The Product: Palmer's Eventone BB Cream
The Purpose: They say: "Palmer's Eventone BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream) is a multi-functional formula that targets discolouration and spots whilst providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection. This all-in-one beauty balm replaces the need for multiple products by targeting discolouratation and preventing hyperpigmentation from recurring, protecting against and preventing sun damage, providing lightweight coverage to conceal imperfections, instantly improvng radiance and reducing redness. Skin is beautifully luminous, naturally more even tone and younger looking. Formualted with our Tone Enhancing Complex & Mineral Pigment, to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish."
The Price: RRP $9.99 exclusive to Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist.
Regular readers would know that I am a big BB fan and use both the Garnier and L'Oreal brands interchangeably. My daytime makeup rarely involves foundation these days as I prefer the lighter and more dewy, natural look of the BB base, and I am strengthened in my resolve to use them as I am convinced by my research that they are doing my skin good.
So I was really excited to receive a parcel from Katherine this week containing the newly released Palmer's product in Medium/Dark. We received both the Light/Medium and the Medium/Dark to try and the darker one was definitely too dark for her translucent skin. I was a bit concerned when I first squeezed it out of the tube and as I bravely put it onto my face I started to have visions of looking like the crazy woman from the US who is addicted to solariums and rose to fame from taking her small daugher into one (you know the woman – she has a face that looks like Crocodile Dundee's boots). But, as I say, I've done a bit of BB cream research, and everything I've read about other brands told me that it will blend with your complexion if you just have faith. And I do. And it did.
And I wore it for two days (not the same application of course, I cleansed and applied it again the next day) and was really happy with the look and the way it wore throughout the day. And it did look a little darker than my complexion usually is, but it's spring in Queensland and we're all starting to look a little browner and healthier up here.
Then I got my second parcel for the week – Katherine in person! Surprise visit, and she came bearing gifts – the Light/Medium that she was using, for me to also try. Now I have to say, well I don't really but it is the truth, this one was a little more scary. It goes on very white and I felt that it was harder to blend, as I could see the very pale cream pooling in my pores. But I worked it in with my fingers (using a 10X mirror) until I was happy with the coverage. A bit more blusher was the order of the day, and voila – a paler look, reminicsent of Cate Blanchett (LOL), but still wearable.
The texture of the Palmer's product is lovely, and it leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin, which for a glowing, daytime look is great. Today, with a little more time and feeling experimental, I used it as a base, popped a thin coverage of foundation over it and a light dusting of powder. The BB cream made a great primer and 12 hours later with no touch ups my face still looks well made up.
Well done Palmer's! I love your Cocoa Butter products and the texture and formulation of your BB cream is a great addition to the range. If I may make a suggestion? The only way you could improve here would be to have a three colour range – Light, Medium and Dark. I'd be a Medium for sure.
If you've been here before you may have noticed that we really love BB Cream. Like Mum, I have almost (almost!) completely substituted my foundation for BB Cream – I just add a small amount for extra coverage when required, but mostly stick with the more natural look.
My first time using the new Palmer's Eventone BB in Fair/Light (the perfect way to describe my complexion) and it was just like applying sun cream. I wouldn't say I found the finish white (as Mum described) but then I'm not brave enough to view any part of my in a 10x mirror! My skin took on that immediate sheen of freshly applied SPF 30 and was just slightly too shiny for my liking.
After a couple of minutes, though, I looked in the mirror again and the BB Cream had completely adjusted to my face. That might seem strange if you are new to the BB world, but it's kind of the primary objective of Beauty Balm. I was shocked at the results, my skin is pale but it took on a porcelain finish that I usually can only dream about (wish I could say the same about the bags under my eyes – that's how you know I haven't edited it!).
I did a swatch of the lightest Garnier shade with the Fair/Light Palmer's Eventone to give some comparison. The Eventone is much lighter both in colour and in weight (if that makes any sense) and has less of an orange undertone that I appreciate as a fair skinned female. I just love the finish on my skin (especially with a touch of powder to take some of the shine away – just a little) and the more natural tones of the Eventone works with my complexion flawlessly – and I guess that is probably what they were going for!
Left – Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light // Right – Palmer's Eventone BB Cream in Fair/Light (unblended)
Left – Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light // Right – Palmer's Eventone BB Cream in Fair/Light (blended)
For me, the light colour is perfect, but I agree with Mum that most people would fall into a middle category that doesn't exist in the Eventone range at this point in time.
Palmer's have some great, affordable products that are beloved Australia-wide and I think the Eventone BB Cream could just join that list.