Most people opt to go with BB Cream whenever they don’t feel like having much makeup on, but not me. I would either go with all or nothing at all 😀 . BB Cream (especially Korean brand) is my least favourite base makeup as they are too oily for my skin. It’s not a secret that I’m all about matte skin. Having said that, I actually kinda like Western version of BB Cream. They suit my skin and preference so well. And when I said Western BB Cream, that includes this NEW L’Occitane Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF 30.
Funny thing is, I was all hyped up on L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Skin Tone Perfecting Cream as CC Cream is my absolute favourite so when I started using this Immortelle Precious BB Cream, I was speechless. It’s unlike those BB Cream that I hate and I think I just smack myself for declaring my love for CC Cream loudly last week because I like this BB Cream too! Oh boy 😀 . I should have known better Western BB Cream NEVER fail. On me at least 😉
This Immortelle Precious BB Cream comes in 3 shades – 01 Fair, 02 Light and 03 Medium. The shade that I have and tested is 02 Light, which is a spot on shade for me. BB Cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base or beblesh balm. Yes, all the weird name people put on initials 🙂 . However in the Western market, BB is widely known as beauty balm. To me it doesn’t really matter what you call it. We would ended up calling it BB Cream anyway. BB cream was originally created in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek to protect her patients’ skin after facial peels and surgery. So BB Cream in general is an all-in-one product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock.
Adapting to the concept, this Immortelle Precious BB Cream is also a multi-purpose formula product that works in 3 different ways:
- Evening out uneven skin tone by concealing and brighten dull skin.
- Smoothening and soften any signs of fatigue or stress and fatigue.
- Protect skin against damaging effects of photo-aging.
I love the dense and slim tube. It comes with a pointy nozzle tip for precise dispensing so it is less messy working with the product. I find that tube with huge dispense hole tend to leak and so messy during application. Imagine doing your makeup in a rush 😀
02 Light is meant for fair skin with yellow undertone. I suppose 01 Fair is for fair skin with pink undertone. 03 Medium on the other hand is more for medium to dark skin or for those who are into the healthy sunkissed glow 🙂 . So choosing the right shade is pretty easy. I have yellow undertone so if I use 01 Fair, I might end up with a gray cast on my skin. I think you get the drill.
The coverage is amazing. It is buildable from sheer to medium or even to full coverage, depending on the amount of product you use. I like medium to full coverage so I would layer the product on until I get the desired coverage. It has a rather strong floral scent to it. I found out that the BB Cream formula is enriched with organic immortelle essential oil, which is rich in active molecules that offers unique anti-aging results. The scent does goes away after a while but while you are working on the application, you will have to bear with the scent. As for me, I like scented product so I am fine with it 🙂
Below is the Before and After comparison with just one layer of product. It is light on the skin and sheer. So keep layering until you get your desired coverage. What I REALLY LOVE is that the BB Cream finishes off MATTE! A matte BB Cream! Now, that is rare. You get it now why I like it right?
I told a few people I met last week that I am just wearing L’Occitane Immortelle Precious BB Cream and set it with a translucent powder as my base makeup. Their reaction was like “no way”. That is because no one can really tell that I had BB Cream on as the coverage is just as good as foundation, provided you layer it on until full coverage like I do ya. Don’t just put on a thin layer and expect miracle 😛 . I won’t deny that it does takes an effort to keep layering on product but I can assure you the result is amazing and smooth. I bet you can’t even tell I had BB Cream on. Of course the brightening effect gave it away. However you will still need a separate concealer for spot concealing on darker spots.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if it is a BB Cream or CC Cream. What matter is that the product delivers and your skin loves it. It’s a bonus when you look good with it. I had a great first experience trying L’Occitane BB Cream and CC Cream. I was more surprised with how my skin and I react to the BB Cream. I didn’t thought I would like it and I did. Never say never 🙂
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.