I don’t claim to know it all when it comes to BB Creams but I do know a fair amount having tried out a lot and discovered what I believe are some of the best ones on the market! Foundations don’t really feature much in my daily routine anymore, it’s BB all the way. So I love when I get to try out a new one, especially from a brand that are very skin conscious like La Roche Posay.
First off, the plus points.
I was sent the light shade (there are two shades available) which is a a decent shade for fair skin tones. It’s still a touch too dark for me as it’s a little warm, giving me a slight orange tinge, but as it’s consistency is quite thin it blends well and will work on a greater range of skin tone shades. You can see below the Skin79 Gold actually looks darker in the swatch but is more neutral in tone and therefore once it oxidises, it matches my skin pretty much perfectly. I’ll be adding this to my BB Cream post with more swatches shortly but for now I hope this gives a good idea of it’s shade in natural light!
My advice is always, always swatch in store and check it out under natural light. On the plus side, this won’t block pores and is suitable for sensitive skin.
This will also work really well on dry skin. It’s quite wet on but this disappears over time or instantly once you apply powder. I always find pressing powder onto my skin with a puff is the best way when you use quite wet products like this to stop it sticking in clumps. Skin79 Gold is similarly wet like this one and once I’ve applied my ELF HD Powder, it’s perfectly satin smooth while still remaining hydrating for my skin.
Where this differs to Skin79 is that it’s a thinner consistency, more akin to a tinted moisturiser in the coverage levels. If you like a lot of product for full coverage, this will probably bring your hackles out but, if like me, you like a light coverage this won’t be a problem. Saying that, for lightness and coverage, Skin79 does beat it, especially when it comes to covering redness and sensitivity.
In the picture below you can see naked skin, La Roche Posay BB Cream swatched on my skin, blended and still wet and then set with powder. I didn’t use any primer or concealer with these pictures just to show you how it fares on it’s own.
I’ve been wearing it now for nearly 7 hours and find that I’m greasier than normal with this. It’s great for dry skin but if you’re combination or greasy beware that this may make you skin oilier throughout the day.
Overall, I don’t think I’m quite sold on this. It’s a nice product in many respects, and if you’re in the market for a very light product for days you’re running around and want something to perk up your skin a bit, this would definitely do the job, but for everyday use this may not suit everyone. My advice, swatch it, test it on your face if you can (or ask for a sample) and then make up your mind!
La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Cream is €18 and will be available nationwide later this month.