Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Dr.Jart+ Beauty Balms

So the big news this week is the launch of the Dr.Jart+ BB creams to the UK. I've made my reluctance to BB creams known in the past - generally sub-standard and loved by people who 'can't be bothered' to use the traditional serums/moisturisers/spf etc. I've always thought of them as the height of laziness.

However, two things:
I am asked almost daily to review certain BB creams by you lovely readers - and Dr.Jart+ brings to the table a different approach - they are launching four different creams to address dryness, excess sebum, dullness and ageing. What you do if you are 3/4 of those I haven't yet ascertained!

Firstly, a word on the packaging. It lists Boots as the registered address. I mean literally on the actual packaging. With that in mind I doubt you'll ever find this anywhere else. Boots seem to have thought wisely and said 'if you can't beat'em, buy'em'.

Although Boots are distributing it - it is still made in Korea - and the attention to detail shows on the pack. Boxed, heavy, substantial tubes, double wrapped, foiled and foil sealed. The Far East are obsessive about hygiene and it shows in this extremely pristine packaging.

I love it. Yeah fine. I said it. But I do. Especially this one:
Predictably my favourite is the one for over 30's. The ageing version. And I blind tested all four before I read up on them.
The textures of all four feels agreeable, not sticky, not too heavy and definitely not too ashen/chalky with SPF.

However, there is definitely an issue with colour for darker skins. I'm not talking about Afro-Caribbean or even Asian skins. I am very definitely olive skinned, with Cherokee Indian in the family - and I picked up colour on the two days of Summer we had last week. You remember - when you went out and didn't need your umbrella?

My point being - these are absolutely perfect if you are any type of traditional white, British (and American obvs) pale pink to slightly tanned complexion. Emanating from the Far East, they are very definitely aimed at that kind of skin colour.
At the moment they are too pale for me - but - *breathes* I like the textures and so will try them out - on the school run and over my usual moisturisers - I'm not going bareback with these suckers - no-one and nothing is making me give up my Chantecaille - and will report back.

In short, if you like BB's - and I know a lot of you do, you will love these. In fact, if all foundations came in this packaging I would be a very happy lady.
If however, you have skin tone similar to or darker than mine - you're still waiting my friend.

So far?

Packaging - 6/5 - adore
Texture - 5/5 - lovely
Colour selection - 2/5 - poor
Availability - 5/5 

Dr.Jarta+ is available on the Boots website right now priced from £18.00  - although it says awaiting stock -  and in Boots stores nationwide.

*very obviously PR samples - you know - on account of them not being on sale yet? :)


  1. Thanks for the heads up Hirons, this could be great for me! I'm not really sold by BB creams, especially not as something to replace your skincare (I don't understand why people get excited about restricting their skin to a one-size-fits-all aproach), BUT I am looking for a very lightweight tinted moisturiser/ sheer foundation for this job in Cairo. I was considering the Nars tint... anyone got any thoughts? Leila.

  2. I adore BB creams and will definitely have to try these out!

  3. I know its a BB cream but does it have much coverage or lasting power? (the ageing one)

  4. I love BB creams, I am all about being lazy with my makeup! I’m a bit concerned about the colour selection though.

  5. This is where I fall out of love with make up companies. If you're struggling with the tones, when will my medium chocolate colour skin get a look in? Oh well, moving on :-)

  6. Which Chantecaille do you use out of interest?

    1. Just Skin. I have Future Skin - but since Just Skin launched I've used nothing else.

  7. I tried the Water Fuse one this morning and it definitely is not for me. I went from Indian to being a corpse because of the grey tinge to the product... I haven't tried the others yet but I want to see if they all have the same life-snatching effect so will report back shortly! x

  8. Any bb creams for nc44 skin tones :(

  9. Aw, as I started reading I thought "I'm going to love this!" and then you dropped the shade bomb :-( its so difficult to find a Bb cream / tint for south Asian skins on the high st. This ones a miss for me, I guess :'(

  10. I can't wait to try these BB creams!! So excited that they're bringing some original BB creams over here, rather than trying to make terrible replicas of the original ones! I've currently got the Dr. Jart Black Label BB cream (bought from an Asian website), but I'm super excited that I can just pop to Boots and pick up an original Asian BB cream!

  11. BB creams are kind to me in a very good way.. apart from time saving on my putting in of make up, it's good to know that I have another set to buy. Thank you for sharing this one.. For now, I am still finishing my BB CREAM from Ettude House, that is a Korean product line since I am Asian it works well for me. But when I send 3 sets to my best girl friend in New Jersey (she's Caucasian) and she said the it suits her too. :) This one I will be definitely trying on.

  12. These seem lovely :)
    The only thing stopping me is I need to know.. Are they cruelty free?

  13. picked up the platinum one online.. christ on a bike its English winter bottom white, passed it onto my 70 yr old pale mum :) loving the nars tinted moisturiser though have u tried it out yet? I usually need more coverage than a TM but it just made me look like like I was glory and not greasy either.