Don't you love the name on this? It's a BB Cream, without a doubt, but it sounds so much nicer when you call it Sublime Beauty Cream!
L'Occitane released this during the second half of 2013, and when I swatched it in-store, the colour match and the smell made me need this! However, by that point I had acquired upwards of 8 BB creams, and I simply couldn't justify the purchase. So, when they had an online campaign where they were giving away trial sachets, I hopped on the bandwagon and got my share. It's a good thing I didn't dive right in too since it's taken me about 3 months or so to get around to trying it out.
Here's what the full-sized product looks like:
[Source: L'Occitane USA]
It comes in 2 shades, and I chose 02 Medium, which is a brilliant match for my skin. Many reviews have mentioned that both shades adjust fantastically, so you can't go wrong with either.
I was a little traumatised by my use of the sachet because there were splotches of separation clearly visible in the cream. Naturally, this wouldn't be an issue if you own the tube since you could shake it up prior to extraction of the product. I've never experienced this with a BB Cream before, but it's made me actively practice shaking up products prior to use. Lesson learned!
[Horror! For the record, this is far too much product for one use!]
Angelica is meant to be extremely hydrating, and so that is one of the core promises of this product. It's other primary claims are that it provides a fresh, natural look; it reduces the appearance of pores, redness and blemishes; and it has SPF 30.
The cream went on flawlessly in that it blended in and sunk in like a dream. The colour was spot on which made me rather ecstatic because it's something I rarely experience with BB creams. Granted, when first applied, it was a tad bit too light, but it oxidised to the right shade very quickly. It set with a satin finish and did provided light to medium coverage which is definitely buildable.
[Sublime Beauty Cream]
I concealed under the eyes and set it with MAC's MSF Natural.
[Concealer & Powder]
By the time my makeup was sorted, the colour was spot on.
I didn't get the opportunity to take a picture at 2:30 pm, but my T-Zone was oily and I had to blot it. The rest of my makeup was very much in tact and the finish was more on the dewy side.
By 8 pm, my T-Zone was rather oily, especially the nose, and I had to blot once again, but my makeup was still looking quite fresh.
It was quite a long day and by 1:30 am, I had a blinging shine ongoing. My T-Zone was oily and undereye concealer had creased ever so slightly, which was rather shocking considering that it's usually settled into everything in half that time. Other than that, my face was still in tact in terms of makeup which surprised me more than a little. As you can see from the picture below, my blush was still going strong which is quite impressive!
My results with application were the same as the day before. It was seamless and quick, as BB creams are meant to be.
[Sublime Beauty Cream]
I concealed under the eyes and set it with Sephora's Mattifying Powder and was left with a satin finish.
[Concealer & Powder]
By the time everything had sunk in, I had a dewy finish to my skin and I was ready to head out the door.
Within 2 hours, my whole face had a bit of a sheen to it, primarily my T-Zone and so I blotted. I always have the issue of more oil being produced when I use mattifying products. Does anyone else have this issue? My skin has a truly rebellious streak!
The results were rather horrifying by 4 pm because I had a sheen on my face, with my T-Zone being very oily. My undereye concealer had creased terribly and had worn off quite a bit and some of the mascara I was wearing had transferred onto my undereye area (this is more an issue with the mascara than the cream). My blush was still visible, so other than the undereye area, my makeup was fully in tact.
By 7 pm, I was definitely feeling greasier than the day before (DAMN YOU MATTIFIERS!), and it was time for the makeup to come off. However, other than the visible oil which could be rectified with blotting, and the undereye area, my face makeup was still in tact.
This was an interesting one. It's definitely not a BB Cream for those of us who don't have normal-dry skin because it's far too moisturising even though I used it without a moisturiser. It's sad that this is the case because it's longevity far surpasses any other BB Cream I have tried because your makeup will stay the course of the day if it works with your skin. Even with my excessive oiliness, my makeup was still in tact with a pleasant finish once it was blotted. What a true shame! Not to mention that it smells absolutely divine! I'm glad I didn't pick it up because I would never use it again purely because it's not created for my skin type. Even the colour is spot on! I do hope they work on an oil-free, combination-skin version of the stuff because I'd be first in line to get hold of it!
L'Occitane's Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream retails at RM135 for 40ml and comes in 2 shades: 01 Light and 02 Medium.