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Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45- reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Sun Protection for Face
May 13, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
It is said that all Japanese women, whether teenage or mature, use at least one BB cream and every drugstore has a BB corner. Now Sephora has jumped on the BB craze and has brought Dr Jart+ BB creams to the US so you too can get to know these multitaskers that have created a new beauty category: the all-in-one that will treat various skin troubles like blemishes, roughness, discolorations, brown spots, open-pores while concealing imperfections.

Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 ($39) is billed as a “one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors” and so I was very intrigued to see how this BB cream would pull all this off.  Due to amazing powers of silicone it would seem. There’s more silicone here than a Sports Illustrated Calendar.

The only ingredient that seems to be in enough of a concentration to be considered as a meaningful active is arbutin, a skin lightening agent that is less harmful than hydroquinone. But then you have to wade through more silicone, aluminum hydroxide, polysorbate 80 (linked to reproductive issues), propylene glycol (an irritant), talc (possibly carcinogenic) and yet more silicone before alighting on the anti-inflammatory and wound healer adenosine.

And then, finally, Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm comes up with some really good things: Rh-oligopeptide-1 (Egf) is a recombitant human epidermal growth factor that repairs wrinkles and wounds and the power peptide Matrixyl 3000.

Sadly, they are barely footnotes in what looks like little more than a cynical attempt to make a high margin killing off of a fad.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Arbutin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Magnesium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Alcohol, Lecithin, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PVP, Platinum powder, Steareth-20, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.
  • August 31, 2011

    by Anna

    Thank you Marta, you just saved me a huge disappointment- as somebody that I know was raving about how great the bb creams are. Being an orthodox organic junkie, I know now it's not up my street at all.

  • August 19, 2011

    by NoeyD77

    Though I'm ashamed to admit, I hopped on the beauty balm wagon. I tried this product and several others like Smashbox, Boscia, etc and they all were horrible! First w/the exception of Smashbox which has color choices, the shades in which these BB's come in are waaay off for my skin tone, yet ironically I'm of mostly Asian ancestry. They all made me look like a geisha drag queen! Not the look I'm striving for. I have enough issues with this chalky look with my SPF products. Since BB's are all silicone base, just stick to using a regular makeup the complexion a much better look IMO...

  • May 13, 2011

    by Angela J


    I'm now wearing my morning tea after reading: "There’s more silicone here than a Sports Illustrated Calendar." HA! Say no more! It's always a pleasure reading your posts first thing - they keep me in good humor at least until lunch time.

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