This Works Perfect Look skin miracle tinted moisturiser

It's a miracle in a tube. Apparently.

It’s a miracle in a tube. Apparently.

I never know where I stand with This Works. I know a lot of people hold them in very high regard and I DO like their pillow spray which works wonders for helping me nod off (but anything with lavender in it will do that for me), but I’m always put off by the prices, which seem excessively spendy for what the products actually do. I was one of the few people who didn’t go completely bonkers over the In Transit camera close up primer when it came out -it did nothing for my skin AT ALL, which was hugely disappointing as I love the idea of a multi functional “why take 2 bottles into the shower?” product. Maybe it wasn’t the correct serum or moisturiser for me. Whatever. I’m over it (I’m not over it.)

Nice little pump action

Nice little pump action

Anyhoozles, back to the matter in hand. I’ve been sort of looking for a tinted moisturiser to take away with me, and I really liked the look of this one (always a sucker for the packaging). It’s in a 30ml tube with a lovely hygienic pump action dispenser and one pump does the whole face.

One pump

One pump

It has a lovely light texture, it glides on quickly and evenly (and virtually unnoticably) and gives a dewy, even toned appearance to the face.

blended out

blended out

It says that you can wear alone or under foundation. I took it for a spin today on its own, no powder or anything to finish. After about three hours I looked distinctly greasy -so much so that I had to dive into the nearest chemist and sneak some powder to go on top, after which I have to say, it looked awesome.

I’ll report back once I’ve used it a few more times. This could be one I need to get the hang of in terms of other complementary products before it really looks its best. The question is: can I be bothered when I have other products that work better with less faff?

If you have normal to oily skin then I would avoid unless you are using a mattifying foundation or powder on top. If you have dry skin this might be better for you if you want a glowy, dewy look but keep an eye on the shine.

What are your favourite tinted moisturisers? Are they more faff than they’re worth?

This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle Tinted Moisturiser is a weighty £28 for 30ml and is available HERE

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KIKO BB Glow Compact Foundation review

KIKO BB Cream compact

KIKO BB Cream compact

Who doesn’t love a bit of KIKO? I turn into a crazy woman every time I go into the Regent Street store grabbing at just about everything as if they’re going to run out of stock at any moment.

No 5:  Universal Beige

No 5: Universal Beige

I’m generally not a fan of BB creams -they always just sit on my skin gathering in creases and looking patchy. I DO NOT KNOW what I’m doing wrong: it’s completely maddening. I have pretty good skin to start with, so I don’t *need* an amazing amount of coverage, and you’d think BB creams would be the business, no?

Comes with nifty make up sponge

Comes with nifty make up sponge

Somehow, when I saw this in store, I thought it may be different. I thought it could be the one. Rather than coming in a tube as so many BB/CC creams do, it’s in a snazzy compact format, complete with a flip up compartment for the applicator sponge. The whole thing looks great -smart and a bit posh. I had high hopes for this one.

Swatches on my wrist in store looked promising, so in the basket it went. I bought shade 05 -Universal Beige (what a tremendously drab name!) which is a yellow toned neutral that suits my NC25 skin pretty well.

Shade 05 -Universal Beige

Shade 05 -Universal Beige

So far so good. It’s a creamy, lightweight formulation that feels silky and moisturising on first application. It looks like it’s going to be dewy and radiant on the skin if the swatch is anything to go by, right?

Blended out

Blended out

It seems to blend away to almost nothing, which is what I was hoping for as I’m no fan of heavy coverage. Next day I applied it after serum (no moisturiser) to see if the moisturising properties were enough to forgo my usual Ole Henrikson layer.

Well, I blended, and I blended, and I blended some more, using the sponge. I started light and built up coverage where I saw fit and all it did was sit in my pores, staring back at me as if to say ‘What?’ It settled in the creases around my nose, between my eyebrows, and it looked patchy and sparse.

Now I LOVE a good foundation, and I’m really particular about the finish it gives. I’m not a snob: I happily use Bourjois alongside Suqqu -as long as it works, it works and I am always irrationally cross when I find one I don’t get on with, so I went back and tried again, took the whole lot off, used serum again and had another go -this time using my Expert face brush to really buff it into the skin. Same thing happened. I could see EVERY PORE ON MY FACE. It seems that BB creams work in inverse proportion on my face to the way they do with every other person on the planet. 

I have subsequently tried this with serum and moisturiser/moisturiser on its own and it’s the same every time. I’ve just had to give up and accept that I have a weird face and BB creams are not for me.

On the plus side, it feels wonderfully creamy and hydrating -great for drier or older skins. It has a great range of colours for darker skins and those with pinker or neutral undertones. I just couldn’t get along with the finish.

I really wanted to love this product (-mainly because I thought the packaging was swish and I liked the idea of being able to effortlessly touch up my make up on-the-go). Reading other blogger’s thoughts on it -and it gets quite a bit of love out there- I’ve come to realise that my skin and BB creams will never be friends. It seems I need my skincare and my make up in two completely distinct layers. How annoying!

What are your thoughts on BB creams? Can you get along with them?

KIKO BB Glow Compact comes in 12 shades, costs £11.90 and is available HERE

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