Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1 – Review & swatches

Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1 – Review & swatches

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Sara Hassan , 29 Comments

I am not much of a BB cream fan but I get all the hype it’s been getting over here. The thing is, who wouldn’t want to wear just one product in place of five (moisturizer, primer, sunblock, concealer and a light coverage foundation). Sounds pretty good right? So anyways, I picked this up a couple of weeks back hoping it would come in handy for those languid times.

BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1
Bourjois' BB cream compact foundation is your make-up and skin care 'dream cream' - a compact foundation with eight actions in one. It perfects, smoothes and evens out the complexion, targets and corrects imperfections and smoothes away signs of fatigue. This compact foundation erases shine, is anti-aging, provides long-lasting hydration and has SPF 20 protection. The creamy texture gives you a perfectly smooth, even complexion for a velvety 'second skin' finish and a medium coverage.

Available in four shades
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1 in 22 Golden Beige - Swatch
Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1 - Before & After Application
My thoughts
Bourjous BB cream compact comes in a shiny black case with a huge mirror inside that swivels 360 degrees. The packaging is extremely travel-friendly which is something I love about it. It also comes with a sponge applicator within. To tell you the truth, I find the applicator useless for it doesn’t help blend the product into your skin like it’s supposed to so I suggest using a wedge shaped sponge or your fingers to blend.

The first thing you’d notice once you open it up is the pleasant scent. It’s not overwhelming but it might be bothersome. It comes with SPF 20 protection which is excellent. The product has a medium coverage and creamy consistency which sets to a glowy finish – semi-matte to be exact. I noticed that it highlights any dryness that I have on my face so exfoliating is a precondition. I have this in shade 22 Golden Beige which I believe is tad darker for my complexion (NC30 for reference). I think it would be a perfect match for anyone who’s NC35 in Mac. Furthermore, it has orange undertones which would go well with Pakistani/Indian skin tones.

I absolutely love the finish I get with this. It perks up my face, covers up redness around my nose and minor imperfections. My skin looks smooth, never cakey, hydrated and even-toned. It really does feel like second skin. However there is a catch. It slides off my combination skin after a couple of hours. To deal with that, I simply dab a setting powder lightly all over my face. My sister who has an oily skin believes that it has a decent oil control. It won’t turn your face into an oil rig by the end of the day provided that you set it with a powder.

In a nutshell, I think this product would suit anyone with normal or combination skin type. I really like this but hate that it comes in limited shades (no shade for my skin tone).

You might like it if…
  • You have normal or combination skin type
  • You find the the packaging easy to travel with
  • It gives semi-matte, glowly finish
  • It doesn't feel heavy on your skin
  • You expect medium coverage. It covers up redness and minor blemishes pretty well
  • You expect natural-looking smooth finish
  • It keeps your skin hydrated
  • It comes with SPF 20 protection
  • You set it with a powder to increase it's wear time
You might not like it if…
  • You have dry or oily skin type
  • It highlights dryness on your face
  • It slides off your face after a couple of hours
  • You find the sponge applicator useless
  • The scent bothers you
  • You don't find your match
  • You think it's pricey
My rating
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3/5

Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation 8-in-1 comes with a price tag of PKR 1,975 and can be purchased from Agha's supertore Karachi, Scentsation outlets in Karachi and Lahore. You can also purchase it online on Just4girls.pk and BeautyArena.pk. If you live in the U.K, you can buy it online for £11.99 at Selfridges.com.

What do you think about this BB Cream Compact? Take it or leave it?

29 comments :

  1. I think this is a must buy product. It was on my wishlist and now its way up on it, thanks for the review

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  2. This sounds like a great product. Is it light and airy like Garnier BB cream?
    I love how it looks on you. x

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    1. Yes Rabeeyah, it is light-weight. :) x

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  3. It looks awesome! I love the mirror. I had exactly the same thing with my Eborian BB cream, it looked completely orange and then somehow as time went on the colour changed to suit my skin. Fabulous post :)

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  4. It is making you look dewy. Might be great for everyday looks; but i dont think BB creams can ever be a good alternate of regular foundations.

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  5. Nice review sarrah am also not a fan of bb creams but compact sounds great xx

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  6. This is one of the few BB Creams I found in Compact Foundation format. Been using it for a few months now and I love it. Also luckily I have found the exact shade in my skin tone - plus like you said the undertones suit desi skin colours. I have extremely oily skin though, so the only issue is that towards the end of the day it gets dewy/slides off a bit like you said - thank you for sharing the powder tip, will try that now! Also it is pretty travel friendly and quick to use, especially if you spend your whole day in office

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  7. It looks like very light.. great review sara :)

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  8. I saw this but passed on it... Now I'm kinda glad if its orange (I'm Caucasian) but it does sound great, excellent review!!

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  9. Dear sara, i wanted to ask u for reviews on to companies one chiristine(a pakistani brand), and other kryolan. please do review pancake foundation by both as i have oily skin so other bases usually cause extra release of water.Christine is a cheaper brand and is used in karachi in make up tutorials.

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    1. I have reviewed the Kryolan stick on my site. :) x

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  10. I never tried BB creams yet, now am confuse which one to get this or the garnier one :)

    Nida'sBeautyBag

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  11. Looking forward to try this one.

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  12. I like the compact packaging of it but my skin is oily so I'll not get it. Love your photos Sara, they are always so clear and crisp. x

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  13. do you use the sponge or some other brush?

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  14. I absolutely love its finish on you. I am definitely going to check and see if I can find a shade that matches me. :D xx

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  15. Love the lipstick! What shade is it?

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    1. I am wearing Luscious Signature Lipstick in Buff Pink. x

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  16. I hope I get a match coz it sounds a must have for me for my combination skin. great review like Sara like always :) oh haan !! are there any blending issues?

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    1. No blending issues as long as you're using your fingers or wedge shaped sponge to blend. The applicator it comes with is hopeless. x

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  17. looked like a product i would love,,but then u said may not like if u have oily skin...i m disappointed:(

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  18. Nice review sarah i love the packeging very sleek :)

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  19. sara, how to find NC-30 or 35 type thing/ i could,t find that on MAC website anywhere..

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    1. Well, for that you'll have to test the foundation in a store yourself because unfortunately we don't have MAC stores here. x

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    2. oh! then how did you found out your's sara? mean NC-30

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  20. love it,, will definitely buy it.. thanks for such a nice review.

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  21. dear sara,it wud be very kind if u answer my request.

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  22. Hey sara can we use it as a concealer??? Hows the coverage for dat.

    Btw I wud love to knw ur foundation routine. N how u apply it. Wat comes 1st n what time it takes. the shade of concealer to go for (darker/lighter). I knw its irrelevent here but wud love to knw ur foundation routine.

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