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Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream- reviewed and recommended

Our Rating: 4 stars


Lightweight, comfortable and no nasties


A couple of ingredients need more research
August 30, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments
A BB cream that gets my vote

Even those of who don’t blindly follow the latest trend have likely hankered after a BB cream. BB fever came to the US via Japan and Korea and these multi-tasking creams seem like such a good idea: primer or foundation, sunscreen, skin brightener and anti-ager all in one. What’s not to like? Well, the ingredients mostly. As we saw with the one by Dr Jart+, they can be full of silicones and irritants. Not so, Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream ($48 in the shop). This is a BB cream that deserves a B+ grade.

Glow Time hits all the bases by offering a natural looking foundation that doesn’t compromise on coverage, there is a mineral SPF 25 with titanium dioxide as the sunscreen active, and some botanical antioxidants.

Now, the observant amongst you will notice that there are silicones listed amongst the ingredients. Jane Iredale tells me that these vegetable sourced silicones are derived from coconut alkanes. They are supposed to be a “green” alternative to silicones while not losing the silky feeling and oil control that they typically give cosmetic products. And I would certainly say that Glow Time gives a matte appearance to the skin, while feeling soft and lightweight.

Glow Time is so lightweight that almost instantly I forget that I am wearing it. And yet this is no wimp in the performance department. Coverage lasts all day and into the evening.

Useful anti-aging ingredients include antioxidant green and white teas, vitamin C and apple extract. There’s even our friend radish root (a safe preservative). On the subject of natural preservatives, there is honeysuckle extract. This actually is a little controversial because it is said to contain para-hydroxy benzoic acid, which behaves in a very similar way to synthetic parabens. I haven’t gotten to the bottom of this yet and I will do some more research on this soon.

I am also at a bit of a loss to explain chlorella vulgaris/Lupinus Albus protein ferment. This is white lupin extract fermented with algae. However, I found a study that says that fermenting lupin extract causes the antioxidant components to drastically diminish. At the same time, I haven’t been able to find anything very substantial on what the actual benefits of this ingredient are.

Still, it wouldn’t be a BB cream if there wasn’t a teensy frustration associated with it. Hence the B+, rather than straight A, grade.

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)

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  • November 24, 2013

    by Gloria

    Can you give me an idea what is the most neutral color. It is hard to tell by the little swatches on the website.

  • November 24, 2013

    by Gloria

    I am wondering about the colors. Hard to know what to order. Any idea what is the most neutral?

  • October 4, 2013

    by amber

    love the coverage but made me break out terribly and made my face greasy. ill try to stick with the powders

  • August 5, 2013

    by Megan

    I do love Jane Iredale's products however I must write a negative review about this product. I was thrilled at first that Jane Iredale made a BB Cream as all the ones I have tried from the drugstore and sephora made me break-out and left my skin oily. I am certain it was due to the silicone among other not so favorable ingredients.
    Regardless of where the silicones are derived from in the Jane Iredale BB Cream, I still find that it causes terrible break-outs!! My break-outs tend to be caused by hormones or stress but they typically remain in a few spots. This BB Cream made me break-out all over my forehead and cheeks!!! These are two areas that I rarely..if ever encounter break-outs.
    In addition, the consistency of this BB Cream is much too thick! It is like putting on heavy theatre makeup!
    I must say that I do use Jane Iredale powder with SPF and I am very happy with it. I just hope they can now make a BB Cream without pore clogging silicones!

    Can anyone recommend a great BB Cream for dry skin that does not clog the pores or contain silicones?

  • February 7, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Sarah, we actually do sell this now. You can buy it on this page:

  • February 7, 2013

    by Sarah BG

    I have been using this foundation for about 8 months and I LOVE IT! The coverage lasts all day and makes your skin look completely even and glowing. It is full coverage so a little goes a really really long way but as long as it is applied with a cosmetic sponge it will look like you naturally have flawless skin. Hope you get this in the shop soon, I would much prefer to buy this here!

  • February 5, 2013

    by Charley

    It's about time this made it to the Shop! Your review has tantalized us long enough. Thank you! I'd love to see a review of the Dream Tint "brighteners" -- is that in the works?

  • October 27, 2012

    by Marta

    We would love to Michele, but when we approached Jane Iredale the response was that they were too busy to take on another distributor.

  • October 26, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    Any chance of us getting it in the store?

  • October 22, 2012

    by Karen

    I have spent upwards of $150.00 on foundations, but BB with some loose powder swept over it is by far the most impressive product I have used over the last twenty years. Blemishes are covered and my skin is left glowing.

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