In theory BB Creams should be a holy grail product for me; Beauty Balm formulas are famous for being a one-stop shop in base products allowing you to swap out your separate serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, and sunscreens in favour of just one squeeze. As someone who is dry and UV sensitive they should be the perfect foundation for pale skin too, yes? No.
In the western world, since they hit the market, BB Creams have been sold as a summer product. This means that they are tinted darker so as to compensate for summer tans. Finding a shade that matches my Lilly white ass is difficult enough without companies assuming that I'm bronzing up for the summer! For instance the Cailyn BB Fluid Touch, is AMAZING. Unlike other BB creams that I have tried it is creamy, the Cailyn cream is glowy, it lasts all day and it doesn't oxidise leaving my skin feeling parched at the end of the day but the shade I'm wearing in the swatches featured in this post (the bottom being the true colour) is porcelain. PORCELAIN! Ummmm can we see how my hand is at least two shades lighter?
It was completely unwearable.
Until I discovered The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops, specifically the lightening drops. One or two drops mixed in to my base allows me to lighten foundation enough so that it perfectly blends to my skin tone. The added benefit of this is that if I've been neclectful and I have caught the sun I can just go easy on the drops and let the true colour of the cream come through and I don't have to have two separate shades of the same product.
|Seen here with two drops each of BB Cream and Lightening Drops
|Bottom: Cailyn Porcelain on its own
Middle: Mixed with one drop of lightening drops
Top: Mixed with two drops
I have used white foundation before of course, when getting my makeup done professionally I have had more than one makeup artist squeeze a bit of illamasqua skin base in white in to my foundation but, at around 26.00 - 32.00 depending on where you shop, it is an expensive addition and I just wasn't willing to pay that. The 10.00 I pay for the Body Shop drops is much more my price range and they don't change the performance of the base cream that you are using.