Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: The Face Shop » Face it Power Perfection BB Cream

I don't know why, but I just really love base products and sometimes I get more excited about them than I probably should. Despite the CC craze I opted to pick up the FACE it Power Perfection BB Cream from The Face Shop on my last visit. Despite the price tag, I am not only thrilled with the packaging because purple is my power color, but I also love this BB as well!

Brand » The Face Shop
Product » FACE it Power Perfection BB Cream in no. 01 Light Beige
Size » 40g
Cost » $40 USD in store
Website »
Would I repurchase? » Yes!

This BB comes in a sturdy and shiny, sealed, plastic pump container. The packaging gets an A+ from me because it's quite hygienic and the cap also allows it to stand up and be displayed prettily on your countertop without it constantly tumbling over. I have been using this for months now and even dropped it a few times, but I have never had a problem with the pump.

The Power Perfection BB comes in two different shades, but I chose the lighter of the two as my skin is naturally pretty pale. This BB Cream definitely aims for a more porcelain doll look, so if you are trying to tan it up I definitely would not go for this one. I avoid tanning and embrace the natural look of my light skin so this one was pretty perfect for me. By the way, it contains SPF37/PA++ and is meant for wrinkle improvement, whitening, and sun protection.

The Face Shop's description? Containing omega-3 and the Vita-skin Complex, the cream enables the skin tone to appear moisturized and radiant with with a smoother skin texture. With an airy touch formula, it adheres in a thin layer as light as air yet flawlessly covers skin blemishes for a lustrous, healthy skin appearance.

I would have to agree that the Power Perfection BB spreads on effortlessly and despite its thin and airy feel actual has pretty heavy coverage. It does not however, flawlessly cover blemishes, but there isn't really such a thing as flawless in my book. With one swipe it will effectively hide any dark spots or acne scarring, but for more obvious blemishes you will still probably need a concealer. Although I don't find layering of this BB all that necessary considering it does a great job with coverage from the get-go, you can build upon it if you want.

The result is a silky finish that is pretty lustrous, but I personally prefer not to wear this BB without a dusting of loose powder on top. I've found that the powder increases wearability by a few hours and creates a wonderful matte look. The only downside? The Power Perfection BB settles into creases around the eyes and mouth (so don't lay it on thick in those areas). I don't have any wrinkles just yet, but I do tend to smile a lot and find myself checking my smile lines throughout the day. Somewhat annoying, but it's the only downfall to this one.

I was worried that after spending the cash, I was going to end up kicking myself when the Power Perfection BB didn't quite live up to my expectations. Luckily, it has certainly performed! It was the most natural looking out of the others I tested in the store and after bringing it home, I am very pleased with the coverage it supplies. I've never had any breakouts from it, although I would not recommend this for those of you with extreme blemishes, as it tends to sting if used on broken skin (the package even advises against it). It doesn't cling to flaky bits and keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day. I'm not sure if it helps with wrinkle improvement, but it certainly helps to even out skin tone.

Long story short? Love it!


Ingredients: water, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, phenyl trimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, butylene glycol, zinc oxide (CI 77947), isododecane, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, niacinamide, methylpropanediol, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, sodium chloride, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, portulaca oleracea extract, schinus terebinthifolius seed extract, gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf/stem extract, prunus amygdallus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, plukenetia vollubilis seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene, disteardimonium hecterite, sorbitan isostearate, ozonorite, dimethicone, hexyl laurate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, hydrogenated poly(C6-14 olefin), caprylic/capric glycerides, ethylhexylglycerin, aluminum hydroxide, stearic acid, beeswax, triethoxycaprylsilane, propylene carbonate, xanthan gum, beta-glucan, retinol, linoleic acid, ceramide 3, tocopherol, ascorbic acid, hydrolyzed extensin, raspberry seed oil/tocopheryl succinate aminopropanediol esters, alumina, calcium aluminum borosilicate, adenosine, disodium edta, fragrance(parfum), iron oxides (CI 77492), iron oxides (CI 77491), iron oxides (CI 77499).