"Me and Dr Jart we got a thing going on"
If you keep up with Liz and I on Twitter you will know that we talk a-lot about Football, the book Fifty Shades of Grey , Collagen Shots and that I have issues with my skin. It’s the ultimate hate / hate relationship. I hate it and it must hate me for playing up the way it does. So when I hear that a new BB cream is coming over to the UK market I get well.........a little bit excited.
I have been trying to curb my spending and not ‘treat’ myself to anything but essentials. I have a holiday with the girls to pay for; another reason to look my best as I hit the dizzy heights of Barcelona plus I really want to decorate my dreary looking kitchen. It’s getting ‘funked’ up using Mr Perswall (but I will save that for another post) But just to wet your appetites - its good.
Anyway to get back to the story - following a hair-wash a couple of nights ago using non –other than Avons ‘Coconutman’ Shampoo for under 6 year olds!!! I thought to myself something’s got to change I have a good job and I shouldn’t have to be making do, using cheap as chips kiddie shampoo (plus I go mad when they pinch mine!) Ok I smelt blinking lovely as I walked around the house and I could have eaten my own head as I kept catching the whiff of coconuts - but really, come -on!!
It didn’t take long or much self-persuading as in just under 10 minutes I had been on-line and seemingly ordered half of Boots including the new BB cream Dr Jart+ Premium. Because I convinced myself I deserved it.
I personally blame Mr Coconut .............
I waited patiently and into our reception some 2 days later strolled Mr Jart in all his glory! Stylish looking in his gold jacket (box) he looked 'the business' right from the word go. I opted for Premium which is aimed at all us lucky people over the age of 30 and is marketed as a multi-action skincare and make-up. It firms, it moisturisers, protects and corrects. It provides a sunscreen – SPF 40 (I applaud you), brightens and conceals an uneven skin tone. Basically It’s the DADDY.
I looked at him fondly with my fingers crossed hoping that he would actually do what he promised. I have in the past sampled other BB Creams and although at the time I gave them the thumbs up I did not continue to use them. Most were just tinted moisturisers, of which I had plenty, masquerading as BB creams.
BB Creams are like the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Every bodies either talking about them, trying one out to see whether it’s for them and like Mr Grey they hope they find their perfect match – one which doesn’t want to tie them up for pleasure BUT that will make them glow like they just have been!
Little Elvis makes a move on Dr Jart also...
Unless you’ve been hiding under an apple tree you will be aware that BB creams were first introduced into the marketplace in Korea and that a true BB cream should offer anti-aging properties, a pigmentation that conceals and acts like a foundation, has brightening or whitening benefits, a high SPF and has healing properties to address scarring. Apparently the formula was created by dermatologists and prescribed to patients following laser skin surgery as it contained ingredients to sooth and had skin regeneration properties.
Traditionally BB creams are thick, creamy and quite pigmented which for a person like me who does not like the feeling of anything on her skin, apart from the caress of Mr Funny Fish (permission to be sick) this should have put me off straight away. However my quest for perfection is becoming so obsessive that I am prepared to give anything a go! We're heading towards banana on forehead territory again.
Foundation makes me feel grubby and I can never wait to wash it off. It sits in my pores , clings to my drier areas, while practically running off my greasier ones. I hate it when you can actually see foundation sat on your skin like a mask – it’s so unattractive. You can therefore imagine my delight when on first application Dr Jart was not thick at all, in fact quite the opposite, it is fairly runny and it absorbed into my skin quickly and easily. It felt soothing and the results were impressive; it looked as though somebody had taken a fuzzy pen and softened out all my imperfections. I doubt it would cover anything ‘major’ and you would need to also apply concealer but it is a great makeup base, one which I have found lasts for a good 8 hours without the need for touching up. Unlike Garniers BB cream it was not in the least greasy and the colour was not as orangey. It is by far the best BB cream I have tried to date – but please bear in mind while this is good it is no great feat as I have only ever tried 2!!
Above Dr Jart Beauty Balm as it comes - you can see where almost a perfect match
So Speaking of colour as with many other BB creams this is one of Mr Jarts downfalls -and things were going so well. Basically it comes in just the ONE shade!! One shade suits all??? I don’t think so. Luckily I think they had me in mind when they formulated my 'new friend' as it could have been made for me and my complexion. If you are slightly tanned, have orangey tones or are black then unfortunately this one is a big No No. As with the previous BB creams I have tried they are all on the pale side and could make you look chalky if you were not careful.
The rather sexy looking Dr Jart above.
So my overall verdict:
I like it a-lot. I’m kind of growing fond of Mr Jart and the way he makes my ‘below average’ skin look and feel . It’s a subtle difference and one maybe only I would notice when I scrutinise myself to within an inch of my life in the bathroom mirror. Its a fact that nobody looks at your skin half as closely or in as much detail as you do yourself. I look fresh, dare I say dewy and my skin looks better with it on than it would do without.
I have heard reports that after a few days usage people have broken out in spots, this maybe due to the consistency, but then again as previously stated I find it feels very lightweight. I have been using Mr Jart for just over a week and to date have experienced no problems - but I suppose there is always time! I will,of course, keep you posted.
I would be keen to try other BB creams so that I could compare and I hear Missha Perfect Cover is pretty good – one to check out in the not too distant future. But my friends for now, I’m happy and that will do just nicely !
You can grab your own sexy little 40 ml tube from Boots either in store or on line , priced at £18.00 - £24.00. Mine (Premium) was £24.00 plus delivery.
There are 4 to choose from:
Water Fuse SPF 25 Ideal for those aged 20-35, natural fresh looking and one which controls sebum.
Regenerating SPF 30 Strong coverage for redness and spots. It will not rub off as easily as traditional cosmetics and is suitable for problem or sensitive skin again ideally for those aged 20 to 35.
Platinum SPF 30 high coverage in a light application, which is suitable for those in their 30’s and then of course
Premium SPF 40 the one as described above
I’m sure other places will stock it also, so as I always advise shop around as you never know you may find it slightly cheaper.
Have you tried Mr Jart ? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Please let me know as it would be lovely to hear your thoughts.
Until next time......