BB Bounce Beauty Balm SPF 30
BB Bounce Beauty Balm SPF 30 promises to firm skin, correct uneven skin tone and provide sun protection, and to a certain degree, it delivers!
The fragrance-free formula contains a mix of beneficial ingredients such as arbutin (for correcting uneven skin tone and lightening dark spots), Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil (inhibits collagen-breakdown and reduces inflammation), hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid (has skin-repairing properties), as well as other anti-irritants and antioxidants. Unfortunately most of these are lower down on the ingredient list, meaning they are being used in concentrations not likely to produce major results, but it's better than nothing.
The major anti-aging benefit Bounce Beauty Balm delivers is broad spectrum sun protection. Those with sensitive skin will be happy to know that the SPF comes from gentle, mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).
The compact that this comes in minimizes exposure to air and light (both of which can break down some of the superstar ingredients mentioned above), but the problem is that the gimmicky design is also a tad wasteful. Essentially the fluid-cream texture is dispersed through a mesh barrier as you apply pressure with the included sponge (or your fingertips). The mesh barrier makes it difficult to see how much product you have left and as you near the end, it's hard to extract the last of it. This would have been easier (and less messy) to use if it came in a squeeze tube or pump style applicator. We do, however, appreciate the built-in mirror for touchups on-the-go.
In terms of performance, Bounce Beauty Balm offers buildable coverage that goes from medium to full. Blending does take some extra effort since the tenacious formula has a bit of drag to it, but you can count on worry-free wear throughout the day. Although the formula is described as "ultramoisturizing" it looks and feels more matte. Hence, we'd recommend this for normal to oily or combination skin, including breakout-prone skin.
Currently only two shades are offered, Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, both of which are flattering but not sheer enough to cover the wide range of skin tones out there. The Light-Medium shade is too dark for those with fair skin, and the Medium-Dark shade is too light for deep skin tones. In other words, only if you have light to medium skin will one of the two shades work for you. That doesn't make this a bad product, just limiting.
All in all, this "Beauty Balm" provides good coverage with some extra beneficial ingredients. It's up to whether you think the price and packaging issues are worth it.
(By the way, if you're curious about the hype surrounding BB creams/Beauty Balms and what they're really supposed to do, check out our article here.)
- Buildable medium-to-full coverage.
- Holds up well throughout the day.
- Broad spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit.
- Contains some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Matte finish is ideal for normal to combination or oily skin.
- Packaging is somewhat flawed.
- Not "ultramoisturizing" as claimed.
- Limited shade range.
Dr. Jart+ At-a-Glance
Strengths: The BB creams (Beauty Balms) provide broad-spectrum sun protection and are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Expensive; BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen; the masks are gimmicky and minimally helpful for skin.
Dr. Jart+ is a line of skin-care products based in Korea. Its most popular products are the Beauty Balms, known in the United States as BB creams. Before we discuss this brand's contribution to the BB cream craze, we want to state that at this time we are reviewing only the Dr. Jart+ products that are available at U.S. Sephora stores. If you visit the Korean Dr. Jart+ Web site, you'll see several other skin-care products are offered. We might review those in the future, but it's clear that the questions we've received about this brand have to do with the BB creams.
No information is available about an actual Dr. Jart, and our Korean friends tell us there is no actual Dr. Jart, so it is a made up name to help give the line some credibility. According to the company's English Web site, the brand is supposed to be the brainchild of multiple dermatologists as well as 21 "medical specialists." That's a lot of cooks for one product line, but as we've reported before, and as many of you know from experience, there are plenty of doctors' products that are terribly formulated and that come in bad packaging. All that really counts is whether or not you should give this line a closer look, despite the marketing claims
It didn't take much review to discover that there is nothing particularly medical or dermatologist-oriented about these products. The people behind Dr. Jart+ don't have access to any special ingredients other cosmetic companies can't use, and their products contain no unique ingredients that have any research showing that they improve skin. U.S. Sephora stores sell two BB cream options from Dr. Jart+; one of them is great and the other is lacking in too many areas to make it worth purchasing. But the question remains, should you purchase a BB cream at all? They are not must-have products, and most are far from being the "new idea in skin care" they're made out to be. Essentially, whether they're called BB creams, Blemish Balms, or Beauty Balms, all of these products are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. Some include a helpful amount of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (vitamin C, arbutin) to improve brown spots. Such discolorations are considered a blemish in Asian cultures, but that's the only distinguishing feature. Compared with standard tinted moisturizers, BB creams typically provide slightly to moderately more coverage. In that sense, they fall between tinted moisturizers and foundations, but many BB creams go on sheer also; so, ultimately, it comes down to the individual products. If you're happily using a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, there's no reason to forgo it in favor of a BB cream, but there's no harm in testing them out to see if you prefer their effect. Most won't notice much difference between them and a tinted moisturizer.
For more information about Dr. Jart+, visit http://www.drjart.co.kr/global/eng/.
Note: The company does not publish a phone number on its Web site, which doesn't bode well for building consumer trust or obtaining any help from customer service, so buyer beware.
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