Saturday, April 20

BB Cream Review - Natio vs. Palmer's BB Cream

BB cream's have been described as a tinted moisturiser on steroids, combining multiple functions into one product including sunscreen, primer and foundation.

It's no wonder they have become so popular the world over, perfect for those days where a full foundation routine is just not gonna happen, because sometimes...

Because of the BB cream craze, I've decided to do a comparison between two cruelty-free BB creams readily available on New Zealand shelves to see which one is worth your time and money.

What they both claim: 

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15

Hydrate, protect and instantly correct with the 7-in-1 beauty balm. The cream provides lasting hydration, SPF 15 protection and skin tone correction while concealing imperfections and soothing redness for even natural coverage and a healthy glow.

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Palmer's Eventone BB Cream

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream) is a multifunctional formula that targets discoloration and spots while providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection from the sun.  Formulated with our Tone Enhancing Complex + Mineral pigment to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish.

Points of Interest:

  • The Natio BB cream retails at around $19.50 for 50g of product. 
  • It comes in three shades, fair, medium and tan.
  • It contains SPF15.

  • The Palmer's BB cream retails at around $15.50 for 30ml of product.
  • It only comes in two shades, fair/light and medium/dark.
  • It also contains SPF15.

Both BB creams are available at Farmers and selected pharmacies.


(L-R) Palmer's BB Cream, Natio BB Cream

(L-R) Palmer's BB Cream, Natio BB Cream

I purchased the Palmer's BB cream in fair/light, and the Natio BB cream in fair.

As you can clearly see from the swatches, the Palmer's BB cream is significantly lighter than the Natio one. Once applied and blended onto the face however, I can't notice a huge difference as they both adapt well to my fair skin (around NW20 in MAC for reference) however I do think the Natio one probably suits me more.

For those with a more medium skin tone, the Palmer's shade range may be an issue for you as they only offer a very light option and a significantly darker option. Perhaps mixing the two shades together would work out (but that is an extra expense).

Both give a light coverage, enough to even out the skin and take away redness, but not enough to cover blemishes (but what bb cream can do that really!), but I do find that the Natio one gives a more even-toned finish on my skin ironically.

The Natio BB cream does have a runnier texture, and allows more time to blend onto the face to achieve an even look, while the Palmer's cream is thicker and you have to be somewhat speedy as it sinks in quite quickly.

The Natio cream has the typical Natio scent- slightly herbal and pleasant. The Palmer's cream smells just like a nice light facial sunscreen. Both scents do not last long however.

The Natio BB cream leaves a dewy finish, but that can be settled down with powder if wished. I do find that after 4-6 hours of use the dewiness returns, so I think this BB cream would be more suitable for a dryer skin type.
The Palmer's BB cream has a more matte finish, and works well under a foundation if more coverage is needed. This BB cream I think would be better for an oilier skin type.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think both products are pretty decent and definitely worth the money if you are looking for a quick and easy base for your skin.
I personally prefer the Natio BB cream, just because it is coming into Winter and I prefer a dewier texture in the colder weather.
Both creams also work well as a base under foundation which is useful for those wanting more coverage, as well as getting some SPF factor which is very important especially in New Zealand.

[EDIT: The Natio BB cream recently won the 2013 Prix de Marie Claire Beauty Award so I guess I'm not the only one loving it!]

Hope you've found this helpful in your search for a good BB cream!


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