17 February 2014

Product Review: ELES Mineral Cosmetics Age Defying BB Cream 30

When I was working my way up the corporate ladder in the corporate world I would always wear a fairly well covering foundation. But then I stopped working and became a stay-at-home mum, and since then, I have (naturally?) started wearing a more casual makeup look, including replacing my previous foundations with tinted moisturisers and BB creams. Here are my thoughts on the *ELES Mineral Cosmetics Age Defying BB Cream 30;

What They Say:
Multi-faceted and benefit-packed, this new, innovative treatment cream primes, tints, nourishes, evens out skin tone, and helps to strengthen and protect skin on contact.  Upon application, skin immediately appears more uniform, hydrated and luminous, while being protected from UVA/UVB damage with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  Over time, age defying peptides and natural extracts help to promote cell health, strengthen elasticity and restore skin’s youthful glow. Skin caring and skin perfecting in one simple step. Available in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Deep.

RRP: $45.00 (33ml) – Available from ELES and select stockists 

What I Say:
The ELES Mineral Cosmetics Age Defying BB Cream 30, has a broad spectrum SPF 30 helps to defend skin against UVA/UVB sun damage, which to me is an absolute must under the harsh Australian sun.

The BB cream contains among others Matrix Rebuilding Complex, which is a combination of Palmitoyl Hexapeptde-14 and Goji Berry Extract in an invisible patch delivery system, helping to improve skin’s elasticity while softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It also contains Multi-Mineral Complex (Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Lysine) to help protect and reenergize skin, Squalane for super hydration increasing skin smoothness and softness, as well as Vitamin E to protect against free radical damage. And in addition the cream is free from parabens, which is always a bonus.

The BB cream can be worn alone or used as a protective makeup primer before foundation, also giving you extra coverage. The BB cream has a sheer coverage, yet it still manages to even out minor pigmentation, redness and reducing the look of acne scarring, leaving the skin looking natural and with a nice sheen and healthy glow, yet without being too shimmery – and having combination skin that gets even more greasy during summer, I like that, as too shimmery products tend make my skin look even greasier.

I tried the medium shade, which is a perfect match for my medium neutral skin tone, especially now that I have a little bit of a summer tan, but come winter and my skin gets a little more pale, the medium shade is likely to be too dark for my skin. The BB Cream is absolutely perfect for a casual and barely there look, although I still need to use a concealer to cover up the dark circles under my eyes, darker pigmentation and scarring. And on the days I feel I need or want to wear more makeup, I follow with a more covering foundation and a powder on top.

The BB cream is very hydrating, and with my combination skin I do not need to use a moisturiser underneath, in fact, on the very hot days, if I do use a moisturiser first, I feel it quickly slides off my face. But of course, if you do have dry skin, you’ll probably want to use a moisturiser underneath.

The BB cream lasts well, even on my combination skin, it stays put for several hours without fading, settling into fine lines or getting too shiny, although, being so hot and humid at the moment, I do find that I need to use a powder half way through the day to take the shine off. But seeing it is summer, warm and humid, I would pretty much have to regardless of the product I use.

The Medium Shade is a perfect
match to my summer skin tone

The BB Cream blended into my hand!
I love that this BB cream is so multi-tasking both priming, tinting, nourishing and evening out the skin at the same time, and not to mention also has age defying properties aimed at hydrating and strengthening the skin strength by improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles – although I have to admit that I have not noticed any major improvement in the condition of the skin – but still, it certainly doesn’t hurt that these anti-ageing.

The BB cream is quite thick, yet it spreads quickly and easily, being very concentrated so you only need a little. It comes in a stylish white tube with a black screw lid, making it easy to use, and dispense just the amount of cream you need. It has a slight chemical scent, but luckily this quickly fades once the cream has absorbed into the skin.

What I Like:
  • That it is free from parabens
  • It contains anti-ageing ingredients caring for my skin while covering imperfections
  • Leaves my skin looking naturally even with a nice sheen and healthy glow
  • Comes in a stylish tube

What I Don’t Like:
  • Could have a slightly better coverage
  • A little pricey
  • Only available in three shades, so you may struggle finding your perfect shade

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy using this BB Cream from ELES, as it evens out my skin tone while giving it a healthy and fresh-faced glow, while not making my combination skin look greasy or slide off my face. Well done ELES!
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever tried any of the mineral makeup from ELES? Do you use BB Creams? Which one do you recommend?



  1. Thank you for this nice sharing!
    Looks like a grat BBcream!

    1. Thank you. It is a lovely Bb cream, and I love that it has SPF30 too, which is so necessary here in Australia

  2. I love BB creams! I usually use drugstore brands and mostly in summer) This one looks great though they could make more shades...

    1. It is really lovely, I'm lucky to bed able to use this shade, but yes, others may struggle with the limited shades available


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