BB Cream: Airbrush in a Bottle.

Posted on January 5, 2012


I’m a big fan of BB cream because it makes you look like you’ve been airbrushed without a lot of makeup!~ Plus, they’re actually good for your skin! The perfect blend of skin care and makeup! I heart you BB Cream!

BB stands for Blemish Balm, Beauty Balm, Brightening Balm… really depends on who you ask. They’re meant to be an all in one product: moisturizer, coverage, primer and sometimes with SPF, antioxidants, vitamins, etc. I personally think of BB cream as a hybrid of a foundation and tinted moisturizer. This makes it a great for people who want an effortless “I’m not wearing makeup” look, but with a little coverage. BB creams can give you the natural look with the benefits of UVA/UVB protection as well as other restorative and protective properties. BB creams can be used alone or over moisturizer, depending on your skin.

I’ve used Korean brands for years and thought it was time to test out the brands available in the states now. I suspect finding a matching color will be the biggest challenge… Let’s see!?!?

I’ll review Clinique, Dr. Jart (Korean), boscia, and Dr. G (Korean) in this post. If you don’t like any of the options here, lease check out my other BB Cream reviews: Stila & Smashbox, Garnier, and Estee Lauder.


Clinique : Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 : 1.3oz: $38
Available at Bloomingdale’s | Nordstrom | Sephora
2 shades. Shade 1: pink undertones. Shade 2: golden undertones.
UVB protection

”This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start. SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, plus enough coverage to banish imperfections. The perfect primer, too. Why is BB Cream an Asian cult favourite? Clinique’s clients in Asia know it means perfect-looking skin. It will take you a minute to realize it’s true.”

Clinique: (1.3oz: $37= $28.61 per oz)
– color of the cream was too pink.
– dries quickly and absorbed well. probably not enough moisture for dry skin to wear alone.
– fuller in coverage compared to the other BB creams.
– only BB cream in my review that does not protect against UVA. disappointed indeed. see why UVA protection is important here.
– overall… not bad, but would never use this because the color does not match me.


Dr. Jart Dr. Jart: Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ (1.4oz: $39)
Available at: Sephora | Amazon
Available in 1 shade.
UVA and UVB protection

“A one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors. A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties. Ideal under makeup, its natural looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skin tone. Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity.”

Dr. Jart: (1.4oz: $39= $27.86 per oz)
– color was surprising a good match! well done Dr. Jart. still too bad there’s only 1 shade. if you’re pink.. this may not be a good match for you. (*later confirmed that this is a Korean brand which explains the name and why the color was such a good match for my very yellow asian skin)
– really moisturizing. left a bit more of a shine than others. this may not be the best option for oily skin.
– good coverage without looking like a mask.
– LOVE that it has an SPF of 45 and PA+++.  awesome UVA and UVB protection.
– overall… I’m quite impressed. I would consider replacing my current BB cream!


Boscia Boscia: B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++ (1.75 oz: $38)
Available at: Sephora | |
Available in 1 shade.
UVA and UVB protection

“This oil-free B.B. Cream is the ultimate multi-functional treatment. The gentle botanical formula creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. Comes in a self-adjusting, universal shade that warms to complement most skin tones for sheer, flawless coverage.”

boscia: (1.75 oz: $38= $21.71 per oz)
– color was not good with me. reminded me of the Jersey Shore’s cast and their obnoxious fake tans. unfortunately and/or fortunately, this product contains no parabens, which might be why the color looks so oxidated.
– consistency was sooo thick. also, it kept clumping as I tried to apply it on my face… almost like my face was repelling it. strange.
– full coverage if you can get it to cooperate and apply properly
– has an SPF of 27 and PA++. good protection. thought it was strange that it’s SPF 27… an odd number. guess they didn’t want to add 3 more for an even 30?! haha.
– overall… how should I put this delicately… I did not like it at all. The color was wrong for me, and I couldn’t get it to apply properly. I’m puzzled, because I’ve heard good things about this brand and their BB cream. I might give them another try… will keep you posted. As for now, I probably wouldn’t recommend this one.


  Dr. G
Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF 30 PA++ (60ml (2oz): $48)
Available at:
Available in 1 shade.
UVA and UVB protection
“It is B.B cream that serves as a whitening essence, makeup base of controlling sebum and foundation of light after-usage-feeling. As it contains the ingredients that protects a skin from UV light and various botanical elements, it is highly effective in hydrating and soothing a skin.”

Can you tell this brand is Korean by the awkward word choices? (I’m Korean, so I can say that right?!) Here’s a little background about Gowoonsesang in case you’re not familiar with them. Gowoonsesang means ‘fair world’ in Korean… fair as in beautiful, not just. “Gowoonsesang is the most famous cosmeceutical brand in Korea developed by 8 MD/PhDs, 43 dermatologists, 114 nurses, and 110 skin care professions. It is also the world’s 2nd largest medical skin care group. Gowoonsesang hopes to be remembered affectionately forever by our customers as having more developed natural ingredients and apply new technological know-how in developing Gowoonsesang cosmetics.”

Dr. G: (60ml (2oz): $48= $24 per oz)
– color wise, this one is the best match for me, but Dr. Jart is up there as well. If you’re super pink… not the one for you.
– moisturizing as Dr. Jart… but this one dries slightly more matte. perfect for dry skin. if you have oily skin, this is probably better for you than Dr. Jart… but I should note that some of my oiler skin friends still felt that Dr. G was still too “thick and moisturizing.”
– good coverage while looking natural.
– SPF of 30 and PA++. Not as high as Dr. Jart… but still good.
– overall… I love this BB cream. Color matches me well, it’s moisturizing, and provides that airbrushed look without making it apparent that I have makeup on.


Here are some swatches of the 4 BB creams:

You can see right away that some of the BB creams are not the right color for me. Too bad many brands only make it in one shade!


Moisture Test:

I wanted to see how much moisture was in each product. So I placed a drop of product on a sheet of paper and let it sit for 1 hour. Just as I suspected… the paper had absorbed the moisture from Dr. Jart and Dr. G, but nothing from Clinique and Boscia. Dr. Jart and Dr. G are indeed the most moisturizing of the bunch.



While I did consider switching switching doctors from Dr. G to Dr. Jart… I think I’m gonna have to stick with Dr. G.
Dr. G matches my skin tone very well, and it’s super moisturizing. Also, it was developed to help heal skin so I know it’s good for my skin too. Plus, it’s nice to know that Dr. G is cheaper than Dr. Jart by $3.86 per ounce!~

Remember: Color matching is the most important part when purchasing a BB cream, foundation or powder. No matter how good the product is… if it doesn’t match your skin perfectly, you’ll end up looking like you have a mask on.

Hope this has been a helpful product review!~

Products in this post:
Clinique : Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 : 1.3oz: $38 : Bloomingdale’s | Nordstrom | Sephora
Dr. Jart: Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ (1.4oz: $39) : Sephora | Amazon
Boscia: B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++ (1.75 oz: $38) : Sephora | |
Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF 30 PA++ (60ml (2oz): $48) :

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