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Ask me three years ago and I wouldn’t even bother with a BB cream. With my skin being extremely oily back then (and many many moons ago), it’s a rather surprising change that I am gravitating towards it now more than ever. I mean most BBs I’ve tried back then were mostly dewy and uber hydrating, a stark contrast to what my greasy face needed. Blame summer or
hormonal factor aging, either way I just want light coverage, sunscreen, and moisturizer all in one sitting. Fuzz-free is the buzzword for this old lady, haha!
Guerlain recently added BB cream to its famous Aqua-Serum line, aptly named BB+ Hydra (40ml, 1.3 fl oz, $75). In a nutshell, it’s a tinted moisturizer with sun protection benefits. I’m big on serums so even if I’m still loving another foundation from Guerlain, the Terracota Joli Teint (review here), you can tell that “want” obviously won over “need”. I want it regardless, #idontevenhavetoexplain
What the website says: “Guerlain takes a cue from its best-selling Super Aqua-Serum and its Aquacomplex, which purifies cellular water to improve circulation and restore a youthful appearance, and infuses it into Super Aqua-Serum BB+ Hydra Beauty Balm Instant Hydration SPF 25. In a single step, your skin receives instant, long-lasting hydration, your wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed and your complexion is noticeably more even. Its subtly tinted, feather-light texture protects your skin from both UV rays and dehydration while perfecting your complexion for a naturally radiant glow. It’s lightly fragranced with notes of fresh rose, aqua flower, ylang ylang and jasmine.”
What my oily yet maturing skin says: I was pleasantly surprised that its dewy finish didn’t turn me off. It applied smoothly and evenly like a real foundation. It didn’t settle into my pores or aggravate their size as the day progressed (if you are cursed with oily skin and ravaged by craters, then you know that shine is our greatest foe!). While there were minor shine issues and I had to blot my face twice during the entire period I was wearing it (which was approximately ten hours), I still like the overall lightweight-feel and sense of inexplicable glow this BB Cream gave me. In fact, I got asked by dear patients what makeup I was wearing or was told that I look fresh. Now whether that’s wholeheartedly said or merely attributed to vision problems, I seriously don’t know *insert four snaps here*. Wear time is impressive, it stayed on until I was ready to remove a day’s worth of hard work. Needless to say, the sunscreen component (SPF25) is cherry on top.
The only drawback which is common to all BB creams? it’s available in only two shades, Light and Medium so color-correction is required if neither one suits you. Fragrance is also relative but if you’re familiar with Guerlain, then you know that all their products are floral scented.
To your enjoyment, here’s moi au naturel, with Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ in Medium, and the final look (covered my eye bags with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, set with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, and drenched my lips with YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 4 Rouge in Danger).
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