29 May 2013

Product Review: Innoxa Skin Perfecting Foundation 5 in 1 BB Cream

Since being pregnant, my otherwise troublesome skin has been really good, as I’ve hardly had any breakouts at all in the past many months (which is very lucky seeing most pimple and blemish treatments are a big no-no to use during pregnancy). I am obviously dreaming that my skin will stay this clear after I’ve given birth, but considering I’ve always struggled with my skin, I’m sadly not holding much hope. So while my skin has been clearer, I have increasingly enjoying using tinted day creams, and also BB Creams, enjoying not feeling the need to cover up my skin completely with a full coverage foundation. Here are my thoughts on the *Innoxa Skin Perfecting Foundation 5 in 1 BB Cream;  

What They Say:
A multi tasking foundation that gives skin a radiant, perfectly flawless complexion. This formulation combines skincare & makeup in one, designed to balance and correct skin tone while restoring skins radiance with essential nutrients and repairing ingredients. Formulated to help balance & correct skin tone, brighten skin, calm & soothe skin, reduce redness, and reduce pigmentation. Fragrance & Paraben free. Dermatologically tested. Available in 5 shades, Buff, Beige, Sand, Warm, Caramel.

RRP: $24.95 (30ml) – Available from Myer, Priceline, select pharmacies, and Innoxa Online.

What I Say:

My first impression of the Innoxa Skin Perfecting Foundation 5 in 1 BB Cream was that it comes in a rather small tube, but on closer look, I realised that it contains 30ml, which is about the average size for a foundation.

The BB Cream comes in a slim tube, which has a silver screw lid. The actual tube has a pointy and very narrow opening, making it very easy to get just the amount of cream you need.

The cream is a little thick, yet it is easy to spread across the skin, without making it look too cakey. It gives a nice even finish, and a medium coverage with a dewy finish, covering all minor pigmentation, red blotches, scarring – and dark areas under the eyes, and making the skin tone look even and fresh. I really like that it has a medium coverage – most other BB creams that I’ve tried only give a light coverage, which is still not quite sufficient for my liking.

Used on its own, it lasts about 5 hours on my combination skin before it starts to shine, and is in need of a touch up. But still it looks nice and doesn’t change colour or settles into fine lines. And with the use of a primer underneath, and a powder on top to set it, it does last another couple of hours.

I tried the colour Caramel, which matched my skin perfectly. But the Caramel colour appears to be the darkest colour available – yet I have a medium beige coloured skin – which also means that those with darker skin tones may struggle finding their perfect colour match.

The BB cream is supposedly a 5-in one, formulated to help balance & correct skin tone, brighten skin, calm & soothe skin, reduce redness, and reduce pigmentation, but after having used it for a few weeks I have to say that I have not noticed any reduction in the amount of pigmentation I have, or that my skin tone has improved.

But in saying that, it very comfortable to wear, and has in no way irritated my skin, or even worse made it break out, unlike other BB creams that I have tried.

I also like the fact that it is fragrance & paraben free and has been dermatologically tested. But in spite of being fragrance free it does have a scent, which is a little difficult to describe, it is almost a scent of almond and spices, and although this scent is a little strange, it is still subtle and fades quickly after the cream has absorbed into the skin.

Unfortunately it doesn’t contain any SPF, which I have mixed feeling about. While on one hand I would love for it to contain a minimum of a SPF 15, on the other hand, I also have the feeling that it is the SPF in some foundations that at times make my skin break out, so I am also happy just to be using my usual moisturiser with SPF 30 underneath.

All in all this BB cream is a great product, and it ticks so many boxes for me, from its coverage, wear and not least that it is free from parabens and fragrances. And at just $24.95, it is a bargain buy too!
* Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you tried any of the products from Innoxa? Do you prefer BB Cream over a foundation? Which one is your favourite?


  1. I think I would want something with SPF in it xx


    1. Again, I have split opinion about the SPF, on one hand I want it, on the other hand it is one less thing that can make my skin breakout.

  2. That's amazing that your skin has been so clear with pregnancy! I like my bb creams to contain spf too.

    1. Needless to say that Im happy with my skin, so hope it stays like this!


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