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Until about 6 months ago I found the whole idea of BB creams a bit of a mystery. However I eventually succumbed to the advertising and decided to give one a go.
A BB crème is your skincare regime in one tube, which is meant to moisturise, protect and correct. It can be used to replace your moisturiser, sunscreen and treatment serum and minimize the need for foundation or concealer.
On first choosing a BB crème I spent some time in Boots trying a few samples and didn't really find anything that was suitable for my skin - they all seemed very heavy and thick and did not blend in easliry. I then did some research online and found reviews for Dr Jart BB creams which are originally from Asia and have an excellent reputation, so I decided to give one a try.
I use the silver regenerating Dr Jart BB cream, which comes in a small silver tube like a toothpaste tube that can stand upright on your dressing table. It has a flip cap which keeps it safe and secure if in a handbag.
The brand states that it is a professional formula containing cutting-edge active ingredients that cover and conceal imperfections whilst helping skin regenerate and helping to eliminate age spots and blemishes.
The BB crème Contains:
* Suncream SPF 30 to help protect the skin.
* Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil to lubricate the surface of the skin.
* Snail Secretion Filtrate to hydrate and moisturize (ugh!)
* Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil for calming and smoothing out the skin.
To use the BB cream I squeeze a small amount out of the tube. Only a very small amount is required, about the size of a tiny pea. It is a light liquid which is the colour of a pale foundation. I find it best to blot it over the face first in various places and then smooth it over. I do still use a moisturiser underneath it but you don't have to.
On applying the BB cream it is very light and quickly blends into the face. It seems to change colour as it is applied so it becomes virtually unnoticeable and at the same time easily covers most blemishes so they fade away. It leaves the face with a fresh and healthy glow although sometimes I find this a bit too glowing and use a little powder over the top. On days when I do not need much make up you really can use it by itself with just a little amount of blusher. I find that after using it my skin looks healthy and glowing even a few hours later when I glance at myself in the mirror and think I am looking well and then remember that I have it on!
The BB cream only comes in one shade and as I have very pale skin it works well for me. However I don't know if it would work as well with darker skin tones.
The cost of the BB cream is £21, which is expensive compared to some other BB creams that are available. However I have found that it is not comparable with many of the cheaper versions and is well worth the money.
This review might also be posted on Ciao under my username Star20000
This is a review for the regenerating BB cream (the silver one pictured). It's available from boots for £21, and contains SPF 30, rather that the SPF 40 of the premium balm. I've tried tinted moisturisers and other BB creams with limited success. I have medium to fair sensitive skin, so tend to be bothered by redness in my skin, particularly around my nose and chin (my nickname was Rudolph. And not just at school. People can be so insensitive!), and my skin gets inflamed at the merest hint of SPF in moistursers. So I always wore full mineral foundation and green primer to counteract the red. Which was a bit of a faff, and I was never sure if I was fully protected from the sun. When we get any, that is.
Then I came across Dr Jarts BB cream. Ideal for covering redness, it said. Ideal for skin of people in their 30's, it said. Ideal, I said. And it really, really is. I have no idea how it does it, but it nutralises the redness. And makes my skin dewy and glowy. And doesn't look like I've got make-up on. It's wonderful. And gets better the more you use it. It is a bit odd though. I don't think it's moisturising enough to use alone, at least not in the winter, so I put it on after my regular moisturiser. It also goes on a slightly disconcerting glossy beige grey! Don't be put off by this. After a couple of minutes it seems to adjust to your skin tone, and disappears, leaving a dewy glow, which is particularly attractive on the cheek-bones! A word of caution - less is more with this product. If you use too much, it doesn't spread evenly, and you look like a grey ghost. Also it seems to be ferociously waterproof, so you have to use soap and water on your hands after applying, or risk brown streaked towels. It doesn't rub off, and lasts a good 8 hours. I still use a little mineral powder on my nose and any blemishes for extra cover, but could really do without. And it's definitely improved the texture and appearance of my skin, which is smoother, more 'elastic' and the little wrinkles and line that have been appearing are receding. It lasts for ages, and with the high SPF, this more than justifies the price. Please try it!
This is a review of Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm Cream which I received in a recent beauty box. I was intrigued to try this cream as I have read reviews on other BB creams that seem to celebrate the fact that they are a good working beauty product.
With Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm Cream which has a SPF40 in it too, I think that cream is a really good way of describing it. I was surprised to see it was a foundation colour (I was expecting more of a clear primer to come out of the tube.) Its consistency is really creamy and it sinks in to the skin like a good moisturiser rather than sitting on the surface as a foundation does.
Described as Asia's wonder beauty product, this is a lightly glossy cream particularly suitable for over 30s. (That's me then!). It helps fight ageing and has spf40 protection with anti oxidants. Gives natural fresh looking skin and controls sebum production.
I find a small amount goes a long way and on first using the cream I thought it was a shade or two lighter than my skin usually has in a foundation but it really adapted to my skin tone and didn't look too light once it had sunk in. I thought it made my skin feel fresh and quite 'bouncy' without looking like I actually had any make up on. There were no tide marks or orange looking skin with this product.
I have a few dark patches on my skin that were acquired through two recent pregnancies and I am quite conscious of them when wearing no make up. This bb cream helps to disguise the uneven skin tone and I do feel it is treating my skin at the same time.
Price and repurchase?
When I looked up the price of Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm Cream I found it in Boots at the price of £24 for a 40ml tube. I do think this is quite expensive but I am torn between liking the product enough to cough up this much for a tube! I think I may try cheaper versions like Rimmel first to see how they compare.
Overall I have been really impressed with this product and have enjoyed using it over the course of a few weeks. Whilst it is recommended as an anti ageing product, I think it would be great for teens as it is not heavy like a foundation and is not as obvious on the skin yet it will cover small blemishes and imperfections.
I think this is a wonder product actually. I don't get shiny patches or a sweaty face when wearing this product as I can do with other heavier foundations which is not a good look! I will be tempted to replace my tube when it is empty. Glad I got the chance to try it from the beauty box as I feel I have discovered a real gem of a product.