Skincare

Soap & Glory “Feel Good Factor Translucent BB Cream SPF25” | Review

jodie / 16th September 2014

This is my go-to day moisturiser. If I’m leaving the house and it’s particularly sunny (or even sometimes when it’s not), chances are, I’ll be wearing this under my makeup. I’ve been quite loyal to this little tube for about 2 years now, because it just ticks all the right boxes for me. I’ve flirted with other moisturisers, even used some of them for quite a while, but I think I’ll always come back to this one.

Here’s a few reasons why I love it…

  • It doesn’t sting my skin. This is probably the most important thing on my checklist, because my skin is super fussy. 
  • It has a generous SPF. I’m not a fan of SPF in foundations because they’re usually not high enough to protect sufficiently, plus it’s pointless for night time wear, and causes a ghostly white flashback in pictures. I prefer to use a separate SPF in a moisturiser, and this one has SPF 25, which is very good for everyday use (you might want to use something 30+ for a super-hot midsummer day at the beach).
  • It doesn’t break me out. I don’t normally have issues with breakouts, except for the odd hormonal spot, but it’s still good to know this agrees with my skin enough not to cause spots to rear their ugly heads.
  • It feels okay under makeup. Not amazing, but better than most SPF moisturisers, and a primer normally helps make things stay in place. It leaves skin a little greasy, but nowhere near as much as some moisturisers; it’s fine after it sinks it, and doesn’t make my face oily throughout the day. 
  • It’s not ridiculously expensive. It costs £12 for 50ml from Boots, which I think is pretty reasonable. Boots often has offers on their Soap & Glory stuff anyway, so you can usually pick up something free or half price with this.
  • It’s readily available in most Boots stores (they’re bloody everywhere).
You can't really see it properly from this picture, but it's a yellow-tinted colour.
You can’t really see it properly from this picture, but it’s a yellow-tinted colour.

The packaging used to be very pretty, with a shiny tube and some retro designs, but S&G has had a bit of a re-brand lately with their skincare, probably in a bid to be taken more seriously. As a result, the new packaging is quite a plain-looking white tube, which looks very clinical, and almost like toothpaste. I must be honest: I prefer the old packaging. It was less cumbersome, and much prettier, but unless it’s really fiddly, packaging generally doesn’t bother me ; it’s what’s inside that counts 🙂

My other issue is that it’s now being marketed as a BB cream. It is definitely not a BB cream! At least in the traditional sense, anyway – it has no coverage/pigment in it to hide redness and blemishes, or act like a tinted moisturiser, so don’t expect that. In my mind it’s just a really great moisturiser, and really doesn’t need to marketed as a BB cream, because it definitely isn’t one, and I can’t stress that enough.

10/10 from me.

What’s your go-to everyday moisturiser?