12.08.2015
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Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme and Brightening Balm
1 fl. oz. for $50
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:12.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme and Brightening Balm offers a BB cream and creamy, sheer highlighter in one cleverly packaged product. The BB cream is housed in the squeeze tube, while the flip cap holds the Brightening Balm. Combined, this is a great way to enliven, moisturize, brighten, and protect normal to dry skin! Multi-benefits? You bet!

The BB cream has a soft, sheer, peachy-pink tint that works for most skin tones. Rather than adding coverage (though you do get a bit of that), this banishes dullness and adds a subtle shot of healthy-looking color. The formula is ideal for normal to dry skin, including those prone to dryness and breakouts. Its finish and overall feel are likely to be frowned upon by those with oily skin.

The liquid-cream texture blends readily with skin, setting to a satin-glow finish that doesn't look overly greasy and feels hydrating, but not heavy or slick. Sun protection is provided by a broad-spectrum blend that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening.

Rounding out the slightly fragranced BB cream's formula is a mix of antioxidant plant oil, plant extracts with antioxidant benefits, and skin-repairing ingredients. We wish more BB creams offered this type of formula! Oh, and about that fragrance: It's not too potent, but if you have extra-sensitive skin, you may want to skip this one.

Turning to the Brightening Balm housed in this product's cap, it glides on smoothly and provides a moderate amount of pale gold shine wherever it's placed. We liked it best when applied under the eyes (on top of concealer) and to the high point of the underbrow area. While the shine isn't sparkling or glittery, it does leave a sheen that can be tricky to soften if you find it too obvious. It's less "lit-from-within", more "lights, camera, action!"

Brightening Balm doesn't crease or smudge once set, and its fragrance-free formula adds to the hydration abilities of the partner BB cream. If you decide to try this product, experiment with the Brightening Balm to see how you like the effects it allows you to create. You can dab it over eyeshadow or apply under concealer to soften its shine without completely losing the glow.

If it's not obvious, we're big fans of Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme and Brightening Balm, especially for normal to dry skin, including those prone to breakouts. You get broad spectrum sun protection, lightweight moisture, a shot of healthy, complexion-enlivening color, anti-aging ingredients, and a built-in highlighter that's more versatile than it seems. The price makes this a splurge for many, but it's money well spent.

Pros:
  • BB cream portion provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • BB cream contains a good mix of antioxidants + repairing ingredients.
  • Soft peach tint enlivens a dull complexion.
  • Feels lightweight, yet still hydrates.
  • Adds a healthy, radiant glow.
  • Brightening Balm highlights and brightens without distracting sparkles.
Cons:
  • None.
Community Reviews
Claims
Protect, perfect and highlight—all in one. This lightweight BB crème creates an even-toned finish that minimizes the look of dark spots and imperfections. Skin looks fresh and feels comfortable. A high-level SPF 50 protects to keep future damage at bay. In the cap, a Brightening Balm creates instant light, anywhere you want to glow. The Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Collection: Protect against daytime damage and harness the power of the night. Naturally derived botanicals work with your skin’s own daily cycle to help repair and prevent the look of dark spots. Day by day, skin awakens looking fairer, brighter, more translucent.
Ingredients

BB Creme IngredientsActive Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.70%, Oxybenzone 3.00%. Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Neopentyl Glycol Dihepanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukul) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicione, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Whey Protein\LactisProtein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Caffeine, Lecithin, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrat De Levure, Oryzanol, Sorbitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Cetyl Alcohol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acrylolyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroxnathan Gum, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Tetrahecyldecyl Ascorbate, Silica, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica. Brightening Balm Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jojoba Esters, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.