The most over-achieving make-up product ever? Rimmel’s new BB cream (R99,95). It promises to do nine things, namely prime, moisturise, minimizes pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and help protect your skin from the sun with an SPF of 25.
Because I’m a petty cow, I’d first like to say that I don’t understand how this product could ‘prime’. I mean, it’s not like you’re going to apply foundation on top of it. Also, it only minimises the appearance of pores and, in my book, ‘concealing’ and ‘covering’ are the same thing. And what do they mean by brightening? I didn’t spot any skin lightening ingredients in it.
Still, aside from all that, this is a nice product if you consider it a tinted moisturiser or more hydrating sheer-looking foundation. It’s available in three shades; Light, Medium and Medium/Dark. While the latter is a bit orange-y, the Light and Medium shades are more neutral-looking, if not a leetle on the pink side of things.
I used the Medium shade a couple of times and found it wasn’t hydrating enough to wear alone and was difficult to blend but both these issues were easily solved by applying it on top of my daily moisturiser. Coverage-wise, it did a good job of evening out my skin, leaving it with a matte look that got dewier as the day wore on. It doesn’t hide anything though. You’re still going to see your skin peeking through it (which is actually rather nice if you’re after a sheer-looking tint) so best you don’t toss your concealer just yet.
In short, if you’re looking for a BB cream, this isn’t it. However, Rimmel’s new super make-up is a good enough tinted moituriser.