It’s my first blog post as CAMIKAMI, and I hope it won’t be my last~
So a bit about why I decided to start with the Verite UV Multi Cushion. Basically, because there were’t any in my time of need. A few months ago when I was researching the BB cushion I couldn’t find many, (or even any), in depth reviews for this product so that’s why I took matters into my own hands and decided to write a review myself for those interested in it. WARNING: scroll down to the bottom for the brief review and rating
VERITE UV MULTI CUSHION DX SPF50+ / PA+++ in Shade 23 REVIEW
Cost: £26.36+£1.69 P+P
What my package included: Product + refill + two free gifts
I couldn’t actually find very much regarding brand information so I can really only go on what I can see for myself. Verite is under Amore Pacific and products are not widely distributed as far as I can see because it is quite difficult to source their products outside of Asian countries as stockists like YesStyle and roseroseshop do not stock them, (I resorted to Ebay). Both versions of the multi cushion have been very popular nether-the-less, with the later version, (DX), winning an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2014. Verite products are usually in the middle price range bracket and use simplistic packaging with brand emphasis more on skincare rather than make up.
What Does It Claim?
- Powerful moisturising (using ingredients like Hydro Essence Water & Beta-glucan)
- Coating cover (using LayerFit technology)
- Anti-wrinkle function
- UV protection
- Cooling effect
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Arbutin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Ceramide 3, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soy Sterol Acetate, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-8 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propanediol, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance Ingredients wise, the BB cream is not horrendously bad, but at the same time it does have a few dodgy ingredients. It contains some ingredients like titanium dioxide, Stearic acid and Dimethicone that are slightly comedogenic and may pose risk of irritation to very acne prone skin, though unlikely. The two ‘worst’ ingredients are Ethylhexyl Palmitate and Isopropyl Palmitate which both score 4 on COSDNA as they are fragrances. Fragrance in general is something to avoid, especially if you have sensitive skin. Below is a link to a trusted, and beauty bible status website that gives the low down on why to avoid fragrance in skincare: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/sensitive-skin/_/fragrance-and-skin-care-smells-like-trouble
Appearance + Packaging
Like other products in Verite’s lines, the packaging isn’t faffy, but rather very sleek and aesthetically pleasing in my makeup bag. It comes in a box with the refill, instructions and the actual BB cream. It is housed in shiny white casing with a rose gold coloured rim which makes it seem pretty high-end (even though it kind of is). It just fits into the palm and is very lightweight. There is also a decent sized, good quality mirror in the lid which helps application on the go although, over time, it’s gotten a little grubby so you can keep it clean with a damp tissue. Initial Thoughts
My previous BB cream had been Skin79’s VIP Gold Collection Super+ Beblish Balm so this was my first BB cushion. Rather annoyingly shade 23 was slightly too dark for my winter half asian skin, and since I have no intentions to tan during summer it will remain ever so slightly dark. I would probably have gone for a 22 if it existed as 21 would be much too light. Formula wise, when I first used it I loved how it provided medium coverage and left my skin supple with a lovely dewy look. It didn’t fully cover my rosacea, but left my cheeks looking a healthy pink so blusher wasn’t necessary. However there was a problem of grease on the forehead and nose and slight fading meaning my vivid red cheeks started coming out to play at around lunchtime. However, I enjoyed using the product and the cooling sensation it gave when applied, (making it summer friendly). Coverage was great, (I get very few breakouts), and my skin was smooth and moisturised. However if you do have break outs I would recommend using concealer under the BB cream. Some may not like the fragrance of the product but I don’t really mind it.
This has now been my everyday base makeup for nearly two months (1 month, 3 weeks to be precise) and I still like the product, but perhaps not as much as I did initially. One of the biggest issues now is getting the product out. Perhaps it’s time to deploy the refill, but now I find that I have to struggle to get an adequate amount onto the sponge to put on my face. It’s like the sponge has completely stopped absorbing the product underneath. I even turned the sponge the other way round in hopes that the remaining product had just absorbed into the other side but that didn’t really work and I just ended up with loads of product under my nails. So I wasn’t really happy that I had about two weeks of product that would be difficult to use because the sponge had in effect stopped doing it’s job. (Seriously, it only had one job.) Another reason I became slightly iffy with it was because it didn’t sit very well on top of the suncream I was using during that time, (I’ve since now switched), so, especially if you use a thick, gel consistency formula you may have to adapt. And as another negative, although I didn’t expect anything so I can’t really say it’s a negative, just a heads up. No whitening. No evening of skin tone. Nothing. To be completely honest, even when using several other BB creams, I think the whole whitening function is (very) gimmicky and people just perceive their skin to be lighter as a placebo effect of clever marketing. However I still like healthy, flawless and glowing skin that it gives me and and coverage I get that’s suitable just as much for evening as for daytime.
Overal Opinion + Rating
+ Classy, functional packaging
+ Moisturising, medium coverage with a semi dewy – dewy finish (dependant on moisturisers and skin type)
+ Contains high sun protection (but should be used over at least SPF30 suncream)
+ Suitable for day and evening use with buildable coverage that can be touched up on the go
+ Comes with refill
– Pretty pricy (although does comes with refill)
– May not be compatible with oily – very oily skin tones
– Very limited colour range (Only 2 shades)
– Contains fragrance so may irritate skin, and lasts on skin for a few minutes after application
– Hygiene issues with applicator
Below is the unblended colour against naked skin so you can see whether shade 23 will fit your skin tone: Would I Recommend It?
With this being my first cushion BB cream, I cannot recommend with certainty without knowing and trying what else is on the market. From my own experience, if you fit in the colour bracket, have relatively clear skin and are looking for slightly more coverage than other brands like Skin79 and Laneige then I would very much recommend this. Also bare in mind that the same product works differently on different people, so even though I found a few things that didn’t work well for me, this could be your HG BB cream. I’ll use it until it’s finished but I’ll probably look around the market to seek out the illusive HG~
Sorry for the length, but comment below how you found the review and what you want to see next!