When I found out Clarins released a BB Cream, I was quite excited because most Western brands had already launched their versions of BB and CC Creams and so far, I have not been particularly taken with anyone of them.
Clarins have been waiting in the wings before releasing their BB Cream as they were spending quite some time on R&D to make sure that the product will be something to cater to our needs. I admire that they didn’t just hop on the bandwagon like the rest of the lot.
The version we get locally is the Asia-specific one in a white tube and I’m not sure if the formula is similar to the one released in North America and Europe, which comes in a red tube. Also I was told that although they named it a “BB” Cream, it actually utilises the “CC” Cream technology and coverage (or something to that effect). I’m not quite sure what that means but I’ll take their word for it.
Being part of the UV Plus HP Range, the BB Cream offers a really decent SPF40 and is specially developed to suit Asian women needs. Formulated with organic blackcurrant bud extract, a substance known for antioxidant properties, the BB Cream is targeted to minimize and soothe any redness caused by a busy and stressful modern lifestyle. It’s a 100% mineral sun protection formula so it will be a good option for those who are sensitive to chemical sunscreens.
When I first squeezed out the product, I realised I may have an issue with the shade because it looked quite dark against my skin tone. The colour is a beige-tan with pink undertones. I think this will look better on someone who is a shade or two darker than me (possibly a MAC NC30 or NC35). Unfortunately the BB Cream only comes in one colour, which I don’t think is enough to cater to a variety of Asian skin tones.
The consistency is thick and it took quite a bit of work to blend out. I’ve tried a few ways to apply it, using my fingers, a brush and a Beauty Blender, and each method yielded slightly different results. I prefer using a Beauty Blender because I find that it blends a bit better with the soft, round sponge bouncing across my face. But it tends to drag due to the thick texture and because my skin is a little dehydrated, the product didn’t meld into my skin and sort of sat on top making my face appear very cakey.
The shade offered is just wrong for my skin tone and I can actually see a difference between my face and neck. It also oxidises, which is not good since the shade is already too dark on me. It will start getting patchy after a few hours and I normally have rather long work days, so I am very conscious that my face is looking worse and worse as the day progresses.
I can’t say I’m a fan of Clarins’ BB Cream and am extremely saddened because I have not found a Western BB Cream that actually works for me. I think this BB Cream may be more suitable for oilier skin types because oil-control is quite impressive. I know some people love the Clarins BB Cream and it has worked out very well on them. So I won’t knock it off completely because your skin may vary.
The Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection BB Cream is available at Clarins counters and boutiques for RM158. Each tube contains 30ml of product.