Burt's Bees BB Cream in Medium - review and swatches


This BB cream was sent to me last year for review, and while I was pleased to receive it because I love BB creams and I've had good luck with some of the Burt's Bees products I've tried in the past, this one didn't hit the mark for me and I've recently decluttered it.

Before I did that, I finally found some time to photograph it (the review itself was written and submitted a while ago!) so I wanted to get this post up asap because there aren't too many reviews out there of the product at present so this one may be useful to someone.

Burt's Bees claims/product details:
  • Somewhere between a lightweight foundation and a super-hydrating lotion, our BB Cream with noni extract offers nine clinically shown benefits in three mineral-rich shades
  • 98.9% natural
  • SPF 15 protection
  • Firms, conceals, smoothes, perfects and illuminates skin
  • Evens skintone and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • RRP $29.95 AUD for 48.1ml, but do shop around

There's an unblended and blended swatch, direct sunlight:

Natural light (outdoors):

 Natural light (indoors):

Indirect sunlight:

And artificial light:


I used this for five days running and then stopped because I developed some congestion/breakouts along my chin. While I can't say for sure that this was the culprit, it was the only thing I changed in my daily routine so I think it's likely - particularly because it's a thicker product that feels quite heavy on my skin.

Note that I'm a BB/CC cream junkie so I have plenty of similar products to compare this to. It's thicker than other BB creams I've used and packs more coverage than I'd expected, so don't do what I did on the first application and go in too hard - or you'll wind up with far too much product on your face.

It has a choc-orange scent (reminds me of jaffas) that I personally don't find offensive or overpowering, but I imagine that some people would - so do test this before buying it if fragrance bothers you.

I have the shade 'medium', which is a good colour match for me in terms of depth but unfortunately the undertone isn't yellow enough so it looks visible on my face and turns me a bit ashy. While that's obviously not good as far as I'm concerned, I do think it's good for the market overall because yellow-based products are generally over-represented and we need more neutral options. So if you find that most BB creams are too golden for you, this might be a good one to test.

Other things to note are that this does sit in pores a little but it's not the worst I've seen and I don't think you'd notice it so much if the colour was a better match for me. It also has a slightly greasy/sunscreen-y finish, so I'd recommend setting it with a powder - even if your skin is dry like mine - otherwise you may have issues with patchy application when it comes to using powder products like brush and bronzer over the top (because this will cling to powders, so it helps to set it first).

It lasts about as long as most BB creams - say around five hours - and then starts to vanish pretty quickly. While I don't expect BB creams to last as long as foundations, I do have some that last longer than this so I'm more likely to reach for those.

Also, this looks like makeup on me so the finish isn't as natural as I would hope, but again, that may be because the shade isn't quite right.

All in all, I don't think this is a bad product but it's not for me. I also think that, if you're going to add SPF, SPF 15 isn't enough these days and it should be higher than that or contain none at all.


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