Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Balance Me BB Cream with SPF25



My review this month for the online natural beauty shop MyPure, is the BalanceMe BB Natural Perfection with SF25 cream with a colour tint*.


I first came across this in April while I was looking for a natural BB cream. I wanted a facial SPF as I was going away on holiday but I also wanted a bit of coverage so I didn't look like death in all the photos! It was a toss up between this one from Balance Me or the BB cream from REN. At the time, there were lots of reviews about the REN version but not so many about the Balance Me one so I went with REN.
I knew I wanted to try the Balance Me one so promised that I'd try it once I was coming to the end of my REN.

The idea behind BB creams is that they act as a sort of all over light concealer/foundation in that they smooth away imperfections, address uneven skin tone and give a bit of “my skin but better” glow to it. Some have the added bonus of an added SPF in which to me is an essential these days. What makes this one from Balance Me stand out is that it has an SFP of 25. Other BB creams on the market range from 10 upwards but I was looking for as high as I could get in this form.
Balance Me use an innovative natural titanium dioxide-based sun filter to block out both UVA and UVB rays”.
I'm not quite sure what is so innovative about this as most natural SPF sun blocks are made from a combination of zinc and/or titanium dioxide but I'm not a scientist so maybe I'm missing something .. you know... sciency about it all. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they have picked the other ingredients in the formula to enhance the activity of the SPF?

I've found the cream to be lighter and more liquidy that I would have thought and which took a bit of getting used to. I apply onto my fingers, then apply to my cheeks, forehead and chin before smoothing upwards to cover the rest of my face. I find I have to work quickly to get it blended before it dries but it's not problem. It smells a bit, you know, mineraly thanks to the ingredients but its gone quickly so again, no problem. The cream leaves my skin with a dewy finish, which may not be for everyone if you prefer a matt finish. I don't mind this during the summer though as I feel it makes me glow.

The coverage isn't as much as I had hoped. I think that maybe my skin is a shade too dark for it at the moment to be effective in this way. It doesn't look pale on my skin though so I use it more for it's SPF properties. When I go out out, I still apply a layer of foundation to give me that flawless finish which I didn't feel I had to with the REN. I think that this is a BB cream for Winter, when my skin has lost it's tan and then I feel it would preform better for me.

You can buy Balance Me BB Natural Perfection with SPF25 for £26 from MyPure.


Have you tried this? How did you get on with it?

11 comments

  1. I have always wondered whether there would be much difference between this and Ren's. I think this shade might work for me as I am always on the pale side x

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    1. It should work well for you then :) x

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  2. I have been waiting for someone I trust to review this, it does like nice I have the REN one and it is coming to an end so may get this for winter and pair it with RMS un-coverup :) Xx

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    1. Yes! That would work really well :D Deffo one for winter months for me x

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  3. Great review....I almost bought this one a while ago but then changed my mind thinking it may be not matte enough...x

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    1. I umh-ed and ahh-ed about the finish as I was worried it would just make my skin look extra oily however I think it looks good on x

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  4. I haven't tried either but I do like Madara's tinting fluid! x

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    1. I'd had a nosey at the Madara one but am I right in thinking that it doesn't have an SPF? x

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  5. Haha not sure about the sciency bit either! I haven't tried anything from Balance Me except a small tube of exfoliator. I'm currently using a great tint from Living Nature, mixed with my Dr Hauschka - but neither have SPF so I'm still on the hunt! Might have to check this one out. :) Thanks for the review! x

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    1. I'm looking forward to using it once my skin has lost a bit of tan as I think it'll smooth my skin out a bit more. I think my next BB purchase will be the Andalou one that Katie Vibes loves. xx

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  6. I really favour BB/CC creams for the Summer months, and although Summer seems to have disappeared this is really catching my eye! Thanks for the review xx

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