Today’s post is about a wonderful product – the Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream SPF30.
Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream SPF30
£24.95 – 40ml – Janiro (also available in Harvey Nichols stores in the UK and Ireland)
A skin care sensation that has swept Asia… Ginvera’s BB Cream has arrived direct from Singapore! Enriched with premium Green Tea, Ginseng, Chinese Angelica and Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Nude Cover BB cream provides the benefits of blemish free concealing, sun block effects, moisturising and reduction of lines, providing a long lasting smooth and ultra light feel to nourish and perfect your skin. This beauty secret to natural beauty is definitely worth sharing!
Water, Propylene Glycol (solvent/humectant), Cyclomethicone (emollient/solvent/humectant), Glycerin (skin conditioning), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), C12-15 Alcohol Benzoate (emollient), Cetyl Dimethyloctanoate (emollient/skin conditioning), Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Crosspolymer (sunscreen), CI 77891 (cosmetic colourant), CI 77491 (cosmetic colourant), CL 77492 (cosmetic colourant), CI 77499 (cosmetic colourant), CI 77288 (cosmetic colourant), CI 77007 (cosmetic colourant), Mica (pigment), Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (sunscreen), Sodium Chloride (bulking agent), Dimethicone PEG-8 Laurate (occlusive agent – increases moisture level in the skin by providing a barrier), 1,2-Hexanediol (solvent), Betaine (humectant/thickener), Methylpropanediol (solvent), Allantoin (skin conditioning/soothing/protecting), Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant/skin conditioning), Panax Ginseng Root Extract (emollient/skin conditioning), Angelica Archangelica Root Extract (masking/perfuming/skin conditioning), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract – antioxidant/anti-inflammatory), Zinc Chloride (antioxidant/thickening agent), Sodium Oxide (pH adjuster), Calcium Oxide (pH adjuster), Magnesium Oxide (pH adjuster), Aluminium (cosmetic colourant), Ferric Chloride (astringent), Fragrance, BHA (salicylic acid – exfoliant), EDTA (chelating agent), Methylisothiazolinone (preservative).
My first encounter with the Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream SPF30 *deep breath* was waaay back when I used to blog on Tumblr. So long ago now! Janiro kindly sent me a deluxe sample to try, and from thereon I was hooked.
This is one of the best BB Creams I have ever tried, and let me tell you why.
Well, let’s begin with the negatives first, shall we? Actually, there is only one negative point I have to make and that is the packaging. It isn’t that great. It’s not specifically a “squeezy” tube, it’s more of a “hold it and let the product drip out” kind of tube. Whilst it hasn’t caused me any serious problems so far, it can be annoying removing the lid and being greeted with an overflow of product, depending on how it has been stored. It can also be a bit risky leaving it on its side like in the picture above. Like I said, it hasn’t caused me any problems so far, but I do wish the packaging was a bit more secure… and squeezy.
In terms of shade selection, there is only one shade of the BB Cream available which is for light to medium skin tones. It is a real shame there is not a shade option for dark skin tones, as it’s such a good product.
You might look at the above picture and think that the product is too dark, especially if you are pale. Fear not, it adapts well without being orange, or indeed ashy. I personally think it is good that it is not a complete match for pale skin, as sometimes this can make you look older (and not in a good way!). Now then, let’s get some unflattering before and afters up in here!
Left: Before | Right: After [Taken in front of a window in natural daylight]
I made sure to blend, blend, blend as I was beginning to get a reputation as having an orange moustache… Wait a minute, is it still there?! *cries* #nigelthornberry4life
The BB Cream almost feels like nothing, yet it gives light to medium, yet natural looking coverage. It gives my skin a demi-matte finish; like my skin but better. As you can see I have a lot of freckles and redness, but it covers both of these well without being too obvious and gives a subtle glow to my skin too. The coverage can be built up easily without caking. I usually use one layer only, but I sometimes add a little bit more on blemishes, around my nose and under my eyes. I set it with powder and I am good to go for at least 8 hours.
I feel like my skin improves when I wear this BB cream regularly. It feels hydrating without being heavy, and it doesn’t anger any breakouts on my face. In fact, it seems to encourage them to heal and disappear faster than they would if I wore a heavy foundation. Personally, I think this is the perfect base to wear if your skin is irritated or stressed out, as it feels so light and calming on the skin.
One of my favourite memories of this product was when I suffered an allergic reaction to a “natural” product (stay with me here). My skin began to burn and turn red. Panicking, I slapped on this BB cream to hide the redness (as I knew I would get told off for “messing with my skin”). In a matter of minutes, this BB cream calmed my skin down quickly and I didn’t get in trouble!
I have repurchased the Ginvera BB cream about 4 times now, and I will continue to keep doing so. It is one of my favourite products ever, and I would truly be lost without it. Step away from the heavy Western imitations of BB creams, and get this gem from Singapore in your make up bag instead. Your face will thank you.
Are you a fan of BB creams?