Tested on animals:No
Oooo la la… a BB cream with ARGAN OIL! Can you sense the sarcasm there? This may sound like the next best thing in makeup, but in reality, those buzzwords are just marketing fluff.
Don't get us wrong, this BB cream does contain some skin beneficial ingredients, including the highly touted argan oil, but it isn't quite the "liquid gold" they make it out to be. Argan oil does have merit for skin as we explain here, but it isn't superior to other less exotic-sounding plant oils like olive, corn or castor oil, and the hype around BB creams is blown out of proportion in general (see More Info to learn why).
That aside, we do love that this BB cream provides mineral broad spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit and contains a smattering of other skin-helpers like willow bark extract, shea butter, and vitamin E.
Unfortunately it also contains enough detectable fragrance to put your skin at risk for irritation (see More Info to learn why fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types).
That's a shame because performance-wise this isn't a bad BB cream to consider. The creamy formula is dispersed via squeeze tube (which they recommend shaking before use so the formula doesn't separate) and meshes naturally with skin.
You can expect medium coverage and a subtle satin finish that works for those with dry, combination, and even oily skin! It doesn't cling to dry flakiness, nor does it look dewy or slick.
Of the two shades offered, Light is flattering for those with light (but not fair) skin and Light Medium takes it a shade darker (medium-tan to deep skin tones are out of luck with this BB cream).
Were it not for the fragrance factor, this BB cream would have earned a higher rating, but even then, the restricted shade options would limit this BB cream's appeal to the masses.
- Subtle satin finish works well for dry to slightly oily skin types.
- Offers natural-looking, medium coverage for light to medium-light skin tones.
- Provides mineral-based, broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Fragranced formula puts skin at risk for irritation.
The Scoop on BB Creams: Most BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers, often with sunscreen. Most include some beneficial ingredients that may or may not be present in tinted moisturizers, but that's where the excitement stops. BB creams hold no advantage in terms of multi-tasking beyond what the best tinted moisturizers with sunscreen provide. And despite their names, they're not particularly beneficial for blemishes (think acne, red marks, white bumps, etc.). BB creams from east Asian brands tend to be thicker and offer more coverage while those from Western brands tend to be sheerer, but again there's nothing particularly special about their formulas.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).