YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Perfector (Medium): Before & After, Review, Swatch

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It must be hormonal or the cold weather, but lately my usually greasy face (read: oil machinery) has been patchy and somewhat dry. While my Josie Maran face mist is a life-saver by mid-day, Ms. Common Sense says I need more hydration. Maybe BB has the answer? But see I’m not big on BB or beauty balm because I detest adding more shine, at least based on my previous experiences. Yo  mama so ooompa loompa, she gonna look o’wange like no otha! 

Oh well I’m a trooper so while browsing Sephora few weeks ago, I decided to give YSL Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream Skintone Perfector ($50, 1.3 fl oz/ 40ml) a much- coveted chance of a lifetime. 

Available in only three shades (that’s one of the downside), I picked up medium. 

What the website says: “This intensely hydrating complex deeply moisturizes skin all day and corrects the appearance of uneven skintone and imperfections instantly. It contains vitamin C to correct discoloration and rose de mai extract to soften texture. The complex primes and unifies skin, creating a perfect canvas for foundation application”.

Okay let me preface that as I write this post, I am sick with cough and cold. I had flu shot last month but being exposed to sick patients day in and out, it’s no surprise that I contracted upper respiratory infection. Yep, despite my OCD handwashing and sanitizing!!!

Any- hachoo! here’s a before and after comparison. Obviously, “before” is my sick face without makeup (except for groomed brows & clear gloss; but if you’re damn curious to see moi with sparse and uneven brows, I invite you to see the monster here); “after” is still me, duh?! wearing YSL Top Secrets BB Cream in medium.

So for the nth time, say hi to my unedited open pores, acne scars and redness. It takes bajillion guts to expose my undone face but hey, how are you going to appreciate my review if you only see the finished look?

Let’s get down to ‘biz. Point-blank, this BB cream is another glorified tinted moisturizer but three points better. First, it is lightweight and very easy to blend. I like to apply it using Real Techniques buffing brush (I squeeze the product directly on the bristles and then blend and buff onto my face in circular motions). It’s light coverage, and as you can see from the photo, it camouflaged some redness.  Since it’s on the dewy side, one round is enough for me. You can see from the “after” photo that it gave my forehead and nose some shine. To reduce the dewiness, I gently dab tissue over my face to absorb the extra moisture then seal with a setting powder.

To those still unfamiliar with the “wonders of BB cream”, it’s supposed to do all these nice things (1) sun protection (2) prevent wrinkles (3) reduce lines and pore size (4) prime the face. Oftentimes, these companies will lure you with highfalutin jargons, i.e. BustWrinkle Technology, patented-PoreReduce, pending trademark FerfectFace, etc. But come to think of it, it’s just a repetition or replication of benefits albeit worded differently. So in reference to my “before and after” photo, you and I can see that my dreaded pores were slightly reduced. Dimethicone is a popular cosmetic ingredient, and it’s supposed to do just that, including priming the face and filling lines. Here’s a complete ingredient list of YSL BB cream, don’t blink because dimethicone is present.

Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octyldodecanol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Talc, Dimethicone, Silica, Fragrance, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Methylparaben, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Ethylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid,Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Alumia, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Benzyl Alchol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Isoeugenol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine.

Like I said, BB cream is touted to be an all-in-one makeup so I purposely skipped my skincare regimen in the morning (serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, priming) to test the longevity, hydration, and even oxidation properties of YSL Top Secrets BB Cream.

The reveal. It did oxidize after five hours minus the oompa loompa scare. As to be expected, my face felt hydrated but I had to blot three times throughout the day.  One thing worth-mentioning though, I’m not sure if it’s across the board but my face felt cool for few seconds after applying this BB. Lastly, you know that I advocate sun protection so having SPF 25 is a bonus! As to the promise of youth? C’mon, don’t tell me you still fall for it! Aging is inevitable, and it’s only a matter of time. But if you take good care of your skin i.e. avoiding too much sun/ tanning bed, moisturizing daily, you don’t smoke, then chances are, supple skin can be yours for a while. Overall, this is a good BB cream; it’s something I will wear when dry skin continue to be a pressing concern or in days when I feel like less is more. 

Ladies and gals, in between the sniffling and coughing, here’s the finished look, a.k.a Face of the Day.

Have you tried this BB? if not, what’s your favorite BB cream?




  1. February 18, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    My favorite BB cream is Peach Sake Pore by Skin Food. It's made with oily skin in mind, and it doesn't have that grayish cast that I dislike so much, but is so common in Asian BB creams. Pretty decent coverage, as well.

    In general, I haven't been impressed with the non-Asian BB creams.

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:08 am

      Thanks for your recommendation Lulubelle, I should try Peach Sake. Yeah, that's one thing I don't like w/ Asian BBs, the face looks grayish or sometimes lighter than the neck.

  2. February 18, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Even without the BB cream you don't look bad – even though your sick. However, it does a great job at covering up the redness.

  3. February 18, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Hmm, not sure how I feel about this one, especially for $50. Thank you for sharing your before and after photos, it makes it really easy to see the results. My favorite BB creams right now are Missha Perfect Cover and Elisha Coy Always Nuddy, both are Korean.

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:09 am

      Oh I heard nice things about Elisha Coy, I should look into it too!

  4. February 18, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I think your before is equally as pretty 🙂

  5. February 18, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    what a pretty finish. for $50 though, idk if I like it THAT much.

  6. February 18, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    I love the finished look! Also, I wish I looked as good as you while sick. I can't even function right now lol

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:10 am

      hahaha! You made me laugh hard, and I'm coughing now, seriously! Thanks Brooke!

  7. February 18, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    you look really good in the last pic (FOTD). I think this product really works for you! thanks for a post on this product

  8. February 18, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    Oh guuuuuuurl, we don't need no ooompa loompas! LOL I love Missha's BB cream!

  9. February 18, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    The BB Cream looks pretty good on you, I'd probably prefer one with more oil controlling properties!

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:12 am

      Thanks Mai. Yeah, the hunt for the perfect BB lives on

  10. February 19, 2014 / 12:22 am

    I can see where it did do some things for you but I am getting quite fed up with these brands that just throw on the BB name when they are more like a tinted moisturiser.

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:13 am

      Yeah, pretty annoying that anyone or any company for that matter can market a cream and use BB w/o shame.

  11. February 19, 2014 / 1:06 am

    I saw this when I was out shopping the other day. I am definitely interested in trying it!

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:13 am

      You have great skin Laura, I think you'll like this for its light coverage.

  12. February 19, 2014 / 2:33 am

    I really like Skin79 VIP Gold (just look for the gold one). The Skin79 hot pink version is also good- it doesn't have the slight grayish cast that the gold version has, yet for some inexplicable reason the gold looks slightly better on my pale skin w neutral undertones. Like the Korean BBs a lot, but I'm interested in trying Guerlain and Bobbi Browns versions. Oh yeah, I also use Amore Pacific cushion CC. It is awesome!

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:36 am

      Thanks for the great tips! I will consider Skin79 Gold, and yes I'm curious w/ Guerlain BB too!

  13. February 19, 2014 / 2:57 am

    I haven't tried this one, but I love BB creams. My faves are the Estee Lauder one and Peach Girl (Korean). I think you look fine with just the BB cream – it got rid of the redness and evened everything out. I love the FOTD.

    • February 19, 2014 / 6:37 am

      Thanks Nidia! I'm learning a lot from you guys' favorite BBs. I forgot EL has BB too!

  14. February 19, 2014 / 2:58 am

    Thanks for your review! I hope you are feeling better by now.

  15. February 19, 2014 / 3:36 am

    I don't think this is impressive enough to spend the money on. Feel better quickly.

  16. February 19, 2014 / 6:36 am

    oh my goshhh (extending that for dramatic purposes). Your skin looks ah-maz-ing with this.

  17. February 23, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    it looks like it covers the redness really well! I I would like to try this out.

  18. February 24, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    I don't have a favorite BB cream, but I liked how this one smoothes pores and covers redness (at least it looks like it does from your photos).

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