Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Dr. Jart+ Silver Label BB Cream Review

Hey guys! So this is my first beauty review ever. Today i will be reviewing Dr. Jart's Silver Label BB Cream.
I bought this here but it can also be purchased here and here.
This is the 6th BB cream i have tried. If you are looking for a comparison to western BB creams, i'm sorry but I haven't tried any.
I was decided to buy this after sunnydahye recommended this on her youtube. If you don't already watch here, I highly recommend you do!
Now on with the review!!

This BB cream has an SPF of 35 PA++ and claims to be whitening. The back of the bottle (which i forgot to take a picture of, oopsie!) says: "This unique professional formula contains innovative active ingredients perfectly expresses flawless skin while concealing blemishes and activating skin rejuvenation. It soothes red irritated skin while providing moisture and controlling excess sebum."
While I haven't really noticed any whitening or soothing of irritated skin, I can say that it does cover pretty well and does a good job at providing moisture while still controlling by oils a little bit. My oily-combo skin still does get oily after a few hours, but it's nowhere near as bad as some other products i have used. I set this with Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (t-zone only) and i only have to blot once a day, which is pretty good for me! This covers my (pretty severe) acne scarring reasonably well and also reduces redness in active breakouts. This also is quite effective at concealing dark circles as well.
For most, i think this could provide a flawless coverage. I would say this is a solid medium-buildable coverage. For me, some of my scarring does still show through, but I have A LOT of scarring, and i'm also not going for a flawless coverage. I just want my skin to look a little better, and this product definitely does that for me. 

As you can see from the two photos above, the packaging is rather simple and unisex. It's a plain, yet sophisticated 30g silver tube with a black cap. The nozzle is rather large, which can cause it to be a little messy (i cleaned my prior to taking photos.) Aside from the messiness, I really don't mind the packaging. It's pretty simple, yet quite functional as well.
Let's review the coverage of this BB cream. I drew 4 lines on my hand. A brown one to show how it covers dark spots, a purple one for dark circles, a red one for pimples and redness, and a black one because it seems to be what most bloggers use to show coverage.
Here's how it covers with one layer of the bb cream. It may not seem that impressive, but the colours are obviously exaggerated.

With 2 layers of the BB cream. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but with 2 layers it can look a little cakey, especially if your skin is dryer (why my hands are.) While I wouldn't recommend using 2 layers over your entire face, doubling it up as a concealer works perfectly fine. As you can see, the red and purple lines are covered up relatively well.
Here's some swatches of the BB cream. The top is after oxidizing for about 10 minutes, and the bottom is freshly applied. While it doesn't oxidize much after initial application, i do notice that it looks a little paler at the end of the day than when i leave the house in the morning (about 7 hours.) If you were wondering, my skin has neutral undertones and is on the pale side. I've never been matched at MAC, but i used N2 in L'Oreal True Match foundation, which the internet tells me is around an NC/W25(?). As you can tell from above, this BB Cream is quite yellow-based, which is nice for those who have a yellow undertone to their skin and also for people who have a lot of redness in their skin because i find it counteracts redness quite effectively.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Silica, Glycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Chloride, Arbutin, Dimethicone, CI 77492, Ozokerite, hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hecut torite, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dimenthicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crotsspolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, CI 77499, CI 77491, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Calcium Stearate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hyluronate, Ubiquinone, Centella Asiatica Extract, Panthenol, Caffeine, Oenanthe Javanica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. 
(taken from prettyandcute.com which i linked at the beginning of the post)

While this does have some pretty good ingredients, they are mostly located at the end of the list, meaning they are in a low concentration. This doesn't really bother me though, because i buy BB creams to use as makeup products. I don't really buy them for an added skin benefit. What stood out to me about this product is that it is alcohol, fragrance, and oil free. A lot of Korean BB creams tend to have oil and fragrance in them, so i was happy when i found this one! it doesn't break me out at all. I have been using it regularly for about 3 months and i still haven't had any problems with it!

This BB Cream has a more matte finish than most asian BB creams, i'd say it's a satin to natural finish. It has got a little bit of a glowiness to it, but it's definitely not dewy so i would recommend it to people who have normal, combination, or oily skin. I would definitely not recommend to people with dry skin because if your skin is under moisturized it tends to be hard to blend and can look cakey. I usually apply this with my fingers, but i think a buffing brush would also work well with this product. It works pretty good at controlling oil, with a powder i only have to blot once, which is great for me! I have also worn this without a powder and it still lasts long and is ok at controlling my oils. It also has a bit more coverage than most BB creams, so if your skin is problematic or uneven i would recommend this to you. While it does have a heavier coverage, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all. Most of the time, i can't even feel this on my face. Ultimately, since this works well with oilier and more problematic skin, this is ideal for those with acne or post-acne marks!
Final Verdict
For a BB cream, this has a solid medium-buildable coverage, earning it a 4/5
3/5 stars for this one. It's efficient but nothing special. Gets the job done.
3/5 stars again for this. When your skin is well moisturized, i don't have many problems blending, especially for how thick it is. But when my skin isn't moisturized well enough, it's pretty difficult to blend.
Lasting Power: 
5 stars for this one!! I find it lasts forever on my skin. even without a powder, this can last me up to about 8 or 9 hours! With a powder, it has lasted me 12 hours but i haven't ever worn BB cream for longer so i can't really say what the actual lasting power is. Still, 12 hours is awesome!

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