Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

by Too Faced   
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$34 - 1.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:
3/24/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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If you’re curious to find out what all the fuss over BB creams is about, this is an excellent option to consider. But before you get too caught up in the hype, know that for the most part, BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers, often with sunscreen. Most include some beneficial ingredients that may or may not be present in tinted moisturizers, but that’s where the excitement stops. BB creams hold no advantage in terms of multi-tasking beyond what the best tinted moisturizers with sunscreen provide. And despite their names, they’re not particularly beneficial for blemishes (think acne, red marks, white bumps, etc.).

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 earns its rating due to its gentle mineral sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection and because its formula, packaged in an opaque tube, is chockfull of plant and vitamin-based antioxidants. Also worth noting is the 1.5-ounce size, which is larger than the normal 1 ounce fill.

This has a lightweight, slightly moisturizing texture that slips smoothly over skin, making even application easy. It provides sheer coverage and sets to a satin finish that leaves a healthy, enlivened glow. The fragrance-free formula is best for normal to dry skin and also suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin (though if you have pronounced redness this won’t provide satisfactory coverage). Those looking for a less expensive, lighter-weight version of this product may want to consider Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 20.

Three of the four shades are great; be careful with Beach Glow, which is on the peachy side. Also, the lightest shade (Vanilla Glow) is a bit too yellow for fair skin but still deserving of an audition in store.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5%; Zinc Oxide 5%; Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Phytantriol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Iron Oxides.

The story of how this line came to be is echoed by almost every new cosmetic company nowadays, a familiar tale that is as disingenuous as it gets. What's the tale? It's that old yarn about a makeup artist being dissatisfied with what's available because he or she just can't find the cosmetic products that are needed to create a truly beautiful makeup application.

In Too Faced's version of this recycled tale, Jerrod Blandino was working at a department store cosmetics counter and, despite the hundreds of products available, couldn't find what he needed. Of course his clients happened to be A-list celebrities (isn't that how this story always goes, and there are plenty of celebrities around who do need help) who demanded the best, and as a true artist, Jerrod was committed to providing it to them.

So, Jerrod went to work, mixing and creating cosmetics at his home in the microwave, producing products that would meet his prestigious clients' high standards and glamorous needs, all because apparently none of the thousands of products anywhere in the world were good enough. And even though in interviews in fashion magazines celebrities were frequently extolling their favorite department store products, those celebs probably weren't Jerrod’s clients.

As the story continues, word among the glitterati started to spread—that Jerrod was the makeup artist to see if you wanted true originality. Hollywood began clamoring for his services, and talk of his skills quickly reached legendary proportions. No one could turn an ugly duckling into a glamour girl like Jerrod. Soon, it seems, all of his creative talent making those new products just could not be contained in a domestic kitchen. What was a talented goddess-maker to do?

Apparently, the solution was to share his idea with Jeremy Johnson, marketing pro and a friend of Jerrod's. The men joined forces, and voilá: Too Faced Cosmetics was born. Since its inception in 1998 this brand has approached (some may say harangued) women with the question: "Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?" Of course, anyone looking to become gorgeous from Too Faced products is basically tied to Jerrod and Jeremy's idea of what that means—and it may not jibe with yours, especially if "maximum glitter" isn't on your list of makeup must-haves.

Like many other celebrity-inspired makeup artist lines, most of the items you'll find in this one are engulfed in loads of hype and are no better than many products from other lines that sell for half the price (just check out Jane, Sonja Kashuk, Rimmel, or even Maybelline New York).

Too Faced has lots of pink packaging and glitter so it's hard to ignore the flash this line brings to the cosmetics department, but that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the products. If you're tempted to take a peek (and you will be), you'll find Too Faced has some great bronzing powders and a cream eyeshadow that's truly exceptional. They also have a foundation worth considering if you can get past the convoluted, hard-to-use packaging. The eyeshadows are good, too (although not great), but you have to accept that all of them have some degree of shine, a fact that won't be a problem for younger women but if wrinkles are something you're trying to hide, shine will just make them more obvious.

For all the exaggeration and puffery of this line, what is really disappointing are the mascaras, a paltry, dismal selection of eyeliners, a concealer with irritating ingredients, and an overall limited product selection. If Jerrod really believed that there weren't products from other lines that were good enough for his clients, he clearly didn't know where to shop or what to look for.

For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics call (949) 553-4431 or visit the Web site at www.toofaced.com.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. MICHELLE L.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 13, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Too 'Oily' Faced
    • Wanted to love it. Faithfully used for 3 months because I loved the sun-kissed glow that the Nude Glow gave. And its packed with good stuff for the skin. But everyday I had oily slick looking skin. I tried every powder to keep the shine down but to no prevail. And I think it didn't help my skin at all. No acne break outs but my skin looked dull and uneven after removing. Finally went back to my beloved Tarte BB Primer that works great on controlling my oily skin and my skin looks healthy.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Finally!!!!
    • I have been using Stila tinted moisturizer for over a year and I love it! I had to change because the shade I was using was too dark. I switched to Beauty Balm a month ago and can't believe how wonderful my skin looks and feels! This product is moisturizing and offers great coverage. I have very sensitive skin and have not had any signs of irritation from this BB cream!

  3. Annette D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 19, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Not for acne- prone.
    • I believe the SPF is the reason people breakout with this beauty balm. Generous size compared to other brands. Impressive except for causing breakouts. Does amazing things for the skin. Amazing ingredients, impressive.

  4. Cathy
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Paula please make a similiar product!!
    • I have combo skin and most BB's are either really greasy, too sheer, or are so light and pink I look ill. I wear this in Linen glow- a light/medium yellow beige shade and it's so beautiful. The coverage is light and looks very natural, plus it lasts all day with powder. I feel it is a bit overpriced. HOWEVER I think if Paula's Choice made something like this it could be better! Perhaps a light coverage foundation that leaves a more "radiant" but non-greasy feeling finish? Please consider!!

  5. Kathy F
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 08, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Finally!!
    • I have been using mineral powder foundations for 10 yrs but as I've gotten older they just pronounce my lines. Liquid foundation is too heavy and just feels like a mask. I tried this after reading a review, knowing I could return if didn't work, and many didn't, but....... I LOVE IT!! I have mild rosacea and it covers the redness and to me works a lot like mineral makeup, your natural skin shows through only better!!! I am light-medium color and Cream glow in this is a perfect match!

  6. Madison L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    New light shade! Love!
    • After reading paulas review I decided to try this. I have used many bb creams which unfortunately never matched my extremely fair skin tone. They have a new shade called "snow glow" which is the lightest shade. At first I thought seeing it out of the tube it might be a tad tan, but once I blended it on my face it was a perfect match! My skin is almost Snow White, with some redness & mild acne. I absolutely love this sheer coverage & silky smooth bb cream, super lightweight, grease free!

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 19, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Covers Well and Moisturizes
    • Having tried several BB creams, I have to give this one high marks. For starters, the shade Nude Glow is perfect for me--has gold undertones, but is not too dark or too yellow. Some BB lines are too gray on my skin--this one gives me a warm and healthy glow, even in winter. There are many shades of this product--a plus for skin tones that need more options other than shade one and shade two. It's VERY moisturizing--unlike some other lines that go on matte and can be drying. For that reason, it can be a bit too rich for our hot and humid Northeastern summers. But for winter, it's superb to combat the drying effects of icy winds outdoors and drying indoor heat. Easy to apply and blend. . .I have mild rosacea and I also find it covers redness well, the SPF 20 is a nice bonus for outdoor exercisers. I'd definitely buy this again despite the price tag. . .I consider it money well-spent!!

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