La Mav BB Cream, while very affordable, is one of the best natural tinted moisturizers, offering strong medium coverage and a flawless radiant finish. La Mav Bio Active Primer moisturizes the skin and prepares the skin for a natural looking finish when using BB cream or foundation.
This might fall under the sweet issues of a green beauty blogger – when you find a product so excellent you wish to exclusively use it, but have to sneak around and try other products from the same category as well – this is the case with me and the first Australian organic certified La Mav BB Cream – it’s hands down – amazing.
It was many years ago when I got my hands on La Mav BB Cream – and while I liked the texture, the coverage, the finish and ingredients, at that time, La Mav BB Cream came only in medium color, and that color was far too dark for me, unfortunately.
A few months ago, Vivian from Boundless Organic and I chatted about me testing some La Mav products, and knowing La Mav launched their famous BB Cream in light color as well, naturally, I was eager to give it another try, remembering year ago how much I liked it, just the color not suiting me.
So what can I tell you after over 6 months of using La Mav BB Cream and La Mav Primer? I am a fan for life! The BB Cream is the best natural BB cream/tinted moisturizer I’ve had an opportunity to use so far.
La Mav Bio-Active Primer
La Mav Primer is of a light and smooth texture. The Primer acts as a moisturizer, keeping the skin hydrated and plump, as it contains vitamins E and C, hyaluronic acid and Q1o. The La Mav primer creates an even, hydrated, smooth base for BB cream or foundation – liquid or mineral – it works great under any; the application of makeup is easy and smooth. The Primer extents flawless finish of makeup, making the skin having a natural glow.
The final finish of the primer is just a tiny bit sticky, but that goes away soon. The La Mav Primer also boasts with fast absorption, so you don’t have to wait too long before you apply a BB Cream or foundation; it works really well with mineral foundation as well, of course.
The ingredients in the La Mav Bio-Active Primer are all natural and skin beneficial; there’s no going over-board with ingredients, and even if a few ingredients may be on a richer-consistency side, the primer itself is light and smooth. The formulation of these simple, yet skin-beneficial ingredients, is amazing.
The La Mav Bio-Active Primer ingredients:
*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, *Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopherol, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, *Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil Sodium Anisate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycine Soja (Soyabean) Oil, Ubiquinone, Ascorbic acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.
Aloe Vera is a great moisturizer with anti-aging properties; it tightens and rejuvenates skin. Macadamia Seed Oil is a rich and skin-identical ingredient due to high palmitoleic acid (found in the sebum of human skin). It softens the skin and works as an anti-irritant. Shea Butter, rich with Vitamins E and a nourishing butter; renowned for its skin softening and moisture retaining ability. Excellent for healing aged and extremely dry skin. Cocoa Seed Butter, high in Vitamin E, helps to soften, moisturize, condition and protect dry skin. It also seals in moisture and improves skin elasticity.
Avocado Oil is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, D, E, and Beta Carotene) and fatty acids; an emollient, which revitalizes the skin. Argan Oil is a potent anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties; rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E. It reduces wrinkles and is great for sensitive skin. Rosehip Seed Oil is a potent anti-ageing ingredient; it repairs, restores and rejuvenates tired and stressed skin. Rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, anti-oxidants and vitamin A. Extremely high in essential fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and linolenic) and is known to help treat dry, irritated, sun damaged skin.
Licorice Root Extract is an emollient and has anti-inflammatory properties. CoEnzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant. Ascorbic acid is Vitamin C.
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate are emollients. Cetearyl Glucoside is emulsifier. Sorbitan Olivate and Cetearyl Olivate are surfactants.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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La Mav BB Cream
The La Mav BB Cream is the best natural BB cream/tinted moisturizer I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried many! I don’t even know which part of this BB cream to compliment first!
The application of the La Mav BB Cream could not be more effortless, especially when using the La Mav Primer beforehand – it’s quick and smooth; I apply La Mav BB Cream using a foundation brush, though you will achieve a great looking finish using your fingers as well. If you use a makeup brush to apply the BB Cream, the finish will be more on a matte side but still with a nice natural glow, while if you use your fingers, the natural radiant glow will be slightly more visible.
The coverage is simply amazing – even if you use only a little bit, it will give you a nice coverage, while leaving your skin still looking natural! For an even better coverage, you can use one full pump, and the finish will still be – natural looking. La Mav BB Cream gives you this natural healthy glow, it does not crease, even after wearing it all day long. And it does not move! Even when I was wearing the La Mav BB Cream occasionally during Summer, the BB Cream stayed where it should be. Also, it needs to be noted, the BB Cream also has an SPF, and I can attest, the sun protection is spot on as well.
The La Mav BB Cream now comes in two shades – previously only available medium and now also in light one. For those with light complexions, even pale ones – this one will be perfect for you. For me, the light color was nearly perfect most of the times, though sometimes, I did use a bit of a RMS Beauty cream bronzer, just to match the summer (weak) tan on my skin. Another great aspect of this BB cream is the fact it does not oxidize. Maybe this is a good time to hint to La Mav: this excellent formulation of the BB Cream should come in more shades, especially between light and medium, as this BB Cream is too good not to be used by various complexions.
The La Mav BB Cream feels so light on the skin, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it. With or without La Mav Primer (though they work together so well, you’ll want to use them as a team), the La Mav BB Cream performs excellently – it’s almost like a natural looking, great coverage offering, light wearing foundation. With ingredients, which protect, hydrate, and nourish the skin, you couldn’t wish for a better natural BB Cream!
So, how about ingredients in La Mav BB Cream?
*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Glycerin, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aqua, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Levulinate, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Sodium Anisate, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Lactic Acid, *Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soyabean) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Ubiquinone, Ascorbic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tin Oxide
Sweet Almond Oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E. Great for sensitive skin.
Lactic Acid, chemical peel, is naturally occurring in the skin. It’s a gentle exfoliator.
Sodium Anisate is an anti-microbial agent.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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My final word?
Have I mentioned La Mav BB Cream is the best natural BB Cream/tinted moisturizer I’ve tried so far? Well, let me say it one more time anyway, though I will most definitely avoid using any (infantile) descriptions such as being obsessed or in love. Great and skin-beneficial ingredients, excellent formulation, great staying power, light-feeling on the skin, strong medium coverage (or medium, depending how much you use it, as you can layer it without the BB cream looking unnatural or cakey) and natural looking and healthy glowing finish – all this is La Mav BB Cream. And when paired with La Mav Bio-Active Primer, you get an all natural looking finish – both hydrate the skin with vitamins, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid.
I’ve had no negative reaction wearing La Mav BB Cream nor La Mav Primer – no clogged pores, no redness, no irritation – they both fit my skin perfectly!
And the price? That’s another major plus for both the La Mav BB Cream and La Mav Bio-Active Primer: they both come in a generous 50ml airless pump bottles – they both $40 – that’s around €30, which is, for such a generous amount of all natural-ingredients containing and excellently performing natural products very very affordable; another proof that you can offer a great natural beauty product and not hike up the price!
As you don’t need much of La Mav BB Cream (I use half, sometime one pump) in order to achieve a great coverage, with a daily use, this BB Cream would last for quite some time; I’d guess at least 6 months, while the Primer, especially since it feels so good on the skin, might be used up a bit sooner.
Unfortunately, the La Mav products are not as widely sold as one would expect, especially not in Europe. But, luckily, Boundless Organic ships worldwide (yes, there’s postage and customs that have to be included), and lovely Vivian, the founder and owner of Boundless Organic will make sure you get your La Mav products, along with a great customer service.
What can I say? I am totally sold on both of these products with La Mav BB Cream being now on the top of my natural BB Creams/tinted moisturizers – and while I will keep trying and testing new BB Creams, tinted moisturizers, foundations… I can tell you this much – it would take a nearly brilliant BB Cream for me to say it’s better than the La Mav’s.
Do I recommend La Mav BB Cream and Primer? After over 6 months of using both and thus both being thoroughly tested – 100%.
As I’ve been so impressed with these two products from La Mav, I’ve been also testing two others from their skincare line, so make sure you check back soon to see what I think of them.
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Have you tried any products from this Australian brand? Which is your favorite La Mav product? Had a chance to try La Mav BB Cream and/or La Mav Bio-Active Primer? How did you like it?
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For more information on La Mav, please visit their dedicated brand page.
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La Mav BB Cream and La Mav Bio-Active Primer have been provided to Nature of Europe by Boundless Organic for the purpose of an honest review.