Lancome Bienfait Multi-Teinte BB Cream in 1 Natural – Photos, Swatches, Review

Lately I have been wearing a BB Cream most days. If I am not really up to anything “special” then I prefer the ease of just quickly throwing on a tinted moisturizer type product with a good level of sun protection so that my skin is protected and looks a little more even toned. I have tested several BB Cream products but it isn’t often that one makes it into my regular rotation. The new Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte ($58 CND) has done just that because it meets my criteria of dewy coverage and SPF of at least 30.

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The vitamin enriched moisturizing formula of the Lancome BB cream makes it perfect for my dry skin and leaves it feeling hydrated without exaggerating any dry areas I may have. I think this product is probably best suited to those with normal to dry skin as it does offer a lovely dewy finish. It has a decent amount of coverage for a BB cream and never settles into my lines and pores. It offers totally natural coverage and feels great. There are 4 shades available:

  • 1 Natural
  • 2 Sand
  • 3 Bisque
  • 4 Bronze

Shade 1 is, unfortunately, too dark for me. Luckily it is sheer enough that I can blend, blend, blend and it looks pretty good. This will be a great summer option for me but as my tiny amount of summer colour fades I fear I may have to put it away for the cooler seasons.

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Vichy ProEven Skincare and BB Cream Review

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The VICHY ProEven skincare line is based on their unique ProEVEN Patented formula of:

  • LHA – to provide gentle chemical exfoliation to even out the skin while helping to shed dead dark skin cells.
  • Ceramide Bright – to brighten your skin tone.
  • Vitamin C – to provide an immediate glow.

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The first step in the VICHY ProEVEN routine is their new ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam ($19.95/100ml CAD). It has a cream gel texture that transforms into an ultra thick plush foam that feels wonderful on the skin. I find a little goes a long way as it foams up so well  you can end up rinsing forever if you use too much. It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean and I felt it lived up to it’s claims of being safe for sensitive skin.

The staple, and first released, product in the VICHY ProEven line is the ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector ($44/30ml CAD). It has become the top selling moisturizer in Canadian drugstores. It is hydroquinone free and addresses all symptoms of skin unevenness. I have been using it twice daily without the irritation I often experience with some skin lightening products. I have been using the system for about a month and I think I am starting to see some lightening of my darkest spots and an overall more even look to my skin. My skin is very stubborn to any improvement when it comes to my sun spots. What I really love is how hydrating this cream is and while it is a very light consistency a little bit goes a long way so you get a lot of longevity out of your 30ml tube even with twice daily use.

There is a new eye cream as part of the VICHY ProEVEN line, ProEVEN Eyes Daily Eye Corrector ($39.50/15ml CAD). It addresses not only dark spots but dark under eye circles as well. It has a unique formula that address the wide array of causes of dark circles.

  • Caffeine to aid in lymphatic drainage for darkness caused my nasal congestion.
  • Vitamin B3 to reduce inflammation.
  • Ceramide Bright + Liquorice extract to control pigmentation.
  • LHA for exfoliation to reduce the accumulation of dark dead skin cells.
  • Vitamin Cg + Ceramide Bright to brighten skin tone to conceal the thinning of skin and increased visibility of blood vessels.

I’m really happy with this eye cream. I can use it both morning and evening as it performs well under makeup and absorbs well. My eye area looks brighter and hydrated.

The Vichy ProEVEN BB Cream ($35/40ml CAD) is one of the better BB creams I have tried. It offers a good amount of coverage for a bb cream and has a lovely natural finish that is neither too matte nor too dewy. The Light-Medium shade adapted well to my fair complexion. While I really enjoy the effect of this BB Cream it does emphasize any dry flaky skin I have so I have to keep up with my exfoliation. It has an SPF of 20 which is too low for me to rely on for daily use so I either need to layer a sunscreen beneath or reserve it’s use for days when I won’t really be outdoors. The ProEVEN BB Cream contains derivatives of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E to nourish skin. I do wish that the BB Cream contained the same actives as the other ProEVEN products to actively reduce pigmentation. This product works more to conceal slight redness and discolouration.

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The VICHY ProEVEN complete skin tone correction and perfection routine is available now at VICHY retailers.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ~ Photos, Swatches, and Review

 

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began testing the Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I had seen some other reviews and had the impression that it may be too dark for my skin and had also heard it had a bit of a tacky feel. Well I’m very happy to report that neither of those issues were present for me. The packaging of the Beauty Balm itself is squeeze tube packaging which I love for the sanitary aspects, lack of trapped/wasted product, and travel friendliness.

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I thought I would show you all four sides of the outer box packaging. The front promotes the Beauty Balm as offering an SPF of 20 as well as the benefits of DNA Repair, Optical Blurring, and an Oil Free formula.

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Naked Skin is so loaded with anti-aging ingredients that it can replace your anti-aging treatment. It’s that good!

• Pepha®-Protect, derived from watermelon extract, is rich in vitamins and amino acids like citrulline. It helps protect skin’s DNA against the damage caused by daily exposure to UV rays and free radicals.

• High-tech ingredients like Vitasource™ and dGlyage® boost skin firmness and elasticity while blurring fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections.

• Optical blurring pigments diffuse light to blur flaws while giving skin an ultra-definition flawless finish that looks luminous and youthful.

• Naked Skin doesn’t contain oil or paraben.

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The Beauty Balm offers an SPF of 20 via Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide. Pepha-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage and skin is firmed, and elasticity improved, with Vitasource and dGlyage. I haven’t used the product long enough to speak to any long term skincare benefits but I’m looking forward to seeing an improvement in my skin.

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I am VERY happy with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I think it is important to note that this product performs more as an all in one skincare and primer solution rather than offering the coverage that most BB Creams offer. I am absolutely loving this as a primer. I still follow my normal skincare routine most of the time but when I am in a hurry I love that I can apply only the Urban Decay Beauty Balm and my skin feels sufficiently moisturized and prepped for makeup. It performs brilliantly as a primer. It evens out some of the redness in my skin, blurs my pores and wrinkles, and helps my foundation last all day. I found it set with a soft, smooth finish and I didn’t experience any tackiness at all. It blended really nicely into my fair skin giving me a bit of a warm glow and taking away redness. I have been using this daily as a primer since receiving it. I find SPF 20 sufficient for these winter days when I am not spending much time outdoors. In the summer I will likely layer a higher SPF underneath.

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Naked Skin Beauty Balm (SRP $34) is available from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

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