Time Delay BB Cream

So, it’s back to work after the long weekend. This, plus the windy, rainy weather means there’s a bit of a negative vibe in the air and I admit, it took me longer than normal to hobble hop out of bed this morning. However, my day has cheered up considerably since trying out one of my beauty buys from the weekend so I thought I’d share it with you…

I have long been a fan of Boots Time Delay Instant Lip Plumper and wrote about my love for its glistening gorgeousness here a long time ago. Many lip glosses later and this is still up there with the best of them. So on a recent visit to Boots to stock up on my beloved gloss, I noticed their BB Cream and as I’ve recently run out of my favourite Clarins one, I thought I’d give it a go.

BB cream arm

Pleasantly surprised is an understatement! This morning, I squeezed a little blob of the creamy coverage onto the back of my hand – see cute little heart shape blob above 🙂 – and set about my morning ritual of trying to hide imperfections like broken capillaries and blemishes while hoping to get an even toned, smooth complexion which looks hydrated, as flawless as possible at my age yet not too obviously made up. Well, Boots Time Delay BB Cream did the trick and some!

I was really surprised at the excellent coverage – the texture was quite thick but smoothed on and blended really well, giving my skin a really soft, dewy look without looking cakey – or fakey! 🙂 The Medium shade (it comes in Light too) was perfect for me, just adding a subtle radiance – my skin but better basically. It contains Vitamin C and hydrating ingredients so acts as a skincare treatment and makeup in one

Not sure if this would be ideal for those with oily skin as it is quite moisturising, but for more mature or dehydrated, dry skins, this is great and really good value for money at £11.99 here at Boots.

I would say it really does give my Clarins, (which, looking on the internet, you can find from around £24 to £30) a definite run for its money. The BB creams are very similar in texture and Clarins wins points with its higher SPF 25, but I feel the Time Delay probably covers flaws more evenly, so I will be buying it again! Find out more about Clarins BB cream here.


Has anyone else tried the Boots Time Delay BB Cream or is there another you absolutely love? Let me know as I’m all about the BB Creams for summer skin glowability! 


  1. I love this product 🙂 but they have discontinued it due to it not being very popular 🙁 come on and get things moving to get it being produced again please 🙂

    • Glowology Reply

      Have they really?! Wow, that’s annoying! I still have half a tube left from my stash so I will keep hold of it. I’ll try and find out whether there’s anything similar and why they decided to discontinue. Thanks for letting me know and dropping by! xx

  2. Absolute panic! Only have a few days supply left – have used this for years and can’t believe it has been discontinued.

  3. Has anyone found anything as good as this yet? I’ve tried loads of products but nothing is nearly as moisturising or as full coverage as the time delay BB cream.

    • Glowology Reply

      Hi Jill

      My second favourite is the Clarins BB cream which I really love and gives a nice little colour, evening the skin tone. That said, it is more expensive and the coverage isn’t as full as the Time Delay. I’m still searching I’m afraid and if I come across anything similar I will definitely put it on my blog! Thanks for commenting 🙂 Lisa x

    • Since using my last few drops of Time Delay I’ve spent a fortune on various BB creams – the more expensive creams were awful in my opinion. I recently bought a BB cream in a local chemist for £1.99 thinking that at that price I had nothing to lose. Amazingly, it is the most similar to Time Delay that I have found. Not perfect, but worth a try for £1.99.
      The cream is called ‘Pure BB cream’ – I used to have the medium shade in Time Delay, but found medium too dark in Pure, the light shade is more suitable for me. I don’t think it is widely available – Home Bargains sell it, or the cheaper high street chemists.

  4. Hello!!!!! I am so pleased that I have stumbled across this thread…I only discovered the tome delay BB cream in 2016 and am absolutely gutted that they have discontinued it…I have tried numerous other ones but they are either thick and heavy or translucent or orange…I am just wasting money on creams. I am currently using the Clarins one but don’t love it and wondered whether anyone had found anything similar? Boots responded to me today to say the new ‘l;ft’ range has replaced the time delay products, but there is no BB cream in this range so still at square one. I would really appreciate any comments…I’m not the most confident about my facial skin and was really happy whilst I had the time delay product! 🙁

    • Glowology Reply

      Hello there and thank you for dropping in to my blog! I wrote the piece about Boots Time Delay Cream quite a while ago and I’m still getting people contacting me asking whether there is anything similar. It really is a shame that Boots don’t realise that this is a much loved product – and I and other women haven’t found anything that compares as yet! I am going to do some more research into this. At the moment I’m using Clarins which I do like but it doesn’t give as much coverage as the Time Delay and I’m also using Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue foundation which is a nice medium coverage and not too expensive. I think my favourite at the moment though is Bourgeois 123 Perfect CC Cream which has 3 pigments – for anti fatigue, anti redness and anti dark spots and I am loving it more and more! So I think this could be a contender for the Time Delay BB Cream. If you try it, let me know what you think, I’d be so interested to know. All the best and good luck finding that ‘special one’! Lisa xx

  5. I cannot believe Boots have discontinued this. It is amazing. I really hope the might bring it back

    • Glowology Reply

      Hi Laura

      Thank you for dropping by to my blog – I’m having so many people comment about the Time Delay BB Cream and it really is such a shame. I’m trying to find something similar but haven’t quite got anything yet. I like my Bourjois CC cream though – it’s a bit lighter in texture but still covers well and lasts. Let me know if you find anything! Lisa x

  6. I’m desperately missing Time Delay BB cream too! I love the coverage and effect of it – more like a foundation than other BB creams out there. I wish Boots could tell us which of their other products has the closest formulation!!

  7. Sandra Dublin Reply

    Hi great to hear all of your comments. I have been using Boots Time delay for years. Its perfect for my skin . I have just opened my last tube I bought 6 tubes when I was told they were discontinuing it. I have tried lots of foudations over the years but none as good as Time Delay. I will try the Pure and Bourgeois see if they suit. I wish BOOTS woud reconsider.

    • Glowology Reply

      Hi Sandra. It’s such a shame isn’t it?! I did ask them and they aren’t really sure why it was discontinued – powers from above in the company I guess. But hope you find something you love as much soon! 🙂 Lisa x

  8. Only just realised this is discontinued. I love this product. Wish I’d known. Would have stocked up. Had lots of compliments on my complexion and it’s all down to this Bb cream. What a bummer!

    • Glowology Reply

      Hi Sue

      Sorry for the late reply! I agree – such a bummer! It covers everything perfectly doesn’t it?! I do like my IT Cosmetics CC cream though – so maybe you could give that one a try? Good luck 🙂 Lisa x

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