Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme is a tricky little “BB Cream”. Mmmhmm quote, unquote there. After several months of use I’m still debating if I’d dub this a BB Cream or not.
Here’s a few thoughts about it.
Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme, see? The name doesn’t really imply it’s a BB Cream but merely tosses around “BB” in the title. So technically, if I’m going to rant about how it is not a BB Cream I don’t really have an argument since Estee Lauder isn’t really marketing it as one. Food for thought!
What is it really?
Well, it’s a versatile little multitasker that provides a nice deal of SPF (SPF 35 to be exact), a good deal of moisture with a hydrating formula, and has the ability to even out skin tone.
It also contains an effective anti-oxidant to protect skin against free radicals which in turn acts as an anti-aging technique. Of course, I can’t really say how well this is working, only time will tell, but the stable packaging, ingredients, and overall formula shows that you are buying into a quality product on a whole here.
The oil free formula is thinner than a BB Cream but thicker than a Tinted Moisturizer with a soft, creamy feel. I think the texture is positively gorgeous and it glides lovingly across my drier skin without accentuating patchy areas. The finish is weightless and melds into skin like melted butter. Supposedly it controls oil but my skin is drier at the moment so I couldn’t say if this is indeed mattifying or not. It does remain quite hydrating through my wear time which is great for my skin type. I also felt the wear time was excellent as well without it oxidizing or fading easily, I got at least five hours in before I saw fading.
I don’t really mind fragrance in my products but this has a rather revolting cucumber fragrance I’m not fond of and it may prove a deal breaker if you’re super sensitive to fragrance in your foundation.
Overall, this comes as close to a BB Cream as you’ll get in the Western market as the creamy texture, higher level of SPF, and other multifunction of the product such as acting as a moisturizer and providing anti-aging benefits does allow it to fall into the category. I’m not really keen on the shade selection as the colors do not adjust well and I find the light to pale and the medium to dark.
Something does prevent me from officially dubbing this a BB Cream for some reason and I’m not really sure what that is. Sadly, I really didn’t like it. My first few tests with it, I was quite happy with the results but with longer use I felt like it wasn’t nearly as nice as other BB Creams I own and use daily.
Something was missing here and I couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was….! After careful thought I realized the coverage was what really brought the value down. Although thick, creamy, and very much mimicking the formulation of a BB Cream it actually lacked the coverage of one. It’ll even out skin tone and perfect it but it doesn’t have the fuller coverage offered by a BB. Thus the creamy, thicker texture is like a BB Cream but the less than pigmented finish acts more like a tinted moisturizer…!
In the end, I do think that it’s worth a trip to your local counter. Swatch it, play with it, maybe even try it on…you might just love it.
Available now at Estee Lauder counters.
Felt the same way I did?