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

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.

mizon snail repair bb

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.

before after mizon snail repair bb cream sand beige
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?

2 + 1 best sunscreens for oily skin

aco sunscreen review

Sunscreen and oily skin. Not a good combo. If your skin has even a slight tendency to oiliness – you know just what I’m talking about. I’m not sure what it is exactly that causes my skin to break out and to shine even brighter like a diamond (Rihanna gets it) with sunscreens, but I’ve learned that once you find a product that works for you, you hold on to that product and never let go.

And you tell everyone all about it – since most of us don’t enjoy that sticky feeling anyway. And it would be nice to wear makeup on top of that sunscreen. So – here are three best sunscreens that work for oily and combination skin and that work really well under makeup as well. I would think that all skintypes would benefit from these (if your skin is dry, just apply your regular moisturizers under them).

eucerin mattifying sun fluid

Eucerin sun fluid mattifying (SPF 30 & SPF 50)

Eucerin’s thin fluid sunscreen is the winner for me as the best sunscreen for oily face. When I first found it, I couldn’t believe it’s true. It’s really a super lightweight fluid, almost watery. It absorbs into the skin quickly and it leaves a matte finish. It also stays quite matte, it doesn’t move anywhere. It doesn’t have a heavy scent to it – except that it smells like summer, since it’s always my memory from this product.

This is also Risto’s favorite – as he’s bald he needs to cover his head as well and this is one of his favorite sunscreens, as it’s so light and matte.

The only downside to this is that as it’s so runny (is that a word?), the packaging can get a bit messy. The packaging could be bigger too, but then again it’s so easy to travel with since it’s quite small. Other than that, per-fect.

Eucerin mattifying fluid SPF 50*

aco sun fluid mattifying

ACO Sun Face Fluid Mattifying SPF 50

I got ACO’s mattifying sunscreen as a pr-sample and I was eager to test it, as it’s quite affordable, the packaging is perfect and it’s easily available in my country.  And I am positively surprised.

This fluid is not as thin and watery as the one mentioned before, but it’s still quite lightweight. It feels a bit sticky, when you first apply it, but once it absorbs, it feels nice and lightweight. And yes – it leaves your skin quite matte. Not as matte as possible, but matte enough. This smells pleasant as well, like summer.

For my skin, this works as my moisturizer – if I apply a moisturizer under this, it doesn’t work. It starts to shine. But when I apply this to my cleansed face (possibly just a serum or a moisturizing mist under), it works wonders.

I definitely recommend this product as well – and I would think that if your skin is not quite that oily, you would prefer this than the Eucerin one.
The only thing here is, that this product and brand is only sold in Nordic countries.

I also got to try ACO’s new transparent sun spray (SPF 30), which is amazing for your body, if you want your sunscreen to be non-sticky and lightweight for your body as well. And obviously ACO has a whole range with different products for different skintypes.

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great sunscreen for oily face

mineral makeup sunscreen

+ Mineral makeup

I know mineral makeup is not technically a sunscreen, but it does act like one. And it does a great job. Also – if you choose your mineral makeup right, it is the right choice for the environment. Minerals work as a physical sunscreen, meaning that they reflect the light away from your skin. I hate to admit it, but physical sunscreens are the ones, that are better for the environment.

If I lost you on ‘physical sunscreen’ – make sure to check out this post: Physical vs. chemical sun lotion.

And in my experience, physical sunscreens don’t let you down. I don’t think I’ve ever burned, wearing mineral makeup on my face (or wearing a physical sunscreen). It’s a safe choice. Needless to say, it also acts as your makeup, so your skin looks beautiful and even.

The only downside to it is that it doesn’t stay matte – unless you powder it and fix it during the day, as you would your makeup.

My favorite mineral makeup is Lily Lolo’s mineral makeup, but the second would be Everyday Minerals. If you don’t mind silicones, I also like Jane Iredale’s mineral foundations. I also use Zuii Organic‘s foundation bases and they work really well as well (even though it’s not a mineral makeup line per se).

Lily Lolo Mineral Foudation*  (blog post)

Everyday MineralsYou can order free samples from their site, if you want to try first!

Jane Iredale*

mattifying sunscreen

Photos of me: Kauneusgurusi

What is your favorite sunscreen for face?
And do you know of a natural sunscreen for face, that works and is very lightweight? I’d love to find more options.

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