Rimmel BB Cream Review

Saturday, 5 March 2016
You know those times when a product seems so promising and you raise your hopes way too high, I have to admit that this was one of those times. Being super pale means I rarely get a chance to try BB Creams as the 'light' shade is usually bright orange on me so when Rimmel released a BB Cream in Very Light, I had to try it.

Rimmel BB Cream

So the BB Cream claims to be a 9 in 1 product, 'super makeup' nonetheless, Rimmel managed to raise my already optimistically high expectations with that claim. Apparently the 9 super powers of this are that it: primes, moisturises, minimises the appearance of pores, conceals, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps to protect. And it lasts all day. Very bold claims indeed. Me being me just had to get it, with all it's claims it could have revolutionised my routine, not to mention shorten it. 

Sadly, it boasts a hell of a lot more than it actually offers and I'll go through claim by claim how it fares, because saying I'm not a fan is an understatement.

  1. Primes - This is hard to judge, my usual primers make my face feel smooth and even but I can't say this did that. If I'm honest the product just looked cakey and settled into every little line on my face, something my normal primers try and reduce, so I have to say it didn't do a good job.
  2. Moisturises - While my face may have felt moisturised it didn't stop my dry patches being highlighted like crazy, in fact my boyfriend even asked why my makeup was so more noticeable than usual, (if even he noticed the product settling into lines and showing up dry patches it can't be good!)
  3. Minimises the Appearance of Pores - The pores debate, if I'm honest, you can only really see my pores if you're an inch from my face, but when I was looking in the mirror I felt I could see my pores more than when I'm not wearing makeup.
  4. Conceals - Yeah, conceals my a**. More like 'highlights dry patches and fine lines for a noticeable, uneven, cakey look.'
  5. Covers - I'd argue that most products cover something, that's why you put it on your face. The only thing I put on my face to not cover it is probably Micellar Water. So yes it covers, I wouldn't say particularly well but it covers.
  6. Smoothes - Er, not really. my face was cakey, so definitely didn't look too smooth.
  7. Mattifies - Yes, yes it does, this is probably one of the only things it does well. No glow if you wear this, it stayed matte for as long as it stayed on.
  8. Brightens - I guess it does sort of, not as much as Rimmel Wake Me Up, nor as much as a highlight would, but it still does a bit.
  9. Helps Protect - It has SPF 25, so good for beach days, not good for photo day, but SPF will save your skin for when you're older.
  10. Lasts all day - Kind of a bonus this one, as it says a 9 in 1 but I thought I'd add this in, mainly because it does not last all day. The first time I wore this was Christmas Day, I did my makeup round about 11am and wore it until 9pm which is 10 hours, on a normal day I'd be wearing it from 7am to 8/9pm which is 13/14 hours worth of wear, and this would not last 'all day' unless your day was around 3 hours long. It went patchy so quickly, I might as well not have bothered wearing it.

Rimmel BB Cream Swatch

Honestly, I really wanted to like this, it matches my skin and everything, but I just couldn't, it doesn't work for me. Maybe that's because my skin is extremely dry in Winter, or it just can't cope with all the claims it makes. Let me know if you've tried it, if it works for you do you have any tips? Or maybe it disappointed you as much as it did me. If you want my advice, steer clear; it's really not worth it.

You can get it here: Boots - £6.99.


  1. That's such a bummer it didn't work for you! I hate getting excited about products for them to just completely disappoint. Have you tried mixing it with a moisturiser or drop of oil? You'll have to experiment and find a way to make it work for you!

    www.Barely There Beauty.com | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog


    1. I'll see if either of those methods work, hopefully something will!xx

  2. Love your blog and this post! I'm following you on GFC and I hope you'll follow me back! xx

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  3. I tried the radiance version of this for dry skin and it was equally awful! I was gutted too as the shade was perfect, but it was just pointless! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found this not to work! Like you say, the shade is great but product itself? Not so much xx

  4. What a shame babe! This sounds horrendous. Thankyou for the honest review, I'll be avoiding it on my next shopping trip! x


  5. I love reading honest reviews. I didn't like it either I have dry skin too and it just didn't work for me
    Carrieanne x
    Beauties Unlocked


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