Product review: Aqua Tinted BB Cream from The Face Shop

After trying the Hydro Splash BB Cream from The Face Shop, my love of BB creams was cemented.  I used that cream regularly for over a year.  When the tube ran dry, I hot-footed it back to The Face Shop to get some more.  It was at this point that I discovered that the Hydro Splash had been discontinued.  Cue scene with me falling to my knees in the middle of The Face Shop and dramatically screaming “Nooooo!” with my clenched fists extended towards the ceiling.

After some consoling and tear-mopping, the lovely woman who worked in the store handed me the new Aqua Tinted BB Cream, and told me that this was the closest thing to my beloved Hydro Splash.  I reluctantly bought it, and hoped that it would live up to my (now impossibly high) expectations.

The first thing I noticed about this BB cream is it’s colour.  In the past, every BB cream I’ve tried has had a slightly grey tone.  This one is a lot more yellow.  This worried me, because I have very pale skin and I was concerned that the cream wouldn’t match my skin as well as a grey-toned BB cream would.  However, the cream performs very well, disappearing into the skin and matching my skin tone.

The second thing that caught my attention with this BB cream is the fact that it doesn’t offer as much coverage as the Hydro Splash formula.  In my opinion, the Aqua Tinted cream is more like a tinted moisturiser than a BB cream.  It gives only a very light coverage, and doesn’t do a lot to even out the skin tone.  However, you can build it up on areas that need more coverage without getting a cakey finish.  The Aqua Tinted BB cream gives a really light, natural coverage which is perfect for summer or minimal makeup days.  You can also pop a light layer of powder over the top to give you a bit of extra coverage and to nix any residual shine.

This BB cream is incredibly moisturising.  After two weeks of using it daily, my skin is looking smoother and softer.  This is particularly noteworthy, as   my skin is prone to extreme dryness in the cold weather. Since I’ve been using this product, I haven’t noticed a hint of flakiness or dryness anywhere on my mug.

The cream itself is really easy to apply.  I just blend a dot of it all over my face using my fingers before applying my concealer.  A little goes a long way and the cream melts into your skin really quickly.  Because you use so little, one tube should last for quite a while.

I paid $31 for this tube, which I feel is a reasonable price based on the quality and quantity.  I would recommend this product for women who want a light, easy-to-apply product that will make their skin soft and glowy.

So, even though it wasn’t as great as my beloved Hydro Splash, the Aqua Tinted BB cream is still a really excellent product.  I’m very pleased with it.

Have you tried the Aqua Tinted BB cream?  What did you think of it?

Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a BB cream with a bit more coverage, I’d love to hear them.


  1. I broke down and bought a tube of Smashbox Photo Finish BB Cream. I think I paid $38USD for it. I love it, though, for coverage. I have some dark acne scars and need something with a bit more cover without wearing “real” foundation every day.

    • I haven’t tried the Smashbox BB cream yet. I’m a huge Smashbox fan though, so this might have to go onto my wish list. BB cream has become my go-to makeup for daily wear. I rarely wear foundation at all anymore- only for special occasions or high-impact makeup days.

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