My latest obsession is definitely this DiorSnow UV Shield BB Cream SPF 50/PA +++. (My last one, I must say, is the YSL Glossy Stain, reviewed here.) I received a travel size of this product a while ago, and have been using it almost every single day. On the days I don’t use this, I use the 3Lab Perfect BB Cream (reviewed here), just so I could compare the two. They both are amazing, so it took me a while to decide before writing this review.
There are two shades to choose from for this BB Cream, and the one I have is the darker shade. As you can see from the swatch, it’s not at all dark, it’s just more natural-looking. It has a thin and liquid texture, almost exactly like how a liquid foundation feels like. It has amazing coverage, evens out my skin tone well, and I only need the concealer for my dark circles and some darker spots on my face.
It dries to a powdery finish, and is very long-wearing. I am very very happy about this. I get at least 8 hours of wear with this, and I just need to blot away my usual shine with a blotting paper once during the day. I usually dab dots of products on my face, and then blend with my fingers, and the only ‘problem’ that I have with this product is that it tends to dry fast (to the powdery finish).
Not only does it have SPF 50/PA +++, it also smells very very nice. It smells like skincare products which I find very nice. (I’m not sure if it’s exactly the scent from Dior’s skincare products, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it really is.)
So do I prefer the 3Lab Perfect BB Cream or the DiorSnow BB Cream?
Sun Protection: 3Lab has SPF 40/PA +++, and DiorSnow has SPF 50/PA +++. Although it seems like DiorSnow is better, SPF 40 and 50 really don’t make much of a difference. SPF 50 would only be slightly slightly more effective, as in they give you probably like 0.5% more protection from the sun. So… Dior wins?
Texture: There is a significantly difference between the two. 3Lab is definitely thicker than DiorSnow, but I find them just the same when applied since DiorSnow dries quickly, making it not as easy to blend than it appears. I don’t find it a problem though. Draw.
Finish: 3Lab has a slightly dewy finish, and the DiorSnow has a powdery finish. Dior wins, definitely.
Coverage: I find the 3Lab one gives you more coverage. I need to conceal some dark circles and dark spots after using the DiorSnow one, whereas 3Lab gives me enough coverage to only use the concealer for my dark circles. 3Lab wins.
Long-wearing: DiorSnow gives me at least 8 hours of wear, and 3Lab gives me at least 6-7 hours. DiorSnow wins, hands down.
Scent: They both smell amazing, but quite different. Personally I prefer the skincare-like scent from DiorSnow. Draw.
Price: 3Lab BB Cream is over 800 HKD (95 USD) for 45ml of product. DiorSnow is 415 HKD (~53 USD) for 30ml of product. 30ml of 3Lab BB Cream would be around 63 USD. So 3Lab BB Cream is definitely more expensive, but as mentioned in the review, it comes with top-notch 3Lab skincare product. The DiorSnow BB Cream has Icelandic Glacier Water, which is one of the purest waters from ice and snow. It helps with balancing the acidity level of your skin and improves the luminosity of your complexion. Draw.
So my verdict: DiorSnow BB Cream is the better BB Cream!!! (for me. LOL)
This DiorSnow BB Cream is available in Asia at Dior counters (415 HKD). They should be available worldwide soon though! Keep an eye out for them!