L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream Is Great for Combo/Oily Skin!

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream review

There are so many BB creams on the market, but with vastly different formulas, I never really know what to expect from one. I swatched the new L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream (in Light and Medium) for you a while ago. When I received a tube to try (in 01 Light), I didn’t know I’d be so impressed! I’ve been wearing it for a month now, and I would absolutely recommend it for those with combination and oily skin!

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream product claims

L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream has a stronger floral scent that lingers for a while (I suppose they want to cover up the sunscreen smell). If you are sensitive to fragrance in skincare products, I would suggest you do a patch test before you purchase. It has SPF30 (broad spectrum protection), which isn’t enough on its own, but I like to look at it as extra protection. It makes some big promises such as 24-hour hydration and the ability to “reveal a perfect skin.” Since I can never assess skincare claims when it comes to a BB cream (it is makeup for me), I will just tell you how it works as a base!

L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream in Light swatched:

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream Light swatch

As it is with all base products, sometimes you have to be a bit lucky to find a match. For my NC 25-30 (probably closer to 30 now) skin, 01 Light matches pretty well. I would say it is a tiny bit more beige, but I almost always add some Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation on top of a tinted moisturizer type of product. The combination fits my skin tone to a T!

L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream in Light blended out:

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream swatch blended

While my inner arm might not indicate correctly how well the shade fits my face, you can see the finish of L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream is rather matte. It is supposed to combine the benefits of a moisturizer and a “powdery” foundation (shouldn’t it be powder?), and I think it does this quite well! The texture of the BB cream is airy, and you can blend it out easily. However, it does accentuate dry patches (as well as uneven ones) in my experience, which is why I am not so sure it’d work very well for those with drier skin. The coverage is light, but it evens my skin tone out really well.

I might have told you before that my T-zone basically goes wild in summer, particularly when it’s humid. This summer has been very challenging in Belgium, and I tested L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream extensively during my stay in Taipei as well. The verdict? It holds up well! Perhaps not as well as a mattifying foundation (I found my new favorite recently and I’ll review it soon), but much better than the tinted moisturizers I have tried. What’s more, it keeps my skin from looking shiny for much longer as well. The only problem is it breaks down rather fast once the oil starts to come through, so I prime my T-zone with a primer when I want it to last longer.

You have seen me wear the combination of L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream and Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation here:

MAC Sheen Supreme 2013 review

As you can see, the result is not a flat, dull matte, but it is not dewy, either. It has a bit of luminous sheen while staying matte and non-sticky to touch!

Here are the active and inactive ingredients if you are interested:

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream drug facts

L'Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream ingredients

Bottom line: I love the matte finish of L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream, and I think it will work well for those with combination/oily skin in summer. It holds up better than tinted moisturizers while being just about as easy to apply. It does break down fast once the oil starts coming through, but a primer should help it last some more hours. Great for days on which you don’t want to bust a foundation brush out but feel like looking presentable!

So tell me, what are your go-to bases for summer?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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  • casey23

    Oh Sunny now I’m seriously curious (what a mouthful!) about your new foundation! I hate using foundation in Summer, I live in Turkey the humidity is a b.tch :) You can never make it stay even for one hour. So I rely on tinted moisturizers. Even though my skin is oily (very!) I don’t like to use mattifying products this year. I was using Clinique’s bb cream last year but I find it too…. I don’t know didn’t like the texture so I skipped to La Roche Posay Hydreane bb cream (by the way these bb creams are alll TM for me!). But I really wondered the texture of this so I’m definitely gonna give it a try.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Casey, I haven’t been to Turkey but the humidity in Taipei is unbearable as well! The foundation I found is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I’ll work on that review soon but I like how well it holds up and how nice the finish is!

  • Lily

    Oh, this sounds wonderful! The only face product I tried from L’Occitane is their Almond face cream which is already discontinued. I was sad because it worked really well. I might just have to check this out when I’m at the store :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I hope you’ll be able to try a sample of this soon!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    This one looks great ! I find most bb creams too greasy on hot days.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, I know what you mean! It wasn’t until this July that I realized I was ill-equipped for summer, and I’m glad I found this!

  • corallista

    It does give a beautiful luminous sheen to your skin!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Ankita! I think the Becca powder foundation contributes to a part of it though!

  • peggy timmermans

    That sounds really good. I have a combination skin myself, also the T-zone issues. Would like to try this.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, see if you can lay your hands on a sample sachet! I hope it’ll work for you!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I saw “Great for Combo/Oily Skin” in the title and immediately was hooked. It’s hard to find BB/CC/etc. creams formulated for oilier skin types, so I think this is great! A little wary because I always find the liquid-to-powder formulas a bit harder to work with and not as flawless in finish but ah, I suppose we must make sacrifices sometimes…at least if you have oily skin and want to stay matte for longer than about 30 mins. in the summertime :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Becca, I agree! This one does spread out easily enough, though perhaps not as easily as something that doesn’t have this cream-to-powder finish. What do you use in summer to stay matte?

  • Icaria

    Oh this looks nice! I just purchased Estée Lauder’s BB and find it a little too matte, L’Occitane does look more natural.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I haven’t tried that one yet, though I don’t think I’ll like something that’s too matte. While it might be OK on my T-zone, it will most probably take the life out of my cheeks!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Ooooh, sounds pretty! But you already knew I’d say that, didn’t you? :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      LOL see if you can get a sample sachet of this, Melissa! You’ll probably like it!

  • http://vanityrouge.com/ VanityRouge

    I LOVE that brands are now catering more to those of us with oily skin issues so we can experience BB creams as well now without turning into a goopy mess! This one definitely looks like a good one to try out, and I love that it still gives life to your face without being too matte. I have been into more mattifying sunscreens underneath my foundations (current favorite Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free SPF) and in combination with a more “mattifying” foundation like L’Oreal Magic Nude Powder I am finding I can make it much longer throughout the day which is such a relief in the summer. :) Great review Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Angie, I totally agree! I need to check that Paula’s Choice sunscreen out! For the moment I’m using the Chanel one that is very lightweight, but if I use more than just a little it does produce a white cast that I have to cover up with something else!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    That’s the light hey? Yeah, not gotta match me then hahaha! It does look lovely on you though!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah unfortunately this is the lighter of the two! That’s very often the problem with BB creams: the shade range is limited!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    It’s nice, actually! Interesting to see a BB cream that offers a matte finish!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh definitely! I go for dewy in autumn/winter, but for the moment anything along that line will just translate into greasy and sweaty!

  • Chris El

    I love L’Occitane. Now how about one for dry/combo skin? ;)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I hope they’ll come up with that!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I know this post has nothing to do with it, but I love your eyeliner, lol. L’occitane is usually a love or hate thing for me, but this does looks quite interesting, especially for summer when my skin goes quite haywire with the heat and humidity!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Sofia! I thought it’d look less heavy if I didn’t wing it out the way I usually do! It sounds like you might like this one. I don’t think I can wear it in autumn/winter, but for the moment it’s probably the best BB cream I’ve tried!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com/ Caise

    you look flawless! I’m almost sure it won’t work on me:(

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Daria! This BB cream does emphasize texture. Not a very desirable quality!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk/ Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    something for combo/oily skin finally! The shade looks a bit fair for me but is perfect for you ^^

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenni, I thought our skin tone were somehow similar! It matches me well enough to pass!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    You look so adorable here! I love the finish – not too dewy, not too flat! Perfect! I too have a t-zone that goes bananas during the hot summer months so this would probably work well for me! Sorry it’s so hot there! At least here it’s ALWAYS hot as hell in the summers so air conditioning is not a problem! I hope it cools down a bit for y’all soon!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Kristen! I wouldn’t whine at all if most places had air-conditioning, but that’s just not happening here!

      • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

        I literally can’t imagine life without A/C!! I’m sending you my thoughts of crisp air and refreshing plunges into lakes and pools! :)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I swatched this at the store and was really impressed, too! I think it’s the only BB so far to score any points with me. I haven’t tried it on the face but am really interested in getting it eventually. Another blogger who’s wearing this in the humidity of Florida said it’s keeping up pretty well down there as well!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I’m glad you like it! See if you can get a sample sachet first? I hope it’ll work well for you!

  • Memoiselle

    Oh I didn’t know L’Occitane has a bb cream in their line!
    It’s great to know that this works well with combination skin in a humid weather. I will definitely check this out if I saw this on the counter :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, it’s very recent! Keep me posted about how you like it!

  • http://www.rxbeautychic.com/ RxBeautyChic

    Oh it has such a beautiful finish! I definitely need to swatch this in store next time! :D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, keep me posted about what you think!

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