5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow SPF 15
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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.
Active: Titanium Dioxide 17%: Sunscreen. Inactive: Isododecane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Acrylates Copolymer, Diacetyl Boldine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines.

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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Love this shadow, i dont use anything else from bare essentuals, but this is definitely a winner. Goes on smooth and silky & really doesn't crease throughout the day. Awesome find!

Reviewed by
Jennifer H.
Not really

I was disappointed. It had specks of glitter which although not initially apparent appeared when it dried. It made my lids look puffy and dry...the complete opposite of what I would be seeking....not recommended sadly....

Reviewed by
Linda C
Love this shadow!

I rarely wear eyeshadow - complicated to apply, time consuming,messy. This product glides on like a dream w/the applicator, then smudge out w/my finger, then quick run over edges and my crease w/a cotton swab. One and done - and it's really pretty, lightly shimmery looking but matte feeling, if that makes sense. Wears all day and still looks pretty at night when I take it off. Plus a little sun protection for my lids - ALL sun protection is a happy bonus. I have Nude and Spice. Love this!

Reviewed by
Dawn P.
Too glittery

I tried two shades, Purely Nude (I think it's called) and Soft Linen. Really wanted to like these, because they glide so easily onto the eyelid and can be used alone for a "natural" look or as an eyeshadow base. One look in a MAGNIFIED mirror revealed what I would never have noticed without my reading glasses: what I had thought was just a slight, even sheen was instead a significant amount of glitter, exactly what I don't want for crapey, creased, mature eyelids.

Reviewed by
Susan b.
Not as great as I had hoped

I was very excited to try this eyeshadow with its all physical sunscreen for my sensitive skin. It did not live up to my expectations. It was very heavy on my eyelid, but the worst part was the horrible color. It looked nothing like the swatches online or in the store display. Way too bright and garish. I found no shimmer to it at all. I like some shimmer in my eyeshadow bec I think it helps hide wrinkles better. This accentuated every little wrinkle and flaw on my eyelids. I returned it

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Not all are sparkley!

I guess I was lucky, I had read Juliannes comment and decided not to buy this because of the sparkley finish she wrote about. Yesterday, I went to sephora, as a gift they gave me a small sample of this 5-1 BB cream eyeshadow. I opened it and lo and behold, the sample was not at all sparkley, the color was Barely Nude. It dries to a natural matte color. so be sure to check out the colors and find out which ones are matt, and there may be only one. Julianne should exchange one for this color.

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These are not matte!

I bought the 3 shades that were reviewed as matte . They all have glitter in them! The product was not easy to apply. I used the Bare Escentuals website for application tips. I gave all 3 eyeshadows to my daughter who is still young enough to wear glittery eyeshadow. I wish somebody would make a creamy eyeshadow with no sheen for us older women. Glitter simply accentuates wrinkles!

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