Eyeshadow with built-in SPF is a rare commodity, and this one delivers it in a mineral-based, broad spectrum sun protection formula that is both fragrance-free and gentle for the eye area!
We've been coming down a bit harder on products rated SPF 15 due to SPF ratings of 20 and above being the new normal around the world, mostly because people aren't applying such products liberally enough to get the stated amount of protection. However, we're giving this eyeshadow a pass because simply including some sunscreen is an advantage—but don't forget those sunglasses, too!
Sun protection is just one of the many benefits attributed to the "5-in-1" name. Long-wearing color, priming capabilities, brightening effects, and smoothed appearance of fine lines are the other four, and we're happy to report that this eyeshadow really does live up to each of those claims!
5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow comes in a frosted glass tube outfitted with a sponge-tip applicator. A little goes a long way, whether you apply this with the included wand or just your fingertips. The lightweight, creamy texture goes on like a breeze and allows ample time to blend before it dries down to a matte (in feel) finish.
This cream shadow serves dual-purpose as a primer for other powder shadows and it also prevents powder eyeshadows from flaking throughout the day. Even after several hours of wear we still didn't have creasing (and that's typically a real problem for some of us)!
The lighter shades can also function as a brightener under your normal shadow. The understated sparkly finish adds a dash of radiance, but isn't blatant like many other glitter or shimmer shadows. It looks matte, but just with a finely milled overlay of sparkle (that you have to look closely to see).
True to claim, 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow does a good job of minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles… particularly if you select a darker shade (those camouflage wrinkly skin better than the lighter colors).
The shade range consists of flattering neutrals including shades of brown, taupe, beige, and cream, as well as subdued hues of peach, pink, green and plum. Those who desire a more dramatic or trendy color palette may be disappointed, but we're guessing that if these eyeshadows are successful as we think they'll be, eventually more shades will be added. The pigmentation goes on opaque but sheers out as you blend. For more intensity you can pat it on or layer it without it looking cakey.
The downside to any cream shadow is that if you're going for a multi-colored eye design they're a little trickier to work with than a normal powder eyeshadow, but nonetheless, 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow really excels in terms longevity, blendability, and sun protection. Bravo!
By the way, if you're curious what "BB" buzz is all about, check out this article.
- Offers broad spectrum sun protection (a rare find in eyeshadow).
- Fragrance-free, gentle formula for the eye area.
- A little goes a long way; easy to blend.
- Flattering neutral shades.
- Matte finish with a subtle hint of radiance.
- Works amazingly as a primer for other shadows to adhere to (no creasing or flaking).
- Deeper shades help minimize the appearance of fine lines as claimed.
- Trickier to work with than a powder eyeshadow if you're going for a multiple-shade look.