Have you heard of Trinny London’s BFFs? Reliable and trustworthy, our skincare-makeup hybrids are everything you’d want in a lifelong best friend (and complexion product). Consider this your ultimate guide to who’s who in the collection, and a how-to on making the most of your new BFFs.
In order to understand the evolution of this bestselling collection, we need to go back to 2017 when Trinny London first launched. Alongside a selection of multitasking T-Pots that made up our very first portable stack of cream-based makeup, BFF SPF 30 Cream also made its debut. Described as the “ultimate skin perfector”, this multitasking complexion product delivers sheer, barely-there coverage, SPF protection, skincare benefits and plenty of glow. It’s a sleek white tube of joy, and quickly became a staple in makeup kits worldwide. The transformative white-to-pigment formula can be used as the first step in your makeup routine to protect and prep the skin, or simply worn alone for that effortless, signature Trinny London glow.
Following the launch of BFF SPF 30 Cream, it quickly became clear that these skin-loving, tinted serums were something that people liked – a lot. It wasn’t long before Trinny and the team were back in the lab researching all about the stress hormone cortisol for our next BFF formula…
Needless to say, BFF SPF 30 Cream was the very first product in what has since become a very special collection…
When an under-eye serum has a baby with a concealer
Originally launched in a T-Pot before finding a new home in a shiny silver tube, BFF Eye’s silky formula was created with one clear aim: to combine the work ethic of an under-eye serum with breathable, brightening coverage. Super-charged by our duo peptide complex and hyaluronic acid, this 8-hour sleep cheat visibly reduces dark circles and de-puffs under-eye bags at the cooling touch of the metal Zamac tip. The result: an almost spa-like application sensation that makes you feel instantly wide-awake. In short, this small but mighty tube will, amongst many other things, brighten, cover, soothe, hydrate, tidy and nourish – the list goes on…
A stress ball for your face
Now it’s 2020, and as the formula for our next skincare-makeup hybrid was perfected and ready to launch, there was a palpable buzz in the office. After months of colour matching, this first-of-its-kind formula launched with 12 stretchable shades named after our team members.
Not just a pretty base, BFF De-Stress is formulated with NP-TriOX™ Technology to help manage the effects of stress on the skin. Our science-led serum-foundation combines buildable, radiant coverage with smart skincare ingredients. Beneath the surface, hyaluronic acid plumps, Neurophroline (or the NP part of the technology) works to neutralise the stress hormone cortisol on the skin, and our antioxidant complex (the TriOX™ part of the technology) helps defend from free radical damage.
Not only does BFF De-Stress is designed to combat the daily aggressors our skin faces like tiredness, tension, HEV light, lack of sleep, poor diet and pollution to name just a few, but it actually does something about it. Consider this your skin’s stress ball.
Combatting shine without the powder
With an evident need for the next BFF product to help cover spots and redness as well as balancing shine, the cogs started turning to develop the next formula to join the line-up – say hello to BFF Rebalance. The first step was to identify the powerhouse ingredients that would benefit oily skin typed. Enter noni bioactives, niacinamide, avocado extract and chlorella vulgaris, ready to preserve the skin’s microbiome, reduce excess oil and manage the appearance of pores.
Not only does it offer that camera-ready finish with a little more coverage than the other BFFs in the collection (think soft-matte without being flat), but carefully selected ingredients ensure your skin will thank you for treating it to a base so good that no midday powder is necessary.
Want to know if our makeup artists use our BFF products when they’re off the clock? The proof is in the glow. “There really isn’t a day that goes past when I’m not wearing at least two of them,” says Katie Adamson, Pro Makeup Artist at Trinny London. “If I had to pick my favourites, I would opt for a base of BFF SPF 30 Cream followed by BFF Eye and BFF De-Stress for a failsafe glow.” Here’s how to follow Kate’s lead…
Apply 2-3 pumps of BFF SPF 30 Cream onto your hand and apply to skin like you would a moisturiser. Let the warmth of your fingertips activate the colour in the microcapsules and watch the white formula burst with colour that matches your skin tone. Massage and blend until it’s almost impossible to tell where the product starts and ends.
Pro tip: Prepping for a hand-luggage-only trip? Use the free T-Pot that comes with our 30ml tube to decant (and stack) your week’s supply.
Use the applicator of BFF Eye to dot the product in a semi-circle beneath the eye area. Smooth with the Zamac tip, tracing the lines of any shadows, and then blend with your ring finger for a flawless finish.
Pro tip: Once you’ve fallen in love with the formula, apply the remaining product on your finger to your eyelids before going in with your favourite Eye2Eye cream eyeshadow. You can always apply a final few dots under the eyes afterwards to tidy up any excess shadow.
Depending on your skin type and the finish you want, take either your BFF De-Stress or your BFF Rebalance and layer onto either a clean face or your BFF SPF 30 Cream. Place the product onto your skin with your fingers, focusing on where you want the most coverage, and use either your fingers or a brush to blend (warning: expect compliments on how well you look almost immediately).
Pro tip: Unsure if you should use your fingertips or a makeup brush? Experiment with both options and see which one leaves you feeling catwalk-ready. There’s no wrong answer…
Now your BFF base is perfected, you can move onto completing the look. “My final touches would undoubtedly be my golden-hour essentials: Golden Glow in Soala (I truly have never found a bronzer like it), Lip2Cheek in Sherin and Lip Glow in Bella,” adds Katie.“When I’m rushed for time, I don’t mind leaving out my eyeshadow as long as I apply lashings of Lash2Brow – it literally makes me look put together in seconds.” If this sounds like a sign to add all of the above to your basket, you’re not the only one…
Let’s clarify a couple of frequently asked questions:
The key difference between BFF De-Stress and BFF Rebalance is the key ingredients and the coverage. BFF Rebalance is formulated with niacinamide and noni bioactives to help control blemishes, balance shine and conceal redness with soft matte coverage. BFF De-Stress is formulated with NP-TriOX™ Technology and hyaluronic acid to help plump and hydrate stressed skin, all while providing radiant coverage. Which one you choose “simply comes down to what kind of coverage you would like and what skin results you want at the end of it,” explains Katie. In short, if you’re looking to perfect fresh, glowy skin, BFF De-Stress is your friend, and if you’re looking for a little more coverage to balance oil control, BFF Rebalance will not let you down.
BFF Rebalance and BFF De-Stress are both skincare-makeup hybrids, and should ultimately not be used together. Layering them would mean too much (and unnatural-looking) coverage. Used alone, the finish is utterly convincing, like an improved version of your skin. Essentially, they both deserve to be in the limelight, and when it comes to being the star of the show, the stage is only big enough for one at a time. BFF Rebalance and BFF De-Stress have also been formulated for specific skin types: BFF Rebalance for oily, and BFF De-Stress for dry. The best BFF for you is based on your skin type and needs. You may find that oil and dehydration in the skin fluctuate depending on factors like hormones and the weather, in which case alternating between both products at different times is a smart move.
It’s pretty evident why our BFF collection has become a fixture in makeup bags around the world, and has seen the flashing cameras of a red carpet, shone under the glare of the West End lights, and even walked with you down the aisle. Like everything Trinny London formulates, our foundations need to be a considered selection that don’t just look and feel good but also do your skin good too. With the right application, these four first-of-their-kind products are the kind of friends you want to stick around for a very long time…