About Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB Cream:
Rimmel’s 1st 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup 9 in 1 results: Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens, and helps Protect. Lightweight, ultra comfortable formula instantly gives a flawless, 100% natural finish. SPF 25
- Quantity: 30 ml
- Price: INR 460.It’s available in just $3 on Amazon in U.S
- Shelf life: 3 years from mfg date. After opening, use within 18 months
This comes in a standard tube packaging with a blue screw-on cap. Unlike other BB creams that have a single-twist, flat cap, his one needs to be twisted a couple more times and can be a bit annoying if you’re in a hurry. The nozzle too is that of regular tubes and not the precision-tip ones that other BB creams have. The mouth of the tube is small thus making it easy to dispense the right amount of product but it gets messy with continued use (unless you’re as obsessive as me and religiously wipe off excess after each use ). The packaging is compact and leak-proof and moderately user-friendly. It’s just that we’ve been spoilt by better packaging from other brands and expect a bit more ease of use.
This is available in 3 shades…if I’m not mistaken. Sorry, I swatched so many things at the counter that am a bit confused now. So yeah, the 3 shades include: Light, Medium and Dark. I have medium skintone (between NC40-41 in Mac for reference) and normally I’d pick the middle shade in a range. But the “medium” shade in this is quite orange and looks way too dark on me. “Light” is neutral beige without any yellow or pink undertones. Even though it is neutral in tone, it could end up looking a bit ashy or grey on some. It’s not a perfect match for me but adapts well to my skintone. I did find the shade selection a bit disappointing since I have yellow undertones and none of the shades available have any yellow in them.
It has a mild floral scent that’s similar to Nivea creams. It is not all strong and will not irritate sensitive noses particularly since the scent does not linger and disappears post application
It has a fairly thick texture that blends like a dream. Although it appears thick, it is fluffy in consistency. It applies really smoothly and left my skin feeling baby soft. Seeing this, I was darn sure this would be loaded with silicones. To my utter surprise (not to mention immense relief), this has absolutely NO silicones (atleast none that I know of from the ingredients list )
The coverage is somewhere between light to medium. It is not as sheer as say Garnier, but will not give you full coverage either. It camouflages (but does not conceal) spots and blemishes fairly well and evens out skintone making me look fresh and awake. It neutralizes redness but may look a bit ashy if you have bad dark circles. Having said that, I still find that the coverage is pretty good when compared to most other “so-called” BB creams out there.
It sets to a semi-matte finish…velvet matte I would say and not powdery/chalky matte. There’s a hint of dewiness that makes the finish appear more natural. It gets more dewy with the passage of time since I have oily skin. But I was surprised to find that this did not make my skin uber-greasy within minutes like most other BB creams I’ve tried (even when I skipped topping it with powder). The only issue with the finish is that it leaves a bit of a white cast when layered or used in excess but thankfully it is not all that visible in daylight but shows up under artificial lighting. So you may want to avoid this when being photographed. When used in small amounts and blended well, there is no ugly white cast.
I have very oily skin on my face but very dry skin on my hands and legs. Why am I telling you my pathetic skin woes?? Because even though this blends seamlessly on my face, when the SA at the counter blended the product on my arm, it instantly accentuated dry patches and I was left with flaky skin. But what made me buy this without a second thought is that the patches disappeared like magic within seconds even though she topped it with a brush LOADED with powder. What’s odd here is that my skin gets somewhat dry when I’m ill and the Ponds BB cream used to flake like crazy on my dry skin days. But this never flaked on me (atleast never on my face). I love the silky soft finish and I find that I don’t need a moisturizer beneath this.
I also love how it minimizes pores and gives me an airbrushed finish. If you’re looking for more coverage, you can use this as a base and blend your foundation over it. I’m pretty satisfied with the coverage even though I have blemished skin since it’s fair enough for daily use where I don’t want to be all made-up. It feels lightweight, works like a foundation and does not lead to breakouts even though I have highly acne-prone skin.
It stays put for around 4 to 5 hours on my oily skin with slight fading when the weather is good. But on hot and humid days, I did find my skin getting shiny within 2 hours. Those with normal to dry skin can definitely expect better wear-time. Even so, this fares way better than Garnier, Maybelline (cream version and not the stick) and Ponds. Maybelline BB stick definitely gives the best oil-control but I need a moisturizer underneath to prevent it from looking patchy. So overall, this is the best I’ve used.
What I like about Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB Cream :-
- Leak-proof, travel-friendly packaging
- Fluffy texture that blends easily
- Feels lightweight
- Moisturizes well enough for normal, combination to oily skin types
- Mattifies without looking powdery
- Even out skin tone and conceals minor imperfections and discoloration
- Skin feels soft and smooth post application
- Semi-matte, slightly dewy finish
- Does not settle into fine lines
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Mild floral fragrance that will not bother sensitive noses
- SPF 25
- Makes a great base for foundation
- Did not break me out (even when I’d slept with this on )
- Does not contain Silicones or Parabens (does contain Phenoxyethanol as a preservative but that’s comparatively safer)
What don’t I like about Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB Cream :-
- Limited shade selection
- May leave a white cast if used in excess (more prominent under artificial light)
- Those with oily skin may find their face getting greasy within 2 hours in humid weather (but then, which cream doesn’t do that to us, right? )
- Packaging needs improvement. I prefer the flat, single-twist screw cap and precision-nozzle that other brands sport
Here are the before & after pics taken in natural and artificial lighting:
All those 9 claims that you read in the first paragraph… this cream actually lives up to them! It works like a lightweight foundation and with this on, you can skip using your primer, moisturizer (unless you have very dry skin), sunblock and blah and save your face from an overload of products. Those with combination to dry skin can easily skip powder since this mattifies as well. Oily-skinned babes can skip powder initially (not in humid weather though) and simply stash your compact in your bag for touch-ups (which will be required soon enough). The only thing you can’t really do without is concealer since this does not cover stubborn blemishes or spots. Overall, a nice product to try and I’d surely give this a thumbs up
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