Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25
1.5 fl. oz. for $36
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This BB cream cannot detoxify skin, because skin doesn't excrete toxins, not to mentioned the body uses the liver and kidneys to detoxify. Despite the detox portion of the name being silly, this is one of the better BB creams out there, and the price is fairly reasonable. The fragrance-free formula contains a blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for broad-spectrum sun protection, while the silky, lotion-like formula (dispensed from a pump, but pump carefully because this can squirt our forcefully) glides over skin, providing light coverage and setting to a soft matte finish.

Unlike some Korea-made BB creams, this one doesn't feel too thick or make skin look mask-like. However, its tint is definitely geared toward those with fair to light skin tones (only one shade is offered). This will look too ashen on medium to dark skin but it provides decent coverage for minor flaws while protecting skin from further sun damage. We like that the soft matte finish doesn't look flat or dulling, so this works well on its own or as part of a complete makeup routine.

Beyond the sunscreen, the chief beneficial skin-care ingredient is arbutin, present in an amount that should prove helpful for lightening dark spots. The formula also contains some notable antioxidants, though these are present in much smaller amounts. Still, better to see a small amount of antioxidants than none at all! Note that the amount of alcohol is not cause for concern.

Best for normal to combination skin not prone to breakouts (the amount of mineral actives could potentially clog pores, but this isn't true in all cases, so you may want to experiment), consider this another winning BB cream from Dr. Jart. Those with dry skin will find this BB cream's finish progressively drying on its own, but it's fine if you apply an emollient serum or moisturizer first. The formula is suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection from gentle mineral actives.
  • Fragrance-free and well suited for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.
  • Silky, lotion-like formula doesn't feel thick or heavy.
  • Leaves a non-dulling matte finish.
  • Amount of arbutin is likely beneficial for treating dark spots.
  • The amount of antioxidants is on the low side (but that's a minor quibble).

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 9.533%; Zinc Oxide 3.840%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Arbutin, Iron Oxides, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Calcium Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Beeswax, 1,2 Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Ubiquinone, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caviar Extract, Propylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Alcohol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Benzoate

Brand Overview

Dr. Jart+ At-a-Glance

Strengths: The BB creams (Beauty Balms) provide broad-spectrum sun protection and are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Expensive; BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen; the masks are gimmicky and minimally helpful for skin.

Dr. Jart+ is a line of skin-care products based in Korea. Its most popular products are the Beauty Balms, known in the United States as BB creams. Before we discuss this brand's contribution to the BB cream craze, we want to state that at this time we are reviewing only the Dr. Jart+ products that are available at U.S. Sephora stores. If you visit the Korean Dr. Jart+ Web site, you'll see several other skin-care products are offered. We might review those in the future, but it's clear that the questions we've received about this brand have to do with the BB creams.

No information is available about an actual Dr. Jart, and our Korean friends tell us there is no actual Dr. Jart, so it is a made up name to help give the line some credibility. According to the company's English Web site, the brand is supposed to be the brainchild of multiple dermatologists as well as 21 "medical specialists." That's a lot of cooks for one product line, but as we've reported before, and as many of you know from experience, there are plenty of doctors' products that are terribly formulated and that come in bad packaging. All that really counts is whether or not you should give this line a closer look, despite the marketing claims

It didn't take much review to discover that there is nothing particularly medical or dermatologist-oriented about these products. The people behind Dr. Jart+ don't have access to any special ingredients other cosmetic companies can't use, and their products contain no unique ingredients that have any research showing that they improve skin. U.S. Sephora stores sell two BB cream options from Dr. Jart+; one of them is great and the other is lacking in too many areas to make it worth purchasing. But the question remains, should you purchase a BB cream at all? They are not must-have products, and most are far from being the "new idea in skin care" they're made out to be. Essentially, whether they're called BB creams, Blemish Balms, or Beauty Balms, all of these products are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. Some include a helpful amount of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (vitamin C, arbutin) to improve brown spots. Such discolorations are considered a blemish in Asian cultures, but that's the only distinguishing feature. Compared with standard tinted moisturizers, BB creams typically provide slightly to moderately more coverage. In that sense, they fall between tinted moisturizers and foundations, but many BB creams go on sheer also; so, ultimately, it comes down to the individual products. If you're happily using a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, there's no reason to forgo it in favor of a BB cream, but there's no harm in testing them out to see if you prefer their effect. Most won't notice much difference between them and a tinted moisturizer.

For more information about Dr. Jart+, visit http://www.drjart.co.kr/global/eng/.

Note: The company does not publish a phone number on its Web site, which doesn't bode well for building consumer trust or obtaining any help from customer service, so buyer beware.

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It help reduce the breakout. Good my tan skin tone

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K. Chotkovit

While this BB cream only comes in one color, it's a perfect color for me and one I've not been able to find in another foundation or BB cream. I've tried at least a dozen different products looking for something that doesn't cake in my wrinkles or look yellowish on my skin. This product has a very beige tone that cuts down on redness while providing a sheer coverage that blends with my neck color. I love this product!

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Heavy Feeling

I wound up returning this to Sephora because it felt heavy on my skin. It gave pretty good coverage, but I didn't think it looked very natural on my face. I looked pasty. I have such porous, sensitive skin that it's difficult for me to find the right foundation, which I wouldn't wear at all if I didn't have things to hide.

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Excellent for aging skin

Like many other westerners, I went on a BB cream jag last spring. Since Paula hadn't yet reviewed BB creams (always my first consideration) I began my investigation by checking out Makeup Alley. Under "Product Reviews>BB Creams," I clicked through the "would buy again" column until I got the list in descending order from 100% and, starting with the highest rated, began my research. Dr. Jart Black label and skin79 Triple Action (orange) garnered the most repurchase nods, so I began with them. I purchased both from Korea through amazon.com for about $20 each, including shipping. Both were wins and i continue to use them today. I'm lucky that all the BB creams I've tried work well with my fair skin tone. Dr. Jart Black Label gives even, light coverage, decent SPF protection, and very even colour to my fair to light combo skin. I do blot after about two hours but the colour and coverage remain true throughout the day. I wear it over Paula's excellent Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying moisturizer for long-lasting, even coverage and extra sunscreen protection. I add a bit of Paula's face powder in the morning and after blotting throughout the day, to maintain the SPF. I don't understand people who buy products without any research. Ads and magazine editorials are notoriously unreliable. I figured out that the latest "miracle" ingredient touted by any cosmetic company was just gobbledygook forty years ago after asking myself why, if XYZ was such a special discovery, I never heard about it anywhere but in a cosmetic ad. I was happy to pay for Beautypedia when it first launched because Paula and her team's work educated me about skincare and makeup products, and saved me money, too. I was thrilled when it was folded into PC and became free. I love Paula's skincare products because they deliver on their promises at a reasonable price. Paula's team's recommendations for other products are usually spot on. I buy only products rated "best" or "good," keeping my skin and wallet happy. Thank you, Paula!

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Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25

Hello, I have been a fan of Paula for about 10 years now. I have about 4 books of her, and was a subscriber to Beautypedia when it was a paid subscription. I have tested out products she recommended, as well as one's she did not recommend, and for the most part everything that was reviewed by her stands to be true. Today, I only try out products that have the BEST status or a step below, depending on my skin care needs, so I decided to try out this Dr. Jart BB Cream, and it's great! I currently use Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer (also rated high by Paula) and I still will use this, as I prefer to have a few skincare products. I went to Sephora, and my advice is to have them give you a sample of whatever you need. I took home a same of Dr. Jart, and loved it, and recently purchased it. For the price, you can't go wrong. I live in the Northeast, and my skin in the winter is slightly dry, to Normal. (combination in the summer). I use Bobbi Brown's Tinted Moisturizer all year round, and I suspect I will be doing the same for this Dr. Jart BB. The one thing that stands out the most, is that Dr. Jart's BB is slightly less greasy than the Tinted Moisturizer I am using, and also provides more coverage (I would say it's a light coverage). I am very fussy in what I put on my face, and this blends in well, doesn't show up in my pores like a heavier coverage foundation does! Just get as sample and try it! Thank you!

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