I have heard quite a few things about BB (Beauty Balm) Creams. And only just recently. I, in no way, claim to be an expert on this particular product. These are incredibly popular in Asia and have just reached stateside.
On my trips to Sephora I ignored these. I simply was not interested. I try to be very careful about what I put on my face as of late. I tend to break out using anything new, especially heavy face creams, foundations, etc. But on an excursion a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a tube of the Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB cream. I was intrigued. I put some on my hand and was treated to a delightful cooling sensation. I thought about it for a moment and decided it would be a good summertime experiment.
I tried it out before reading the reviews online, much like I would prefer to read a book before seeing the movie. I want to decide for myself. And there is a mixed basket of reviews out there. There are some who say this is not like a BB Cream at all and you'll likely be disappointed, and others who rave they won't use anything else. So which side do I fall on? I have to say- so far- I like it.
I think, overall, this product is pretty amazing. It's incredibly hydrating and gives me a dewy glow I haven't had in years. You can see water droplets form on your skin as you apply it. It has sunscreen built in, which is great for my forgetfulness. Honestly, without built-in SPF, I'm walking out the door without sun protection a majority of the time (cue the collective gasp). I know. The color, while great for me, I doubt is universal. I'm pretty pasty, I'm not copy-paper white, but I am pale. This works for me, so I do not see it working for (lucky) olive-skinned ladies. My main complaint is the lack of coverage. I would say this is, at best, medium coverage. I even want to say it's on the low-end of medium coverage. I do have a few lingering spots that this cream does not cover. I still need concealer. Bear in mind, I typically use concealer with a regular foundation. And after a full day, my forehead was slightly shiny, not dewy and glowing. Easily remedied with a blotting paper.
Having never used a BB Cream, Dr. Jart's Water Fuse was just shy of perfection. Had I used something with better coverage providing similar benefits, I may have been a bit let down. So should you buy this one? I can't say it's for everyone. If you need minor coverage and just want something to even skin tone and provide you with a gorgeous glow, go for it. If you need heavy coverage, maybe skip this one unless it's summer and you're looking for something lighter.