Firstly, I’d like to say a big hoorah for a “western” BB Cream with a decent SPF rating. The Estee Lauder Daywear BB Creme* comes with a broad-spectrum sun protection rating of SPF35. What it doesn’t come with, is a whole bunch of moisture – and that’s bad news for me, especially because it’s kind of the whole reason I fell in love with BB creams in the first place. But let’s not forget, this version from Estee Lauder has disassociated itself with the whole BB cream ‘thing’ by re-imagining those two initials, not to mean blemish/beblesh balm, but ‘beauty benefit’. If that sounds a little bit wanky, it’s because it is.
Having said that… every cloud has a silver lining does it not?
What the Estee Lauder Daywear BB Creme does introduce, is very good oil control. It doesn’t achieve this by mattifying the crap out of your complexion, you’ll still see a certain amount of dewiness (a.k.a life) and definitely a lot of ‘real’ skin, but it manages to velvet-ify (that’s SO a word), keeping the greasies (also a word) at bay very effectively indeed.
Coverage is sheer/medium but it evens my skintone without arguments and reduces the redness admirably. If you’ve got blemishes, you’ll need to conceal these – don’t be layering four coats of BB cream ontop and hoping for the best.
Many have raised concerns about the shade and yes, two shades is not enough and 01 Light (the palest) is both too dark and too warm-toned for pale, cool pink types like myself. If you’re an NC20 upward, you should be fine with this shade. I’m not one to be massively horrified if a foundation doesn’t match my skintone exactly, I just don’t want to look tangoed or for people to take sly twitpics of me to show their friends how ‘not’ to get matched for foundation. You know? Hopefully the pictures will give a better impression of what I’m trying to say but I think I can get away with this one aslong as I don’t get too fixated on it not quite being right.
What else is there to mention? Packaging is sleek and portable, if not the sexiest I’ve seen. It smells strongly of cucumber, reminding me of the Boots own range of cucumber products… again, this doesn’t really scream “I’m worth my £32 price tag”.
Ok, before/after time – this is taken under flash conditions, at night so the change in tone is pretty much spot on (as I have complete control over the lighting here). Also, I’m loving the chin spot.
The bottom line is this, if you have very dry skin, there are more suitable products available in the BB cream world for you. If you have combination or oily skin and you’re a little darker than the average sun-dodger, you should really try and beg a sample of this from your nearest counter because I think it may be the best BB cream you’ve yet to try.
Estee Lauder Daywear BB Creme is available to buy now online and on counter, priced at £32 for 30ml
* press sample