BB creams are perfect for summer as they are lighter, helps to brighten the skin, and looks more natural due to the lower coverage. The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream is one of my favourite newly discovered base products for when I want a more natural look. I’ve been using this a lot on the days when I just don’t want a fuller coverage foundation, and it wears really well for a day at the office.
The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream is a relatively goopy cream, almost like the consistency of a creamy makeup primer. Its not as fluid as other BB creams I’ve tried, so it spreads out a little harder, BUT that’s offset by the medium coverage it provides (unlike other BB creams that have more of a light coverage). Not only does it help to cover redness and dark spots, I also found that it smoothed out my pores and helped to brighten my skin overall. The finish is semi-matte, but I always finish off with a dusting of powder.
In terms of wear time, it generally wears well during the day up until hour 6-8 and then it starts to fade away (or eaten up by my skin). Oil control is just slightly above average, as I don’t find that I grease up as quickly as other foundations or BB creams, but not fantastic as I still need to blot throughout the day.
The shade I received is 00 Fair, which surprisingly is a pretty good match for my NC25 skin once it’s blended out. I found that it does adapt to the skintone of the wearer, and even though Fair leans slightly pink, it didn’t turn my skin ashy – rather it helped to brighten my skintone just a little bit more.
I also love that it comes with SPF 25 and PA+++ for full spectrum protection. I always (ALWAYS) wear a sunscreen as the last step of my daytime skincare regime, but if you are tight for time and need some sun protection, you can use this as your backup plan.
Recommend? definitely, if you can find a match to your skintone.
Priced at C$43 for 45mL, you can purchase Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream at The Bay, Sears, and other Clarins counters, or online.
Comparison swatches – Clarins 00 Fair, Chanel B20, and Guerlain 02