Dr. Jart+ is one of the latest and newcomers in the Malaysian market, and I have received one of their much-anticipated BB creams (my sentiments on BB and CC creams here), the Bounce Beauty Balm in 02 – Light/Medium.
Dr. Jart+ is a Korean brand, and I already have high expectations on getting a dewy finish with the Bounce Beauty Balm that Korean women (well, and men too) seem to be blessed with. Besides containing more than 40% of moisturising ingredients to hydrate skin, this BB cream also boasts being 10-free, more specifically free of 10 harmful additives: parabens, tar dyes, mineral oil (which I may be allergic to and had to get a shot for it), talc, artificial fragrance, denatured alcohol, triethanolamine, sulfate-based surfactants, propylene glycol, and petrolatum. I do not claim to be a chemist nor a chemical engineer, and my 4 years of chemistry in school isn’t enough for me for fully comprehend what these ingredients do, and as such I cannot fully endorse if these ingredients are in fact harmful.
My first impression of the product is that the packaging is a little simple, too simple, in fact. The plastic feels very thin that I’m sure it will crack and split open if it ever slips off my hands. The compact comes with a mirror (a plus) and with two trays: one for the sponge; another for the BB cream. The first tray opens to the side to reveal the mesh-covered BB cream, which does look rather comical at first with a piece of plastic sticking out. The second tray came with a sticker over the mesh with rather incomprehensible of what looks like a mini brochure in English. I have no disrespect to non-native English speakers as I myself am barely fluent in my native tongue, but I was dismayed that an Asian brand that is so well-known in the States could not have translated their product documentations properly. Any help with translating the Korean text is very, very much appreciated.
The BB cream is very creamy and heavy, and that already proves that the Bounce Beauty Balm is not your average BB cream. It does feel a tad bit heavy on the skin and takes a while to set, but redeems itself with medium coverage and dewy finish, and felt dewy too thanks to its hyaluronic acid content. With its broad spectrum SPF30 sun protection, it is also another plus and the BB cream does NOT leave a grey cast on your skin! I have to also note that I have only applied the BB cream using my fingers.
Two weeks later, I’ve noticed that my Bounce Beauty Balm has started to dry out, making application so much more difficult. It is impossible to blend the BB cream into my skin, thus leaving patches of product all over my face even after tugging my skin with my fingers. I have tried mixing the BB cream with my hyaluronic acid essence and serum respectively, but the BB cream would not mix together. Adding a few drops of hyaluronic acid essence into the compact doesn’t work as well because the essence just stays on top of the mesh (the BB cream has dried up and clogged the mesh). The dewy finish has been replaced with a matte finish as well, which isn’t too bad but I prefer a dewy finish. Like the rest of my skincare and cosmetic products, the Bounce Beauty Balm is stored away in my drawer, away from sunlight FYI.
Packaging faux pas aside, the Bounce Beauty Balm really was a dream to use, and I used rotate it daily with my Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream but only if I have the luxury to spare a few seconds to fumble with the extra trays before dashing out of the house in the mornings to get to the office. Not anymore as the Bounce Beauty Balm has dried out beyond use. Put the Bounce Beauty Balm in a tube or pump bottle to prevent it from drying out, and Dr. Jart+ would have the holy grail of BB creams in their hands.