Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream SPF 15 - swatches and first impressions


I received this little sample in one of my Mecca Beauty Loop boxes and I was thrilled to see it because I've had some good luck with Ren as a brand and I love lighter bases like BB creams, so I was expecting to really love this one.

Unfortunately it's not for me - the colour isn't right and I don't like the finish - so it's not one I would buy but I'm glad I've crossed it off the list because it's something I would have tested anyway, given my good experiences with Ren overall.

Ren claims/product details:
  • A silicone-free BB cream that leaves the skin looking flawless, even-toned and luminous
  • With a perfect non-oily, satin finish that's perfect for all skin types
  • A truly multi-functional cream that provides flawless coverage, banishes imperfections and gives SPF and antioxidant protection
  • Photo-rejuvenation technology offers a toning, firming and anti-ageing effect
  • Magnesium, glycogen and vitamin e revitalise and boost radiance in skintone
  • Ensures a complexion that looks amazing in any light
  • Suitable for all skin types 
  • Free from parabens, sulfates and pthalates
  • RRP $60 AUD for 50ml

There's a swatch in natural light, unblended on the left and blended out on the right:


And in direct sunlight:

 And below I've blended it in completely, natural light:

My bare face for reference:

Wearing one layer of product, outdoors:

 In natural light:

You can see it doesn't sit in pores (direct sunlight):

 Wearing two layers, outdoors:

 And again in natural light:

 And in direct sunlight:


The photos don't really show how pasty this makes me look in most lights, but both my husband and I noticed how pale and washed-out I look when I wear this. My skin is medium in summer and light-medium in winter, so it may be a better match for me in the cooler months but I still think it would be a little pale then.

You can also see above that my skin looks ok in direct sunlight when I wear this product, but in any other light it looks rather powdered and dead. This is less of a satin finish on me and I'd almost call it matte, although this could be because my skin is dry so it mightn't look this way on everyone.

I've managed to get five uses from this sample so far (most of those using two layers of product), so this isn't quite a first impressions post but I still can't call it a full review because I'd want to test a product for longer than this (and under different conditions, with different primers etc) before writing a complete post. 

Nevertheless, five uses is enough to get a pretty good feel for a product and I can definitely say that it's not for me and I'm glad that I've just about finished the sample so I can move on to something else.

I don't like the texture (it's mousse-like and doesn't feel hydrating at all) and I would prefer something with a higher SPF. If you're lucky enough to match the product in terms of colour, you might be ok with it - but I would recommend it for normal to oily skin because if your skin is on the dry side, like me you mightn't be happy with the finish and how it makes you look. My skin just looks dull and lacklustre when I wear this, and I much prefer something that makes me look dewy and hydrated.

The good things about this product are that it doesn't sit in pores (phew) and it also wears well throughout the day because it doesn't separate on me and it lasts well on the skin. But that's the only good stuff I can say about it and it's not one I would recommend if you're after something that offers a satin to dewy finish.

Ok but not for me.

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