After reading a million reviews on Sephora.com before investing (seriously, the cheapest of these creams, Dr. Jart+, is $32), I meandered over to the store itself to try the Clinique version, since it’s the only line with two shades and I figured one must work on moi. By the way, I should probably note that these creams come in very, very limited shades. The Dr. Jart+ just comes in one color that is ideal for fairer types. Lucky for me, I am a pale ghost, but I still wanted some options, please. I liked that the Clinique version came in two tones: “Very Fair” and “Very Fair to Moderately Fair” (wildly creative). And I feel like Clinique can be trusted with skincare as well. So I tried it. Again, I am insanely pale, but the “Very Fair” looked too white and the “Moderately Fair” a bit too yellow. Alas, victory was not to be had that day.
At this point, I’ve used it a few times and I have to say the oil-free formula is definitely non-drying and non-irritating, but I can only really use it as a base. My blemished skin laughs at the “tint” that the B.B. cream provides. So I would recommend this product if you’re moderately fair and have good skin and are looking for an antioxidant-packed cream with SPF and just a tint of color. It’s not a heavy moisturizer and it’s certainly not a real foundation–two things I definitely need. I’ve been using it over my moisturizer and under my foundation and for that– as a primer with some added SPF that also tightens– I think it’s great. In that respect, it totally does what it says. So, nice work, Boscia. But, perhaps unfortunately, I need something more. I’ve learned that these creams, overall, are only “perfect” for a small subset of women. Sigh.