Testing Time: Kiehl’s BB Cream

Honestly, I was getting so totally fed up of BB creams that when Kiehl’s launched theirs I was like “not another one”. I didnt even bother to check it out when I went to buy the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution last month. But the SA gave me a sample of that when she put the CCDSS in the bag and I thought why not just give it a try…

The first thing I noticed when I read the ingredients is that there are NO parabens and silicones nor mineral oil!!! Hurray! That’s when I became eager to try it out and though the Kiehl’s SA told me to just prick the sachet with a pin and use the product from the sachet, I transferred the product into a small, empty jar.
Here’s what Kiehl’s says about its BB cream:
• Dual-action formula instantly conceals imperfections with lightweight, buildable coverage AND is clinically proven to correct skin tone irregularities
• Formulated with a high level of Vitamin C, known for its powerful clarifying action. 
• Delivers broad spectrum SPF 50 PA +++ UV protection, this formula also helps to fight future sun damage.
• Comes in 4 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones
• Provides all day hydration
• Paraben Free. Fragrance Free. Silicone Free. Mineral Oil Free.
• Safe for Sensitive Skin and All Skin Types. Non Comedogenic. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.
The one thing that is common among almost all BB creams is their thick, gloppy texture that makes them quite difficult to blend and a bit sticky too. The only exception to this was the Maybelline BB Stick. And the Kiehl’s BB cream….

The texture of this BB cream is much lighter than that of most others, making it easier to blend. The coverage is sheer and basically just helps to even out the skin tone. But because of its lighter, thinner texture, it is also possible to build up the coverage a bit if required. It won’t hide all your blemishes/marks etc, but minor marks/unevenness, it definitely will. It gives a dewy finish so I would recommend mattifying and setting with a little powder, especially if you live in a hot, humid place like Bombay and don’t want the dewy finish to become all-out sweaty. 

There is a weird, clinical smell to this BB which thankfully doesn’t last. It doesn’t have any added fragrance which will be a plus for most people but I like my skincare to have a pleasant fragrance. But this isn’t a very big deal especially since the smell doesn’t last long. 
I’m wearing two layers of the BB in this picture as I wanted a little more coverage. But as you can see, it doesn’t cover up the acne marks but it does make the skin tone look more even. Of course this pic is before the major Attack of the Acne Vulgaris. The battle is still raging on with no end in sight…sigh 🙁
And now, for the cardiac arrest…a 30ml tube is priced at Rs. 3200 *gasp*. So, to buy or not to buy, that is the question. On one hand, I am very tempted to buy it. On the other, I feel I should buy the new YSL foundation that I’m lusting after and mix it with my moisturiser for my own version of BB. Sigh! What should I do? What do you suggest? 

21 Replies to “Testing Time: Kiehl’s BB Cream”

  1. My Gosh! The price! I have used couple of Kiehl’s products but they are so expensive that even though they worked well I have ended up finding a much cheaper dupe…This one is no exception!

  2. lovely

  3. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    I agree Preethi 🙂

  4. Omg..the price ,better to get a foundation dollie

  5. Cosmochics says: Reply

    lol..yeah seriously!!!

  6. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    This one tastes worse than Safi but is more effective. Havent tried Himani’s Lalima….apparently it tastes nice.

  7. ohh another horrible tasting one??? 🙁
    i just started SAFI .. it tastes bad too

  8. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    Hey, welcome to my blog and thanks 🙂 This BB is really nice but way to expensive 🙁

  9. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    Will try that. Im hunting for Zandu Mahamanjishthadi Quath, horrid tasting syrup but it has worked wonders on KY pimples earlier. Cant seem go find it anywhere these days. If you find it, try it.

  10. Am new here. I clicked on this post once i saw the “BB”. Sounds great. i don’t prefer foundations for daily wear and hence i keep trying out the different BB,CC creams that get launched.. u look pretty. <3

  11. same here dollie…. am going crazy too!! need to find something for those marks…. TBS Tea tree oil helped a bit, try it if you are okay 🙂

  12. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    The price is seriously scary. I mean, a BB cream that costs more than a Chanel foundation!!!

  13. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    In my teens, all I had was once-a-month-wala acne. The huge ones I’m getting now are nightmarish…they leave behind terrible scars!!! Have tried so many things, nothing seems to have a lasting effect 🙁

  14. Cosmochics says: Reply

    Nice review….I was tempted to buy it while reading the post but that price scared me!

  15. price is scary, though it wouldn’t make a difference to me!! Don’t have Kiehl’s here 🙁
    acne?? that makes us twinsies…… i never had acne in teens, now i wonder what went wrong 🙁

  16. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    Lol 😉

  17. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    Thank you 🙂

  18. Dollie Solanki says: Reply

    Thanks Bhumika :). Wish it was more reasonably priced though.

  19. bhumika_t says: Reply

    Ya its pretty good..I like it too 🙂 And u look so pretty in that pic :))

  20. rachna sharma says: Reply

    U look amazing in LOTD!

  21. cardiac arrest is the right word!!

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