agnes. b Apricot Complexion Enhancer

This is the star/cult product in the agnes. b beauty range, previously explored here on the blog. On the CCB website the Apricot Enhancer got a new limited edition packaging celebrating its 20th year. So to answer my own question regarding how long it’s been around (see first link), definitely much longer than I thought.

The ingredients as published on the site:
AQUA / WATER CYCLOPENTASILOXANE GLYCERIN PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / APRICOT KERNEL OIL ELAEIS GUINEENSIS OIL / PALM OIL HYDROGENATED LECITHIN CHOLESTEROL MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL PANTHENOL LINALOOL GERANIOL CARBOMER PARFUM / FRAGRANCE METHYLPARABEN ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE SODIUM HYDROXIDE RETINYL PALMITATE HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL COUMARIN PHENOXYETHANOL MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE CINNAMYL ALCOHOL TOCOPHERYL ACETATE CHLORPHENESIN PROPYLPARABEN HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE CITRONELLOL ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE BUTYLPARABEN BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL BENZYL BENZOATE BENZYL ALCOHOL [+/- MAY CONTAIN CI 14700 / RED 4 CI 47005 / YELLOW 10 CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77491, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES ]
As you can see in the ingredients list it’s not paraben-free and contains ingredients that may cause irritations. It is nicely scented, and now that I think about it it’s not unlike the Chanel No.5 body cream sample that I just used up!

This product didn’t get much love from me and I kind of forgotten about it. Looking at the reviews this seems to be one of those products that people either really love or really hate. Most common complaints are looking orange and needing to powder after and during the day.
I remember when I first tried this I fall into the latter category of people who hated it. It made me look orange. So when I swatched this again for the post I was prepared to be disappointed again as I did with the Teint Osmose. But the Apricot Complexion Enhancer just subtly warmed up my complexion so it doesn’t look so pale and sallow. I used a dot and just blended it in all over the face.

 

[sorry I do realise the lighting don’t match in the swatches. The second picture is more accurate, and the product is closer in colour to the picture at the top of the post.]

I am pleasantly surprised by this change. The only reason I can think of is I am paler in complexion now than I was when I first tried it. I don’t know if being darker in skin tone would make such a huge difference between healthy looking and carrot looking but based on my own experience I will say that perhaps paler ladies will have more luck with this?
It’s not a foundation and it won’t cover any imperfection. They suggest you use it either directly on the face or after your day cream. The texture is very light and easy to blend. The colour looks scary at first but you only need a tiny drop and it blends in seamlessly and gives you this warmth that seems to come from within. Healthy rather than tanned/bronzed. I haven’t used this long enough consecutively to comment on whether it agrees with my skin or not. There are many reviews from women who’s been using this for years with no problem and a few who says they like it but to use it intermittently. Your mileage may vary as they say.
CCB Paris has promotions going on throughout the year and I’ve seen the Apricot Complexion Enhancer on sale in the past. Otherwise RRP is 19.90 euros for 30ml.

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