These days I find myself slowly shifting back to the comfort of liquid foundation but not before bringing you a review of this BB Cream that I loved during my fuss-free phase.
About that fuss-free phase, while the compact powder was the main focus I did revisit my BB Creams and used them like a base since it allows the powder foundation to adhere better. I was mainly using my Skin79 BB Creams until I dug up this Elisha Coy Diamond Shiny Pearl BB Cream and decided to give it a go.
It impressed me enough that I started using it more frequently and made room for it on my vanity. Most products that I'm trying out get a spot for a day or two and go back to cardboard boxes scattered around my room. Sad life cycle isn't it?
This Diamond Shiny Pearl I have was from a little set of 3, hence this is not the full size.
What attracted me most about this compared to the other two in the set was really just the name, Diamond Shiny Pearl and boy does this name reflect the product (no pun intended).
The product itself comes out a beige, leaning faintly on pink-toned, and feels creamy in texture. It doesn't feel runny but yet it isn't thick at the same time. It blends and smooths over the skin like butter and has a slight stick after blending out, typical of most BB Creams.
One thing I noticed while cropping the image below is this BB Cream actually has very sparse and faint shimmer particles in it. It doesn't show up on your face when you apply it though, fret not. Like I said, I just realized!
The BB Cream is swatched on the right in the above image and I'd say the whitish cast could be the effect of SPF and camera flash not being on good terms.
I would rank it about a medium in terms of coverage and that's considerably high in the bb cream world. Prior to this I was using Skin79's VIP and that has close to 0 coverage so this was a pleasant surprise.
There was one point inwhich I started to set this BB Cream with translucent powder (what I normally use for liquid foundation) instead of my compact powder because I didn't need that extra coverage.
Here's a photo of one of those days:
Before you raise the 'neck and face color' red flag, hear me out!
One slight downside for this is that the shade just barely fits me. If I went under the sun and got a smidgen darker then I would not be able to wear this. Upon initial application (like above) the BB Cream tends to look a bit pale and off on me but after giving it awhile it does tone down and match my skintone. Oxidation maybe?
Either ways I've checked myself when out in various lightings and it doesn't look like I have that obvious foundation line taboo, so that's good.
Fairer ladies probably wouldn't have to worry about this, if you are a MAC NC30 you're in a grey area and if you're darker then it might be too fair on.
One thing I absolutely love about this, aside from the coverage is that pearlescent effect. It really does brighten the skin once applied and not quite in a way that makes you fairer but just more radiant and glowy but not quite dewy?
If I could compare it to anything I'd say it's the idea of Lancôme's Teint Miracle about a glow but on the pearlescent side. I wore this out and had been asked twice (by relatives and friends) what skincare I was using because my complexion seemed brighter and fairer.
That calls for a mental shout of "score!" if fair and brighter complexion is what you are going for.
HOW IT WEARS
The BB Cream helps to control oil and shine pretty well but nothing miraculous. I still blotted my face every 4 hours or so because it feels oily to the touch but one plus point is that it doesn't look too oily. That might also be attributed to the product already having a glow and shine on its own so maybe it's hard to tell one from the other?
Here's a shot of how it looks after 6 hours of wear without blotting.
You can see the oilies making an appearance most prominently on my nose and forehead.
After blotting, this is how it looks, everything seems good as new... almost.
Impressively the coverage and even-ness of the BB Cream stayed intact after blotting and the only signs of wear would be around the nose. In comparison to the cheek area, the nose seems to be duller and not have that pearlescent effect because the BB Cream has worn out there. I find it's quite normal for foundation to disappear on my nose at about the 4 hour mark.
Scent-wise it reminds me of Skin79's offerings, that hard-to-place scent but yet is pleasant and not overpowering on.
Overall, I found myself really liking this Elisha Coy Diamond Shiny Pearl BB Cream because it seems to have more coverage then the average BB Cream out there and the pearlescent effect is also a nice change from the norm of dewy BB Creams. Anything that covers well and does not make me feel oilier quicker then I should is considered good in my books. On top of that, the creamy texture and lovely pearl finish makes me recommend checking this one out if you're into BB Creams.
But that's it, I've heard that Elisha Coy is available at John Little so I'll have to go hunting. Since I'm almost out of this lttle tube I'm considering of getting the full size if it's available.
Thanks for reading!
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