We love multi-purpose products, don't we? A cheek stain that doubles as a lip tint, moisturizer spiked with sunscreen, a leave-on cleansing water that removes makeup, while toning, and moisturizing skin. If it can cut my beauty routine in half, I'm in! This is why BB creams are still mainstays of our kikay kits -- it lightly covers imperfections, evens skin tone, protects from UV rays, all while keeping skin soft and supple. Generally speaking, it's an all-in-one product.
Myra, the brand most known for infusing Vitamin E in its product line, released the Myra VitaGlow a couple of years back. In a nutshell, it was a tinted moisturizer loaded with lots of glitter! It had so much promise, but the shimmer was just too much for me.
But hey, here's some good news: Myra recently released VitaGlow BB Cream which is supposedly an amped up version of their tinted moisturizer.
My press gift came in a screaming hot pink (and travel-friendly) personalized pouch, which when unraveled, revealed two BB cream shades (Ivory and Beige), plus a makeup brush set.
|perfect for travel, wouldn't you agree?|
What I like:
- affordable at P99/20ml tube
- readily available in Watsons and most drugstores
- Ivory shade blends into my skin tone well
- gives ample sun protection of SPF 15
- evens skin tone, temporarily blurs large pores
- spiked with Vitamin E to nourish skin
- moisturizing enough for drier skin types (my Mom loves this product)
- has microshimmer for "glowing" skin
What I don't like:
- I prefer unscented products and this one is heavily [floral] scented
- limited shade range, Beige may not suite deeper skin tones
- streaky if not blended well
- sheer coverage, you need concealer to hide redness and pimples
- so-so oil control (I get oily in 2 hours)
The smaller opening ensures that you dispense the right amount each time. Myra's previous tube packaging for the Tinted Moisturizer had a slightly larger opening. Also, for some reason the texture of this is not as fluid as the previous, this seems "thicker."
|Ivory vs Beige|
I'm wearing Ivory on top and Beige below it. I had an epiphany (or brain fart) and decided to swatch it on my cheek, heh. Anyway, the shades look negligible when swatched on the hand but the tint shows up when you layer it and apply it to the face. As mentioned above, it may streak (it did on me) so getting the "right" shade matters. I match to Ivory perfectly (I have NC 25 skin tone) and am slightly acidic. Get Ivory if you are yellow-toned and lighter-skinned, while Beige is meant for medium-skinned ladies. Both shades are blendable with your fingers, sponge, or a brush.
|blended Beige using my finger and look what happened....|
So does this contain glitter? It sure does! But in my experience, they seem less like glitter and more like microshimmer. I do see a lot of blog posts expressing so much hatred for these so-called glitter bombs, but for me they seems more manageable this time. You can top it with mineral finishing powder if you want a matte finish, or top it with your mineral foundation of choice for more coverage.
Check out Ana's tutorial on how to create your own #glowonthego look with the new Myra VitaGlow BB Cream:
If you're looking for an affordable makeup base or just starting to explore the extensive world of BB creams, you can start with the Myra VitaGlow BB cream. It's affordable, easy to use, and very handy to tote along anywhere. If you can look past the glitters (I know some of you hate it), it could be a decent enough makeup base.
Like it, hate it, on the fence about it?
Let me know in the comments!