Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

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I recently purchased the boxed set of Dr.Jart+ beauty balms from Sephora.com when they were having the chic week sale.  This is the first beauty balm that I have tried from the collection and so far, it’s a keeper!

I normally use Smashbox’s beauty balm and even though I love that one, I also always love trying other brands as well.  I’m a big fan of Smashbox’s beauty balm because it offers great coverage which is very important to me.  I was concerned about whether or not this one would off the same coverage (or even enough coverage).  Turns out it does : )

I used this for the first time the other day and was pleasantly surprised with the results.  The consistency is creamy with a medium thickness.  It applies smoothly and does an excellent job at hiding imperfections as well as evening out skin tones.  It also feels moisturizing and left my face with a little bit of a fresh and dewy appearance (which I often like).

I did not reapply this at any point in the day and after an 8.5 hour workday it still seemed to be holding up pretty well.  It did wear off slightly around a couple of blemishes but it didn’t completely expose them.

The only downside to this product is that it comes in only one shade.  I feel like the shade it’s most suitable for is fair/light to light-medium.  It works for me now, but come summer when I actually have a tan (or start using sunless tanners again) I feel like it could be too light for me.  I did try dusting a little bit of bare minerals bronzer over top of it to see if I could adjust the color without it looking ridiculous and it turned out nice.  It toned down my bronzer a little (which I feel like can look too harsh otherwise) and in turn the bronzer gave it a little extra kiss of color.

I’m anxious to try out the other ones in the kit being that I liked this one so much!

 

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • SPF 45
  • Medium coverage
  • Leaves face looking fresh and slightly dewy (not good if you prefer a matte finish)

Cons:

  • Only comes in one color….and it’s probably going to be too light come summer

 

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Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio

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I’m a huge fan of this little set….and most Tarte products in general!

This was another purchase I made on a whim while browsing the pages of Sephora.  Even though I really start to like certain products, I am always up for trying new ones and thinking that I may just like them more.  I also love these smaller travel sized sets because they are great for trying out the product before shelling out all the money for the full sized product, they fit perfectly in a makeup bag or purse for touchups and of course for they are great for travel!

The set includes three pieces for $9.00:

Clean Slate Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer 0.09 oz.

Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer 0.25 oz.

Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer 0.25 oz.

I was skeptical of the Poreless Primer when I first tried it only because I never used a primer with a consistency like this.  It’s a thick translucent primer with a waxy-like texture.  Initially, I put way too much on the first time I applied it and was having quite the time trying to get it blended on my face.  I was also put off by the waxy-like feeling as I was blending it (I was used to creamier textured primers) and was concerned that none of my makeup following this was going to apply smoothly or evenly.

I was wrong.  After applying the primer I applied the rest of my makeup and LOVED the final results!  My face was definitely poreless!  I don’t naturally have very large pores but I do have some and this concealed them perfectly.  My makeup went on overtop of this smoothly and evenly and gave me a very airbrushed looking finish.  This is definitely a favorite of mine.

The brightening primer is great too but not my favorite when compared to the poreless primer.  This one has a creamy consistency (one that I was more familiar with) so putting this on was a lot easier for me.  This definitely gave my skin a bright and fresh glow.  My other makeup went on overtop of this primer easily and smoothly.  The results were a very smooth and glowing finish.  (However this one doesn’t have the same airbrushed finish as the poreless one).

The eye primer is great as well!  I put this on before applying shadow and liner (obviously) and it seems to really hold everything in place.  Now I do find that near the end of the day the eye makeup may start to shift a little.  I wouldn’t really say it makes the 12 hour mark like they say it does.  My eye makeup definitely isn’t worn off but it starts to move a little….which I can’t stand.

Overall, I would recommend this product.  If you’ve never tried Tarte or are debating on whether you want to buy any of these products in the full size version (but haven’t tried them yet) I would suggest buying this little trio.  These are small sizes but the product in them lasts a long time and a little definitely goes a long way with these.  (I believe Sephora is all sold out but I’ve seen them elsewhere online.)

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Great to try before buying the full sized versions
  • Great for travel or touchups on the go
  • A little goes a long way
  • Poreless primer really does leave skin looking poreless and flawless
  • Brightening primer really does leave skin looking bright and fresh
  • Eye primer extends the length of eye makeup wear

Cons:

  • Doesn’t ever seem to actually last 12 hours

 

Chic Week Beauty Haul from Sephora

To say that I am not a sucker for a sale would be an understatement and to say that I made a couple purchases during Sephora’s Chic Week 15% off sale would be an ever bigger understatement.  (To say that my credit card isn’t hurting because of it would be one of the biggest understatements I could currently make at the moment.)

So…I shopped (again and again and again) and this is what I ended up with (reviews to follow as I try these goodies out):

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Sephora Nano Lip Liner (02 – Cute Caramel): $4.25

(Orig. $5.00)

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Dr. Jart+ The Original BB Cream Set: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Tarte Beauty & The Box and SmolderEYES Duo: $17.85

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $21.00)

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Sephora Collection Nourishing Hand Cream: $2.55

(Orig. $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Double-Ended Waterproof Smudge Liner: $2.55

(Orig. $9.00…on sale for $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Moisturizing Bronzing Body Lotion: $4.25

(Orig. $16.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Professional Clear Natural Mascara: $4.25

(Orig. $10.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Silk Shadow Quad (Ballroom Romance): $5.95

(Orig. $25.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Sephora Collection Urban Luxe All Over Powder Palette: $5.95

(Orig. $14.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer: $8.50

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $10.00)

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Korres Butter to Go Body & Lip Butter Duo: $8.50

(Orig. $15.00…on sale for $10.00)

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REN the Fab 4 Kit: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

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Sephora Favorites In the Glow Set: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Jennifer Aniston Perfume (1 oz.): $22.95

(Orig. $39.00…on sale for $27.00)

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix (0.84 oz.) $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation: $7.65

(Orig. $20.00…on sale for $9.00)

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Too Faced Hot Cocoa Collection: $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation: $30.60

(Orig. $36.00)

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Too Faced Primed, Poreless & Perfected To Go Duo: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

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I have to say that I was actually surprised by how much I liked this primer.  I normally use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Tarte’s Poreless Primer and I decided to give this one a try on a whim when I was placing an order on Sephora.  (The price tag on this was also alluring!)

For $15, I think this product is well worth the money.

The consistency isn’t quite like Tarte’s Poreless Primer.  (If you haven’t ever tried that, it’s a clear thicker consistency, almost wax-like).  It’s not quite as thick and I think it actually applies a little easier than Tarte’s.  Sephora’s primer also has a more luminous glow to it.  In the bottle, it looks almost shimmery, but when I applied it, it wasn’t.  Once it sets, I don’t think it’s really that luminous at all and I feel like Tarte’s primer gave me a little more of a dewy glow.  So I would recommend Sephora’s primer if you are going for a more matte finish.

I used Smashbox BB Cream, Smashbox Bronze Lights and Bare Minerals Powder Foundation over top of it.  (As well as Tarte’s Maracuja Concealer in a couple of areas).  (And by now you are probably thinking: “Wow she really layers the stuff on”-lol!) Surprisingly, after all of that, my face doesn’t look heavy or cakey and it feels very smooth and light.

The primer has been on for about 5 hours now (as well as the other makeup) and I haven’t noticed any changes.  It’s still holding up and hasn’t worn off.

Overall, I would recommend this product.  So far I like it and I think the price tag on it is something that most people would appreciate!

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Extends length of makeup wear
  • A little goes a long way
  • Creates a smooth canvas

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide thick coverage (this could be a pro for some people)
  • Doesn’t provide a luminous glow (this could also be a pro for some people)

BB Creams……Take Your Pick!

There are so many different BB Creams available today that it’s hard to pick one!  Below are some of the most popular and newest BB Creams available today as well as a little bit of information on each one.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, tan

  • Eco-chic tube
  • Primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen in one
  • Provides a youthful looking glow
  • Oil free
  • Creamy, silky formula
  • Buildable coverage
  • Feels like silk (per reviews)
  • Started to flake (per reviews)
  • Nice matte finish (per reviews)

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Cream SPF 10

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Average Price: $44.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: fair, light, medium, dark, tan

  • SPF 10
  • Moisturizes, soothes, protects and corrects
  • Fresh and airy formula
  • Sheer coverage
  • Leaves skin illuminated with a dewy glow
  • Looks natural (per reviews)
  • Made skin oily after a few hours (per reviews)
  • Great for dry skin (per reviews)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.18 oz.

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, pores, wrinkles and redness instantly
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-aging benefits appear in 8 weeks
  • Oil free
  • Dries to a translucent and flawless finish
  • Helps keep makeup on for longer (per reviews)
  • Make fair skin look orange when worn alone (per reviews)
  • Skin feels good (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 25
  • Purifies and calms blemish prone and sensitive skin
  • Combats dark spots and pollutants
  • Lightweight
  • Goes on smooth with amazing coverage (per reviews)
  • Covered scarring well (per reviews)
  • Too light/ghostly (per reviews)

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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Average Price: $39.00

Color Choices: fair, light, light/medium, medium, dark

  • Oil controlling formula
  • Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments
  • Ultra smoothing finish
  • Creates a smooth canvas
  • Extends length of makeup wear
  • Buildable coverage
  • Slightly thicker consistency than other creams (per reviews)
  • Can wear it alone and it looks great (per reviews)
  • Skin looked cakey (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Bio-peptide complex infused with white gold provides anti-aging properties and promotes natural collagen
  • Moisturizer, sunscreen and treatment serum
  • Ideal for under makeup
  • Lightweight
  • Restores firmness and elasticity
  • Feels sticky for a little after applying (per reviews)
  • Not greasy, great coverage (per reviews)
  • Blends beautifully (per reviews)

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $37.00

Size: 1.4 oz.

Color Choices: 01 (very fair to pink undertones), 02 (very fair, moderately fair with golden undertones), 03 (moderately fair to medium with golden undertones)

  • Antioxidants to banish and prevent imperfections
  • Makes a great primer
  • Just enough coverage to banish imperfections
  • Causes skin to breakout (per reviews)
  • Great for large pores (per reviews)
  • Too heavy (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil free
  • Botanical formula promotes skin elasticity and reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes
  • Self adjusting shade
  • Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage
  • Great in humid climates (per reviews)
  • Too sparkly (per reviews)
  • Great for sensitive skin (per reviews)

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $42.00

Size: 1.35 oz.

Color Choices: fair, extra light, light, medium, medium to dark

  • Moisturizer, treatment and foundation in one
  • Moisturizes, protects and perfects
  • Argireline peptide minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discoloration and redness
  • Smells like sunscreen (per reviews)
  • Leaves skin looking natural (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t leave skin greasy or oily (per reviews)

Dior Hydralife BB Crème SPF 30

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Average Price: $56.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice (with warm beige undertone)

  • Hydrates and plumps with plant extract formulation
  • SPF 30
  • Moisturizes and protects
  • Velvety soft finish
  • A little dark for light-olive skin (per reviews)
  • Nice scent (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive/delicate skin (per reviews)

Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Average Price: $33.00

Size: 1.1 oz.

Color Choices: medium, dark

  • SPF 35
  • Brightens and evens skins tone
  • Provides a healthy glow
  • Oil free
  • Formulated with thiotaurine and rose apple leaf extract (two antioxidant ingredients)
  • Creamy and blends easily (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts (per reviews)
  • Medium works well for pink undertones (per reviews)

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

  • SPF 30
  • Adds illumination to skin
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Contains natural skin-protecting emollients (increases antioxidant activity)
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Minimal coverage (per reviews)
  • Hydrating (per reviews)
  • Great on medium/olive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Water bead technology helps hydrate skin
  • Leaves skin with a fresh dewy look
  • Made with 50% water
  • SPF 25
  • Chalky finish (per reviews)
  • Applies smoothly (per reviews)
  • Didn’t match undertones well (per reviews)

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

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Average Price: $34.00

Size: 1.5 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Tints, primes, nourishes, prevents and protects
  • Offers makeup and skincare benefits
  • Strengthens skins elasticity
  • Enhances luminosity
  • SPF 20
  • Satiny texture (per reviews)
  • Soothes dry/flaky areas (per reviews)
  • Gives a soft glow (per reviews)

REN Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Silicone free
  • Non oily satin finish
  • Provides full coverage
  • Photo-rejuvenation technology reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Great coverage (per reviews)
  • Soft matte finish (per reviews)
  • Too dark for fair skin (per reviews)

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20

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Average Price: $135.00

Size: 1.7 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • All-in-One moisturizer, foundation, concealer and anti-aging cream
  • Leaves skin sheer and even
  • SPF 20
  • Doesn’t contain silicone
  • Glides onto skin (per reviews)
  • Good for fair skin (per reviews)
  • Better for lighter skin the medium skin (per reviews)

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 0.98 oz.

Color Choices: cream glow (light beige w/golden undertone), snow glow (porcelain w/pink undertone), vanilla glow (fair w/golden undertone), linen glow (medium beige w/golden undertone), nude glow (warm beige w/golden undertone)

  • Perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes and protects
  • SPF 20
  • Provides an air-buffed second skin finish
  • Cream to powder formula
  • Long lasting
  • Buildable coverage
  • Went on unevenly and looked blotchy (per reviews)
  • Not good for skin with acne or scars (per reviews)
  • Doesn’t irritate sensitive skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light to medium (light beige with neutral to pink undertones), medium to dark (medium/dark beige with neutral to pink undertones)

  • Oil free
  • Designed for oily/combination skin types
  • Mattifying coverage and oil control
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens skin
  • Works great for oily skin (per reviews)
  • Not greasy or shiny (per reviews)
  • Feels pasty (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces the look of fine lines
  • Hydrates, firms and soothes skin
  • SPF 27
  • Perfect natural bronze (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Great for darker skin tones (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Smart Gel BB

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1 oz.

Color Choices: light-medium/light beige (for light to medium skin tones), medium-dark/medium-dark beige (for medium/tan to tan/olive skin tones)

  • Textured formula (jelly)
  • Provides in-depth coverage
  • Adds a youthful bounce to skin
  • SPF 30
  • Jelly texture covers pores (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)
  • A little goes a long way (per reviews)

Boscia BB Cream Light Broad Spectrum SPF 27

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Average Price: $38.00

Size: 1.75 oz.

One Universal Lustrous Color Choice

  • Oil-free botanical formula
  • Promotes skins elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • SPF 27
  • Long wearing
  • Great for porcelain skin (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.05 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • SPF 40 sunscreen
  • Patented platol white-c complex brightens dull skin
  • Exotic oils sooth dryness and boost natural collagen
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens out skin tones and conceals redness (per reviews)
  • Not suitable for dry skin (per reviews)

Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream

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Average Price: $39.00

Size: 1 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Flexitone color-blending complexion enhancement technology
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • Pearl powder increases skins luminosity
  • Perilla oil complex increases skins hydration
  • Thick coverage (per reviews)
  • Lasts all day (per reviews)
  • Didn’t work for olive skin tones (per reviews)
  • Evens out skin tones and leaves skin glowing (per reviews)

Dr. Jart+ V7 Beauty Balm

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Average Price: $36.00

Size: 1.3 oz.

One Universal Shade/Color Choice

  • Brightens, energizes and restores skins elasticity
  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • 7 essential vitamins
  • Lightweight formula
  • Thick consistency (per reviews)
  • Drying (per reviews)

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve used so far.

I like a little bit of a heavier coverage and this provides that.  I used Too Faced BB Cream prior to this one and I liked this one a lot more.  I feel like it lasts most of the day but I definitely think it starts to wear off mid afternoon.  (Not completely but I notice less coverage.)

For someone who prefers wearing less makeup and a very natural look you could easily getting away with wearing just this.

Pros:

  • SPF 35 – sun protection
  • Medium coverage
  • Natural looking
  • Hides blemishes and imperfections

Cons:

  • Wears off mid day