When I first learned of Kiehl’s foray into the BB world, I was quite torn. I’ve always believed that BB creams are some sort of an Asian stronghold, and as such, I am skeptical of Western brands doing the BB. But Kiehl’s is such a dear brand to me (I’ve been using Crème de Corps forever!), I believe they are serious about their R&D, so I knew I had to give them a chance and try their new baby BB:
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream in Natural, 5ml sample size
“…In a formula that offers lightweight, yet buildable coverage, developed with amino acid coated natural mineral pigments, Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream conceals imperfections while working to correct skin discolorations.
Additional benefits include reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines while providing all-day hydration and broad-spectrum SPF 50/ PA+++ protection.
In an industry achievement, Kiehl’s chemists have developed a formula that would typically separate. Beginning with a highly acidic, unstable Vitamin C combined with natural mineral pigments, they achieved what to date has been vexing in product development techniques: a cohesive, stable and gentle, yet effective formula.
The advancement of this development continued with the noticeably light, moisturizing texture accomplished by Kiehl’s chemists – in spite of Kiehl’s use of a higher SPF sunscreen protection…”
I lifted the literature from Joey, I just thought it interesting and informative. I got my sample at the Powerplant store, I expressed how I want to really try the product first before purchasing one (because it IS pricey—Php 1995 for 30ml) so I got color matched and was given a small sample to take home!
Off the bat, I love the texture and consistency of the cream. It is light and cool to the touch, and the shade is not a scary kind of beige-y gray. It blends in easily and sort of disappears to a satin finish, but interesting enough, lending decent coverage.
I’m not wearing face powder in these photos, just a bit of illuminating powder on the tops of my cheeks. But you can see how finished I look here!
What kills me is that this has SPF50! All that sans the nasty smell, white cast or sticky feel. It does/I do get a bit oily after a few hours, but I can just powder by then. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a ton with this on, also coz I only need a pea sized amount for my entire face. I’m afraid this isn’t much of a coverage product, although it evens out the skin tone nicely.
I really think (or at least I would like to believe) that BB creams should be as much as a skin care as it is a cosmetic product. I do not apply a lot to my face so I rely on it to offer more than just a glowing coverage. Comfort and sun protection are on the top of my list this summer, and I’m hopeful that the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream will deliver. I might say for its SPF level, this is the best in its class that I’ve tried so far.
I’m definitely getting a full-sized tube when I run out of my favorite BB creams or on my next trip abroad (whichever comes first). Unless I come across a cheaper, Asian-made with just as much SPF, and just as light-wearing (heh). Thanks for reading!