NYC Smooth Skin B.B. Cream 5 in 1 Instant Matte & BB Radiance Perfecting Powder

Today I am reviewing a new B.B. Cream I spotted at the drugstore! It's the N.Y.C. New York Color BB Creme 5 in 1 Smooth Skin Instant Matte.  Usually, I tend to shy away from BB Creme's or as I like to call them: glorified tinted moisturizers.  I am a full coverage foundation kind of girl.  There isn't a part of me that wants my red marks to show through - it seems so "half done" to me.  I decided to give this little guy a try because the packaging was cute and what did I have to lose for only $3.99? According to the N.Y.C. Website this only comes in two colors: Light and Medium.

I did film a First Impression video but when I played it back I wasn't happy with the way it came out (literally hate when that happens - wah), so I nixed it in hopes that this blog post will suffice for my thoughts!

I never expect a B.B. Cream to full coverage so I didn't put this on thinking "yes! this is going to cover ALL my flat red marks!" The coverage is light but two coats gave my skin a really smooth finish! Considering this B.B. Cream touts "smooth skin" - I was pleasantly surprised to find it did! This also claims to instantly mattify your skin - I definitely saw that.  While the product has no shimmer, I do feel like it gave me a nice sheen.  As far as wear, this did keep my oily skin at bay! I kept looking at my skin in the mirror at work for any signs of shine.  The lasting power was just okay.  I went out to dinner, came home at about 10:30PM and my skin wasn't looking too fab.  My red marks were showing through, it was getting patchy and I was turning into a pumpkin.  I can't fault the product though - a B.B. Cream on my skin after 12 hours of wear? Not too shabby.

I will definitely wear this for my work days when I don't want to look too made up and on a good skin day.  The finish is definitely more natural but I was pleased with it for a lightweight foundation.  As with all B.B. Creams, this will look awesome if you have flawless, redness free skin. :)

I also picked up the N.Y.C. Smooth skin B.B. Radiance Perfecting Powder.  This only comes in two colors as well: Naturally Beige and Warm Beige.  Totally not sure why they didn't make a lighter color! I kept looking around but I could only find those two colors.  When I swatched this powder on my hand, it felt SO smooth and creamy! This is a matte powder that was next to the B.B. Creme Instant Matte in the display so I wanted to use them together.  I applied this over the B.B. Creme and I found it mattified my skin and gave an overall nice finish! I'm sure you could also wear this as a stand alone foundation.

(I am wearing the B.B. Creme here!) 

NYC BB Creme Instant Matte: $3.99
NYC BB Radiance Perfecting Powder: $3.99
View on the NYC website here

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