BB-cream, foundation & sunscreen in one – Mizon Snail Repair BB

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Mizon snail repair bb cream review

Wouldn’t it be great if your foundation was your sunscreen?

I love to wear a tinted sunscreen as my base in the summer, but there are occasions where I want more coverage. You can always just apply your makeup on top of your sunscreen, but personally, that can feel a bit heavy. So if there was a foundation that provided me with a great SPF, I’m game.

And that’s the case in this product. I’m talking about a BB-cream that actually does it both – it protects my skin from the sun with a physical sunscreen and acts as a medium to full coverage foundation at the same time. I know foundations tend to have SPF in them, but it’s not usually that trustworthy.

However, this feels more like a sunscreen, that just happens to give me coverage at the same time. It’s the perfect alternative to summer parties, where I want to have my full face of makeup on and still be sun-protected. It’s the full-coverage foundation version of the physical sunscreens I talked about on this post.

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If you don’t know the difference between a physical and a chemical sunscreen, check out this post. And if you’re looking for less coverage, check out my earlier post about my favorite natural sunscreens.

 

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Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm review

As the name suggests, this BB cream contains snail extract. There’s actually 40% of it here. Snail extract is awesome, because it’s regenerating, soothing and moisturizing. It’s one of those ingredients that sounds suspicious, but is actually awesome. In my experience snail extract feels extremely silky and smooth. And no, it’s not gross or smelly. More about snail extract in this post.

As someone who has struggled with acne before, I also appreciate the anti-blemish properties of this BB cream.

Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm BB review

This BB-cream is medium to full coverage and it leaves a satin finish. If you like a glow, you can skip powder. But for the best longevity, I would apply a light layer of powder on top of this.

The consistency in this foundation is quite thick. That’s typical for a physical sunscreen and that’s what gets you covered. For best results, I apply this with my fingers. It dries down quite quickly, so you need to be quick in your application. But because this BB cream has pigment in it and has a creamy texture, it’s easy to see where you applied it and therefore get an even, reliable sun protection.

It’s also very long-lasting. It kind of sets on the face and doesn’t move when it’s on. Hence, it’s perfect for summer parties, like weddings.

But as always – if you’re staying in the sun for long periods of time, and you’re sweating off your makeup – you need to reapply, just like with any sunscreen. Physical sunscreens tend to stay well on my skin though.

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Before & After of Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream in the shade Sand Beige.
Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream Rose Beige and Sand Beige Swatches
Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream #1 Rose Beige and #2 Sand Beige Swatches

As for the shades, the 1# Rose Beige has a red undertone and is quite light.
The #2 Sand Beige has a yellow undertone and is slightly darker in shade. This is my shade.

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*Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm $13,89

Mizon Watermax Moisture BB Cream

Mizon Watermax Moisture BB Cream

I also got the Mizon Watermax Moisture BB Cream and I wanted to include it in this post, because it’s more suited for dry or normal skin. It’s a moisturizing BB Cream that is much lighter in consistency compared to the Snail Repair Cream.

The shade in this is quite light and rosy (close to the Rose Beige shade of that other BB cream), which is why I haven’t been able to wear it. I did however test the consistency on my face just to see how it compares to the snail repair BB cream. The texture is very light and it feels like a light gel that just glides on the skin. I like the consistency. It still has good coverage, but it’s not as full coverage as the snail repair cream.

 

I have also reviewed Missha’s BB Cream that has SPF 42 here. That is also a good option. Korean BB-creams are awesome!

 

 

What’s your go to BB cream?

My favorite natural sunscreens – and why they’re the best

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Last year my mind was blown by Madara’s launch of the new sunscreen products. As we all know, natural sunscreens are a bit tricky. It’s hard not to compare them to chemical sunscreens, which can feel so light on the skin. But the lightweight feeling is not necessarily the best choice here.

I have found that natural physical sunscreens give me the best protection. And these products also give me the prettiest glow! I personally don’t have to reapply these products and not once have I burned wearing them. So if you really think about it – physical sunscreens are quite practical.

And have you noticed that sunscreens meant for children usually contain a physical sunscreen? Why is that, I wonder. Why not protect yourself as well as you do your children?

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MADARA Sunscreens for face

The best thing about Madara’s face sunscreen products is that they also function as makeup. The SPF 30 face cream has a bit of tint in it and it gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. The City CC SPF 15 is a great choice when you want a bit more coverage to the skin (and glow, obviously).

These are my go-to products for spring and summer. I feel like they even out my skin tone nicely and they are the perfect summer “foundation”. I just apply concealer where I need it and my skin looks beautiful. I wrote full reviews on these products here, so make sure to read that!

Madara City Cc Cream Light Beige Medium Beige Swatches

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Wearing Madara City CC Cream in the shade Light Beige.
Madara City CC Medium Beige Before After On Face
Before & after Madara City CC in the shade Medium Beige.

MADARA CITY-CC Light Beige & Medium Beige

This year I got the darker color option for the City CC cream and I have to say that it works better for me. The Light Beige color is more red-toned and light whereas the Medium Beige is more yellow and slightly darker. They are still both quite sheer, so you don’t need an exact match to your skin. As you can see in the photos, I can get away with wearing both.

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*MADARA CITY-CC Cream SPF 15

 

Madara sun 14 shimmering bb cream swatch

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On my body: Madara Sun 15 Shimmering Beach Body BB

MADARA SUN15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF 15 – Body & Hands

This year Madara also came out with *BB-cream for the body, which has some light shimmer and tint to it. Since I love the Face SPF 30 so much, I’m so excited for this tinted body version. It’s a clever way to hide the white color, which all the physical sunscreens have.  And who doesn’t like to glow while being protected of the sun?

The consistency in the body BB is creamy, but not too thick. It’s easy to blend to the skin and it doesn’t feel sticky. The shimmer in it is quite fine and doesn’t look too glittery. In warm indoor lighting I could see some glitters, but that just made me happy. (And in direct sun, when you look closer. It’s like gorgeous little glitters on your skin.)

This product has a sweet foresty scent to it, which I actually love.

I have a strong feeling I will be wearing this most of the days. And for any parties! It doubles as body makeup and I’m all for that.

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*MADARA SUN 15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF15

 

Madara sun 20 weightless sun milk swatch review

MADARA  SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF 20 – Body, hands & face

Madara’s SUN 20 Weightless Sun Mik is a hassle free easy option for those, who don’t want any tint to their sunscreens or who feel like even the face SPF 30 is too dark. It’s colorless, it feels comfortable on the skin and you can use it all over your body, face and hands.

Well, obviously the cream is first white, but once you blend it to your skin it looks invisible. Besides, this way it’s easy to see where you’ve applied it (though the tinted versions work for that as well).

The body milk is Aloe Vera based and it contains natural oils and waxes. The sun can dry out the skin and I feel like that’s the case in my skin, so I like to wear sunscreens that are also moisturizing. That way my tan looks better as well.

This product has a foresty scent to it, but I don’t find it too strong.

I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would choose this one for my little ones.

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*MADARA SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF20

Madara natural sunscreens review

So, these products get A+ from me and I warmly recommend them to anyone who wants to switch to natural sunscreens, who wants a long-lasting sun protection or for those wanting a nice glow to their skin. If you do end up ordering and trying them, I would also recommend checking out Madara’s masks (here’s my post of them) and their hydrating SOS-serum.

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best natural sunscreens

I also recently tried out a BB-cream that acts both as a full-coverage foundation and a sunscreen. I know some like to wear makeup and foundation throughout the summer, so that would be a nice option for those, who still want to have that sun protection. Stay tuned, I will be reviewing it soon!

 

What is your favorite sunscreen brand and is it natural?