A couple of weeks back i kindly received the Newly released *Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream along with a couple of products from the Mini Divas 20th Anniversary collection (review here). I have been a fan of Kiko Cosmetics for around 6 years now and can you believe that Kiko have been making cosmetics for 20 years now? Anyway, as a huge lover of both Kiko and BB Creams i was super excited to put this BB cream to the test…
Since receiving this i have worn it almost daily to test it out, when i have not reached for this. So lets find out how it held up….
The Daily Protection BB cream is a dermatologically tested Multi-functioning tinted cream that protects, perfects and moisturises the skin. Enriched with Sea Kale extract for it’s energising and protective properties. It offers buildable coverage, a natural finish and an SPF of 30 to protect the skin from UVB rays.
So let’s take a look at the ingredients….
Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Talc, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isododecane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethylhexanoin, Phenoxythanol, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Distearddimonium Hectorite, Parfum (Fragrance), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Bezoic Acid, Aluminium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Proylene Carbonate, Crambe Maritima Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT. +/- (may contain): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 – CI 77491 – CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Kiko bases it’s biggest selling points on having sunscreen protection and using Sea Kale extracts to help energise the skin. However in my opinion the ingredients list shows this as a basic tinted cream with sun protection, due to the large ingredients list of fillers and silicones. Now, before anyone feels robbed by this 95% of brands out there use the same fillers and silicones that aren’t green/clean beauty brands. For me to have considered the ‘Sea Kale’ (Crambe Maritima Leaf Extract) as one of the selling points of this bb cream, it would have to have been higher up in the ingredients list (in the first third). Instead of one of the last ingredients. Which pretty much means that it only contains the tiniest amount, and certainly not enough to offer the ‘effects’ its claiming or any other hydration other than on the surface layer of the skin. So many brands market their BB Creams with having ‘great skin ingredients’, but in reality they are just lighter foundation formulas, with sunscreen protection. It’s all marketing.
The Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream does indeed have sun protection in the form of Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is a physical sunscreen, often known as physical blocker (along with zinc oxide). Physical sunscreens work by containing active mineral ingredients that work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect UV rays away from the skin, unlike Chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate & avobenzone) that are carbon-based compounds that work by creating a chemical reaction to change the UV rays into heat, and release that heat from the skin. I personally prefer to use Physical sunscreens, because they offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. They protect the skin from the moment they are applied (no need to wait 20 minutes) and are much less irritating on the skin for those with sensitive skin. Physical sunscreens are also less pore clogging which is great for us combo-oily girls or anyone with acne-prone skin. The only flaw of a Physical sunscreen is that they are not as long-lasting as chemical sunscreens, especially if you are doing any kind of physical activities that causes the skin to sweat or get wet. This is why BB creams don’t last that long on the skin. I have no problem reapplying sunscreen over top (i use a powder sunscreen).
The squeezy black-tube plastic packaging is simple, sleek and great for travel, making midday touch-ups perfect. I find this perfect for everyday wear, and i find that it lasts fairly well on my skin (giving me around 5 hours wear). The texture is extremely lightweight and leaves no tackiness at all. The finish it gives is a beautiful natural second-skin look. As a mommy who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup throughout the day on an everyday basis, this does the job perfectly. If you are someone who prefers more coverage like the It Cosmetics CC Cream this wont be for you, but if you are someone who looks for a natural finish, that is undetectable on the skin like you aren’t even wearing makeup, then you will love this.
It has a beautiful light floral scent that is identical to the Bourjois City Radiance Foundation and the Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid. However the scent comes from the inclusion of Perfume, so if you are sensitive to fragrance you might not like this. I don’t mind perfume in my foundations, just not in my skincare. The Chanel Healthy Glow Fluid has been a long-time constant repurchase stretching over 5 years, before i went cruelty free. The Kiko Daily Protection BB cream is identical to it in every way! The scent, texture, finish and longevity, only with better sun protection! Through the bloggersphere i have heard people claim that the Bourjois City Radiance is the dupe of the Chanel Healthy Glow Fluid, however i don’t feel this is true! The longevity is not the same (it wears off within 2 hours) and i find it unflattering and uncomfortable around my pores and oily areas. I really did not like this and the only similarities are the scent, and that Chanel and Bourjois are owned by the same company (both of which are not cruelty free so i no longer purchase). The Kiko Daily Protection BB glides perfectly smooth over the skin, perfecting fine lines and pores and acting as second skin, just like the Chanel. If the Chanel is on your wishlist but you cannot justify spending £34 on it, or you are like me and love the Chanel scent but are looking for a cruelty free alternative, then i highly recommend investing in the Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream. Best of all it retails for a bargain under £ 10!!! I mean i can buy 3 for the price of 1 Chanel! It’s a no brainer really.
Swatches L-R: Bourjois City Radiance 04 Beige* – Kiko Daily Protection BB 03 Honey – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Fluid 30
Non-comedogenic. Natural finish. Imperfections and discolouring are camouflaged.
The Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream comes in 7 shades, ranging from fair to dark. I received the shade 03 Honey. which suits around a MAC NC25. I could use the shade 04 Walm Almond at present to match my summertime tan (mac nc30), but i never buy a darker foundation as i just feel it to be wasteful as i only have a tan for 3 months out of the year, if that. Instead i mix in liquid bronzer or at the moment i am loving the By Terry Sunny Flash Serum as my bronzed primer. Its literally summer skin in a bottle and wears extremely well under the Kiko BB Cream without interfering with the formulation. I really need to pick up The Body Shop darkening drops too. I find the BB Cream applys best using your fingers, and it only takes a minute to apply! Overall i am extremely happy with this BB cream and can safely say its one of my favourites that i have tried. This will definitely get much more use over the summer.
Swatches L-R: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Ginger – Rosie for Autograph Sheer Complexion Enhancer Beige – Kiko Daily Protection BB 03 Honey – It Cosmetics CC+ Medium – It Cosmetics CC+ Light – Lily Lolo BB Cream Medium
The Kiko Daily Protection BB Cream SPF 30 contains 30ml of product and retails for £9.90 in the UK (Link) and €9.95 in European stores. It’s not currently out in the USA, but from observing the price comparisons of other Kiko base products, i’m guessing it will retail for around $15/$16. I will update as soon as i know the US release with the correct price.
Do you wear BB Creams? I would love to know your favourite?
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