Next up in my UK high street BB cream review series is this promising looking offering from 17. I have this in the shade Light, it also comes in Medium although oddly there is no darker shade. I find that disappointing.
I actually really like the packaging. It looks quite sleek and perhaps more expensive than its £6.99 price tag. You get the standard 30mls in a travel friendly squeezey tube.
The light shade is actually quite light! It does seem to be quite pink based so that is something to take into account and on me it does oxidise a little. It isn’t too bad but it does end up being just a shade darker than my pasty pale skin. I would guess that in a months time it will be a better match as the weather warms up.
I am pleased to say that this does meet my ‘BB Cream Criteria’. It covers well, I would say a good medium coverage, not the full coverage promised on the Boots website. It protects the skin with SPF 15 and it is quite hydrating too. The website also states that this will help control oil, I don’t necessarily find that it does but it doesn’t leave me look like a grease ball.
The texture is very thick and definitely benefits from either a stiff buffing brush, damp sponge or fingers to apply it. I found using any other type of brush left a very streaky finish. Once it is on the skin I find it comfortable to wear although I can feel that it is there. I personally don’t mind a thick foundation though.
The finish is very, very flattering on me. It just glides over my giant pores as if they don’t exist! Whilst it isn’t a matte finish my any means it doesn’t look overly shiny either. It’s a nice medium glowy finish although me being me I always powder over it any way.
The longevity is average at best on me but then it doesn’t make any long wearing claims. If I blot and powder regularly (which I always do regardless of what I’m wearing) I can get a work day out of this but I couldn’t wear it for much longer than that.
If you’re less oily than my nose of doom then you may find that this is a fabulous chuck on and go product for those days when you don’t want to do primer, foundation, powder etc. For me it takes a little more work to keep it looking tip top throughout the day but the overall finish is worth it to me.
*Bought by me*