We tried Clinique's color-changing BB gel on three different skin tones
- Clinique has released its Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel, which it describes as a color-correcting tint that transforms to "unify skin tone."
- To see if the BB gel actually transforms from its original gray shade, we tested it out on three different skin tones.
- The product failed to unify certain skin tones and didn't survive an eight-hour wear test. We decided the
CliniqueDramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel is not worth the money.
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Kyle Kerchaert: Wait, [gasps] it's happening! It's happening. It's doing the thing. It looks orange. This is looking like it's going in a bad direction.
Nico Reyes: Today we're gonna be testing out this Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel. Now, this is a BB gel that will supposedly transform from a straight-up gray color into your skin tone, which sounds like some dark magic to me. To see if this color-changing BB gel is actually worth it, I'm gonna have my two friends Kyle, who has lighter skin, and Marisa, who has deeper skin, try it out with me to test how well it adapts to our very different skin tones. And, of course, I'll also do an eight-hour wear test with this product to see if the oil-free formula actually lasts on my very oily skin. I'm really hoping that this actually does anything to cover up, like, my dark circles, my discoloration, my acne. A little something would be good. I just can't see how, or why, or how. [laughs]
Hmm. I don't see anything happening. Does my hand look more beautiful and unified? So, let's start applying to the actual face. I'm gonna do half my face first to see if I can tell a difference, and then do the rest. Oh! That is gray! And also way too much! I put on too much! It also says to apply this like a moisturizer and not like a
All right, I have a clean
Kyle: I don't struggle too much with hyperpigmentation or discoloration in that sense; however, I have super sensitive skin and I have eczema, so if it can tone down the redness and unify in that sense, that'll be a huge plus for me. What? Wait, it's so oily feeling. And, wait, [gasps] it's happening! It's happening! It's doing the thing! It looks orange. This is looking like it's going in a bad direction. My whole face is about to look like this. So I'm sorry ahead of time.
[groaning] Oh, no. I don't know if it's just becoming clear. [laughs] I think, like, what they're getting away with here is it's such a sheer formula that it's just gonna turn clear, and then you're gonna be like, "Oh, it changed color." I can, unfortunately, see it happening. Oh, no. The more I rub it in, the more Donald Trump-like I become. I feel like this goes without saying, just, you know, based off of this whole situation, but if you have fair skin, I think you're gonna wanna steer very clear of this product. I'm skeptical if it's even a color-changing product in the way that it can adapt to different skin tones. I feel like it's just changing into this middle color on the bottle, which is, like, a very mid-tone, orange-ish tan, and it's trying to pass that off as being adaptive to your skin tone. I think we're all just turning into the same one orangey color.
Marisa Palmer: So, if this is, like, the skin tone that's supposed to match my skin tone, it is just, like, the every-black-woman color, I feel, they just threw in there, because there's nuances to foundation. And this is just, like, I can already tell. Very orange. It's not gonna work. I'm a dark and lovely girl. This is not my shade. Mm-mm. [disappointed music] Come on! Like....[laughs] Let me try this on my face to see if it actually works or blends, because I'm very confused at this point. I'm very confused.
It is turning a color, but whose color? Not mine! When I'm looking at the monitor, it looks like I put white lotion on my face, and then just didn't let it blend out. Like, I literally look ashy. I look very gray.
Nico: It has officially been eight hours, and I feel like, at this point, I can barely tell that there's anything on my skin. The tint has pretty much entirely faded, at least I think it has. I'm sure there's gonna be some, like, leftover residue when I use a makeup wipe to take this all off, but, literally, it just looks like my skin. It's not great, because already this is, like, a very divisive product, and now it's just like, why even wear it? Because it just looks like I have nothing on my skin, so what's the point? I could just wear moisturizer.
AdvertisementAfter chatting with Kyle and Marisa and wearing the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel for eight hours, I feel like I can finally say that I think that this thing is not worth it. Out of the three of us, it really only worked on me, so I don't think it's adapting to different skin tones like it claims to, or, rather, unifies. There was very little unifying happening with this product. And at the end of the day, the color was pretty nonexistent and all of my acne scarring and my redness was kind of on full display, so I doubt that it lasted even more than a couple of hours on me. Maybe the eight-hour thing might just be referring to the moisturizing factor, and if that's the case, I don't really think it did a great job of that either. I feel like if you have my skin tone and want something so light to the point where it's almost nonexistent, you might really like this, but for me, I'm gonna say that it's not worth it.
Marisa: Mmk, let me see what it looks like on my phone. [laughing] Producer: Oh, my God! Marisa: Oh, my God!
Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the product as a foundation. Clinique says the product is a BB gel, not a foundation.
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