Thursday, 17 January 2013

Review: BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream

BRTC's Jasmine Water BB Cream is supposed to be moisturizing because of jasmine water, and its targeted to those with younger, dry and sensitive skin (me me me!). But this could also work with your skin if you have normal of combination skin also, as it has a semi-matte to matte finish depending on how oily your skin is.

A really great thing about BRTC's bb creams are that they do not test on animals.
A pretty purple (and unhygienic) squeeze tube XP
This claims to have 3 main functions:
UV protection

Medium and build able, but any more than 2 thin layers and this starts to look cakey
Sun Protection Factor:
SPF 30, with PA++


It only has 1 shade. The colour is a pale beige, around MAC's NW25. with peachy pink undertones
Shade I have that are  similar
Overview and comparison chart for BB Cream Shades
Typical Asian BB cream texture , it squeezes out quite creamy, but as you rub it out it's not very thick a little of this goes a long way- however this has a short wet-to-dry time, so you need to work quite fast with it
Subtle floral scent that isn't actually like jasmines- but actually reminds me a bit of playdoh, which is why I don't really like the scent- however, it goes away after a few minutes

Lasting Power:
Average and it'll last me 5 to 6 hours easily (used with a setting powder), this does not transfer

Some of the ingredients that could affect your skin:
- Arbutin can whiten your skin gradually by inhibiting melanin
- Adenosine is an anti-flammatory ingredient that is also wrinkle preventing
- Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide are present as uv protectors
- Sweet almond oil and Jasmine extract hydrate the skin
- Purslane extract (also known as Portulaca Oleracea extract) is full of omega 3 fatty acids associated with anti-aging
- Parahydroxybenzoate and Phenoxyethanol which may cause allergic reactions. Phenoxyethanol is restricted for use in japan as it can irritate the skin and eyes
- Isopropyl Palmitate can irritate skin because it contains alcohol and cause acne as it clogs pores
- As with all bb creams, there are quite a lot of emulsifiers and silicones, so you may want to try and shake the bottle well before use and also read through the ingredients online to check if you're allergic to any of the ingredients

Overall, I really like this bb cream even though I'm not crazily in love with it. It does what it promises and if used consecutively for a long period of time, the whitening effects are really noticeable.  I would highly recommend this for those of you with: dry fair skin who don't really need a lot of coverage, but would just like to even out your skin-tone and take away any redness. And to those who are just trying out Asian BB creams because you can really see results on your skin in a relatively short period of time after using this.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Chanel CC Cream

At the Hong Kong airport, while waiting for my flight to Heathrow, I managed to try a bit of Chanel's new CC cream before the sales lady came up to me asking if I'd like a bottle of the $90US product.

So, after squeezing a good amount (around a bit more than a pea size) on the back of my hand and dabbing a bit on my face, I went on to type what I thought of the Chanel's CC Cream on my iPhone, I also took a bit of time reading through the ingredients list to take notes also.

Let's take a look at the supposed "Complete Correction" Cream by Chanel...

Chanel claims that there are “five actions” in this one product – cornflower water to soothe, hyaluronic acid to moisturise, a mineral sunscreen (SFP30 / PA+++) to protect against sun damage, a restructuring active ingredient, Rejuvencia, and to prevent and correct signs of aging, mineral pigments to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections (redness, dark spots, pores).

Things to note:
- The shade is a cool-toned yellow shade, which may be both good or bad. If you have naturally quite cool skin you may look slightly sickly because of it's green-ish/blue-ish tone (also associated with the colouring: CL77007 Ultramarine)
- While it claims to be packed with 'Hyaluronic Acid', it actually contains Sodium Hyaluronate, unlike Hyaluronic Acid it does not help the skin to stimulate collagen production to lock in moisture in the skin. However, Sodium Hyaluronate can help your skin to absorb water more efficiently
- While it claims to contain an active ingredient called "Rejuvencia", to prevent aging, derived from marine micro-organisms; it's actually just Biotin (also known as Vitamin H or Coenzyme R) and Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (a bacterium strain found in hydrothermal vents that is an antioxidant that can be activated through light/heat), both contained in small amounts - so to make its anti-aging benefits work to the maximum, applying with your fingers and going out to the sun may make it easier to activate the benefits of such "Rejuvencia"

The good:
- Finish is semi-matte, which is flattering for most- it can easily be mattified with a powder
- Covers pores well because of its silicones
- Brightens dull skin when removed- Very blendable
- Contains Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, which can help prevent irritation (it is used in a lot of eye products), it also has an astringent effect on skin
- Contain Witch Hazel Water which helps with acne prone skin
- Contain SPF30 PA+++ with UVA/UVB filters
- Medium coverage, so it will cover any minor imperfections- such as redness- and gives a natural finish

The bad:
- It will become greasy after a few hours despite its claims (and this is on a plane, where even oily skin becomes dry as a desert)
- Does not completely cover acne scarring and will not cover blemishes
- Limited shade selection, it only comes in B20 (Beige 20), I have MAC N15 skin and it's only slightly darker than me
- The smell is quite overpowering despite how it goes away after a few minutes, it has a powdery floral scent
- Contains Alcohol- to my fellow friends with dry skin- are your warning lights flaring?
- Contains Stearic Acid, which clogs pores
- Contains Methylparaben, which is a preservative that can cause oxidative stress
- Contains Phenoxyethanol, which irritates skin and eyes- it is restricted for use in Japan!
- Like a lot of the normal BB creams that cost much less, the first few ingredients (are silicones, aqua and titanium dioxide which acts as sunscreen), you are paying a lot more for the same thigns you can get for a fraction of the cost

Final verdict:
If you have light skin (not pale- just light), and you do not have any outstanding allergies or particularly sensitive skin the Chanel CC Cream may be something you'd like to try.
Because of its yellow tone it will neutralize most redness on the face as redness is one of the most frequent problem for people with light skin color.
It blends very well and while not as liquid in texture as Chanel's recent foundations, it does feel less thick than Dior's Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield, it definitely feels up to its value in terms of how the product feels.
The scent is not cheap- candy floral- smelling, and the packaging is sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing- however, the squeeze tube may be considered unhygienic by some.
For those with dry skin this will still stick to any dry patches and for those with oily skin- touch ups and powder are still needed, but for those with normal and calm skin with not a lot of imperfections, this will be a great product for that my-skin-by-better look.
For me, I will not be getting this, for it's price ($90US) I do not think it is worth it, much better products that work better with my skin can be found at a lower price point, as the CC Cream leaves a strange yellow cast on my skin (despite me being Asian and having a lot of surface yellowness already). However, on my dry skin, this CC cream has worked quite well to help my skin retain its moisture.