I'm back again with another Foundation Friday special. As I mentioned before, I plan to include BB creams in my Foundation Friday reviews because there is no day of the week starting with the letter B and I like alliteration, so Friday is the day. Today I review the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20. Their spa quality skin care has been pampering the faces and bodies since 2006. Now, just 6 years later, Omorovicza has hit the high end mainstream with its "Mineral Cosmetology" for all to benefit from.
|founders, Margaret and Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza|
Just to give a little background about the company, Omorovicza's trademarked Mineral Cosmetology is the patented mineral delivery system developed to enable a potent blend thermal waters that are rich in minerals to be absorbed by the epidermis and dermis. With repeated use the cumulative effects are skin that feels firmer, softer and supple. The approach is inspired by the healing powers of Hungary’s famous thermal baths, Omorovicza has managed to harness the skin-transforming benefits of this ancient health and beauty phenomenon. There are more thermal water sites in Budapest than any other city in the world. There, the earth’s crust is thinner, so the waters absorb the beneficial minerals more effectively. Just as an aside, the word SPA is derived from the Latin phrase Sanitas Par Acqua – or health through water. The founders, Margaret and Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza, were intrigued by the effect that these minerals have on the skin. This led to them to the Nobel-prize winning Hungarian laboratory of Dermatology and Allergology at the Albert St George University. Here, they discovered the ability of minerals to treat a wide range of ailments. They also found that the minerals in Hungary’s thermal waters met, if not surpassed, the criteria of the most advanced anti-aging skin care products on the market. Hence the Omorovicza mineral skin care range was born! Now we all get to benefit.
I think the whole BB cream phenomena is now pretty mainstream. With BB creams (or so they are labeled) being sold in drugstore chains to high end exclusive shops and spas, you can be sure that this complexion enhancer is here to stay for a while. I recently had the honor of getting a few products from the Hungarian brand Omorovicza. Today I will review the BB cream but I do have a few other items I am excited to tell you about as well. Watch out for those in the coming weeks.
The Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 comes in one color but seems to fit a range of skin tones. I think the sheerness of the BB cream coupled with the ability to layer for more color or coverage makes this a BB cream suitable for many people. The color is on the pink side and looks fairly dark in the bottle and dispensed on the skin. However, once smoothed out and blended into the skin it takes on its unique color that seems to adjust for most Caucasian/Asian/Hispanic skin tones. I will say that those with a MAC foundation color higher than NC/NW 35 might find that this BB cream is too light for their coloring.
The texture of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB is a little like a cream and a little like a gel. A Gelcream! It spreads easily across the skin and imparts a sheer natural finish to the skin. Because of the luxurious formula you can layer for more coverage if desired without it looking too cakey or mask-y. However be aware, the more you layer, the darker the BB cream will look.
|Beautiful Budapest at night|
I have been prescribed some new topical medicines for my adult acne and they have left my face feeling quite sensitive and raw. Some days it just hurts to touch my skin with a foundation brush. When I apply the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB my face actually feels calmer and better. It's like I have applied a true healing balm to my skin. According to Omorocicza, hyaluronic acid microspheres in the BB cream penetrate the skin and release skin softening hyaluronic acid gradually over time for enduring plumping and resurfacing of fine lines and wrinkles. Also a potent form of Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and elastin which can reduce free radical damage, and boost cell turnover. The BB cream also contains white lupin which is supposed to energize and revitalize the skin and it also has ruby crystal which is supposed to minimize the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. And last but not least the inclusion of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide a sun protection factor of 20.
The BEST thing about the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB,and unlike other BB creams, it DOES NOT contain any silicone! (An ingredient that I personally have issues with, depending on the silicone formulation!
|Szechenyi Spa in Budapest|
Do you NEED this? Well this all-in-one moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen, concealer, and anti aging, silicone free cream retails for $125 for 1.7 oz! That's pretty steep for most people, even me. Had I not been sent this to test I'm not sure I would have purchased it myself. However. If you are looking to avoid silicone, want a hydrating BB cream that does more good than harm to your skin, I think you will have a hard time finding anything that rivals this one. Sometimes, you have to spend a little more money to get the right product for you. I think the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB is best suited for those with Dry, Normal or Combination skin. Those with oily skin, like myself may find that this BB cream does not last more than 4 hours before our own skin oils "wash" it away. However, using a mattifying primer or lotion underneath the BB cream will make it last much longer. Those with sensitive skin, like myself as well, will find that the BB cream feels amazing and has a calming effect on the skin. After testing this for three weeks straight, I now normally wear this on the weekends as a quick 10 minute face. I must say, I actually look forward to applying it. It just feels that good! When I run out, will I purchase it myself? That depends. If my acne improves, Yes! I feel the sheer and light coverage is awesome for those with some skin flaws, but those that don't need a lot of coverage. It feels amazing on the skin and with continued use I believe it has improved the texture of my skin fairly well.
You can purchase the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, or other retailers. For a listing of their Spas and Shops world wide, click HERE. I noticed that the Four Seasons in Las Vegas has a spa that uses Omorovicza products! I love Las Vegas and I LOVE the Four Seasons so I think it's a prefect match for me! Next time I'm out there, if I win big at the Black Jack Tables, I'm going to that spa.
Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Squalane, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Octyldodecanol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Corundum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Sucrose Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Linoleate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol Acidate, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Citronellol, Parfum (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin, Phospholipids, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, CI 77492/CI 77491/CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
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