Boots 17 BB Blemish Balm Cream

Boots 17 BB Blemish Balm Cream
I was very sceptical the first time I tried BB creams, all the way from Asia but after trying a few different ones, I absolutely fell in love with SKIN79. I use their gold variety and I can’t count how many bottles I have gone through. I love the stuff. Perfect coverage, moisturising, non drying and doesn’t affect my sensitive skin. The only downside being you have to be one step ahead and make sure you order enough from Asia to cover the last bit of your current bottle. Oh how I wish I could just wander in to Boots and buy the fabled BB cream……

…. Well now you can! 17 have launched their very own version of the cult status BB cream! 

In a sleek little tube, lives a light, dewy BB cream that glides on so effortlessly and lasts well. The cream itself has a light floral smell to it which is quite pleasant, in comparison to other foundations etc.

I’ve been wearing it in Medium for about 6 weeks now which is a pretty good colour match for NW/NC20 in MAC, 2 Clair in Chanel or 53 in Bourjois Healthy Mix. It does feel as though it has slight colour adapt properties to it, although they aren’t pencilled as a feature so I’m not sure if I could really back that claim up with fact. 

The coverage is a lot lighter than most Asian BB creams so if you have tried them before, the 17 offering will be different but what you do get is a medium coverage light non greasy product. The coverage is buildable, and as such, I found myself using a bit more than I’d have liked to cover my rosy cheeks. If you don’t have any problem areas, this will be perfect for you.

It applies well over concealer so no worries about hiding little spots!

I found the best way to apply the BB cream was to apply a little dot, from the tube on to each cheek, forehead and chin and then I buffed in with a flat top kabuki foundation brush which gave a flawless smooth application. I found I needed to use twice as much from the back of my hand. I daresay a different application will suit others but that’s just how I use it. 

Swatched on tanned skin

I found this BB cream gives more of a tinted moisturiser cover in comparison to a foundation… but compared to a tinted moisturiser the cover was much better. Does that even make sense? 
On paler skin

For your £6.99 you get 30ml of product. For an average, even, skin tone, you will get a fair bit of use out of this, but if you end up building up the coverage it will run out a lot quicker.

If you are looking for a high coverage BB cream, this isn’t necessarily for you, but if you are looking for a medium coverage, light textured dewy finish… this is the boyo for you! Great to see that high street brands are looking further a field for their inspiration and great to see 17 leading the way on the make up concessions take on BB cream (excluding the Garnier one).

Have you tried the 17 BB Cream? Do you use another brand BB? 


  1. 15th November 2011 / 11:02 am

    It looks shimmery on your hand but thats probably the camera. What do you think the main benefits of it are? It looks interesting but not entirely sure I should party with my £7

  2. Katie
    15th November 2011 / 11:12 am

    It’s definitely not shimmery, just the camera lighting.

    The main benefits are a lighter alternative to foundation but greater coverage than a tinted. It conceals, covers and doesn’t dry your skin out and its available in Boots as opposed to BB Creams from Asia.

    Personally I think its a bargain for the price.

  3. 19th November 2011 / 9:14 pm

    I swatched the lightest one in Boots and it was orange. I kid you not. Think I’ll stick with ordering from Korea for now. Although I hear No7 are bringing one out in the Spring xx

  4. Katie
    19th November 2011 / 9:29 pm

    Ouch orange is never good.

    Ive just ordered myself another cheeky bottle of Skin79, I love it!

  5. Anonymous
    23rd November 2011 / 7:43 pm

    I didnt find the light one orange , looked pretty good to me and matches my pale skin x

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