I've tried a lot of BB creams and until now, they've all been the kind that come in a squeezy tube. The new BB cream from Bourjois is bucking the trend by presenting itself in a palette with a sponge applicator. I like the idea of this and the packaging and application method makes it feel more like a foundation to me than a BB cream.
I'm wearing the shade 22 beige doré which is pretty much perfect for my medium skintone. The shade range isn't huge - there are only 4 choices - but they're dubbed 'smart shades' because they are able to blend with your natural colour.
This is Bourjois's first BB cream, but they've gone all out and packed in 8 different benefits into one product. The BB cream is designed to even out the complexion, smooth the skin, correct blemishes, conceal dark circles, mattify, provide an anti-ageing effect, hydrate skin and it has SPF 20.
I wore the BB cream for the first time when I was having one of those days where I only popped to the supermarket. I wore it together with a bit of mascara and blush and that was it (oh and lipstick, never go anywhere without that). It gave me a higher level of coverage than I was expecting, so I resited reaching for the concealer, and it gave a slightly matte but still a little sheeny sort of finish, so I dodged the powder too. I liked the finished look on my skin and BB cream lasted sveral hours before I noticed patches where it had worn away - I would usually use a primer with any foundation, so this is to be expected. Having said that, the compact design with its big mirror makes it ideal for taking with you if you need a touch-up.
Generally I wouldn't wear this alone for a full day out and about as I need more coverage for my dark circles and for redness, so I would add some concealer for those areas, but for lazy days when I want to get away with using the bare minimum of products just so as not to scare the children in the newsagents, this is ideal.
*Bourjois 8 in 1 BB cream is priced at £11.99 and is currently exclusive to Selfridges, although it will be coming to other stores soon.