As promised, here’s the “foundation” that blew my mind. I know it probably seems like I’m a paid spokeswoman for La Roche-Posay at this point, but I promise they literally have no idea who I am (and likely just think I’m an obsessive stalker).
I discovered this Effaclar line a little while ago because it’s been around for years, but they just added this “BB Blur” cream. Because I’ve been so impressed by their skincare products, I knew it was worth a shot.
I’m usually not a big fan of BB creams because I just generally disagree with the premise — either wear a foundation or don’t, but quit this in-between stuff. I’ve also been relatively happy with my foundation (Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in shade 20) so I haven’t felt the need to branch out.
My general disgust with BB creams intensified over the summer when I took a break from my high-end foundation and tried the Maybelline BB Cream, which broke me out horribly (the worst in years, I was furious). I swore I’d never venture from my department store baby ever again.
Fast-forward almost a year: I have $24 in my checking account and suddenly a LOT less commitment to a nearly $50 product that literally makes your skin just look like slightly better skin.
Alas, the Effaclar BB Blur. It only comes in two shades (Fair/Light and Light/Medium) like most BB creams, so the binary color system means you just have to self-select based on whether you’re ghostly pale or have some color. I tried the Light/Medium and it matched really well.
It’s a mousse formula that’s surprisingly thick and a little goes a LONG way. I usually use about a dime-size amount of my Chanel foundation for my whole face (which I always apply with a fresh foundation sponge because I’m a germ freak) and I squeezed roughly the same amount from the Effaclar tube. BIG MISTAKE. I had way too much and ended up just covering my whole face twice. Buildable coverage, right?!
Because a little goes a long way, you don’t have to put as much product on your face. This is great for girls who wear foundation all day long, because your skin isn’t suffocating behind thick layers of makeup.
I’m fairly oily/combination and this BB cream was really mattifying (but I only had it on for half an hour so I’m not sure how long that effect lasts). If you’re dry, I’d definitely moisturize your face first because I’ve read some reviews that claim it’ll cling to dry patches.
The main reason I wanted to try something new (despite being #BrokeAF) is that my Chanel foundation, while beautiful initially, tended to break down and move around on my nose, forehead and chin after a day of wear. It’s REALLY sheer coverage for how expensive it is. Sometimes “natural” just ends up meaning “you can still somewhat see every imperfection.”
Additionally, I like the idea of using a “foundation” that’s just an extension of my skincare line. Somehow it feels less like makeup and more like a beneficial treatment (that’s probably just good marketing, but hey, it’s working).
I just ordered some on Amazon because it retails for $29.95 but you can find it on the magical online jungle for $22. I’ll let y’all know how I like it after using it for a few weeks, but my first impression was so powerful I just had to share!
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