Sooooo… BB Creams. Not well known in the US by any stretch of the imagination. Some of the more makeup savvy might know what they are, but really I only heard the name BB Cream about 6 weeks ago. In truth, these are amped up tinted moisturizers.
Basically, think of this as an all inclusive skincare/makeup product. It is meant to take the place of your moisturizer, skin care treatment products (they often include ingredients that are anti-aging and acne fighting), sunscreen, primer, foundation and concealer. All there. In one big time saving step. You’d think with a blog called “15 Minute Beauty Fanatic” that I’d be all over that like white on rice. Right?
Well…. there are some problems with the BB Cream craze. Really, they all center around the one size fits all aspect of these products. Personally, my skin changes quite a bit as the seasons change. My combinations skin is more oily in the summer and dry in the winter. While I’ve largely embraced the pale and wear a ton of sunscreen, even my skin does change a little bit in color during the summer. And since they typically only come in one or two shades, which are usually a bland beige, the chances of it flattering your skin… yeah, a bit slim to none. So, I tend to not pay a lot of attention to these products.
But, as they cross the Pacific, BB Creams seem to be changing their tune a little bit, attempting to make themselves more appealing for the US market.
First, there are 2 different Dr. Jart BB Creams, so we’ll talk about each of them on their own. You can see the swatch above, each product only comes in 1 shade, and they are pretty pale. I can wear both, though Premium is a slightly better match for my skin right now. The coverage is similar to Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer, heavier than a tinted moisturizer but lighter than most foundations.
The coverage lasts most of the day, looks very natural and definitely helps to minimize the appearance of pores or uneven skin tone. I do wish that it contained ingredients to help fight shine, but a girl can’t have everything in 1 product, right?
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
If your skin is dry, definitely pick this one. The consistency is like a thick lotion, though with a bit of sponginess. The formula does minimize my pores and can be used either as a lighter coverage foundation or a primer for more foundation. It also includes Aloe to help soothe and decrease redness.
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm
Premium is closer to a typical tinted moisturizer in consistency, though still with the fuller light foundation coverage. This formulation includes a few more ingredients to help fight aging as well as a higher SPF.
So, which formulation do I prefer? I can wear both since they both match me, I don’t think that anyone other than me can notice that the Premium is a slightly better match for my skin. I like that Premium has a higher SPF and peptides to help fight aging. But, since I have combination skin, I have days that my skin feels drier. On those days I prefer Water Fuse. So, I go back and forth. I’d pick a formula based on needing more moisture, the SPF value or whether you want the added peptides.
If your skin tone is more than 2 or 3 shades darker than mine, I’d skip these products altogether. The coverage is too thick to be able to easily compensate with a darker foundation over it. Hopefully as Dr. Jart+ becomes more popular in the US they’ll branch out into other color ranges.