I've been after the Nature Republic Snail BB Cream for a looong time. It featured on a wishlist post of mine back in 2012 after I got a sample of it with an eBay order. When I came across it again, and saw that it had been repackaged, I took the plunge and ordered shade #1.
It comes with one sponge applicator tip attached, and another one spare. I personally don't like the tip - apart from looking a bit.....phallic..... I seem to waste too much cream. I prefer using it without the tip as you can see in the second picture, the sponge pops off easily and I can squeeze some on to my hand to use with my fingers or a brush.
The whole "snail" thing sounds a bit gross, doesn't it? It's something that I'm still not sure how I feel about. It's not something that kills a snail, it's a mucus secreted naturally by the snail that's collected and processed as an ingredient to help heal and regenerate skin. I can't in good faith sit here and not pretend I don't think it's a little bit yuck, but I quite happily eat many kinds of animals and wear leather shoes - so I don't know. I DON'T KNOW. I don't know how I feel. I've seen mink lashes appear on a couple of sites lately and they made me shudder, but I'll rub snail slime on my face. Am I a giant hypocrite? Probably.
Back to the superficial - and the reason I wanted to buy this for the last 3 years - the coverage. It's like no other BB cream I've tried. It's light, but it gives full coverage at the same time. It's dewy, but it's not shiny. It's thick, but it's not mask-like. Shade 01 was a teeny bit dark for me but I was a bit heavy-handed with it. It lasted all day without budging and it felt lovely on.
I want to mention a lipstick and blusher here too - because I've been wearing this trio an awful lot lately. The blusher is from Mivagirl, a Korean brand that I found on Born Pretty Store. This is shade 04.
It's gorgeous. I've been using it with a big fluffy Real Techniques brush (it does have one of those flat half moon brushes in the bottom but I don't use it) and it's just lovely. Subtle highlighting, no glitter, no shine, just lovely buildable coraly goodness.
The lipstick is one I found while looking for shades similar to Lime Crime's Cashmere. It's a L'Oreal Infallible 2-Step Lip Colour in Neverending Nutmeg (Shade 119). I'm not sure if that shade is available here, I couldn't find it in Boots anyway. It's called L'Oreal Infallible 24hr lip colour here, and there are several shades available. I bought mine on eBay and I love it - the lip colour is matte but not drying, and the gloss stick locks it in. It's not a stain, but it lasts ages.
So - what do you think, are you going to be putting snail slime on your face any time soon?
Links to products:
Nature Rebublic Snail BB Cream
L'oreal Infallible Lip Color