Review | Rimmel 9-in-1 BB Cream Light

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Even though the first Western CC creams are popping up the BB cream craze is far from over so it seems. Not that I mind because I love BB creams and I still haven’t found my perfect match within the drugstore brands yet. Up until now none of them managed to beat my current favorite, the Erborian Light BB Cream. A while ago I received a package containing Rimmel’s first BB cream. Will this be the one I can turn to from now on? Let’s find out!


It’s official name of the BB cream is Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 25 and depending on the country it comes in different shades (for the Benelux it comes in Light and Medium/Dark). The one I’ll be reviewing today is the Light shade.

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The product promises to do 9 things: prime, moisturize, minimize pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and help protect. Quite a lot of promises there for a small price, so I can imagine when you spot this in store this looks like your next holy grail right? But can it keep those promises?

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The swatches on my hand look okay. The cream is thick, so I have to be quick to make it blend well. But once I try to apply it onto my face I suddenly find myself trapped in a horror story.

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As you can probably see, the cream is too orange for me and it has a very hard time to conceal or correct my blemishes and dark spots. Why? Because it doesn’t blend with my oily combination skin one bit. The more I try to blend it, the more it gunks up into little flakes leaving my skin looking worse than it is without makeup. No matter what I do (using brushes or fingers) I just can’t even it out. Like ew.


At first I thought I must be doing something wrong, but since I had similar negative experiences with the tinted moisturizers from Olaz (Olay)  and wearing moisturizer underneath or not wasn’t really changing anything, I came to the conclusion that the product simply doesn’t match with my skin. After doing a little research I found that I’m not the only one with the same problem (see here and here). And since my skin only reacts this way to tinted moisturizers I also believe Rimmel’s so-called BB cream is in fact a tinted moisturizer. The sad part is that instead of moisturizing the gunks make it look like my skin is really dry and oily at the same time because it looks really shiny. Does that even make sense?


My conclusion is that for me, this product is absolutely not working out AT ALL. Such a shame 🙁


Rimmel’s BB cream is available for € 9,99 at Kruidvat.

1 Comment

  1. March 8, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Thanks for the warning! Ik gebruik momenteel de BB van Bourjois, het proberen waard!
    Naomi, x

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