When I saw this product on a display I did a double take because I’ve heard about BB creams. Who hasn’t really? It seems like it’s all the rage in Asia for quite some time now and the US is slowly catching on to the rage. But have you ever seen a BB powder? I bet not. Of course I snagged both shades.
According to Physicians Formula
1st ever Beauty Balm Powder form for a smoothing effect that instantly diffuses the appearance of imperfections, evens out skin tone and minimizes the appearance of pores.
Weightless powder acts as a protective veil from UV damage & moisture loss so skin looks and feels smooth, glowing and naturally flawless.
Use with the Concealer & Cream for the ultimate, high-performance wear.
A quick Google search led me to a number of BB powders sold outside of the US so I would think this is the first of its kind in the American market. The product itself is light-weight but very bulky. I would like to think that times have changed now, makeup occupies prime real estate in our vanities and companies should take note of this. Everything now is compact. Heck, they are even making sub-compact cars. Why shouldn’t makeup follow suit? Anyways, I just feel that this packaging could be more effective if the dead air is eliminated.
Packaging aside, let’s talk about what matters the most. The powder.
I have combination skin with an oily T zone, slightly dry cheeks (particularly during the winter months) and normal everywhere else. Prepping my skin on a daily basis involves cleanser, tonier, serums/treatment creams and moisturizer. I do this every day twice a day. I have used this powder on prepped skin and it accentuates the dryness at the tops of my cheeks a little bit while it does not do anything to keep my T zone from oiling up. With that result, I opted to add another step before applying the BB powder. I applied Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum all over except my T zone followed by the BB powder. I used a powder brush, MAC 134 and I loved the resulting effect. Skin looks smooth, visible pores on my nose are slightly less visible but acne scarring still shows through. This is very sheer. I also tried it using a flat top brush, Sephora Pro Buffing Brush #62 which resulted in more coverage all through out. Better blurring of visible pores (still visible though) but acne scars still visible. I have also used this together with the Super BB Cream (review to come) and as a on the go touch up powder. I would say my skin does not have any imperfections and skin tone is pretty even except for the occasional discoloration/marks acne leaves behind. So I can’t comment on the claim that it instantly diffuses the appearance of imperfections, evens out skin tone. It does make my skin look smoother and slightly blurs the appearance of visible pores on my nose. And let’s not forget the SPF it provides which is pretty good at SPF 30.
I’ve talked about how bulky the packaging is. And you can see why. The top cover is domed resulting in a lot of dead space in between. There’s a separate compartment for the included brush. The bottom has holes to keep the brush aerated. This system allows for the brush to be dry at all times while keeping the powder away from exposure. Cool, right? What’s not so cool is the brush. The bristles are made out of plastic, it is very stiff and scratchy. It would take forever for me to apply powder if I use that brush. Epic fail!
It comes in two shades light/medium and medium/deep. I could use both but the perfect match for me at this point is the medium/deep. Fairer skin tones can probably get away with the light/medium shade especially if sheered out. I don’t know how the medium/deep will do on darker skin tones though.
Final thoughts: As a BB powder it falls a little short. Coverage is build able but can accentuate dryness. At present, I find this to be useful as a on the go touch up SPF powder. Which is actually a good and cheaper alternative compared to Peter Thomas Roth Instant Powder SPF 45 (which I religiously use). I would probably get the most use out of this compact in the summer when the weather is hot and humid.