BB stands for beauty or blemish balm. They were all the rage overseas with Japan and Korea leading the way. I wrote a blog post about the difference in BB, CC and tinted moisturizers which can be helpful before digging into this review.
BB creams are fantastic options for those who want more than sheer coverage, don’t want the sometimes heavy or clogging feel of full foundation, and want a multi tasker with SPF and skin-improving properties. The down sides is that they can be hard to color match with the fairest and darker skin colors being left with little to no options, and sometimes finishes can be spotty.
Dr. Jart, a Korean-based brand focused on skin care readily available at Sephora, has a range of BB creams that target different skin needs. They are all very different, and the Premium Beauty Balm is no exception.
Ingredients – Dr. Jart is a Korean company, and focuses on skin care as much as the makeup aspect. Since my 20s I’ve been willing to forego coverage for skin care so this is a total win for me. This BB cream has arbutin to lighten skin, hefty doses of UVA/UVB filters for an impressive 45 SPF and does not cause irritation. The ‘cones, which can be problematic for some, creates a smooth surface.
List from Sephora’s website:
Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
-Bio-Peptide Complex: Provides antiaging properties and supports natural collagen.
-Arbutin: Brightens skin; evens skin tone.
-Adenosine: Improves elasticity and firms skin.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Arbutin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Magnesium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Alcohol, Lecithin, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PVP, Platinum Powder, Steareth-20, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.
Application – The product comes in a hard plastic pump (more on this in the packaging section). One pump seemed to not be quite enough to cover my face and neck. Two was too much. So, for me 1.5 pumps is where it’s at. I put this on with my fingers after I put my serums and moisturizers on and out the door I go. It spreads easily, isn’t streaky and blends well into the skin. Lots of people use beauty blenders or brushes, but for me I’m no fuss no muss and fingers works just fine for me!
Color/Finish – Dr. Jart has two color options: light/medium and medium/tan which is newer to the arsenal. I have only used the light/medium, so my review will focus on that. The color is a light beige with a slightly gray cast to it. This is typical in many Korean BB creams that are geared towards lighter skin tones. It does adjust slightly once it dries down to fit an impressive amount of varying shades of skin. For me it’s a fantastic color match as I range in a golden fair base but could pass for neutral with some redness, but for those with very warm undertones may find it makes you look washed out. The finish is slightly to definitely dewy depending on the types of moisturizers (if you use one) you put on before this. Sometimes I do get a bit of high-wattage going on with particularly emolient moisturizers that I need to tone down with powder. If you don’t like that finish or have very oily skin, this might not be for you. You can also use that to your advantage if you have extremely dry skin – put on moisturizer and immediately follow up with this to have an easier time spreading. For those with dry or dull skin, this provides a beautiful finish that will give you a youthful glow without the down sides of a heavy foundation. It is light to light/medium coverage which does well with average redness but will not fully cover acne or dark circles. Think your skin, but better.
Packaging – You will see 99% of reviews raving from the rooftops about this product. And you’ll see a ton of complaints about the packaging. The package is a hard plastic tube with a pump top. If the tube lays on its side, you have to pump it a ton of times to get the product out. You also can’t get the last drop, which I can only imagine how much is wasted without being able to squeeze or get into the tube. It can be faulty, which is very annoying. Not enough to keep me and the hordes of loyal followers away, though.
Overall – This product is a great one for sensitive, fair skin and is a Certified Readhead Best. I still use other products (including sunscreen) but this can be a great multi-use product for people who don’t want a lot of steps in their routine. At 45 SPF it’s great for protecting the skin and what I love most about it is that my skin looks and feels healthier when I wear it. I’ve strayed many times over the years and although I may find a formula with a silky finish that can’t be topped (like Dior’s Hydralife) inevitably I start getting dehydrated and break out. This one keeps me looking fresh and rejuvenated and washes off easily and CLEAN. My acne subsides, and my skin looks more hydrated and bouncy when I use this. And if I (gasp) fall asleep in it, I don’t pay with breakouts the next day. Definitely a great buy for winter dry skin. Summer may need some extra setting powder. At almost $40 it’s not cheap, but when you factor in the performance, convenience and that you don’t necessarily need a foundation, moisturizer or sunscreen, it’s definitely worth the splurge. I’ll keep buying this and wishing they change the packaging for years to come!
Overall – 5/5
Packaging – 2/5
Price – $$$$$
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