Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème

Soon after I shared my last BB creme review I found out about IMAN's new Skin Tone Evener BB Crème which, as a brown woman, really interested me. A comment on my last review expressed the concern about there not being enough shades for women of color provided by the mainstream brands so it seems like this is right on time!

I was invited to one of the many events that IMAN is hosting at nationwide Duane Reades to test the product and was provided a sample as well. My Lil Love Bird accompanied me for my makover . . .

With makeup artist G. Anthony Williams
Prior to the event I was impressed (albeit a bit overwhelemed in a good way!) by all the shades available as seen on the website. It reminded me of when I spent a month in Jamaica and was so excited to go in conventional drug stores and see makeup aisles with tons of color options for brown skin!

Please disregard my awful brows!!! LOL!
Here's what I noticed immediately about IMAN BB Crème:
  • It is very smooth in texture - I thought all BB cremes have beads, but apparently not! IMAN BB Crème was very luxurious going onto my skin but not overly heavy
  • It has SPF 15 - this was something I had seen some complaints about other BB cremes, but hadn't been a concern for me since I layer on SPF daily anyway regardless of wearing makeup so this is just a bonus! 
  • The shade was perfect just by itself (I'm Clay Medium!) - while G. Anthony Williams layered the product I usually don't and almost treat it as a tinted moisturizer (but it's not as heavy); I found it was fine alone. Mr. Love Bird saw me post-makover with all the layers (concealer, bronzer etc.) and asked what happened to my skin! He thought it was a tad too dark, but it could've also been the difference in the lighting at Duane Reade vs. at our apartment/outdoors
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Here are the official benefits of IMAN BB Crème:

EVENS with Skin Tone Evener Complex enriched with Acai, Licorice and Grape Seed
PROTECTS with SPF 15 & antioxidants.
HYDRATES with Kokum, Almond, Aloe and Vitamins A, E and C
COMPLIMENTS your skin tone with a hint of color in 5 perfect-match shade

I highly recommend giving IMAN BB Crème a try especially if you've been unable to find a good color match for your skin!

Disclosure: I received a free sample of IMAN BB Crème for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.