Product Review: Lancôme UV Expert BB Cream SPF 30Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Lancôme says: Immediate flawless finish: Lines, spots and dullness instantly fade out as the lightweight texture smoothly glides on.Packaging
Everyday skin’s refinement for visibly and touchably smoother skin.
SPF 30 protective shield against UVA & UVB: Fist class protection against premature skin ageing and pigmentation.
The UV Expert BB Complete has a unique light air weight texture and is proven to weigh as little as four feathers.
Sturdy and lightweight - the packaging gets an A+ grade for functionality, though if I'm going to nitpick here I have to say that I was expecting something a little more fancy/luxe-looking.
This BB cream isn't one of the heavier creams out there, but it is also far from the lightest. There are very 'watery' BB creams out there - my Luview Aqua Essence BB Cream being a prime example - but this isn't one of them.
It comes in two shades - Shade 1 for pink undertones and Shade 2 for beige. In the swatches below, you can see that both undertones are quite subdued, and so if you aren't in either extreme, you can use both.
The light texture of this BB cream means that it is easy to blend - I just dot the cream on my face and blend it with fingers. I find that fingers are the best way to apply BB cream as they need a little bit of warming up to perform at their best.
It also feels extremely lightweight on the skin - give it about 10 minutes to settle into your skin and you won't feel a thing after! No need for powder unless you have extremely oily skin. Another huge plus is that I can wear it all day without irritating my skin! Generally I can only wear thicker products with SPF in them for short periods of time, otherwise I break out. I wore this for an entire day, a few days in a row, without any issues. That gets a big gold star from me!
I would say that the coverage with this BB cream is sheer - it isn't obvious in the swatches below but my little freckles and acne scars were still visible even after applying two layers. I would recommend this for people with decent skin. If you suffer from breakouts, you might want to look for a foundation/BB cream with better coverage.
Wearing Shade 1
Wearing Shade 2
The overall effect that this BB cream provides is wonderfully radiant and luminous skin. I have discovered that Shade 1 with its neutral/pink undertones really helps to brighten my NW20-ish skin. If you have a similar skin tone then I highly recommend using Shade 1. It looks a little funny at first, but once it settles into the skin, the effect is beautiful.
I think this BB cream is the perfect everyday base, because it contains a high SPF, evens out the skin tone, masks imperfections adequately, and creates radiant skin without sacrificing oil control. However, I wouldn't recommend it for pictures if you have bumpy skin or large pores, because this BB cream didn't manage to mask mine. In pictures, my tiny oil seeds and bumps around my forehead, and pores around my nose, were all visible in close-ups.
Pros vs. Cons
Lightweight - barely feels like you have anything on your skin
Creates a very radiant finish with good oil control
Does a fantastic job of brightening the skin
Does not cause breakouts
Coverage a little too sheer for acne-prone skin
Does not disguise bumps and pores in the skin
This BB cream retails for AUD 52/70 per 30/50mL tube at Lancôme counters.