BB Creams have been big news over the last few years, providing a great base for those of us that don’t want to cake our complexions in foundation. BB Creams (Blemish or Beauty Balms, depending upon the brand and product,) aim to even out skintone and provide a super radiant finish that practically glows from within – I for one am a complete convert and am rarely seen without a BB or CC Cream on my face during the day, saving heavier foundations for the evenings. However, with the increase in popularity we’ve now seen BB Creams being launched for pretty much every area of the body: including the hair, feet, limbs and even lips. Now American nail brand Orly are pushing the boundaries even further with the launch of their BB Crème for nails, described as ‘a unique strengthening, brightening and protective tinted moisturiser for your tips.’
It’s designed for use without nail polish (it’s neither a base coat or a top coat) and is formulated with nourishing ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C; their inclusion supposedly helps to protect your nails look both in the short and long term. The formula contains glass microspheres to give the nails a natural radiance and chip-fighting finish, the overall result being healthier looking nail beds. There’s even the inclusion of UV protection, helping to product nails from turning brittle and ageing when exposed to the elements; this is very much a skincare product reformulated to target an area of the body often rejected. The result on the nail is really quite nice, providing a subtle peach tint that helps to minimise imperfections and discolouration. It’s extremely thin, meaning your nails still feel as if their au naturel even when they’re not, and dries within seconds to leave a fab looking nail.
Although I was quite dubious, this is a great little product that helps your naked nail to look a little bit better without the need for endless lotions and potions. It’s pleasant to apply, makes nails look and feel fab, plus has added benefits to keep them looking great in the long term… (They always say the key to a woman’s real age is in her hands, so anything that prevents them ageing is surely a good thing!) Although this is £15.00 a bottle and you can probably get a peach tinted polish for much cheaper, what you’re paying for is the expertise and long-term results – not unlike investing in a serum or moisturiser. Right now you can even get a free bottle of Orly Argan Cuticle Oil (worth £15.95) if you buy online, helping your nails to look even healthier.
What do you think of this latest innovation for nails? Do you buy into the idea of BB Cream for your talons, or do you think it’s a step too far?