A couple of weeks back I was blessed to receive 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 5/6 years, and can you believe that Kiko has been making cosmetics for 20 years? 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 let’s 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.
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 energize the skin. However, in my opinion, the ingredients list shows me that this is a basic tinted moisturiser with a little sun protection. This is because the beneficial ingredients are very low down and there is a substantial list of fillers and silicones. Now, before anyone feels robbed by this, 95% of brands out there use the same fillers and silicones! 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 (at least in the first 5). Instead of one of the last ingredients. Meaning it pretty much has no effect, other than providing some hydration 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 a little sunscreen protection. It’s all great 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 a 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 (known as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate & avobenzone) which are carbon-based compounds that work by creating a chemical reaction to absorb the UV rays, turn them into heat and release them 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 like myself. Physical sunscreens are also less pore clogging which is great for those 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 may cause 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 the top as I use a powder sunscreen.
The squeezy black-tube plastic packaging is simple, sleek and great for travel. Making midday touch-ups perfect if needed. I find this perfect for everyday wear and I find that it lasts fairly well on my skin, giving me around 5 hours wear time. The texture is extremely lightweight and leaves zero tackiness, and the finish it gives is beautiful, almost like second-skin. As a mommy who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup on an everyday basis, this does the job perfectly. If you are someone who prefers more coverage like the It Cosmetics CC Cream this probabaly won’t be for you, but if you are someone who looks for something natural and undetectable on the skin, then you will love this.
It has a beautiful light floral scent identical to the Bourjois City Radiance Foundation and the Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid. However the scent does come from the inclusion of Perfume, so if you are sensitive to fragrance you might want to avoid this. I don’t mind fragrance in some of my foundations as I don’t wear them on an everyday basis, and I most definitely do not like any fragrance in my skincare! The Chanel Healthy Glow Fluid was a firm favourite of mine for a good 5 years before I decided to look for an option that is 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! 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 extremely unflattering around pores and oily areas. It’s also a lot dewier. I really did not like this at all! The only similarities are the scent, and as Chanel originally used to own Bourjois and that’s why they have similarities.
Anyway, The Kiko Daily Protection BB glides perfectly over the skin, perfecting fine lines and smoothing out pores, just like the Chanel. If the Chanel is on your wishlist but you cannot justify spending £34 on it, or you enjoy the scent and finish 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 the bargainous price of £10! You can buy 3 for the price of the Chanel.
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, most do look a little peachy. I received the shade 03 Honey. which suits around a MAC NC25-30. I find the BB Cream applies best using your fingers and it only takes around 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 by me 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? Which are your favourites?
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