I’m very good at applying SPF during the summer months, when I use a high SPF facial sunscreen on a daily basis, but am conscious that I should be wearing it all year round.
This has prompted me to look into makeup bases with a decent SPF in them as I wear a base most days in winter and that would kill two birds with one stone. Just to note, I would not rely on an SPF in makeup during the summer. So, for research purposes(!) I have bought a few makeup bases to put to the test.
Juicy Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 (Natural Glow) (£41)// I have wanted to try something from the Juicy Beauty range after seeing it at the Content Beauty stand at Clean Cult London in December. I took this as the perfect opportunity. The Juicy Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream is by far the lightest of the three bases. It’s almost undetectable on my skin, which I was disappointed about. As it is so light and sheer, I think you will get good coverage as an SPF as you could apply it liberally. I have found myself using this as skincare under my makeup, although my skin does feel a little dry after wearing this for a couple of hours. Although, as I mentioned, I was disappointed with this as a base, I do think it is a good daily SPF.
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream (BB5) SPF 25 (£39.95) // I bought this after hearing rave reviews from both Ailish from The Glow Getter and Eloise from Eloise Loves Nature. I think there is a clue in the name – this is full coverage! Not something I’d expect in a BB cream and not something I usually look for in a base. However, curiosity got the better of me and it fitted with the SPF focus of this post, so another good excuse to buy this for research purposes! I’m fortunate to have a beauty salon nearby that stocks Jane Iredale so I was able to try this before buying. Surprisingly, I have loved using this. A little goes a long way and, although it is full coverage, applied sparingly it still gives a natural look. I need to moisturise well as this too can leave my skin feeling dry. It has an SPF 25, and as I apply it sparingly I wouldn’t rely on this for full sun protection. A great new find.
W3LL People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturiser SPF 30 (Bio Light) (£28) // I was a little ahead of the game for a change with this one. I hadn’t realised it was a new launch when I ordered it. W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturiser performs exactly as I would expect a tinted moisturiser to. It is lightweight, feels nice on my skin and leaves a hint of colour to my face. I was so scared to open this as I bought it having not tried a sample – something I’d always advise against doing! I think this will be a great product for the summer months – it looks better on me when I have applied a self tan. It’s something to turn to when you don’t want to wear a foundation, but want something to enhance your complexion, as well as having an SPF. I find most products with an SPF drying on my skin, but I don’t seem to have a problem with this one.
In summary, all three of these bases perform differently. I couldn’t pick a favourite. The Juice Beauty works well as skincare and as an SPF, but perhaps not as makeup. The Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream is a fantastic base for those wanting a more polished look (forget the name, this is a full coverage foundation). W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturiser leaves my skin with a healthy glow, but still looking like your skin.