Vichy Aera BB Cream.
So why am I in love with the Vichy Aera BB Cream when I’ve bashed so many others before? The secret lies in the texture.
For the first time since trying a BB Cream, I’ve not turned into an oil slick. I wear it from morning till evening and I don’t get any oilier than I usually do. In fact, when it does turn a tiny bit oily my skin looks like its glowing which suits me fine 😀 If I dust some loose powder over it, it lasts me the whole day, looking pretty awesome. I have liquid foundations don’t even behave this well.
Its super light on the skin. Once I apply it, it feels like I’ve got nothing on yet my skin looks a touch better. I’ve been wearing this one for a while and its not drying either.
Thirdly and very importantly, the shade is a perfect match for my skintone. For once, I don’t have to battle BB creams that look orange or grey. It is an absolute neutral skintone with maybe just a touch of pink. This pink tone actually helps to make your skin look a little brighter but if you have very warm skintones, this may not suit you. On my skintone its a perfect fit.
Here is the photo collage showing you my bare skin and with the Vichy BB Cream.
With bare skin, you can see the redness around the nose area. With just the Vichy BB Cream, the redness is covered and the pigmentation on my cheeks are quite well covered. When I dust over some loose powder, I have near perfect complexion barring the shadow of the freckles and there’s this glow to the skin – see it? 🙂
Its not hard to see why I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE this Vichy BB Cream! 😀
There are some setbacks of course. It only comes in one shade which will suit fair to medium skintones. Too tanned and you won’t be able to use it. Also as I’ve noted, it has a very slight pink tone so if you are very very warm toned, it won’t suit you either.
Pros: Very lightweight on the skin, Not oily, Medium coverage
Cons: Some may consider it pricey (I don’t), Only comes in 1 shade
Like all BB Creams, this product straddles skincare and makeup. It contains Vichy thermal spa water and Vitamin C and E and also SPF20 but I always use a separate sunscreen. This might be good for those who dislike using sunscreen. The tint is 100% mineral pigments and its paraben free. I’ll be honest. I don’t know what qualifies as a BB Cream anymore. For me, this is pretty much liquid foundation. Here’s the ingredient list.
At RM99 for 40ml, some might consider it pricey. I think its alright. There are lots of other much more expensive BB Creams in the market anyway. Also, this is cheaper than many high end foundations plus delivering similar results. Remember how I raved about Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation? Well, since we can’t get Bourjois here in Malaysia, get the Vichy Aera BB Cream instead. It gave me the luminous foundation glow promised by Teint Miracle without that dreaded oil slick. You can tell I still can’t get over that one can’t you? LOL! 😀
But if you can get both Bourjois and Vichy, I say get either one. Vichy is a little sheerer than Bourjois but they are both just as good for a liquid foundation 🙂
Now this one’s been out for a few months already. Have you tried it and if you have, what’s your verdict? Love it as much as I do? 😀
Vichy Aera Mineral BB Skin Clearing Blemish Balm Cream retails at RM99 at all Vichy counters at leading pharmacies. If you can, wait for the discounts. A little saving is better than nothing.