BB and CC creams were all the rage a few years ago and although the hype has died down it doesn’t mean that you should overlook these products altogether. For those who seek a sheer to light, every day coverage but want their base product to perform like skincare, then BB and CC creams could be the answer.
This isn’t the first time I’m reviewing a product by Andalou Naturals. My very first blog post was about one of their face masks, so if you’re interested in more from the brand click here to read the review. Andalou Naturals have a humongous selection of skincare, body care and haircare. They have three BBs and one CC cream in their range, all containing broad spectrum SPF30+ protection. Today I’ll be reviewing and comparing the Age Defying Perfecting BB and the 1000 Roses Sensitive CC.
What are BB and CC creams? BB stands for Beauty Balm and CC stands for Colour Correction and the first BB cream was developed in Germany in the 1950s. Decades later it popped up in Korea and eventually made its way into the western market. It feels like every mainstream brand now has a BB or CC cream in their range. Some have taken it even further down the alphabet and developed EE creams! Marketing gimmicks aside, the idea is to provide a multitasking product which has skincare benefits, evens skin tone, gives some coverage and offers sun protection, in the case of Andalou Naturals.
The Andalou Naturals Age Defying Perfecting BB and 1000 Roses Sensitive CC are very similar in texture and coverage so I will talk about these aspects first and then get into the specifics of each one. The texture of the product is creamy and it blends easily which is probably due to the addition of dimethicone to the formula. Dimethicone is a silicone that helps the product spread and it is often used in makeup primers. It surprised me that this was included as it’s not often an ingredient used by brands that claim to be natural. Personally, it does not bother me but I know that there are people out there who avoid it so I wanted to make that clear. Both creams are very moisturising and dewy, with a sheer to light coverage that works well under makeup as well. Zinc oxide provides an SPF of 30+ but as I am quite paranoid about sunburn I always apply a standalone sunscreen first.
Andalou Naturals Age Defying Perfecting Beauty Balm
All of the Andalou Naturals products have a distinct smell to them, depending on which range they belong to. This BB cream has a refreshing citrus scent which is derived from Tangerine Peel and Orange Peel oils. It’s available in one, light shade and for my light skintone with neutral undertones it works well but I’m not sure how it would look on medium to darker skin tones. Zinc oxide content tends to lighten the shade even more (you can see this on the swatch).
Being in their Age Defying range, it contains great ingredients and antioxidants such as the very powerful CoQ10 which over time will help fight free radical damage, fine lines and wrinkles. Ingredients such as Resveratrol (derived from grapes), Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Acid ensure that skin is kept moisturised and plump.
Andalou Naturals Sensitive 1000 Roses Colour & Correct
Being a CC cream I feel that this one does a little bit more than the BB. It tends to even the complexion and provide a detectable difference so I am reaching for this one more often. It comes in two shades, Sheer Nude and Sheer Tan, and I have put both to the test. Sheer Tan is well suited for medium skin tones and Sheer Nude is good for fair to light skin tones. What’s great about this formula is that it also targets sensitivity at the same time as colour correcting, good for those suffering from redness. It contains Alpine Rose, Rosehip Oil and Rosa Damascena which will all help to calm and soothe the skin.
If you are sensitive to smells this cream might not be suitable for you as the rose scent of is pretty strong. Although the derivative of the fragrance is natural, it has a borderline “granny’s pot-pourri” smell which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Thankfully the smell does not linger and it’s something I’m happy to overlook because I do enjoy the CC very much.
The Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Sensitive Colour & Correct is available at iHerb for AUD$22.61. Price is correct at time of publishing.
If I had to pick just one to recommend it would be the CC cream because the coverage it provides is slightly better and it helps that there are two shades to choose from. If the rose scent bothers you then go for the BB cream or check out the other BB creams in the range. Overall they are both good products, very affordable and full of good ingredients and fruit stem cells.
Next week: After sun care for your body.