Rated 4.23 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review The only makeup I will ever wear!
I work as a model and actress. I was using MAC makeup which was causing my skin to break out, so I switched to Kiehl's BB cream. Not only did it rapidly clear my complexion, but it improved my general skin tone as well. My sister who is a makeup artist could not believe that I was wearing any makeup at all --it looks so natural and dewy!
I do not find it sticky or too thick as some of the reviews state, because only a small amount is needed.At first I mistakenly used too large of an amount (the normal amount one would use with any other foundation) and my face was too shiny, but when I tried a small amount for my ENTIRE face it did not melt off (even in the South Carolina humidity!). The amount I use for my entire face is only the size of a pea. I dab it down my forehead, nose, and chin. Then I blend outward. You can use a blush or bronzer after a few minutes and they work very nicely with this BB cream.
My advice would be to ask for a sample at a Kiehl's counter or with an online purchase if you don't know what color to use. I have fair skin and at the Kiehl's counter I tried several shades and I could use fair, light, OR fair/light! Any of those shades seemed to ADAPT to match my skin after ten minutes of absorption, even if initially it did not appear to be the exact shade. If you have darker skin, it is possible that the medium might not be dark enough, so let's hope they get a few more shades some day. :)
Some have commented about the smell, but it doesn't smell like anything but makeup to me. Try to get a sample and judge for yourself. It's really not a big deal.
You also do not need to use a moisturizer with this product. It works well with the Kiehl's dark spot treatment or pore minimizer though! If you wish to put something on before the BB cream, just wait ten minutes for it to absorb.
Some have commented about the price. Most department store foundations are in the 37 dollar range as well. The great thing about this product is that it lasts a long time. I used to use one MAC foundation every month and a half, but I have been using the same bottle of Kiehl's BB cream for over two months and it is still mostly full. I know it will last me several more months. You really get a bang for your buck.
It may be a bit too dewy after immediate application, but after the product fully "sets" (a few minutes), it looks great! Don't worry.
This is the only makeup I use now. The photos were taken after a month's daily use of the product with only the Kiehl's BB cream in Fair/Light used. You will still have to use a sheer powder on shiny spots as with any makeup that you have been wearing for several hours. I would love it if Kiehl's made accompanying finishing powder for that purpose!
Most Helpful Critical Review Not Quite What I Expected
Like many brands, Kiehls has some hits and misses for me. Unfortunately, I will have to put this under the miss group for my skin type. I have a fairly light complexion and when I purchased this, oddly there were only two options available on the website - Light and Medium. It looks like they have corrected this since then. Although the Light is a little dark for my skintone, I can pull it off since it's summertime Still, it seems the shade does tend to lean darker.
The important thing for me was the texture. I have sensitive, combination acne-prone skin that does not do traditional make-up well. Unfortunately I found the texture to be very thick and "smothering" on my skin. Compared to a tinted moisturizer, this will give a much fuller coverage but having it on all day, I had a itching sensation afterwards because it just felt very heavy. I also noticed that I started to break-out after using this which does not happen with mineral makeup or other lighter tinted moisturizers.
For what it is, I think it is great. It is very full coverage with high SPF with bonus of moisturizing and sunscreen rolled into one. However if you have acne-prone skin you may want to be wary of it. Unfortunately I cannot see myself finishing this product which is a shame.
Reviewed by 200 customers Great Formula, Too Few Shades!
NYCkiehlsgirl from New York, NY
I love this BB cream because it's less heavy and easier to apply than foundation. For everyday, it's much more practical for my lifestyle and I look finished (subtle glow, imperfections minimized) without looking too makeup-y. The only thing I wish was that Kiehls MADE THIS IN MORE SHADES. It's been years and they still have the same limited selection. I'm a lot lighter than their lightest shade and they have nothing on the darker end for melanin gifted women. Can we get a pale shade please?
Like a photo filter
Justine1987 from Mystic, CT
I bought this as an alternative to the Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer I had been using. I am really impressed with this product, has been wonderful for the summer with a beautiful finish that isn't overdone but definitely evens out skin tone. The SPF lasts ALL day as well and my cream bronzer/blush and setting powder and bronzer/blush layered beautiful over it. Was planning on only using it for the summer but am going to consider using this year round! Also, you really don't need much, I have found a pea sized amount goes a long way!
Love this for quick errands or as primer
britbritt from Dallas, TX
I LOVE this BB cream - it completely changes my skin tone to an even non-blotchy calming look. It is easy to put on (i just use my hands). It has definitely helped clear my face up because I can leave the house with just this on and do not have to put foundation on. IT LOOKS AMAZING under my foundation, it glides on and will also keep my face hydrated which keeps my foundation looking even and light.
Okay, but a bit too heavy
Eeze from NYC
I was looking for something lightweight and sheer, and this was a bit heavy for my taste. I found the fair/light tone to be too orange for my light olive undertone, and unfortunately the color easily transferred onto my clothing (especially in warmer weather). I think this would work better for someone who wants a dewier effect and has a warm undertone.
LEIGHBO17 from JACKSONVILLE
LOVE THIS BB CREAM- I'VE TRIED ALL ON THE MARKET AND THIS BY FAR IS THE BEST! SUPER CREAMY/LIGHTWEIGHT-DOES NOT CLOG PORES- GIVE FACE AN AMAZINGLY DEWY FINISH. LIGHT SMELL. LAYERS WELL AND PROVIDES ENOUGH COVERAGE, SO YOU CAN BUILD AND ADD BLUSH AND HIGHLIGHTER- GREAT FOR SKIN OVER 50!!! PRICE POINT IS GREAT AND WILL LAST 3 PLUS MONTHS! GO GET IT LADIES - NOTE- MEN CAN USE THIS TOO!!!
best purchase ever
Nining from Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, USA
i have been using this product since 2015 it's light and serves two purposes for me sun protection and also like a foundation that covers my skin imperfections!
DJohnson from Minneapolis, MN, USA
I recently purchased this product and was informed that the darkest color available was medium. I did try a small amount and because of the lighting in the mall I felt that it work for my skin tone. This morning when I put it on I looked like a ghost. I Hope that you all come out with darker shades for those of us with darker complections.
Best BB Cream: Not too thick and has Vitamin C
meloyelo from Atlanta, GA
Adding Vitamin C has been a game changer in my skin care... with this product, I get a smoothed out skin tone and Vit C!
The cream covers enough (I'll wear powder on top of a blemish) without being think and clumping in my pores after a few hours. A lot of foundation and/or bb cream does that.
Oh heck, I forgot it has SPF too! Definitely my favorite/go-to product.
Holy grail BB cream
Caseee from Boston, MA
This is the best BB cream I have ever tried! I looove that it contains vitamin C and SPF 50! It does not leave my skin greasy or cakey, and I love the smell. Almost reminds me of a very subtle honey scent.
The only con is the lack of shades. I've read reviews dating 2+ years back that mention the discontinued shades of deeper tones. Please expand this and make this available for darker skin tones!!!
By far my favorite skincare product EVER
CassandraL from New York, NY, USA
This is the holy grail of my skin routine. It's hydrating, protective, and it's almost like I can feel my skin being nourished every time I wear it. I love that its still evens out my skin while not being full coverage or cakey and it lasts all day. I've worn it every day for 3 years and I don't ever see myself changing to another product. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the shade range NEEDS to be expanded. Please make more of an effort to cater to your diverse customer base!
Perfect but too orange
HJO from Phoenix
I've been in search of a BB/CC/Moisturizer. The two main problems I experience is oily skin and having a light olive complexion. I've tried everything in Ulta (literally everything) and it is always too pink, too orange or if I get really close and it's too beige (neutral). I also don't like the feeling of something tacky all over my face. I wanted something light that would even my skin tone, look like my skin but better and ideally defuse the slight bit of pink on my cheeks from fading acne spots. I narrowed my search to this in fair/light and Jane Iredell in light medium. This spreads better, doesn't dry down too fast and has a lot more coverage. Once it dries it's a little tacky and I use a light powder dusting. It looks like skin and does have color to it. It's warm but can spread out translucent'ish but still has a little bit of orange tint in natural light. I've not found it to get very oily after 5 hours. I have five stars because even the lightest shade still has an orange tint. I'll be trying the Jane Iradelle next. It might win because the color is lighter and I may be able to blend it out to match my olive skin better. Otherwise, aside from the cold or this one is perfect in my opinion.
My Favorite Kiehl's Product
HailS from Malibu, CA, USA
I wear this BB Cream as a primer beneath my foundation every day and I love it. Not only is lightweight and blends easily with your hands or a brush, but it has the highest SPF content without being able to smell it or feel it like other products. After I wash and moisturize my face (let it dry), I apply this product. I recommend letting the BB Cream dry and then locking it in with a translucent powder before applying your foundation. Perfect for my oily skin and stays on.
Expand the range of color tones
Cust82 from San Francisco
The product offers coverage, moisturizer, and SPF in an easy to use package, but while the line once offered six shades - including ?medium deep? and ?deep? - it now only offers four, with the darkest ?medium? ruling out most African American and South Asian complexions.
Best light weight, but amazing coverage
Customer from Irvine, CA
I have light, dry, very sensitive skin. I love that this product has sunscreen. It is lightweight, yet buildable. I blend with a buffer brush and follow with a loose setting powder. The coverage lasts all day and is very natural looking.
AMAZING BB CREAM
Samxo40 from undisclosed
This BB cream is amazing!! i normally just do regular foundation but have wanted to go for something lighter and this stuff is amazing. it is literally magic. it makes my skin look so good and glowy! It can work for so many looks you can do it just by it self or with powder or just with some bronzer i am obsessed!!
I love this!
Khaki G. from Clarksville, TN
I used it from a small package that was in a trial offer kit by Kiehls. Have been trying to find it since. The coverage is great!
Not Repurchasing Due to Shade Range
Isla21 from New York, NY, USA
I tried this out and loved it (I found both medium and tan suitable). I wanted to share my new find with my mother + aunts, all 80s babies who have never taken SPF seriously. But thats when I saw that this brand doesnt even carry a shade for them. It's a disturbing trend that companies in 2019 still only make products for fair to tan skinned clients. I will not be repurchasing anymore, and it makes me question the ethics of my skincare purchases from this brand as well.
Are you kidding me?
Aya from Holloman AFB
Alcohol denat. No, no, no.
natural looking, love the high spf, the smell is not great
MLinus from Boston
While it feels heavy on application, it dries to a pleasant texture. It's also very natural looking, and I love the high spf. I do wish the smell was more pleasant, but you stop noticing it after a few minutes.
Sandra from Florida
Easy one step!
Great when applied with a brush
sarahcatherine from Boulder, CO
I almost returned this because it didn't go on smoothly and turned crumbly and ashy. But someone recommended I apply it with a brush and I love it! Medium coverage of my melasma that lasts all day, super smooth and easy to apply evenly.
Tory from Chicago
It?s definitely will not cover all but it?s really great at correcting skin tone. I wear every day and loving it will purchase more very soon.
Best BB Cream Hands Down
tdaniel from undisclosed
A few have mentioned this is very sheer, and I find it to be a quite a bit more than sheer. That may be because it just matches my skin so well (I use the medium), but I find it to hide quite a few of my imperfections. I have naturally VERY oily skin, and this has been making my skin feel less gross towards the end of the day. I received this first in a sample from a previous order and tried it before going outside to do yard work- I am really happy with the consistency. A little goes a long way like all their products which I am happy about. My skin feels and looks so good after using this, I can't recommend it enough.
Light is still too tan
Michelle from Kenosha, WI
This goes on very well, and "dries" nicely. If you want to cover minor imperfections, this would work for you. If you have moderate to severe rosacea or acne, this is not enough coverage. My biggest complaint is that is too dark for my pale skin. Not quite orangey, but definitely too tan. My shade for MAC is NC10, for reference. I wish this had more shades to be more inclusive to lighter and darker skin tones.
Please expand your skin tone palette
KNichols from Westchester County, NY, USA
This really is a great product but unfortunately I am unable to continue using it since Kiehl's no longer makes the Medium/Deep. Fortunately for me when I found out they were discontinuing this color, ( 2 plus years ago) which by the way was supposed to be temporary per the store I visited, I purchased the last 5 tubes in the store. I'm finally down to my last tube and have started looking for alternatives.
Kiehl's, please add more skin tones to your color palette.
This is a great product but is clearly not for "EVERYONE"!