Instant Solutions Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35
If you're new to the world (and hype) of BB creams, you should know that they're not as revolutionary as they're made out to be. There are many good ones, but in essence, BB creams are just a twist on tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. Sometimes BB creams treat skin to other beneficial ingredients, but sometimes not. In short, a product labeled BB cream isn't necessarily any better than your regular tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation.
Trish McEvoy's fragrance-free BB cream is most expensive, but has some positive aspects that make it worth considering if you're willing to spend that much. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 35, and includes a good mix of skin-replenishing and antioxidant ingredients. It has a creamy-smooth texture that feels hydrating and blends easily, whether you pat it on skin with a foundation brush (as McEvoy recommends) or just blend with your fingers. This does sets to a natural matte finish and provides coverage more akin to a foundation that a tinted moisturizer.
The two shades are decent but we were skeptical of the salesperson's claim that each shade morphs to perfectly match one's skin tone. We were told blending "breaks the pigments," allowing them to sense the skin color they're being blended over, and then adjust to match that skin color. It didn't happen. Even when we showed the salesperson proof of this on our skin, she kept going with the story. Sigh…
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 35.
- Great smooth texture and natural-looking matte finish.
- Contains good skin-replenishing and antioxidant ingredients.
- Provides good coverage without looking mask-like (assuming one of the two colors matches your skin).
- Shades cannot adapt to individual skin tones as claimed.
Trish McEvoy At-A-Glance
Two things remained consistent during our visits to various Trish McEvoy counters: The makeup artists were very knowledgeable about how to use the products to achieve the best results, and all of them remarked that McEvoy is a perfectionist. New York Citybased Trish McEvoy knows a lot about makeup and how to use it to one's advantage, but we're afraid her perfectionist nature did not translate into across-the-board perfect products. There's much to love about her makeup, from improved powder-based products to her peerless brushes and ingenious day plannerstyle makeup cases. But while other artistry-driven lines are churning out innovative products and broadening their range so customers are treated to a variety that encompasses almost every preference, McEvoy continues to lag behind.
McEvoy's motto is "real makeup for real women," and we have no doubt that most women will be pleased with the manner in which this line allows them to assemble their own well-organized makeup kits. The products aren't inexpensive by any means, but sometimes convenience is worth the price, and many of the items (such as the formidable brushes) will need to be purchased only once. And keep in mind that McEvoy's Planners have room for other companies' products, so committing to this system doesn't limit you to only one product line.
Although the tester units have been visually improved and the products organized in a more logical manner, you'll still need a salesperson's assistance to identify product type and shade names. For example, while looking at the powder eyeshadows (McEvoy offers several formulas) we had to lift up the tiny powder tablets to see which formula we were testing. The same deficiency applies to nearly everything on the tester units, which makes shopping this line more frustrating than enjoyable. However, if you come across a McEvoy makeup artist, they are (at least in our experience) genuinely helpful and more than willing to demonstrate products without being pushy. We appreciate the emphasis on artistry over sales, because many of these products (applied well) sell themselves. Pay attention to the powders (regular, bronzing, and shiny), eyeshadows, mascaras, brow gel, Glaze Lip Color, and the aforementioned brushes and you're bound to be thrilled with your experience at a Trish McEvoy counter.
McEvoy and her husband, dermatologist Dr. Ronald Sherman, formulated her latest group of skin-care products. We naturally wanted to assume this meant improved products, including sunscreens with sufficient UVA protection and no fragrance (after all, a dermatologist should know better). Unfortunately, our assumption was wrong. It's not that all of McEvoy's latest skin-care products are bad. Rather, it's just that the formulas lack a state-of-the-art edge to accompany their prestige prices, and the few sunscreens available are seriously deficient.
For more information about Trish McEvoy, visit www.trishmcevoy.com.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.