Monday, April 4, 2011

BB Cream and Vita Zing: An In Depth Look at Two Cult Products

When I started hearing about Origins Vita Zing I was instantly reminded of another cult product: BB Cream. I've been using BB Cream for months now and I absolutely LOVE it (I even got my friend Simone in on the trend). The lovely Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup absolutely adores her Vita Zing, and encouraged me to take the plunge during a chat on Twitter.

It doesn't take much to twist my arm, and I promptly picked up a tube. I've been comparing my new (and much loved) Vita Zing to my Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream over the last few days. Here are my conclusions ...

The products are fairly similar in terms of benefits: they both protect the skin from the sun (SPF 15 and 25 respectively), moisturize, and claim to improve the overall look of the skin. Vita Zing and BB Cream also share a common downfall: the products both come in only one shade that blends in. While this will work for most fair and olive skinned ladies, the products exclude many women with darker skin tones.

Vita Zing and BB Cream aren't similar enough on my skin tone to be worn simultaneously, so I did a few swatches to compare and contrast the products themselves. 

Vita Zing is initially much more like a lotion than Skin 79's BB Cream. The Origins product applies nearly clear and very thin, while the BB cream is thick and tinted (and may appear somewhat gray depending on the lighting). 
You can see the Vita Zing beginning to tint around the edges of this swatch if you expand the photograph.
(Left Origins Vita Zing, right Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream)

Here Vita Zing and the BB Cream have been spread out a bit more (though not blended in). You can see that Vita Zing appears a bit darker at this stage, though it does match my facial skin tone when it's fully buffed. 
(Left Origins Vita Zing, right Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream)

Blended out the colors are only slightly different. Vita Zing appears a bit more yellow, but this does not make my face look orange. Rather, I end up having a subtle sun-kissed glow. The BB cream is almost imperceptible, and blends in to completely match my natural skin.
(Left Origins Vita Zing, right Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream)

Which product do I like better? Though Vita Zing and Skin 79's BB Cream are similar I feel as though I can't ultimately rate them in terms of preference! Despite their many similarities, they're quite different.

Vita Zing is a new favorite of mine that I've been slapping on with a small amount of MAC's MSF Natural in Medium to set. It's very lightweight, evens out my complexion perfectly, and moisturizes my skin.
Skin 79's BB Cream serves the same function, though it provides a bit more coverage. After trying Vita Zing, though, I'm realizing just how heavy the BB cream really is. In comparison to foundation it seems light, but when held up to Vita Zing's standard it falls short. 

Have any of you tried Origins Vita Zing, or BB Cream? Which do you prefer?