Remember when the Western world started getting on the trend of BB creams way back when? Well, I’m still loving BB creams no matter what anyone says about them not being great because I found one that works for me and I don’t ever want to let it go. (In case you didn’t realize, this what’s in my makeup post might be a bit biased.)
Vichy ProEven BB Cream in ‘light’
I tried finding it online, but unfortunately I couldn’t– I did see it in stores so I know that it’s still available! It retails for about $30 CAD.
It is formulated with SPF 20 which isn’t high, so in the summer I do recommend to use extra sunscreen over top however, in the winter I find it sufficient. It’s paraben free and fragrance free which is nice because perfumed foundations/ bb creams are the bane of my existence.
Over the course of 4 weeks, Vichy claims that your skin will be evened out and your complexion will be brightened.
Does it live up to these claims?
Personally, I love this BB cream and after using it for a whole summer I noticed my skin was so much more improved. In case you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that this product is on my ‘project pan 2016’ list merely because I have yet to use the whole bottle. After the summer was over I just stopped using it because I thought using SPF was superfluous in the Winter (it’s not!)
If you have super dry skin I don’t recommend this product simply because it’s quite mattifying and can potentially become patchy overtop of dry areas. As well, they only have two shades (light and medium) so depending on your skin tone it may not be suitable.
What’s it made of?
The active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Octinoxate primarily for the SPF.
Cyclopentasiloxane (Silicone-based compound), Dimethicone (silicone based-polymer), Glycerin (Alcohol Compound), HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer (Synthetic Polymer), PEG-10 Dimethicone (For Viscosity), Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer (For Viscosity), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent and Preservative), Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer (For Viscosity), Magnesium Sulfate (Inorganic Salt), Propylene Glycol (form of mineral oil), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (Skin-Conditioning), Silica (Opacifying), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid Derivative), Aluminum Hydroxide (Colourant), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Skin-Conditioning), Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C with Glucose), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylyl Glycol (Humectant), Lactobacillus Ferment (Skin Conditioning)
There are lots of silicons in this product, which is probably what makes it so amazing when you have big pores and need them covered. Although a lot of these ingredients are generally rated 3 for toxicity on a scale of 1-10 so it’s not horrible for you. However, if you really don’t like man-made ingredients then this may not be the best product for you.
Will I be repurchasing? Yes. Even though I really want to make the shift to living a completely organic life hunting for products that are all-natural and work to the same effect is extremely rare. I will still continue my hunt for other great natural products, but in the meantime I love this product and Vichy can do no wrong in my eyes!
Have you tried the Vichy ProEven BB Cream?