Friday, 27 April 2012

17 BB Blemish Balm: Medium

"The BB cream is billed as the answer to all your skincare woes in a single tube"
Daily Mail

I asked on twitter yesterday what is the best drug store BB cream and the ever helpful Sophia said that she stands by her No7 BB Cream for normal/oily skin in shade medium. But judging by how much all the other No7 stuff was.. I was put off!
So I asked the shop assistant, Maggie, if she wouldn't mind helping me. Funnily enough, she suggested that I try 17's BB Cream as she bought it herself back in January and has been using it ever since. She said that it gave her just enough coverage to make her look like she's wearing a small amount of makeup and it also covered up her spots and scars. So I thought what the heck, if she says it that's good, then it must be, right?

£6.99 FOR A 30ML TUBE
 The experts say: "17 BB Blemish Balm is your 'no make-up make-up' - a cult wonder product that gives your skin a complete natural, flawless finish. The weightless all in one creamy formula blends seamlessly into skin; moisturising, concealing, smoothing and protecting. Covers - conceals skin imperfections with full coverage and heals oil control. Enhances - smooths and evens skin tone for a flawless finish. Protects - promotes healthy skin with SPF protection".
 I have to admit, that when I first applied it this morning, I did agree that is was creamy. And it does "blend seamlessly into skin" like it says. The downside is, is that it does not conceal skin imperfections. Well, it would if you applied tons on but as I was following the directions, I was pretty gutted.
I also noticed that it smells exactly like spray on tights which is slightly off putting, especially for people who hate the smell of fake tan. I found the scent to be a little odd, considering when it's meant to be a blemish balm and not spray on tights. Perhaps they use almost the same ingredients as they do in their BB cream as they do in their own brand spray on tights
Despite all the downsides, I will continue using this product for the days when I cycle into work as it's convenient. But none the less, I will continue looking for a inexpensive-ish BB cream to use daily.
Have you tried a BB cream?
What's your thoughts on it? 


  1. Thanks for this review. I haven't actually tried any BB creams, but have been wanting too, and have been reading reviews etc, but don't really know which one to start with yet lol :D


    1. Anytime :) I'm sure you'll pick up one soon that you'll fall into love with lol :)

  2. I really would say to try the No7 BB cream but I bought mine with a £5 off voucher, so it wasn't so bad! I'm thinking of trying another one when I have finished with this one (which won't be for a while as I don't use it often and it's a BIG tube!) so I'm thinking I may have to do some BB cream research myself! Keep trying with this one though, hopefully it will grow on you! I've seen a great review on the MUA one, if that helps! :) xo

    1. When they are doing £5 off vouchers again, I may try it out. I'll see if the bigger superdrug that I'm going to today has the MUA one and I'll buy it :) But like you said, hopefully it will grow on me :) xo