It’s not very often that I decide to write a review based on a small sample, but I felt like I should in this case, considering that I mentioned this product several times before on this blog. I’m talking about none other than Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm, which comes in two shades – Light/Medium and Medium/Deep.
Here’s the official description from Sephora.com:
A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties. Ideal under makeup, its natural-looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone.
Ingredients: 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.
I received this sample several times over the past few months, and each time I tried it, I was in a dry air-conditioned environment. That might have been the reason why I ended up getting such positive results in the first place. Problem is, I have combination skin, so finding a BB cream that provides medium coverage, moisturizes, and wears comfortably is not that easy, and I thought this one was golden.
One day I decided to wear my new BB cream sample while running errands. I didn’t do anything differently than usual and applied it over primer and sunscreen, just like I always do with other complexion products. By the end of the first hour I could feel my face turning oily, but dismissed it due to the fact it was a tad humid outside. A couple hours later I looked at myself in the mirror, and my entire face was glistening with oil! I haven’t seen it like this in years! I blotted away the oil by using probably half of my remaining Tatcha Aburatorigami beauty papers, but the oiliness returned a couple hours later anyway. I guess, my point is – test your makeup samples in all environments, if you consider buying the product. This BB cream was already sitting in my cart, so I’m glad I actually decided to give it a taste of an outside world before I splurged [it’s not cheap by any means].
The company gets cookie points for the formula: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm contains some fabulous ingredients, and feels very comfortable on the skin. It’s a breeze to apply, and really easy to blend out even with bare hands. It also contains broad-spectrum physical sunscreen, which looks invisible on the skin – yay for no white cast or chunky particles!
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with yellowish hue and neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
Even though there’s no official note, I now know that it’s best suited for people with dry and normal skin types [although I’d test it on a normal skin, too, just in case], because it doesn’t emphasize the dry patches and flakes, while providing light to medium non-buildable coverage – perfect for that natural look. I really wish my skin was the right type to use this BB cream, but unfortunately I’ll have to remove it from my cart, because I couldn’t make it work no matter how much I tried. Also, I don’t want to waste any more of my precious Tatcha papers.
The above picture says it all. That’s only two hours after the application on my combination skin. That’s not a dewy finish, strobing, or highlighting, and just look at those enlarged pores! It’s like my skin is begging to be cleansed ASAP. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are resisting the urge to wipe your screens right now. Please, excuse my mad scientist hair, it was a bit humid and I didn’t wear any product to combat that frizzfest! 🙂
Do you need this? Not for me! 🙂 It would probably be nice for those with dry and normal skin types, but I recommend trying a sample in different environments first. The formula feels really nice on the skin, and looks totally natural, effectively perfecting your complexion, so I think even guys who normally steer clear of makeup can wear this one without anyone noticing, as long as the color is a good match.
Have you tried Korean BB creams before? What was the last product you purchased after trying a sample?
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