I love to update my look for summer and a healthy bright complexion is just the ticket! So with that in mind I have compiled a review of my top 5 tinted moisturisers (including BB/CC creams). All cruelty free, all widely available in South Africa and all ready to help your complexion survive and glow, like a goddess not a lobster, through even the hottest of Cape Town Summers.
In reality there is not much difference, which is why I have included them all in the same product review! However there are a few subtle nuances in what the products aim to achieve. They all consist of a day moisturiser base with a small amount of skin toned pigment mixed in for good measure. The simplest way I can describe the difference is this; they all fall somewhere in between skin care and make-up. However the CC cream pitches its tent closest to the skin care camp, the tinted moisturiser sits on the fence in the middle and the BB cream goes glamping, setting up nearer the make-up camp. CC creams will usually claim to contain comparatively more active skin care ingredients; targeting specific skin care concerns such as dark spots, sun spots, fine lines and acne scars. Tinted moisturisers tend to focus on adding a light level of coverage to your daily moisturiser to improve your complexion without the need for foundation. BB creams usually offer a little more coverage and aim to achieve the illusion of an “invisible foundation”, visually improving the look of your skin and perfecting your base. They can all be used as stand-alone products, replacing your usual moisturiser or as a base onto which foundation can be applied, resulting in a fuller level of coverage than foundation worn alone. In that respect the practical benefit of using them is similar to that of a primer. But unlike a primer they also offer more visible benefits when worn alone.
So here are my favourites!
1. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Dark Spot Correcting:
The promise: “It primes, perfects, protects, moisturises and controls oil – plus it neutralizes and brightens skin for a more even complexion. It’s also proven to fade dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks instantly and over time.”
Best for: Ages 25+ wanting to achieve natural, sheer coverage with a dewy finish. All skin tones. Ideal for creating even skin tone, covering minor blemishes such as sun spots and any slight discolouration. Leaves a healthy glow, brightening up the skin.
SPF: SPF 30, broad spectrum UVA/UVB
Where to buy: Larger Woolworths stores nationwide or online: http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/fragments/product-details/product-details-index.jsp?productId=502003590
My 10 cents:
Top of the list, this new CC cream from Smashbox is my overall strongest recommendation as it achieves everything I am looking for in a tinted moisturiser or summer base. Smashbox have recently phased out their original Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturiser and replaced it with a range of BB and CC creams. I am happy to report that this is a definite improvement and not just a sheep like effort to follow fashion. Their CC cream deserves the title of ”number one” for its high broad spectrum SPF, beautiful natural coverage with a dewy finish, 6 shades that are sheer enough to cover most skin tones, skin care benefits and of course the Smashbox Leaping Bunny status.
2. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, Broad Spectrum SPF 35:
The promise: “Moisturise, prime, perfect, protect and control oil in one step: this 5-in-1 beauty balm will give you a picture-perfect appearance. Wear alone or under foundation for more coverage.”
Best for: All ages. Anyone wanting to achieve natural, light coverage with a matt flawless finish. All skin tones. Ideal for perfecting your complexion, covering minor blemishes such as spots, discolouration or uneven skin tone. Leaves a shine free satin finish to the skin.
SPF: SPF 35, broad spectrum UVA/UVB
Where to buy: Larger Woolworths stores nationwide or online: http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/fragments/product-details/product-details-index.jsp?productId=501874354
My 10 cents:
Coming in a close second the Smashbox BB cream offers a little more coverage than its CC cousin but still light enough to stay looking fresh without melting down on a hot summer’s day. It also has a high broad spectrum SPF, offers beautiful natural coverage with a slightly more matt finish, making it a good choice for teenagers or adults with oily skin, and also comes in 6 shades. Of course this product also loves to hug a bunny!
3. Woolworths, SPF 15 BB Cream
The promise: “This lightweight, all-purpose moisturising blemish balm works to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone.”
Best for: All ages. Anyone wanting to achieve light coverage with a natural finish. Most skin tones. Ideal for covering minor blemishes such as spots, discolouration or uneven skin tone. Leaves a healthy glow to the skin with a neutral finish (neither very matt nor dewy).
SPF: SPF 15
Where to buy: Most Woolworths stores nationwide or online: http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/fragments/product-details/product-details-index.jsp?productId=502189912
My 10 cents:
For me this is a surprise entry into the top 5. I must admit I still find it a little odd buying make-up at the same store that I get my doughnuts from… but I have to say I am getting over it! Their WBeauty make-up and skin care products are really rather good. I first tried Woolies mascara which was excellent, and I also like their lipsticks and gloss. Yet to try their eye shadow, but that’s another blog post… so back to their BB cream! This sneaks into the top 3 because the coverage is good, yet still natural, and I really like the neutral finish which is matt enough to be worn without powder but dewy enough to add a subtle illumination to your skin, creating a health glow. I really like this product but it loses points for only coming in 3 shades (light, medium, dark) although admittedly it is sheer enough for those shades to potentially work for a lot of ladies. It also has no SPF so it should be worn on top of a neutral colourless broad spectrum sun block base.
4. Dr Hauschka Toned Day Cream
The promise: “This tinted moisturiser suits all skin tones and gives a light yet radiant, warm glow. Quince seed and Anthyllis extract as well as Rose wax serve to protect and nourish your skin. It can be used alone as a day cream or applied on top of your usual moisturiser.”
Best for: Mature warm/olive toned skin. Anyone with dry skin wanting to achieve medium coverage with a very dewy finish. Ideal for rehydrating tired or dull skin and creating an even skin tone. Leaves a bright healthy glow to the skin.
Price: R420+ (R470 at Woolworths)
Where to buy: Widely available in health shops including Wellness Warehouse. Also sold in larger Woolworths stores nationwide or online: http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/fragments/product-details/product-details-index.jsp?productId=100062674
My 10 cents:
If you are 30+ and white with a warm skin tone then this product definitely ranks higher up the list. But if not then you are out of luck until Dr Hauschka decide to develop the product to make it more suitable for a broader range of skin types and tones. This tinted moisturiser feels so luxurious on your skin and blends beautifully due to its rich combination of natural oils such as almond and apricot. This is the only oil based product in my review and there is a noted difference in the way the product feels and reacts with the skin. It does have more of a skin care feel to it compared to the other products in this review. It leaves a shiny finish, even after a few hours of settling into the skin, so it definitely needs to be used in conjunction with a good setting powder, especially along the t-zone and chin to avoid looking greasy after application. Dr Hauschka is one of my favourite brands; I admire their philosophy and love the quality of their skin care products so their Toned Day Cream has to be in my top 5. But aside from the colour limitations there are some other downsides. It does not contain an SPF, although it can be worn over your usual broad spectrum sun block, it also has a rather distinctive smell, not unpleasant but certainly “organic”! All that aside I do personally love this product and it’s the only base that I have ever warn that has prompted unprovoked compliments from friends and family, so it’s got to be good right?
5. The Body Shop, All-In-One BB Cream
The promise: “Our new All-In-One BB cream transforms from a white cream to suit your skin tone. Pigment-filled capsules burst when applied to the skin, releasing the colour inside. Just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish. It’s make-up and skincare in one.”
Best for: Under 35’s. Anyone with normal/combination skin wanting to achieve medium coverage with a velvety finish. Ideal for adding warmth and radiance to your complexion, creating even skin tone. Easy blending and buildable coverage.
Where to buy: Widely available in The Body Shops stores and some larger Clicks stores. Product details available online: http://www.thebodyshop.co.za/store/product/all-in-one-bb-cream
My 10 cents:
This product is suitable for all ages but particularly good for younger women as the coverage is buildable, allowing you to apply a sheer overall base then top up with a little more product over any problem areas. The pigment is made up of tiny little grains, dispersed within a white velvety base cream. As you apply it the pigment and base cream mix in a fashion that provides the same kind of satisfaction as popping bubble wrap… who said tinted moisturisers weren’t fun! Available in 4 shades and reasonably priced this little gem is definitely worth a try. No SPF though, so always apply over your usual broad spectrum sun block. It’s also worth adding that The Body Shop heavily advertises themselves as a cruelty free brand and none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals. They are however owned by L'Oréal who cannot claim the same cruelty free status, largely due to some of their international trading relations with China and Russia. But again my feelings on that are a whole different blog post! Just one note on this for now though; personally I think that as a brand The Body Shop do a lot to contribute toward public awareness regarding animal testing and they also support fair trade and sustainability guidelines when it comes to sourcing ingredients for their products. So, despite the L'Oréal grey area, I am happy to include their products in my professional and personal make-up kit for these reasons.
So that’s all I have to say on the matter of tinted moisturisers. In summary; pick one that comes in a decent range of shades so you can find a perfect match for your skin tone, try and choose one with a broad spectrum high SPF, be brave and opt for a lighter level of coverage and finally enjoy looking and feeling lovely this summer!