Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rimmel BB cream review

We know that I love a multipurpose product.  I really do and I love saying to people "Look and it does this and that and takes five years off you and makes you coffee in the morning".  And then people go "Ooooh" when they see I speak the truth.  I saw an ad recently for Rimmel's 9 in 1 BB cream and of course had to go out and pick it up in what was a very restrained trip to Boots.

Promising to prime, moisturise, minimise pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and help protect, I couldn't wait to give it a go as I've loved almost every BB cream I've tried over the past few months.

Texture wise, it's nice and thick and it gives medium coverage along with a matte finish for the whole day when applied with a brush.  However it clung to every smidge of a dry patch and seemed to dry my skin out even more as the day progressed.

The first time I used it, I applied it using my Real Techniques buffing brush (best brush ever) and immediately found that it made my pores look bigger and the product seemed to just sit in them.  I tried dabbing at said pores with my finger to see if I could coax some of the product out of my pores.  That didn't happen but I left it for the day to see if it sank into my skin or anything.  Alas it didn't and the more I looked at myself in the mirror, the more I could see that it highlighted the pores all over my face, nose and forehead the worst.
I also realised that it caked something fierce around my nose and maybe I applied too much product.  I had exfoliated the night before and my skin felt nice and smooth so I felt really self conscious about the cakey schnozz.

I wanted to give it another change, so the second time I tried it, I applied it using my hands to see how I got on.  Doing it this way meant a thinner layer of product went on my skin, so the coverage was much more sheer but again, it sat in my pores and mocked me.  It still caked around my nose and my T-zone became greasy within a couple of hours.

I don't usually write reviews where I give out as I'm pretty careful about what I buy myself and do my research beforehand.  However this was a product I'd been dying to try and I was so disappointed with it as I'd high hopes for it.

So let's take a run down of the nine claims and my experience.

Prime - It pretty much stayed in place for most of the day.
Moisturise - It highlighted every dry patch on my whole face and even more so around my nose.  It also sat in every fine line on my skin and just made me look crepey.  And creepy.
Minimise pores - Opposite effect - I was Crater Face.
Conceal - It did a good job of concealing the smooth imperfections.
Cover - It gave medium coverage but it was patchy and uneven because it sat in my pores.
Smooth - My skin was already pretty smooth before applying it and felt smooth when I ran my hand over it throughout the day.  It just looked awful
Mattify - Definitely gave my skin a matte finish when thickly applied however when applied with my skin, it was oil city.
Brighten - It definitely didn't brighten my skin.  Because it dried out my skin, my poor face looked so dull and dehydrated.  I'd have to add some highlight to my cheekbones to get some bit of luminosity.
Help protect - With SPF 25, it protects your skin from le sun, can't say anything bad about that!

There are so many other better BB creams out there and I'd recommend holding on to your cash and try the Hydreane BB Cream from La Roche Posay, the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector or Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream.   Thankfully this was only €8.65 which I believe is an introductory price.

I took photos of it on my visage but they're awful!  As in my skin looks awful, photo quality is great!  I thought I'd be nice and spare you looking at my porey, cakey face but if you want to see them, let me know.

Such a shame Rimmel.


  1. Oh dear - how disappointing! Nobody wants the crater face! I will definitely avoid.

  2. So dissapointing for a 9 in 1 hyped product. Protect probably means its spf

    1. Good woman yourself, I am obviously slow in the head and didn't realise, I've amended the post, thanks!

  3. Phew, so glad I knocked accross this review...was going to purchas this on payday! The advertising made it out to be a wonder product. Going to spare my pennies & try something else now! BIG THANKS!x

    1. I know! I saw the ad and was like "Hmm, I want to try it!" Wasn't meant to be

  4. So many claims... but does it also wash the dishes?
    Joke aside, looks like I won't bother trying this one!

  5. Saving me the sheckles Dude - loving your honest review and, as always, your work!

  6. awwww thats pretty disappointing thanks for saving me 9 euro hunny was actually going to try it out but i suffer with large pores so thats a no no. I have to say thats the 2nd rimmel face product that has had a bad review so far hopefully they will improve soon :)
    Great review hunny

  7. I've a feeling my dry skin & this will not get on! Very thorough post.

  8. Was dying to try it! Maybelline is my ave Bb cream, it's the cooling sensation that gets me! Amazing when hungover!!

  9. I bought this yesterday and I am wearing it now and I think it looks quite well. It was very dry going on with the hands and I even put on face cream beforehand. It's not making my nose look to bad but I have put a bit of powder over it as well.

  10. I had the same problem with this product! It makes my pores look much bigger, is hard to blend and looks terrible on. I don't want to throw it away, but I just can't apply it nicely!

  11. I bought this at my local Walgreens and had the same experience. I had gotten a facial a few days before and my skin was SO nice so I thought I'd try this product...........uh, not again! Glad I only spent $5 on it! Thanks for the review :)


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