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Myra recently released their own version of BB cream, called Myra VitaGlow BB Cream. It comes in two shades, Ivory (the lighter color) and Beige (the slightly darker one). The tube is very tiny, and contains only 20ml of product. Standard BB cream tubes contain 30-35ml.

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This BB cream claims to come with a chock-full of benefits:

  • It’s moisturizing.
  • It contains Vitamin E.
  • It doubles as foundation.
  • It contains skin-enhancing minerals.
  • You can use it as concealer.
  • It also has sunscreen (SPF15).
  • It’s hypoallergenic.
  • It’s affordable! (Php99 a tube)

At the back of the tube you will see the list of ingredients, as well as instructions for use and a few of the skincare benefits mentioned above.

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As I said above, the Ivory shade is lighter while the Beige shade is a little darker than Ivory. Check them out side by side here on my skin. Ivory is on the left, Beige on the right.

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And here they are spread out on my skin. As you can see, neither of them are my shade exactly. What I do is that I mix the two shades to create an intermediate shade which I think suits me better than either of them.

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Here they are blended out. You can see some shimmers on the upper part of my arm. This is what the “glow” part of the BB cream is. Thankfully it doesn’t look so bad on my face once it’s properly blended out.

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In this look I used this intermediate shade as base. The shimmer is very faint here, which is further obscured by using a setting powder over the BB cream.

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I think that this BB cream is workable, especially for people who will be sitting in an airconditioned office all day. Once out in the heat, though, this melts off pretty quickly and creates a really oily looking surface even with a layer of setting powder. I’m thankful I got the two shades so I can mix them to get my preferred shade. To be honest, I think this is a reformulation of their tinted moisturizer, which I also reviewed previously.

Blogger and Youtube vlogger Ana Victorino demonstrates a good way to incorporate the Myra VitaGlow BB Cream into your daily makeup routine. Here is a step-by-step guide. [Click for a larger version.]

Myra Vitaglow BB Cream Signature Look Full-page

You can also watch this Youtube video, where she also uses a combination of the two shades.

The BB creams come with an amazing press kit which is a personalized brush set. Thank you Marcie and Myra for these and the opportunity to try the new Myra VitaGlow BB Cream!

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Disclaimer: Press kit and the two tubes of BB cream was provided to me for editorial purposes. All opinions here are mine, and I was not required to write about it.

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In one of my past Sampleroom purchases, I got the other variant of Colour Collection’s BB Cream. I reviewed the first one, Whitening, here. With great regret I did not purchase the Colour Collection exclusive elite box from BDJ, so I wasn’t able to try the second variant, Age Defying. Good thing that Sampleroom offered it (and still does!), for only 130 points, so I immediately grabbed one. This usually goes for Php699 for a 40-ml tube.

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The packaging is very similar to the Whitening variant, except this one is a weird chocolate brown color. The size and layout is the same. It has the list of ingredients at the back.

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The important thing to note is that the focus of this variant is more towards skin care (as opposed to just pure whitening). It claims to have 8 skin benefits derived from having CoQ10 and green tea extract. What is this CoQ10 wizardry? It’s short for coenzyme Q10, which apparently has something to do with wrinkles (well, it’s Age Defying!). Q10 supposedly reduces UV damage, stimulates collagen production, and repairs damaged skin [source]. Green tea extract on the other hand is a powerful anti-oxidant and has key anti-aging properties as well [source]. Suffice to say, this BB cream is choc-full of anti-aging stuff!

This is very hygenic too, as the tube comes with a spout. No contamination of the product because of this!

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As far as I know this only comes in one shade. Here is how it looks like swatched on my arm. It’s pretty close to my skin tone, and that makes me pretty happy!

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Here is how it looks like on my face. I applied a very generous amount all over the face, no primer underneath. I only applied Celeteque Tri Benefit Power Cream beforehand.

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Bare (and frowny) face

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With Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream

I’ve been wearing this a lot especially on days where I am in such a hurry. It’s not very difficult to apply, and I usually just use my fingers to spread it all over the face. While I couldn’t really comment on the actual anti-aging factor, I love how this feels on my face. It’s very light and looks quite natural. The coverage is fair – it doesn’t cover really big pimples but it’s adequate for small ones or light blemishes. It definitely reduce the redness on my cheeks, and evens out my skin tone. Oh and it has SPF45 too! I really wish this would be more widely available in malls, instead of having to go through an agent.

Here’s the finished face, with makeup. I used the following products: BYS Brow & Eye Pencil for brows; Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown for eyeshadow and eyeliner; Nichido Final Powder in So Natural for finishing powder; Ever Bilena Shade Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry

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I really go around with eyeglasses on, so here’s how my skin looks with them on.

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And here’s my dorky smile, which is kind of a mix between Jennifer Lawrence and Mr. Bean.

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Pros: reasonably priced; shade matches my skin tone; longwearing; sensitive skin friendly; has many anti-aging factors; has SPF45

Cons: available through dealers only

I have no information on Colour Collection’s animal testing policies. You can get full sized samples from Sampleroom here.

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As you may have gathered from my September Favorites, Colour Collection Whitening BB Cream is performing quite well for me. Even though at the start I wasn’t too keen on this because of the “whitening” aspect, I decided to give it a shot and I’m glad I did.

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This BB cream is part of the September BDJ box. It claims to have 8 skin benefits:

  1. whitens and brightens skin
  2. protects skin from ultra violet rays
  3. helps heal acne blemishes
  4. softens and hydrates dry skin
  5. promotes cell renewal
  6. reduces pigmentation
  7. retains moisture
  8. aids in improving skin elasticity

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You can check out the list of ingredients here, as well as the instructions for application. I just realized that I haven’t been following the first step which is to shake well before use. I didn’t see any adverse results for not doing that though.

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It comes in the standard tube with a spout which easily controls the amount of product dispensed. It has a thick consistency but spreads quite easily over skin. I’m lucky to get a shade that matches my skin quite well. It is just a bit lighter than the Revlon BB cream that I have which actually makes it perfect. Check out the swatch on my arm. The left side is a tiny amount of product and on the right is the blended swatch.

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Here is how it looks on my face.

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Bare face

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After BB cream application

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With the rest of the makeup on

Not bad, isn’t it? It survives pretty well throughout the day especially if you don’t sweat too much. It does still remain on the skin even if you do sweat; I’d say this is pretty long wearing. It hasn’t broken me out and believe me I’ve been abusing the hell out of this bb cream. It has a very faint smell which I associate with cosmetics.

This BB cream is full sized at 40 ml and costs Php499. It can be bought from a Tupperware Brands dealer. I don’t have information on the animal testing policies of Tupperware Brands or Colour Collection.

Pros: reasonably priced; shade matches my skin tone; longwearing; sensitive skin friendly

Cons: available through dealers only

One of the things I got from the BDJ Elite Box Girls Night Out is the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. I’m a big fan of BB creams as they are very versatile and multifunction as well. This Revlon BB Cream is no exception, as it has SPF 30 and also claims to be a Skin Perfector. Let’s see this baby in action.

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This tube comes with 30ml of product, and has a twist cap and spout system that many BB creams have. It dispenses with a squeeze and you can control the amount that comes out. It’s not runny at all, but is not the thickest BB cream I’ve seen. I received the shade 020 Light Medium and is possibly the darkest BB cream I have. The good thing is that it actually seems like a pretty good match for my skin tone (which means I have been using the wrong shades of the other BB creams!).

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From my bare face (only skin care applied at this point)…

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I applied the Revlon BB cream using a foundation brush. There is barely any change from the bare face. This is a sign of good skin tone match! It has good coverage and is able to conceal my nose pimples quite well. It does nothing for the pores however, and I didn’t use a primer here.

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Here is the complete look. I used my Nichido finishing powder to seal everything in. I’ve so far tried this on twice, and it hasn’t made my skin react.

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Pros: great shade match, good coverage, price, has SPF30, sensitive skin friendly

Cons: not cruelty-free

One of the items I received in the Avon Glamourbox is the Avon Skin Goodness Moisturizing BB Cream SPF20/PA++ in Nude. This costs Php399 and can be bought from Avon Ladies. (I’m hoping this and other Avon products will be available at the Glamourbox boutique soon!)

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It comes in a small 18g tube with a pointed spout. I like that it’s very sanitary, and the tube-spout combo makes it very easy to control the amount of product dispensed.

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I also like the fact that it has SPF20 and PA++, but without giving too much of a white cast. This comes in the shade BO2 Nude, which is a pretty good match for my skin tone. This is how it looks like swatched on my arm.

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This is how it looks applied on my face. It gives a fairly good coverage and manages to conceal most redness. It has a bit of shine to it, which makes my skin glow and look more alive.

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Bare face

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BB Cream (Primer underneath)

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Fully made up. Applied Nichido finishing powder.

 

Pros: A good everyday BB cream; Light-medium coverage; Great shade match; Has SPF20/PA++

Cons: Limited availability; A little expensive for the amount of product provided

 

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This is my current favorite BB cream: Celeteque Multi-benefit BB Cream. I got this on my May-June haul, bought at Watsons Greenbelt 1 for only Php325. It comes in a thin short 30-ml tube.

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For information regarding ingredients and how to use, check out Celeteque’s page for this BB cream. Basically it can be used alone similar to a tinted moisturizer, or it can be used as a face base under foundation. I use it mostly for the former. Check out the back of the tube, it has expiry information at the bottom!

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Here is the swatch on my arm. Left side is unblended, right side is blended.

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Let me show you how it looks on my face. Here is my prepped face, after washing with Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash and applying Celeteque Tri-Benefit Power Cream.

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And here is my face after applying a layer of Celeteque Multi-benefit BB Cream. It looks much smoother (although the pores are still visible) and dewier.

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Finally, here’s the look for that day with makeup on. I used my Ellefar Twilight palette (will post swatches of that soon) for the eyes and Bronze palette for the brows, Nichido palette for the cheeks, Nichido loose powder as finishing powder, and Snoe Mauve Movement Lipstick for the lips.

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I really like this BB Cream. It doesn’t make my skin react, and it has moisturizing and SPF factors already. It reduces the amount of prep time I need in the morning. The only disadvantage I can see is that it only comes in one shade, and may not match darker shades of skin.

Pros: affordable; availability; saves morning prep time; can be used as face base; moisturizing; has SPF; good for sensitive skin

Cons: only one shade available

 


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