Tuesday 6 March 2012

17 BB Blemish Balm All In One Magic Make Up - Review and Swatches

As part of the 17 Spring Beauty Challenge I was sent the two shades of 17 BB Blemish Balm All In One Magic Make Up.

I have to admit to being somewhat baffled originally as to why I would need a Blemish Balm, in my head it seems just like a tinted moisturiser or primer, or could it be both? See what I mean, I find it confusing. To be perfectly honest I still am not entirely sure..however simply put it is a product that should provide good coverage to provide flawless looking skin, be light enough in texture to look natural and offer skin benefits and protection. Using it over time you should find that your skin improves. Originating in Asia, some Asian brands also offer skin lightening and/or anti wrinkle benefits.

17 BB Blemish Balm claims -

The weightless all in one creamy formula blends seamlessly into skin; moisturising, concealing, smoothing and protecting.

Covers - conceals skin imperfections with full coverage and helps oil control.

Enhances - smooths and evens skin tone for a flawless finish.

Protects - promotes healthy skin with SPF25 protection.

My thoughts - 

I first used this when I had moments to spare before taking the little one to pre-school and it was pretty damn amazing. I used the light version and just a small amount gave me flawless skin. I was pleasantly surprised to be honest at the level of coverage as having never used a BB cream I had no expectation. It feel quite thick and creamy on the fingers, but once on the skin I couldn't feel it at all. My redness was covered and so were my pores. I was entirely happy to leave the house with just a bit of gloss and mascara.

When I returned home, as I was doing the beauty challenge, I applied the 17 Miracle Matte Foundation over the top of it, and the BB cream made an excellent base for a lasting finish.

Since then I have worn it with other foundations and have found it to be a fantastic primer, although if I need to get out in a hurry I use the Blemish Balm on its own and just apply a foundation later if I am going to be out the whole day. The redness is beautifully concealed, my pores are hidden and it keeps shine at bay. My skin looks and feels soft and smooth. Imperfections? What imperfections. If you are looking for a full coverage product, then you cannot go wrong with this.

With the addition of a SPF of 25 this is pretty much perfect, just one thing though. - on my box it says that it is SPF25 but on the Boots website it is stated as being SPF15. I am assured that it is SPF25.

This product really lives up to its claims, it really is Magic Make Up and I love it. So much so it has been added to my beauty essentials page

17 BB Blemish Balm Swatches 

L-R Light and Medium

Although in the swatch the two shades do not appear too far apart in the spectrum, blended in, the medium is a fair bit darker.

17 BB Blemish Balm All In One Magic Make Up costs £6.99 for 30ml and is available from Boots in shades light and medium.


  1. This balm sounds amazing, and I wouldn't have expected it from a 17 product! Do you think it's provided longer term improvements to your skin? I'd be keen to know if it does reduce/fade blemishes..

  2. I have been using it every day since last Thursday, it is a little too early to tell but I will keep you posted if you like?

  3. great review, i have been looking out for a product like this

  4. Great post, glad you found a product you love so much!

    1. I know, 17 have really stepped up their game the last couple of years :-)

  5. I don't really see the difference between a BB cream and a tinted moisturizer either. I have only treid the Garnier BB cream and loved it. Just seen that MUA are bringing one out on the 14th of march at only £4 so will give it a go. If its rubbish though I might try this one out :-)

    Holli x

    1. I have a sample of the Garnier one, will try that soon.

  6. Sounds great, I've only recently heard about BB creams and I'll definitely have to try this one! x

  7. i tried this one, and thought it was fab, but after using it for a few days it makes my skin break out :/

  8. Another rave review! Just love it :)


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