Tuesday, 13 August 2013

REN Satin Perfection BB cream review


I have never owned a BB cream before, yes I know that makes me sound a bit behind the times as now the trend is for CC creams, but I am not one to jump on trends just for the sake of it. Since switching to natural products I have stuck almost exclusively with my powder foundations, I have tested lot's of natural foundations and tinted moisturisers but mostly have been unimpressed for one reason or another, nothing made a good enough impression for me to buy a full size.
When I heard that REN was launching a BB cream I knew that I would want to test it. REN is one of my favourite brands. It is what I would call a cleaner brand, yes they do use some synthetics and preservatives but their products are fantastic and they are loved by lot's of beauty bloggers who don't generally use natural products. They avoid a host of ingredients that are bad for the skin and are environmentally conscious when it comes to their packaging and policies. They include lot's of lovely natural ingredients and they make formulations that are generally very effective. 

This BB cream is Silicone free and has colour adaptive technology, REN's formulations are always on the cutting edge of science for a more natural brand and this is no exception as it is a world first. The cream is for light to medium skins and whilst I was sceptical to say the least about it's colour adaptive technology, you can see from the swatch above that what starts out as an Umpa Lumpa coloured cream melts and blends into the skin perfectly. It is perfect for the summer months as it is light and fresh on the skin, I also find it perfect for when I want to look fresh but don't want a full face of make up. 

The coverage is light but can be built up where needed. I have found the best application technique to be using my fingers, where I need extra coverage I take a small amount of product and pat it into the skin. It has a lovely fresh citrus scent which runs through the rest of radiance range too. It has SPF 15 which is an added bonus but I always wear a separate SPF underneath it anyway. 


One pump lightly blended with fingers. 

I have never owned a BB cream before, yes I know that makes me sound a bit behind the times as now the trend is for CC creams, but I am not one to jump on trends just for the sake of it. Since switching to natural products I have stuck almost exclusively with my powder foundations, I have tested lot's of natural foundations and tinted moisturisers but mostly have been unimpressed for one reason or another, nothing made a good enough impression for me to buy a full size. 

When I heard that REN was launching a BB cream I knew that I would want to test it. REN is one of my favourite brands. It is what I would call a cleaner brand, yes they do use some synthetics and preservatives but their products are fantastic and they are loved by lot's of beauty bloggers who don't generally use natural products. They avoid a host of ingredients that are bad for the skin and are environmentally conscious when it comes to their packaging and policies. They include lot's of lovely natural ingredients and they make formulations that are generally very effective. 


Some of the natural extracts in the product are Flurophores from Noni which boost elastin, Antileukine from seaweed to protect against UV damage, Tocotrienols from Artic cranberry seed oil which are anti-oxidants and Vitamin C for added radiance. 


I think this is a wonderful product, I am hoping that REN will create a version that will cater for dark skin tones too in the future. My only criticism is that mine does have a few large air bubbles in the airless pump, REN has brilliant customer service and said they would take it back, however I want to keep using this before the summer weather completely disappears so am putting up with it for now. So my only advice would be if you are buying it in store to remove it from the outer packaging and check it first to ensure you don't have the same problem. Edit: This now comes in a tube so this isn't an issue.

You can find this BB cream at here*, (it retails at £29 for 50 mls). Have you tried this BB cream, what did you think? 

Ana x

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  1. I loved it! Received a mini in Amarya and was really impressed with it. x

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    1. The colour adapting technology is very clever :) Xx

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  2. Hi babe,

    I'm so pleased you got on with this. I really love it however I found the colour a little too dark for me. I didn't find that the colour adapted to my skintone. I really hope they make a lighter version too. I like the way the product is buildable to give more coverage just a shame it looks too orange and dark on me. I just wished Ren wasn't discontinuing their Sun Veil SPF15.

    Love Danny xx

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    1. That's a shame, for me it's definitely a summer colour, maybe one to use when you use your chocolate sun. It is such a shame about the sun veil natural sunscreens are so hard to come by, especially effective ones. Xx

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  3. Hello Ana, what do you think about Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate? I read something about formaldehyde-releasing when it comes to that ingredient. I am not sure though, because I do not know which source to trust. It could be that people are exaggerating, maybe.

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    1. Hi, that is a great question and to be honest I haven't made up my mind on it either. If you check the EWG they do state that formaldehyde could be a concern with this ingredient but the overall hazard score is a 3. It can cause irritation for some people however I am not sensitive to it. I am happy to make an exception for it to be in this product, but my skin care is generally very clean, it is a hard call to make, especially as I am not a scientist. Hope that helps. Ana x

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  4. Great review Ana! i've actually never tried a BB Cream either, but have been really tempted by RENs one. I was really skeptical about the colour adaption to pale skin tones, but after seeing how it exactly does that I'm actually really impressed! Definitely sounds like another REN product to put on my wish list! x

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    1. I was sceptical too but I think it would be fine for most light skins, would love to hear what you think if you try it. Xx

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  5. Fantastic.. I was impressed by its colour adaptive technology. I want to try this some other time. I'm currently using etude house bb cream, have you reviewed any of their products? xx mybeautycity.com

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    1. I use a lot of REN I have reviewed a serum and an oil and a night cream from them. If you want to know about a specific product feel free to ask me because I have tried most of the ranges. Xx

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