On 1 April, I held a chit-chat session and I showed you a picture of the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme with SPF50 PA+++ Apparently, some thought it might be an April Fool’s joke 🙂 Dior coming out with a BB Creme? Not likely right?
However, it wasn’t a joke. Dior did come up with a BB Creme under the Diorsnow skincare range! 😀
Looks like the luxury brands aren’t sparing the BB Cream hype. Dior has placed their BB Cream, or as they would have it “BB Creme” together with their Diorsnow sunscreen range. The regular Diorsnow Sublissime UV sunscreen did not work out for me before, so I was a little worried as to whether I’d break out. I was also worried as to whether it might be too oily, too light/dark and too thick – some of the reasons I dislike using BB Creams.
Sorry for the messy pump, but this is the mechanism of the Diorsnow BB Cream – a pump on a tube. The tube at 30ml is rather small but unlike my problem with Etude House BB Cream, I faced no problems using this pump mechanism. It was smooth and pumped out a sizeable enough amount each time. I only use 1 pump for my face, since BB Creams do look better with a light layer on. I’ve got a colour swatch below, since this product comes in only 1 colour.
Here’s a swatch of the BB Creme.
On the left is the product pumped straight out from the tube and on the right is the product blended out. You can see that the Diorsnow BB Creme is actually quite dark (to my surprise) and has a yellow undertone.
I was worried actually. Previous experiences with various BB creams had taught me that BB creams had a tendency to oxidise on my skin and when that happens, a shade this dark would turn my skin a whole shade darker and I might even risk looking orangy. However, my worry was for naught.
Happily, the Diorsnow BB Creme does not oxidise on my skin. In fact, it seems to adjust itself so it fits my skintone quite nicely, despite looking about half a shade too dark on initial application. I could not quite figure it out but it suited me just fine. Happily also, it does not turn oily on my skin nor does it feel thick upon application. It does feel a little stickier than the Dior sunscreen, but I expect that from all BB creams so that did not bug me.
As you can see from the image, the coverage offered by the BB Creme is medium-light. It evens out the redness around the nose and evens my skintone while offering very slight coverage for pigmentation. This was just a very thin layer, as I apply the BB Creme the same way I do moisturizer – 1 pump in my palm, spread between hands and apply on face.
With a dusting of loose powder over the BB Creme, you can see that shine is cut down and you can build up coverage too if you prefer. With a light dusting of loose powder or Guerlain Meteorites powder over the BB Creme, I can go the whole day till evening with my foundation looking pretty much intact. It impressed me! Without loose powder I get some shine by around 4pm which suits me fine too. I must note however that I do not have oily skin in general, just on my forehead and nose.
The SPF50 PA+++ sunscreen protection is wonderful of course. However as I use BB creams as a foundation i.e. over my skincare routine which includes sunscreen, it wasn’t a main consideration for me. However, I must point out that this product contains Oxybenzone.
Oxybenzone is a chemical UV blocker that has gotten some flack over the years for being potentially harmful to health so many sunscreens or sunblocks don’t use Oxybenzone anymore. I was therefore quite surprised to see it being used in this sunscreen. Although its classified as “safe”, you don’t find this ingredient in most sunscreens anymore. Interestingly, Oxybenzone is not an ingredient in the regular Diorsnow UV Shield sunscreen. But that one contains zinc oxide which I seriously think I’m allergic to, so that’s a bit of a non starter for me.
In a nutshell, I’m very happy with how the Diorsnow BB Creme performs on my skin. It feels light, the color although starts out a little darker than I expected matches my skintone after a little while, and it does not make my skin oily throughout the day. Coverage too is quite good, I’ve had no breakouts, and I have worn this quite a lot in the past 2 months and am really happy with it. I would just prefer it did not contain Oxybenzone as an ingredient.
Pros: Colour suits my skin, Feels light, Does not make my skin oily, Coverage is medium-light and evens out skintone and covers redness, High sunscreen protection
Cons: Contains Oxybenzone, Pricey
I find it quite intriguing that in my foray through BB Creams, the usual ones everyone loves from Korean brands don’t agree with me at all whether in terms of colour or texture, but the ones emerging from the Western brands seem to suit my skin quite well. There are exceptions of course, but in the main, that seems to be the rule rather than exception and I find it quite intriguing.
It could just very well be that my skin tolerates Western skincare better and so a product like a BB cream that straddles the skincare-makeup divide would similarly work better for me but that would be an over-generalization 🙂
I do have quite a few BB Creams to tell you about so you can expect to read about a couple more coming up in the next few days/weeks 😉 Whilst I’m still not convinced of all the benefits that BB creams can offer, I’m not quite the sceptic I used to be before 🙂
Have you tried this Diorsnow BB Creme or a sample? You might be able to get a sample from the Dior counters, I’m not sure but its always worth a shot 😉 If you have tried it, I’d like to hear your thoughts on it 🙂
In 2012, Dior came up with a lighter shade of the same BB Cream. You can read my review and comparison swatches here.
Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection with SPF50 PA+++ retails at RM190/30ml at all Dior counters. I’m unsure if this is only available in Asia or if it might be available worldwide.