It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Korean BB Cream particularly the Missha and Skin 79 brands. Now they’ve made their way onto the British high street and I couldn’t be happier. But do they compare with the Korean version and what exactly is a BB cream?
BB stands for blemish balm. Put simply it’s a formulation that aims to deliver full coverage, hide imperfections, hide dark circles, even skintone, moisturise, correct skin complaints and protect against UV rays.
The 17 version comes in two shades light and medium. I opted for medium and it was a good colour match. But I was disappointed in the lack of colour choices. There are more than 2 shades of skin after all. I was sorely disappointed in the garnier version so I’m hoping this one fares better.
Currently on offer for £5.99 but the usual price is £6.99. 17 is also on 3 for 2 at the moment.
17 claim that it evens skintone, covers imperfections and gives a flawless finish. But are the claims true? In a word – NO! I suffer from light and dark areas on my face like a lot of mixed race ladies so hoped that their claim that it evens skintone was true. But no such luck. After application my skintone wasn’t evened out. Very disappointing.
The result was far from a flawless finish and imperfections were in no way hidden. When I use my Korean BB cream it does do what 17 claims to but the 17 one is a big fail. It is less of a BB cream and more of a poor tinted moisturiser. It does give your skin a nice sheen but that’s its only redeeming quality.
Would I buy it again? In two words – no way! I’d be better off buying a foundation. It would give me much better coverage. So disappointed with this product. It seems I’ll be buying the Korean version until the UK ups its game.
There has been a tonne of buzz surrounding Sleek’s Pout Paints so of course I had to try it out. It’s described as a heavily pigmented lip colour that can be mixed to create your own unique colour. But does it live up to the hype?
The shades I tried were milkshake, peachy keen and Rosette. The first thing I noticed was that the contents felt crunchy inside the tube but as soon as you open the tube that dissipates and the tube then feels soft and fluid inside. How odd!
Here’s some swatches of the three shades.
L-R – Milkshake, Rosette, Peachy Keen
The one thing I noticed while applying them is how time consuming it is, due to the heavy pigmentation . It’s very pigmented so the look won’t be for everyone as it’s very bright and in your face definitely not one for shrinking violets. It’s also not at all transfer proof. My coffee cup was left with a bright lip print on it and I wouldn’t go near your boyfriend while wearing it or he’ll be left looking like a clown. It mixes really well though so it’s perfect for creating your own shade and it comes in loads of different colours. It lasted well though – four hours in and my lips were almost as vivid as they were when I applied it despite the transfer onto my coffee mug.
I love bright pigmented lippies so I am a fan of this product but as I said before it’s not for everyone. I’m dark skinned so this product is one of the few lip products that actually standout on me and I usually find that many lip products aren’t pigmented enough against my dark skin.
Here’s the lippies in action :
Top to Bottom – Peachy Keen, Milkshake, Rosette
My favourite of the bunch was definitely Rosette. It’s a lovely bright fuschia and was by far the easiest to apply evenly. I’m really keen to try the other colours in the collection and to experiment more with mixing shades. For those less adventurous there is a white shade that can be mixed with the others to lighten up the colour. So has anyone else tried the pout paints? What did you think?
* Pout paints are available at Superdrug or online and are currently 3 for 2*