The $10 Weekly – Physicians Formula BB Cream

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While at my local Superstore I browsed through the makeup section and discovered a massive sale of Physicians Formula products! I had recently read a Paula’s Choice Review that claimed the Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm was a great option for those who struggled with shine or didn’t want that dewy look. I don’t have oily skin but I do struggle from late day oil due to skin irritation and dryness. I’d been reading that something such as a BB cream or CC cream might actually be a better option for me than powdered products so I scored the Physicians Formula one for $10.97 rather $17.99! Good deal! Now is it worth it for about $10? Would it be worth it for $17?

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Their claims from the website:

  • All-in-1 Miracle Cream!
  • Ultra-blendable and lightweight cream effortlessly glides on, instantly infusing moisture, refining skin’s surface and providing protection from the environment. Skin looks and feels smooth, glowing & naturally flawless.
  • Ultra-versatile beauty balm simplifies your morning beauty routine by delivering the benefits of a Moisturizer & Foundation in one easy to use product!
  • Hypoallergenic. Fragrance-Free. Paraben-Free. Gluten Free. Dermatologist approved. Non-Comedogenic.

First of all, a quick soap box… the term “hypoallergenic” isn’t protected and can be defined by the vendor so always be sure to look at the ingredients first. Ok done. Moving on.

The Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm has an annoyingly long name. The claim that it’s a miracle cream is just marketing fluff but I do agree with the second and third point mentioned. This BB Cream is super blendable and I found many ways to use it! It goes on so smoothly. You can even use your fingers to blend it out if you’re in a rush. It’s very easy to work with and for that reason I think this BB Cream could be fantastic for someone’s “5 minute face” or in a rush routine.

Physician’s Formula also claims that their BB Cream is moisturizing and I have to say that I also find that to be true. My skin type is dry/combo/irritable. When my skin is irritated it often dries out and then I get late day oil from my skin over compensating for the dryness. It’s a tough battle and I find the only way to cure my late day oil is proper moisturization with very gentle products. If I have too much bad alcohol in a product it will make it worse. The Physician’s Formula BB Cream really helps with my moisturization and I noticed that when I use it my late day oil is dramatically reduced. This makes me VERY happy and has set me on a path to find more BB Creams. In the past I found BB Creams and CC creams to be too oily and “luminizing.” As result they aggravated my issues.

The finish of this BB Cream is “satin.” In other words, mildly shiny but not dewy. Definitely not matte. If you aren’t in to the satin finish just set it with a setting powder and it will turn in to a matte finish. That’s what I do and I love it! I would describe the coverage as medium at best. Your blemishes will still show through a little so have that concealer handy!

No BB Cream
No BB Cream
With BB Cream (and no concealer)
With BB Cream (and no concealer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The down side to this BB Cream is length of wear. On it’s own I found I get about half a day wear out of it. It won’t last a full work day. However this can easily be over come by pairing it with a primer and setting it. I have really been loving the combo of this BB Cream with Pur Minerals Hydrate & Balance primer. My skin is loving this combo! If I use a primer and set it I find that I can get a full work day out of it but by the time I get home I might need a touch up.

The colour selection for the Physicians Formula BB Cream is rather slim. They offer Light, Light-Medium and Medium-Deep. I had read that the light was the best colour match for most people and wasn’t actually very fair. I use the light and agree with that. The Light-Medium is apparently a little on the yellow side. So buyer beware – the colour selection leaves you wanting more.

The last thing that I think is missing in this product is an SPF. I guess it’s not so bad, you can just apply sun screen on your own. Still, it would have been a nice touch to apply one product and go.

Over all I’m very impressed with the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm. I think that it lives up to it’s claims. I would go so far as to say that I would buy it again and possibly even at full price. It’s easy to use and most importantly my skin seems to love it.

Sheena

 

 

7 thoughts on “The $10 Weekly – Physicians Formula BB Cream

    1. Oh, shoot, I was mistaken. I do love this BB and I have used it a lot. But my holy grail (until I stumbled upon Marcelle) was actually their Organic CC cream. 🙂

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    1. Oh my!! How exciting that you are coming up to visit The Great White North!! Physicians Formula is American and has a few “cult” classics. Their blushes and highlight products are loved by many 🙂 Some common Canadian brands are Marcelle, Annabelle, and Lise Watier. If you are in to eco-friendly makeup we also have some great brands such as Sappho (holy pricey!) and Pur Anada. If you need any pointers I’d be happy to help 🙂 Enjoy your trip! xoxo – Sheena

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