The eco-beauty world has been abuzz recently with the launch of Jane Iredale’s BB Cream. If you haven’t heard of BB creams yet, feel free to come out from under the rock you live in and join us in the world! Just kidding ;o) But really, BB creams are popping up everywhere.
If you are not familiar with them, BB Creams started in Asia and are a primer, foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one. They usually have a thicker formula and full coverage (as opposed to a tinted moisturizer which tends to be sheer and light). I’ve tried a few here and there (and even a few non-‘green’ ones but don’t tell anyone) and haven’t found any I liked. So when I heard Jane Iredale came out with one, of COURSE I had to immediately get my hands on one. So glad I did because it’s great!
First, the colors. The colors are from 1 – 11 in odd numbers.
Update: Here are swatches that include the new colors that came out in 2014:
1 is a very neutral pale that is a little ashy. It looks darker than 3, which is more peachy in color and then 5 is slightly darker and much more yellow. I am around a NC15 and I get away with 1 or 3. NC15 is very close to BB5, I’d say in between BB3 and BB5, but BB5 is just a little too yellow for me. I really couldn’t tell the difference between 1 and 3 when they were on my face. I actually wore 1 on one side of my face and 3 on the other and no one could tell the difference, so they blend very well and are practically interchangeable. I’m not sure why but I like 3 more, could be because the number 3 is cool.
Update: BB6 is a perfect blend of BB5 and BB7. It’s definitely needed for medium skin tones who found 5 too light and 7 too dark or too yellow.
The jump between 5 and 7 is pretty big, and then again the jump from 7 and 9 is pretty big. I imagine a lot of women that aren’t pale but aren’t very dark may have a little trouble finding their perfect color because 5 and 7 are pretty yellow-toned. I’m hoping Jane Iredale throws in some new even-number colors in there for those mid-color ranges that are either pink or neutral-toned.
As for the darkest colors, 9 and 11 look very similar but 11 is slightly darker and a little more yellow toned while 9 is a little more neutral, perhaps a bit ashy.
Update: BB12 adds a darker color to the collection, which is great for women with dark skin. It’s a little cool-toned, and perhaps even a bit ashy.
Now for the coverage! This covers very well. How much you want it to cover is really up to you. When I used my fingers, it was FULL coverage. A little too full for me, I felt like I was wearing a mask. When I use a makeup sponge, it has more of a medium coverage, which is better suited to my personal taste. I’m used to seeing freckles on my face so when they disappear it just doesn’t look right to me.
I apply this on a clean face with no moisturizer. My skin is combo right now with summer (when it is 115 degrees out – would anyone’s skin still be dry??), and I found it just became a little too shiny with moisturizer underneath. It has a matte finish and looks just like my skin….with less freckles and more even-toned. My skin did not feel dry at all, which can happen with other foundations if I don’t wear a moisturizer underneath.
If your skin is dry, you will want to wear a moisturizer though. The one (and pretty much only) bad thing I did find with this is that it does not like skin flakies or dry patches. It really clings to them. So if you have flakes parts, make sure to get those nice and hydrated before putting this on.
This also wears nicely throughout the day. I found my forehead would still get oily about mid-day (the norm for me this time of year), but nothing a little blot wouldn’t fix. But the rest of my face looked fine and similar to how it always does. So this won’t necessarily keep your oily parts of your face from getting oily, but it doesn’t make non-oily parts oily – if that makes sense? It just matches how your skin normally is.
Since this does have good coverage, I was able to see how long it wore based on how well I could see freckles on my face. Given my extremely scientific method of freckle-spotting, I would say this had good coverage for about 6-8 hours. By the end of the day, I could see my freckles 100%. I never noticed any splotchiness as it wore off – with one exception. Dry spots. This really doesn’t seem to like dry spots at all and one day I did have a little dry patch under my left eye and it did stick to that. Kind of a bummer, but not too big of a deal. I was able to add a dab of moisturizer and smooth it out with my finger. Other than that, I think it wears really well!
I like the packaging of this, it is a squeeze tube, making it very handy to not only push out a little bit at a time, but you can toss in a purse and take with you to reapply if you want.
Now for the ingredients!
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 20% Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Lecithin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)
The SPF 25 sunscreen is a full titanium dioxide base, making it nice for sensitive skin like mine that does not like avobenzone or other chemical sunscreens. They also say it is water resistant up to 40 minutes which is really good! I believe it too because when I have put this on my face and tried to wash it off shortly after, it was actually a bit tough. This likes to stay on your skin! By the end of the day though, this washed off easily.
It has some nice antioxidants in it like white and green tea leaf extracts. I’ve been reading how antioxidants actually help sunscreen perform better so that is nice to see on there – and high up on the ingredients list too!
I was a bit worried about the radish extract, I feel like I have tried that in a skincare product before and my skin was very unhappy, but I haven’t had any problems with this and I’ve been wearing it every day for a few weeks now.
I’m not sure what the preservative system is – I’m guessing the honeysuckle flower extract? Will have to get back to you guys on that one.
Overall, I’m really loving this BB Cream. It protects my skin in the summer, provides good coverage and lasts quite awhile. Can’t really ask for more!
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Jane Iredale to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.