A while ago I was introduced to Kiehl’s new product, Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream (check out my Facebook photo album for more pictures and swatches of all three shades available in Belgium: Fair, Light, and Natural. RRP: 29 euros). I was given Natural, the shade that is the closest to my skin tone to try. Now I am ready to share my experience with you!
Like many BB creams, Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream promises both some coverage as well as skincare benefits. Besides a very high SPF (SPF50 PA+++), the selling point here is the vitamin C. It should both correct existing skin tone irregularities and preventing the formation of new ones.
One of the first things I noticed about Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream is the smell. It is fragrance free, so it smells like the chemical components. I wouldn’t go as far as to saying it is unpleasant, but it is a little peculiar. It is not the typical sunscreen smell either. I can still catch a whiff from time to time after a while, so do make sure it’s something you are prepared to handle.
The texture of Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream is not thick, though it takes a little patience to blend it in. It dries down to a velvety matte finish that is not flat, so it is rather natural. With the spring weather, I have been able to get away with wearing just my day serum and this BB cream without having my cheeks drying out or my T-zone greasing up. It evens the skin tone out and covers up imperfections such as post-acne pigmentation spots. Formula-wise it gets a thumbs up from me!
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream in Natural squeezed out and lightly-blended:
Now, a perfect base product is like a unicorn, so naturally there are things about Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream that stop it from being “perfect.” My main concern is with three shades available in Belgium, not everyone is going to find a good match (also, the names of the shades are somehow misleading. If you look at this picture, you will realize the difference between Fair and Natural is more of the difference in undertones). Natural is the shade that matches me the best, but on my face it is a little too “beige” while I need a bit more yellow for it to really work.
Right after I apply the BB cream, the difference between my face and neck is rather obvious. After 10 minutes or so however, it settles down to something that I find acceptable enough for a picnic in the park or stroll on the beach. However, it is definitely not something I would wear for photos (the SPF50 pretty much guarantees a white cast anyways) or when I have somewhere formal to go. As the day goes on, the BB cream will wear off and looks more and more “natural” as a result. However, if you want SPF protection, it is also time to reapply.
Here is the ingredient list:
Bottom line: I would encourage you to take Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream as a sunscreen with added benefit instead of makeup. The SPF50 PA+++ is enough even for a day on the beach (reapplications are required, of course), and the fact that it evens the skin tone out while covering some light imperfections is a bonus. I also enjoy the texture, as it keeps my combination skin pretty happy! However, it does wear off faster compared with most other base products I have tried, and the limited shade selection makes it less ideal for formal occasions. With everything considered, I personally look forward to wearing it when I spend time outdoor in spring/summer!
Have you seen Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream around? Talking about Kiehl’s, I will soon start testing the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. Is anyone a fan here?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx