Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

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This is one of my favorite brushes!

I use it to apply my Bare Minerals foundation.  It blends flawlessly and leaves my skin with an airbrushed finish.  I find that using this brush allows for excellent coverage over any blemishes and skin imperfections.

The bristles on this brush are super soft…they are not at all coarse or stiff.

I’ve had this brush for well over a year and clean it on a regular basis and it never sheds and seems to be holding up well and is in nearly the same condition it was when I received it.

 

Pros:

  • Super soft bristles
  • Excellent quality
  • Provides an airbrushed and flawless finish

Cons:

  • Can’t really come up with any : )

 

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

lipI’m very picky when it comes to lip glosses so I am always on the search for ones that I really love and want to keep using.  This looked like a great opportunity for me to try out some of the most popular lip glosses Sephora had to offer and I’m glad I did because I found some that I really liked!

This 6 piece set includes (for $25.00):

  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (0.08 oz.)
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (0.12 oz.)
  • Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage (0.1 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (0.1 oz.)
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (0.1 oz.)
  • Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink (0.5 oz.)

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment: Nice sheer color with a berry rose hue.  I normally like Fresh products.  It’s not my favorite though only because of the color.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice color but there are other ones in this set that I like more.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child: This was my first time trying this product.  It is my favorite one out of all the glosses.  I love the color, Child, which is a sheer nude color.  It goes well with my skin tone and it’s not too heavy, thick or goopy.  It seems to last a while too.  This is one I would buy the full-size of.

Bite Beauty Lip Shine in Vintage: I like this one too.  This was my first time using a BITE product.  The gloss color is a sheer mauve which I like more than I thought I would.  This one also wears for a while.  It isn’t too thick, heavy or goopy for me either.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll: I love this one and would buy this one in the full size as well.  I like to use this on the center of my lips over top of another color to make them appear fuller.  It has just the right amount of shine and a hint of sparkle.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope: I haven’t tried this one yet.  I am guessing that even though I normally love Tarte products, this one is going to be my least favorite from the set.  I feel like the color may be too pink for my liking.

Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink: I’m not so crazy about this one.  The color is pretty and it has a nice subtle shimmer to it.  It is definitely high shine.  What I don’t really like about it is that it just seems to thick and goopy for me.  I wouldn’t purchase it in the full size.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before buying the full-size product
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace
  • Hourglass High Sheen Lip Gloss
  • Bite Beauty Lip Shine

Cons:

  • Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss (it’s not really bad–just not one that I really liked)

Sephora Favorites In The Glow Set

glowI’m a sucker for Sephora’s boxed sets.  They get me every time.  I think I have purchased every box set they’ve had available over the past year that was stocked full of makeup goodies.  They always have a ton of products that I want to try and I just hate shelling out money for a full sized product that I’m not completely sure I will love.  This is by far the best way to test all the latest, greatest and hottest makeup products available without buying them separately.

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Benefit High Beam (0.13 oz.)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (0.08 oz.)
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Flush (0.17 oz.)
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony (0.07 oz.)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Splendor (0.11 oz.)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight (0.106 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance (0.02 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic (0.14 oz.)
  • Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (0.08 oz.)

I like all the items in this set.  I have used a few of them in the past, so I knew I already liked them.  Since it’s spring now, I like to have more of a golden glow and there’s a lot of great products in here that give me that.  Plus, I can use different ones on different days and don’t have to use the same product day in and day out.

I would definitely recommend this set….you can’t beat the price!

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try these items at a smaller size before buying the full size versions
  • A great assortment of name brand products

Cons:

  • They are small so they won’t last a very long time (but I knew this buying it)

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)