Friday, June 29, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | COOLA BB CREAM

Today's Foundation Friday is a little different from my others -- this is all about a BB cream.  Since the summer heat has arrived, I thought it'd be the perfect time to share a base that's a bit lighter.  My  makeup tends to just melt right off my face during the summer, so wearing something full coverage isn't always appropriate.

I am a huge fan of the Coola brand, and I especially love their face tanner.  If you missed my cruelty free spring beauty favorites, the Coola face tanner is included in that round up.  You can read all about that here.

CLAIMS

This Coola BB Cream caught my eye on Sephora, and I haven't purchased a new BB or CC cream in quite a while.  It costs $36 for 1.7 oz.  This beautifully-bottled BB cream is non-greasy and offers quite a lot in the way of skincare.  It is a very light tint, SPF 30, rose hip oil, and and hydrating shea butter.  This also mattifies the skin, making it a great option for combination/oily and oily skin types.  Personally, I have been majorly impressed with how this mattifies my t-zone area.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

SHADE RANGE

Most BB and CC creams have a limited shade range.  The point is that they're not full coverage, so they don't have to match exactly to your skin.  Of course, that means that BB and CC creams work for most but not for some.  This one, however, comes in one shade.

One.

It is tinted ever so slightly, but when you put it on it looks like you're not wearing anything.  It also feels like you're not wearing anything, so it's virtually weightless on your skin. I love that I can't feel it on my face, but I was expecting a little bit more tint.

The undertone is quite warm, so it darkens up my face just a smidge.  It also oxidizes a little on my face, so I tone it down with a light powder.

For shade comparisons, here are other foundations that also match me:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here) 
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)
Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation in 106A (review here)
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Soft Ivory (review here)

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

HOW TO APPLY

I tried my usual ways of applying base, which are a buffing brush and a damp beauty blender.  Then, I applied it per the directions on the box and applied it with my hands.  Hands down (see what I did there?), applying it with your hands is the best way.  You get such a smooth application, plus it's very quick.  

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the Coola BB Cream. Check out this cruelty free BB cream!
MY REVIEW

Overall, I do like this BB cream.  It is, by far, the nicest BB cream I've ever worn.  It feels so good on my skin, and the skincare aspect makes my skin look much better.    Since the coverage is minimal, it's not something I wear when I go out or go to work.  It's much better suited for around the house, at the beach, or for anything where a nearly bare face is appropriate.

I haven't mentioned this anywhere before, but I tend to wear a CC cream under my foundation.  The added hydration means that my foundation looks smoother and doesn't break down throughout the day.  Since this BB cream also mattifies and acts as a primer, I am loving this. My face is so shiny with the heat and humidity, this has really helped to combat my oily t-zone.


Honestly, I was a little conflicted with recommending this BB cream because of the price, but I have not found a drugstore BB or CC cream that I like as much as this one (and the Supergoop CC cream that I love, love, love).  It is definitely worth the price, with as much wear as I can get out of it.  This will be used at the beach, outside, around the house, or under foundation for all other activities.  I love how it mattifies and nourishes my skin at the same time.

What do you think of this BB cream?

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