Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Dr. Jart+ BB Creams: Worth The Hype?

News of the latest BB cream to hit the UK market has been causing quite a stir on Twitter and amongst beauty blogs for the last few days. Dr.Jart+'s selection of BB's have been bestsellers in their home country of Korea since their launch in 2004. I got the chance to give one a thorough road testing today and thought I'd let you all know my thoughts, and if the product actually lives up to all of the online hype.

I am the first to admit that I'm getting a little sick of all the 'BB' hype. Every brand and their dog seems to be bringing out a BB cream and I really think the hype behind this type of product has created a rather misleading concept of what a BB is meant to be, and what properties should be a priority within the formula.

'BB', 'Blemish Balm' or 'Blemish Base' creams were initially created with skincare and makeup in mind in equal measure. They were designed to help improve skin texture and recovery from scarring following surgery. The high SPF factor also links to this, preventing the skin from further sun damage while it recovers, and providing a medium level of coverage to conceal the problem areas.

Overall, they essentially lie somewhere in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation, with skincare benefits to boot. Most of the western brands that have recently tried to replicate this Asian beauty hero product have ended up plumping for some kind of 'wannabe' BB, a tinted moisturiser with or without SPF and usually with limited skincare benefits - They've basically slapped a big fat 'BB' onto a bottle of tinted moisturiser and given it the hard sell.

So what are 'authentic' BB creams like? They tend to be thicker, and usually have a slight grey tone to them. Because the shades are chosen with Asian skin in mind, finding one in a suitable shade for western skin tones can be hard, however, Dr.Jart+'s choice of shade seems to blend well into the majority of skins, adapting nicely to match a wide variety of tones.
There are currently four different varieties of Dr.Jart+'s BB cream available in the UK:
  • Water Fuse - Focused on moisturising the skin, yet remains oil-free and controls sebum
  • Regenerating - Hydrates sensitive skin and works to conceal redness and blemishes with a slightly higher coverage.
  • Platinum - Helps to counteract the first signs of ageing (targeted at women in their 30's)
  • Premium - Targeted at more mature skin, focused on anti-ageing with a higher SPF than the other varieties

The variant most suitable for my skin is the Water Fuse, so that's the one I chose to put to the test. It's a thick consistency. A little goes a long way when applying this product. It looks a little thick and chalky at first, but when blended into the skin, it adapts to match my skin tone well. It perfects my skin tone exceptionally well, leaving it with a slight dewy, yet close to flawless finish. I still need to apply a little concealer to any 'problem' areas, but as a daytime product, this makes a great change to wearing a full face of foundation.  
Before (No Makeup)
After (Only Dr.Jart+)
Full Makeup using Dr.Jart+ in place of my foundation.
The staying power is great too. I've worn this for 12 hours as I type and if anything, it's my concealer that needs a slight top up, the BB has stayed in place perfectly and my skin still feels, and looks, lovely and moisturised. 

Overall I'm very impressed with this product. I'd even go as far to say that I prefer it to my Chantecaille Just Skin (ouch... that was expensive stuff!). It comes in middle of the range price-wise, ranging from £18-24 depending on the formula you chose (Mine is the cheapest, horaay!)

I am ever so slightly wary about how I will fare with this long term, as a few of my subscribers reported that it hadn't agreed with their skin. Mine seems fine so far, but time will tell... I'll keep you updated on that one, but for now, it's two big thumbs up from my end! I think it's totally worth the hype!

39 comments:

  1. Yay! Glad that you liked this BB cream~ I've used Asian BB creams for quite a while now and was so excited to see UK brands bringing them out but unfortunately, not as the same "type" of BB cream due to different skin types, colours and features that different demographics want in their skincare/makeup.
    It was such a shame to see people saying that BB cream aren't worth the hype because I think with everything, you really need to do your research and look at the MASSIVE variety of BB creams that there are! So thank you!

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  2. Need to try this out. I saw sample package, now buying it! :)
    Take care,
    xoxo
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  3. Can't wait to try this out in the UK! Saw Dr Jart+ when I was in Hong Kong and I tend to steer clear of the 'Western' version of BB Creams so this would be great to try out!

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    xx

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  4. Wow.. this is so exciting.. I absolutely love my Dr. Jart BB cream, so I can't wait to try out the others! So glad that the original BB creams are now being introduced to Western countries, as Western BB creams were no where near as good! I own the Dr. Jart Black Label BB cream, which is my HG product, even though it's very light (perfect for winter), you should try it if you have the chance!

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  5. I've tried the same one although I found it wasn't as long lasting as it seems to be with you. I might be more suited for the Regenerating one! You look lovely though it seems to suit you quite well! xx

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  6. Really need to try this!

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  7. I love the Garnier BB Cream - might have to try this one too! :)
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  8. this looks lovely! I love my BB cream so I'm glad you've brought this to my attention!

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  9. I don't think the BB creams that has recently came out can compare to Asian branded ones, since it's just essentially a tinted moisturiser like you said x

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  10. I had been a bit unsure if BB creams were any different to tinted moisturisers but even if they're similar, that looks great on your skin, I'm very tempted to try!

    Your hair looks a really nice colour here!

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  11. Great review as ever. This does look good although a little pricey it's not as expensive as some. x

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  12. i am so curious to try this product out! xx

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  13. did you apply a moisturiser underneath the bb cream? and i wholeheartedly agree with western "wannabe" bb creams, the garnier one is just dreadful!
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    xx

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    1. I use it after my moisturiser, but I'm guessing it would be fine on it's own too :)

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  14. Looks great what lower end bb creams do you suggest?
    xo,
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    1. I haven't liked any of the western lower end BB creams I've tried, If I was choosing one more affordable skin product it would be rimmel wake me up foundation - hope that helps! :)

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  15. Looks lovely on your skin- I tried the Garnier BB cream and I can't decide whether I love it or not, but I will definately try this! x

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  16. I actually love the BB cream concept and since I tried my first BB cream a while ago I started to collected them and I use them very often, almost every day excepting the moments I want to do a more intense make-up look, thanks for sharing your opinion

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  17. I still need to try BB cream. I heard a lot of good things about this brand in the states. I also wanted to try the Dior one. I think these creams are perfect for everyday use :)

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  18. I still need to try a BB cream but the hypes putting me off, maybe I'll pick one of these up :) Laura x

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  19. great review! I use Dr Jart's Water up Serum and I LOVE that so I'm going to get my dad to get me the BB cream from Hong Kong! very excited to try this out :D

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  20. Thank you for this review! Dr. Jart+'s BB creams hit Sephora in the USA last year, but they were only available online and in select stores. I had wanted to try the Water Fuse for some time, but hadn't seen any reviews of it. Thank you!

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  21. BB creams never seem to work for me :( such as shame because these look good! xx

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  22. Just love your review!!!!!!!!!
    i'm so crazy about Dr. Jart BB cream! i want to try it so hard.

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  23. Well it looks like it works wonderfully on you! x

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  24. will definately be trying!

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    (:

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  25. The garnier bb cream is a really nice drugstore bb cream for about $12-$15

    http://michelangeloseyeshadow.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-garnier-skin-renew-miracle-skin.html

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  26. I want to try an authentic BB cream, I've been using the Garnier one but I'm not really impressed with it.

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  27. Fleur your skin is amazing you don't need foundation. But the BB cream looks natural on you
    :-D

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  28. Glad you've found a BB Cream that you like! There are so many on the market, so it can be daunting to know which is right for you. I have been using Missha Perfect Cover for over a year (I have combo/oily, acne-prone skin) and love it, but perhaps I'll give Dr. Jart a peek next time!

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  29. Hi, I just start using a new thing, which is not exacly a BB cream, but a foundation, but I would say it is just like BB cream, what is more it is water bases with vitamines , so very good for your skin. It's from Korres, ginger and vitamin foundation. It is amazing for me! I haven't found many reviews on-line. Do you have Korres in UK?

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    Cheers!

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  30. I've been trying to find a bb cream for very dry skin for a while now, i might give water fuse a go!(:
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  31. Hi Fleur! I've been desperate to try out a BB cream but I have medium olive toned skin So wondering if you think this may be too light for me? Do you know any brands that are good for olive skin? Love the blogs and videos! Wendy :)

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  32. Agree that we'll be getting sick with the BB cream hype soon! Every brand is adding bb cream into their line by hook or by crook. There is one bb cream by Dr. Jart called Dr. Jart Silver Label is great for sensitive and oily skin which is also on of their best seller products ;) http://egarden.com.my/bb-cream.php

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  33. I bought this one for its staying power and read it be waterproof so tried it for the first time when I went to Japan where it was very hot and humid. I am naturally pale skinned and the colour was a good shade for me and I was very impressed with the results. My skin is oily and after being out in the hot sun and humid conditions it coped well not to much shine and my make-up looked good at the end of the day. A must have in my make-up from now.

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  34. Hi Fleur, please reply! Is this bb cream more coverage than the chantecaille tinted moisturiser? X

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