l’Occitane’s Sublime Beauty BB Cream

l'Occitane Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream Review

Any makeup product that smells of peonies is always going to be a winner in my books. I’m not actually sure that the scent here is peony, but it reminds me so much of l’Occitane’s Pivoine Flora that I can’t be too far off the mark! Anyway, as we all know, we shouldn’t judge a beauty product solely by its scent – so what’s this little addition to the BB Cream epidemic got going for it?

Well firstly its texture. L’Occitane’s Sublime Beauty Cream is so, so light – hard to believe that it could contain any kind of SPF, but it does. SPF30, UVA and UVB protection. It applies like a dream – very smooth, no patchiness or cakiness – and it leaves the skin with the faintest of glows. It’s not a shimmery glow, it’s not even dewy, it’s just a healthy, barely-there sheen. Coverage is incredibly light, but the BB does even out very minor patches of redness and it has a slightly peachy hue that brings dull skin back to life. If you have excellent skin, then you’ll love this on its own – you can always conceal spots and dark circles afterwards if you feel you need more help. Those who need the coverage of a foundation might like to use the BB Cream first, almost as a tinted primer – you definitely need much less foundation if you’ve got a more even-toned, brighter canvas to work with! I’ve been using my Max Factor Miracle foundation very sparingly over the top of the l’Occitane BB and it works very well.

I keep meaning to write a post about BB Creams but I feel I’m a little late in the day with it. I do like BB creams for their sun protection and hint of colour (obviously you need to apply very generously to get the stated SPF!) but the differences between all of the BB Creams out there are vast, so it’s difficult to generalise. As a rule, if you’re looking for a product that ticks lots of boxes (bit of skincare, bit of makeup, nice whack of SPF) then BBs could be for you. If you prefer a dedicated SPF, a higher coverage foundation and super-performing skincare then you may get on better with your separates! This one from l’Occitane is in the realms of the “complexion enhancer”, I feel – a light tint, a healthy sheen and the added benefit of some SPF. Warning for those who don’t like perfumed skincare: they’ll smell you coming a mile off with this on. I love the scent, others may not. Try it instore and let me know what you think, please!

Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream is £25 from l’Occitane

**UPDATE: l’Occitane have a couple of offer codes running.

1) Get a free Angelica Summer Radiance Collection £20 when you purchase Angelica moisturiser and another product Offer code: ANG13

free beauty samples


2) Get a free Immortelle Summer Collection when you purchase Immortelle moisturiser & another product Offer code: IMMO

free beauty samples I think that these offers run for the whole of June, but I’m not positive!**

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  1. June 11, 2013 / 7:33 am

    This sounds really good! I recently bought the new Maybelline BB cream for oily skin and I love it! It stays in place all day and doesn’t slide around my upper lip which foundations usually do

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      Oh, I shall have to try that one then – thank you Helena! x

    • Liz Tea Bee
      June 12, 2013 / 1:58 pm

      I just bought for my dry, flaky skin and I’ve been really happy with it as well!

  2. Anne
    June 11, 2013 / 10:06 am

    I was interested until you mentioned the scent. It drives me insane when facial skincare and makeup is heavily fragranced – why do they do it?

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      Yes, I agree that things would be better off plain. But you’d be surprised at how many people pick beauty products by scent!! x

  3. lolo
    June 11, 2013 / 10:11 am

    I would be very interested in a post about BB creams. I am a bit late in picking up on this trend but I’ve never had great results with a foundation. The BB cream I use is the Garnier one (anti-aging) as I’m 45 now (ouch!). I’m not entirely sure the colour is right (I use the light one) for me but it has good coverage. What I’m not sure about is when on holiday should I put a higher suncream under this as it’s only a spf15 (and then apply more over as the day goes on?). I certainly am not comfortable to be out with a completely bare face. What do you think?

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:46 pm

      Yeah, when you’re on holiday I’d always use a dedicated facial SPF and use it in abundance!! Personal choice, obviously, but I think it’s worth it. x

      • lolo
        June 12, 2013 / 9:27 am

        Would also love to see a post on how to keep a flawless face when reapplying sun cream every 2 hours. Would it be – sun cream then BB cream/concealer, then 2 hours later wash it off, then reapply sun cream and BB cream/concealer? Also, is spf 30 enough for the face on a Turkey holiday in July?

  4. Mette
    June 11, 2013 / 10:46 am

    Maybe you could write a post about the CC creams? I am just testing the Clinique one and have heard something about a Dior BB eye cream? Anyway, I also think the BB creams are very different, I find the Estee Lauder one drying, the Armani one strange but like the Garnier one though it doesn’t have an SPF. My favourite for sun protection is without a doubt Perricone’s ‘No Foundation Foundation’. It is really amazing and not even a day out in sunny Africa tans your face, you should try this one.

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:45 pm

      Yes, I think I reviewed that here. It’s very good. xx

  5. Tina
    June 11, 2013 / 11:37 am

    The best BB for me is the water fused Dr.Jart, I barely use anything else for daytime. I used to wear foundation all the time but ever since I discovered this I don’t need any foundation during the day at all as for me this BB is just perfect, evens out color, covers, moisturizes, has SPF, and looks soo natural! :)

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:45 pm

      Yes, it’s really excellent. It comes up a little greyish on me, though, in summer – perfect for my winter skin! x

  6. Zoe Gruss
    June 11, 2013 / 11:58 am

    Tina, the Dr Jart BB Cream sounds fantastic! Unfortunately it is very difficult to get hold of Dr Jart products in South Africa. Do you know if it is available in Europe?

  7. Ruth Lomax
    June 11, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    I really need to use something with an SPF in because of the Glycolic acid in my Liquid Gold, but have yet to find something. Any ideas?

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:44 pm

      Lots of things have SPF! Just make sure you use enough of it to reap the SPF benefits! What are you looking for – moisturiser, makeup? xx

      • Ruth Lomax
        June 11, 2013 / 5:47 pm

        A moisturiser, for the days I don’t wear makeup (which has an SPF) xx

  8. N
    June 11, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Ruth! Would you say this is similar to the Origins VitaZing? I have been looking for something similar, but with more SPF. VitaZing is only SPF15

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:44 pm

      No, this has a little more colour. And it’s less orangey! I love VitaZing but it’s not great on paler tones.. x

      • N
        June 14, 2013 / 2:20 am

        Thank you :D

  9. June 11, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    Oh wow! This makes me wanna try out the product. Wish I could try out a sample before buying.

    • RuthCrilly
      June 11, 2013 / 5:43 pm

      Maybe they have them instore? x

  10. Elina
    June 11, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    It would be very interesting if you wrote a post about BB creams!

  11. June 11, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Do you by any chance know of a primer with SPF? I like the one from MAKE cosmetics but do you know of anymore?

  12. oLuk
    June 11, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    @amodelrecommends When you review the #lancome sunscreen, could you
    please compare that with the #dior UV shield translucent SPF 50 PA+++?
    Additionally, can you remind me what you always try to purchase or stock up whenever you visit France in terms of beauty products? Thank you, Ruth!

  13. oLuk
    June 11, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    @amodelrecommends When you review the #lancome sunscreen, could you
    please compare that with the #dior UV shield translucent SPF 50 PA+++?
    can you remind me what you always try to purchase or stock up whenever
    you visit France in terms of beauty products? Thank you, Ruth!

  14. jillmcintyre
    June 12, 2013 / 6:32 am

    Oh, Ruth, I NEED you! I am a US reader in love with Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Adobe, and it’s sold out all over the US. I found it in House of Fraser and Harrods, but the shipping to the US is insane. Do any of your worldwide free shipping stockists have the answer? Would love your sleuthing help on this! Also…you’re brill. xo

  15. Charlotte
    June 12, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    Oh my god, Mr Bear! he’s just adorable.

  16. June 13, 2013 / 2:59 am

    Wow, this really does sound sublime, just as the name suggests! Thanks for the review, Ruth! xo

  17. Kristin Bennellick
    June 21, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    This BB cream sounds lovely. I’m currently looking for one with a good SPF and this one, with it’s scent, sounds perfect. Next time in town I’ll see if my local Debenhams or House of Fraser have this BB cream in stock if not I’ll just purchase online =D xo

  18. amy
    August 17, 2013 / 8:09 am

    Hi there :) I work at L’Occitane and the scent in the BB cream is actually Iris and Angelica plant :)

  19. slis
    September 14, 2013 / 5:23 am

    I love BB creams whenever I need a quick fix. What an amazing idea to combine the two ideas into one. Ive tried a lot of different creams for skin lightening and am not that in tune with hydroquinone creams right now. I use a retinol cream and was given melarase cream for my dark spots. It works well for me and doesnt have the hydroquinone so i’m happy combining it with the BB cream in the day.

  20. September 26, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Can l’Occitane do no wrong? I’ve never had a bad product from them. I don’t have fab skin, but I am looking for something quite sheer for those ‘no make-up days’ (ironic, I know). You should try out their Verbena scented products, they’re a dream.

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