Today I'm presenting you three face products that are my companions this summer. I don't wear much makeup in the summer because of the heat, but I do put a "simple" makeup on when I go somewhere (which is quite often lately since there are many picnics at our friends and family places) or when my BF and are are taking photos of my pregnancy. I put "simple" in commas because I probably still use too many products for a basic makeup.
A few months ago I discovered a perfect BB cream that offers me everything I want. And the best thing about it? It's so bright. Usually, BB creams are very dark and they rarely match a fair skin tone, but people at Bell definitely knew what they were doing when they created this product.
Last month I received a CC cream, but in a second dark shade, not the lightest. At the beginning, I wasn't sure if this shade will match my skin tone, but by CC cream Bell did the same job as by BB cream and they created light shades. Currently 02 Nude matches my skin tone perfectly. What's even more surprisingly is that despite the fact that BB cream 01 Vanilla was a perfect match for me a few months ago when I was paler, it adapts to my skin tone after few minutes and it also matches my current tanned skin very well.
Before I review each product separately and show you swatches on my face, I want to share swatches on my hand with you. Nor BB or CC cream oxidizes, but the concealer does. But only on my hand. When I put it on my face it blends really nicely into the skin and it keeps its original shade. In the reality 01 shade is closer to the shade of BB cream 01 Vanilla.
This is one of my most used product lately and I think I used it around half in the past three months (keep in mind that I don't wear makeup every day, sometimes I don't wear it for a whole week). What I love about it is that it comes in cardboard packaging (which I already threw away), which is sealed with adhesive tape, so you can be sure that no one touched the product you're going to buy. I got mine in Tuš drugstore, where they also have testers so you can swatch different shades to see which one will match your skin tone the best.
I decided for the lightest shade 01, which is a bright neutral shade. On my swatch it oxidized a bit, but not on the skin. When I got it (I was a bit paler back then) it was a perfect match for my skin tone, it really adapted to it perfectly but now when I have a bit more colour I use it to brighten up my under eye area. It has a light to medium coverage, so if you're searching a good coverage concealer this one isn't for you because it will not cover every imperfection on the skin (as you can probably notice on my swatch below). It applies smoothly and easy because of a doe foot applicator. It feels nicely creamy, non-drying on the skin and it blends really well. I also like it because it takes ages (aka a lot of hours to wear) before it creases on me (after many hours of wear every concealer goes into my fine lines). It doesn't have a moisturizing feeling as for example Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer, but it also doesn't dry out the skin under my eyes. I usually set it with powder and it lasts for hours on my skin.
Price: 4,89 € for 6,5 g
What Bell says about this product?
- hides imperfections and blemishes
- optimally moisturises and brightens the skin
- contains melanin and vitamin E
- provides a natural-looking makeup
There are many reasons I felt in love with this products, but the main reason is a very bright shade. I really hate that most of the brands create too dark shades of BB creams. I personally am a huge fan of light coverage products, especially in the summer, and although I do get tan quickly, a lot of brands still create the lightest shade that is too dark for me.
Bell BB cream has a light formula with light coverage that evens out the skin tone and it gives it a moisturizing feeling. That's also one of the reasons I love this cream. My skin is normal to dry and this product works perfectly for it. Its finish is satin - it's not completely matte, but also not dewy. It does create a natural look on the skin. Despite the light coverage, it evens out the skin tone nicely. It covers up not very noticeable blemishes and light redness, but for everything else I use a concealer. I sometimes use it on its on but mostly I set it up with powder and it lasts a whole day with minimal fading away.
The packaging is a 30 ml tube that enables an easy dosage of a product.
Price: 8,89 € for 30 g
What Bell says about this product?
- light, moisturizing formula
- makes the skin colour uniform
- covers imperfections
- leaves your skin shining healthy
This is the first CC cream I tried so I can't compare it with any other, but from my experience, I can tell that Bell CC cream has practically the same formula as Bell BB cream. Maybe it has a tiny bit better coverage and it lasts a bit longer, but that are the only two differences I noticed. On my skin, these two act very similarly and if I wear them side by side you can't tell them apart because they have the same finish and they both give that natural look to the skin. Although I have CC cream in a darker shade than BB cream, they both adjust to my skin tone and after few minutes you definitely can't tell that one is brighter than the other.
I like to build up both and then set them with powder to make them last longer. Both products are actually perfect for me to use during the summer because they give me a natural and fresh look. As you can see I do have some blemishes and a bit of redness on my skin, but nothing too serious that would need a high coverage. Unfortunately, I can't say how these two would act on oily skin because my skin is on a drier side and for me, they work great.
Price: 7,89 € for 30 g
Which one I prefer - BB or CC cream? Telling the truth, I like both creams the same because I don't see any bigger difference on my skin. Despite the fact that I have BB cream in a lighter shade than CC cream, they both adjust to my skin tone and after a half an hour you can't tell anymore on which side I'm wearing BB and on which CC cream if I wear them side by side. Maybe the only difference is that CC cream has a tiny bit better coverage and it lasts a bit longer, but that's it. And the similarities are the reason I use both when doing makeup. I usually grab the one that is closer to my reach.
I also want to point out that these two creams don't contain any SPF as many other BB creams do (at least I didn't find any information that they would contain it), so be aware of that when purchasing them and use a sun cream underneath if you're going to spend a lot of time in the sun. :)
I recommend these products to you if you're searching for products with light coverage that feel lightweight on your skin and give it a natural look. If you want something with higher coverage, these three products aren't for you. :)
Bell HYPOAllergenic products are available at Tuš drugstore, Maxi, Nama and on www.bodizenska.si.
Have you tried Bell HYPOAllergenic products? Which ones would you recommend me? Thank you for reading!