Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream Review and Swatches

13th August 2015

When it comes to foundation, Rimmel is my favourite brand drugstore wise, ever since they introduced their ‘Light Porcelain’ shade across their foundation ranges as it’s genuinely very pale and an amazing match for my skintone. I have a fair few of the Rimmel foundations and as I like them so much, I was intrigued by their new Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream as I thought it would be perfect for the Summer. 

Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream

The Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream is available in just three shades; Very Light, Light and Medium which isn’t particularly great and it retails for £6.99 for 30ml and contains an SPF of 20. The Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream claims to; prime, smooth, conceal, minimise pores, provides natural coverage, moisturises for 24 hours, awakens tired skin, brightens the skin, gives a radiant finish and contains a vitamin C complex.

Rimmel Radiance 9 in 1 BB Cream

I obviously opted for the palest shade which is Very Light, which is actually a good shade match for me initially but it oxidises throughout the day, so I end up looking orange by lunchtime. The consistency is very thick for a BB cream, and it feels just like a foundation consistency wise.

One of my biggest bug bears for this BB Cream is its smell unfortunately.. it smells like a cheap suncream which I know will be down to the SPF but it’s so strong, and I can smell it throughout the day whilst I’m wearing it and it’s just not very nice. Not only is the scent a let down, but sadly it doesn’t sit very nicely on my dry skin and I’ve tried applying it in a multitude of ways with fingers, brushes and a Beauty Blender and it always looks streaky and patchy on my skin regardless of the primer I use underneath.

I don’t know if it’s because my skin is very dry, but this BB Cream just doesn’t sit well and it really clings to every single patch of dryness on my face which I hate. I really thought that this BB Cream would be perfect for dry skin due to the nine benefits, but it really doesn’t work for dry skin, and it looks shiny on me even with powder so I’m entirely sure it’d work well for combination to oily skin types either. I really do love Rimmel foundations, so I can’t help but feel disappointed by this offering as I just cannot make it work for me.. I’m just glad I only paid £6.99 for it.

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