10 July 2012

Ginvera BB Cream Review

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Mainly sold in South Asia, BB cream is intended to give a light coverage whilst also having skin care properties such as soothing, brightening dull skin, protecting using an SPF and some even include anti aging properties. The skin care aspect is something that seems to lack in effectiveness in the Western company offerings which is why I was excited to find out about Ginvera Green Tea BB Cream which is produced in Singapore.
I got a small sample in my June She Said Beauty box and fell in love so straight away I ordered a full sized bottle to use during summer.
What I instantly loved about this BB cream is that it does exactly what it says it will do. When applied my skin looks a lot brighter and the over all look is a lot more even and almost an airbrushed version of myself. The coverage is light/medium and is very easily buildable without using much of the product meaning that this is a long lasting cream. I've also found that it is wonderfully long wearing as well and I can easily last 12 hours without touching up.
The smell is also lovely which I believe is because of the green tea. I find the smell to be fresh and calming and once on the skin the aroma is hardly noticeable.
One thing that did intrigue me about this cream is that it claims to be suitable for all skin tones which is a pretty big claim considering the enormous array of skin shades and I'm afraid I can't vouch for everyone but I have seen good reviews from people of all sorts of ethnicities online so if that is something that would worry you, a quick google search should help. I personally find the shade to be perfect on my fair skin even though the cream looks much too dark when swatched like above.
In the photo above I'm wearing the Ginvera BB cream as a base and as you can see, around the tops of my cheeks, you can still faintly see my freckles and the scar on my forehead but other than that the cream gives beautiful, even coverage and I would say that it is perfect for a light, buildable alternative to foundation that will also keep your skin happy with you, especially in the summer as the SPF 30 will keep you protected from the harsher rays of sun. The only slight downside is the price. A 30ml tube will set you back £18, however, you would happily pay up to £10 more than this for a high end foundation that will most likely have fewer positive effects, especially on the skin care side of things so I think that this price is actually very fair, especially as the coverage is good and the amount needed per use very small.

So, what do you think? Is this a BB that you would consider buying? Have you tried it and fallen in love like I have?
Annie x


  1. It looks lovely on you Annie. I'm an olive skintone and have a sample to try so will be interesting to see how it looks (I especially like the SPF 30)! x

    1. Thank you lovely :)
      I'd love to hear what you think of the colour on your skin tone once you've tried it. xx

  2. Wow a BB cream for all skin tones! I might check this out, as BB creams are usually too ashy on me x

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    1. I think this would be a good one to take a look at then if you usually have trouble. I know its sold in Harvey Nichols so if you have one near you then I'd go and take a look xx

  3. This is the best friggin thing in makeup world. ever. not even jokin. lol x

  4. Hi Annie! New follower here and your blog is very cute. Just reviewed the maybelline BB on my blog but heard great things about this. Only reason i'm hesitating is i'm nc40ish and haven't seen anyone of a darker skintone review it. Might check out a sample x

    1. If you do a google search you might find someone with darker skin who reviewed it. Hopefully it will live up to its word and be great on all skin tones.
      Thank you for the follow, so glad you like my blog :) xx

  5. Wow thats a really nice bb cream however, the price does put me off abit. x


    1. Try not to let the price put you off too much. It is an amazing cream and it works just as well, if not better than some of the high end foundations I have xx

  6. Hi Annie

    Was just wondering if you could post the ingredients for the BB cream? I have pretty sensitive skin and want to know what's in it before I purchase - unfortunately I can't find an ingredient list elsewhere online. Thanks!

    1. Here you go love. They have kept the ingredients pretty quiet actually, they aren't even on the bottle I've just discovered.
      Propylene Glycol
      Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
      C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
      Cetyl Dimethyloctanoate
      Dimethicone Crosspolymer
      Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
      Sodium Chloride
      Dimethicone PEG-8 Laurate
      Sodium Hyaluronate
      Panax ginseng Root Extract
      Angelica archangelica Root Extract
      Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract
      Titanium Dioxide
      Zinc Chloride
      Sodium Oxide
      Calcium Oxide
      Magnesium oxide
      Ferric Chloride
      CI 77891
      CI 77491
      CI 77492
      CI 77492
      CI 77288
      CI 77007

      Not the most natural collection of ingredients but I have pretty sensitive skin as well and I've had no problems. Another one you might want to have a look at if your skin is very sensitive is the colour supplements from Lush, they're incredibly light and natural so might be worth a look :) xx