Yay for BB Creams! When I’m in a hurry in the morning, the last thing I want to do is have to put on a ton of layers of stuff. I want to swipe and go. Jane Iredale was the first company to win me over with BB creams (my review), and I’m happy to report that Boscia is another winner!
Boscia originally came out with one BB cream and as soon as I heard, I ran (ok, maybe I didn’t truly run, I drove) to Sephora to see the color. Imagine how sad I was when I saw that the color was too dark for my fair skin :o( Very sad. Well, they have just come out with two new colors! A Light and a Bronze.
First, the swatches:
The Light is a perfect match (literally, perfect) for my fair skin. While it looks different than my skin tone in the pictures, it’s because I really did a heavy swatch so you can see the color. I’m around an NC15, probably getting closer to 20 now that summer is here. Light would be a great match for anyone under NC20. If you are NC20 approaching 25, I think this could be too light.
What I really appreciate about the color is that it is a very neutral fair. Often times I find that natural foundations lean very yellow or very pink or peach. This does not lean either way, its right in the middle!
What is also nice about Light is that it provides coverage, but is still somewhat sheer so it looks natural. While I believe BB creams were originally made to be full coverage, this is not full coverage. It is more coverage than a tinted moisturizer though, I’d say medium to sheer coverage – depending on how you apply it.
So now for Bronze. As you can see from the pictures above, Bronze is dark. It is way too dark for my fair skin on its own. BUT, I have discovered it blends really well with Light to make a perfect bronzer for fair skin (or a foundation for darker skin)! Here is a swatch:
This is in sunlight, as I wanted to show how it becomes a peachy bronzer that is not too dark against my pale skin. The swatch above is about 50/50 Light to Bronze, perhaps a teensy more Light.
The texture is interesting, it is thinner and has some slip to it. The texture is hard to describe, but either way – it applies very well and spreads over my skin beautifully.
Part of the slip could be due to the silicones in it. It makes it very smooth to apply, and even helps fill in my pores a bit. So while it doesn’t provide full coverage, after I am done putting it on I feel like my face just looks better. More even-toned, less noticeable pores, but without looking like I’m wearing a mask.
While the texture is a bit thinner, it is still a little dry. Perhaps come July I will not need anything under this, but at this point I do like to have a thin moisturizer or serum before I apply. I’ve tried it on its own and it’s not bad, but my face did feel a little more tight than I prefer. So for dry skin ladies, you will probably need some moisturizer under this.
The BB cream has an SPF of 27 – why they didn’t just make it 30 is beyond me. BUT, I’m happy with 27! In the summer, SPF 15 or 20 is just not enough for my skin, I need more. And, the sunscreen is just titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – no chemical sunscreens! Yay!
Now for the ingredients!
Light: Titanium Dioxide 11.25%, Zinc Oxide 0.98%; Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, Sodium PCA, Lactobacillus Ferment, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Beta-Glucan, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Adenosine, Panthenol, Stearic Acid, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitol, Alumina, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Bronze: Titanium Dioxide 7.55%, Zinc Oxide 0.98%; Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, Sodium PCA, Lactobacillus Ferment, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Beta-Glucan, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Adenosine, Panthenol, Stearic Acid, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitol, Alumina, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Silica, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol.
So as you can see, both ingredients list contain lots of silicones. I don’t really mind silicones as they tend to really help my skin and hair, but I know some eco-chicks may not like them.
Other than the silicones, I am super impressed with some of the ingredients included. Sodium PCA is high up on the list which is a skin-conditioning ingredient. As well as sodium PCA, glycerin, arbutin, beta-glucan, jojoba extract, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, and panthenol are also in the ingredients list. These are quite the kitchen sink of good-for-you ingredients! They all do something slightly different but overall are either conditioning, antioxidants or anti-inflammatory. I really am impressed with the variety and quantity of these ingredients.
So overall – Boscia BB creams provide great texture, color and ingredients. I couldn’t ask for more!
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Boscia to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.