RoC Retin-Ox BB Cream Review

Just J: RoC Retin-Ox BB Cream Review

Sun protection, coverage AND anti-aging properties? The RoC Retin-OX Correxion BB cream sounds too good to be true, but it really does exist and is available across Canada in drugstores everywhere. Regular BB creams - take note.

The Product
The RoC Retin-OX Correxion BB cream is an innovative 5-in-1 product that fights the look of wrinkles, reduces dark spots, smooths and brightens skin overall and provides all-day moisture. This BB is designed for normal to dry skin types and is oil free!

The Guts
Unfortunately, this product is so new, I can't find an ingredient list online and I didn't keep the box (d'oh), so unfortunately you'll only get the highlights from the press release:
  • Vitamins C and E - antioxidants that help fight signs of aging
  • Butylene glycol - provides moisture
  • Glycerin - a moisturizer
  • Retinol - an anti-aging ingredient that unlike many others, has had proven results
It's worth noting that this product is the only BB cream in the market currently that contains Retinol.

Price & Packaging
You can purchase this cream for $39 for a 29 ml bottle. There is plenty of product in this bottle to last you a few months with daily wear. It's a simple pump dispenser and is small enough that you could even throw it into a large purse if you needed to do touch-ups on the go. While I'm not a fan of pump dispensers generally, this one doesn't work too poorly; you can have pretty fine-grained control over the amount pumped out, with just the occasional squirt.

After testing this product for about a month, I have to admit to mixed feelings. In terms of shades, it was a perfect match and it blended into my skin easily and smoothly. The texture of this cream is more watery than other BB creams I've tried, so it spreads a lot.

rocbbcream swatch
Swatches: blended and unblended

The wear time was pretty decent as well, with minor slippage after 8 hours - however, I do write this with a HUGE caveat. When first testing this, I slapped this BB on, as I usually do, over top of my daily moisturizer (currently, the Marcelle Gene Youth day cream). I noticed though that when I did this, the BB would pill all around the edges of my face, to the point where I would just end up rubbing a bunch of it off. At first I thought it was dry skin, so I applied more moisturizer! Then, after consulting Sheila and Angela, who thought maybe there was some ingredient in my moisturizer that didn't mix well with this BB, I decided to wear it solo. Voila, problem solved.

Another complaint I have with this BB is that although it's awesome to have Retinol in a BB, it would be even more awesome if the SPF was higher. This product comes with SPF 25, which is okay, but nowhere near my preferred SPF 50. Since Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sun damage, a higher SPF becomes even more important. I'm not sure why they decided to be stingy on this.

So despite all this, did I find that my skin was more flawless, ageless and brighter? Mmm I'm not sure. This BB offers very light coverage, so while it evened my skin out, it didn't cover my spots. I didn't really notice if any of my fine lines were lessened, but my skin did seem a tad bit brighter.

Final verdict

While I appreciate the addition of anti-aging ingredients, I find them unnecessary as I primarily want coverage and SPF from my BB creams.

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