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It’s hard to recall our lives pre-BB Creams. We had to employ an army of products to achieve the effect of this single, elegant formula. Stila’s entry into the BB Cream market is as impressive as you’d expect, given the brand’s award-winning track record. Their deceptively light formula has 10—count ‘em, 10—functions, from antiaging treatment and inflammation-reducer to sheer tint and SPF 30. It also has been shown to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67 percent. As if that weren’t enough, it blends beautifully and gives skin a radiant finish.
While this product is advertised as a 10-in-1 Beauty Balm, I would have to refute at least half of those claims. The product itself isn't of low quality; it didn't break me out or cause any allergic reactions, hence the two stars. In every other area, though, I feel like it's a pretty huge failure.
Firstly, it provides almost zero coverage. Even though it is tinted from the tube, it blends away to almost nothing—I wouldn't even qualify this as "sheer" coverage. It does blend in well (no pilling or clumping), but I wouldn't call it a tinted moisturizer either since it isn't even all that moisturizing. The only redeeming properties it has is:
1) It really is illuminating. I haven't tried the original or bronzed formulations, but this stuff definitely gives your entire face a dewy glow, which sensitive skin types may really appreciate. However, if you're normal or combination/oily, I'd suggest avoiding this because even when it is completely dried, it never really "sets," maintaining a dewy, wet finish that needs to be set with powder.
2) It contains SPF 30, so it's basically just a sunscreen (with no pigmentation or coverage). However, to get the full benefits of the physical SPF in this, you would need to use a dime-size amount of product, which is pretty large for a typical BB cream (usually I'd just use a pea-size amount of my favorite Korean BB for coverage). If you're planning on using this as your sole SPF provider, make sure you're using a sufficient amount to keep your skin protected.
I would recommend using this under your regular foundation/BB cream as an additional sunscreen step with a dewy finish, but don't buy this thinking it can serve as a BB cream with any sort of coverage.
I don't like wearing a ton of makeup on my face , so this product is perfect for me. It has just a tint of color, but it adds a nice glow which makes my skin look great! After I wash my face, I apply my serums, then Stila One Step Correct (which is also amazing), then lastly this product. I get compliments on my skin almost every day!5
I am so pleased with this purchase, goes on smoothly and lasts all day. It has a slight shimmery effect and moisterizes really well5
I received this as a sample in my Birchbox and I can't believe I never used it before! It's perfectly tinted and perfectly shimmery to put on and run out the door!5
I liked this enough that when I got a sample, I ordered the full sized product. My skin can get a little oily with this, so I use an oil controlling primer under it. No visible improvement in wrinkles or fine lines after 5 weeks of use.4
Easy to apply and stays on all day. Adds a youthful glow without too much shine. My skin looks and feels better since I started using this.5
I have extremely sensitive skin and this does not make me break out. and its spf 30. I wear it every day. Gives a radiant finnish not sparkle. I hate sparkle and glitter.5
I love that when I want to look just a little made-up I throw on some mascara and this beauty balm. It protects my skin and is good for it too! It is a staple in my beauty routine. When I want a more dramatic look at night i use it for a little highlight, too!5
I have used this for about six months now and I love it. I had always used Clinique BB cream (and tried their CC but did not like it for my skin) but now I use this instead.
The coverage is mild to moderate, like one would expect from a BB, but my favorite part is how it smooths the texture of my skin. I have large pores and it does a great job of covering them (without clogging them).
The illumination is perfect too- not too shimmery or sparkly, just slight sheen.
If one was really serious about smooth texture and color coverage, it would be a great product to use as an illuminating primer underneath foundation, but I prefer to use it alone, with a little concealer and some bronzer powder!
I believe that this is a great value because I have used this daily and it has lasted me MONTHS!
I got this as a sample and fell in love! I have very oily skin with large pores and my skin tone is a bit uneven with some acne scarring. I used this product and my skin felt dewy, but not greasy, and I loved the extra boost in color. It's the first tinted BB cream I've used and I will definitely be purchasing a full size.5