Beauty,  Make-up

The BB Cream for problematic skin

Testing a BB Cream feels like such a throw back. Remember the hype when Garnier launched theirs? I’m so happy I found another one that I rate in the form of Noreva Exfoliac BB Cream (R240 from Clicks).

This one from Noreva is aimed at those with problematic or oily skin. It doesn’t exfoliate; it’s just part of their anti-imperfection range of the same name.

I don’t have oily skin, in fact I have the exact opposite, but I have been struggling with breakouts for the last few weeks*, so thought it was a perfect time to give it a try.

*If you’ve been struggling with breakouts and are taking Vitamin B12, try giving the vitamins a break for a while and see if it helps. Turns out that is what was causing my issues. I don’t know exactly why it causes problems with skin, but it has to do with Vitamin B12 creating excess porphyrins, which in turn, caused breakouts and congestion.


I’ve been using the shade light and it matches my skin perfectly (being an European brand, the colour offering is dismal, so darker skinned girls will be disappointed.) It comes out of the tube looking terrifyingly pale, but it adjusts to my skin tone without oxidizing, which is what I find most BB Creams do on my skin. I would say that the coverage is more foundation-like than a tint, and it is somewhat buildable. It just evens out the complexion to make you look slightly more awake and healthy.

Even though it contains micro-sponges to absorb excess oil, it doesn’t dry out the skin at all. Bizarrely, it feels like it actually slightly hydrates. It also contains actives to limit bacterial growth to help prevent further spots from forming. I can’t say for sure that it helped to prevent more breakouts because I went balls to the wall with salicylic acid and retinol at the same time, but it did do a wonderful job at reducing the appearance of my spots without going gross and caked throughout the day.

If you’re in the market for a mattifying, spot covering daily use foundation, this one is definitely worth a try.

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