BB Bounce Beauty Balm SPF 30 promises to firm skin, correct uneven skin tone and provide sun protection, and to a certain degree, it delivers!
The fragrance-free formula contains a mix of beneficial ingredients such as arbutin (for correcting uneven skin tone and lightening dark spots), Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil (inhibits collagen-breakdown and reduces inflammation), hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid (has skin-repairing properties), as well as other anti-irritants and antioxidants. Unfortunately most of these are lower down on the ingredient list, meaning they are being used in concentrations not likely to produce major results, but it's better than nothing.
The major anti-aging benefit Bounce Beauty Balm delivers is broad spectrum sun protection. Those with sensitive skin will be happy to know that the SPF comes from gentle, mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).
The compact that this comes in minimizes exposure to air and light (both of which can break down some of the superstar ingredients mentioned above), but the problem is that the gimmicky design is also a tad wasteful. Essentially the fluid-cream texture is dispersed through a mesh barrier as you apply pressure with the included sponge (or your fingertips). The mesh barrier makes it difficult to see how much product you have left and as you near the end, it's hard to extract the last of it. This would have been easier (and less messy) to use if it came in a squeeze tube or pump style applicator. We do, however, appreciate the built-in mirror for touchups on-the-go.
In terms of performance, Bounce Beauty Balm offers buildable coverage that goes from medium to full. Blending does take some extra effort since the tenacious formula has a bit of drag to it, but you can count on worry-free wear throughout the day. Although the formula is described as "ultramoisturizing" it looks and feels more matte. Hence, we'd recommend this for normal to oily or combination skin, including breakout-prone skin.
Currently only two shades are offered, Light-Medium and Medium-Dark, both of which are flattering but not sheer enough to cover the wide range of skin tones out there. The Light-Medium shade is too dark for those with fair skin, and the Medium-Dark shade is too light for deep skin tones. In other words, only if you have light to medium skin will one of the two shades work for you. That doesn't make this a bad product, just limiting.
All in all, this "Beauty Balm" provides good coverage with some extra beneficial ingredients. It's up to whether you think the price and packaging issues are worth it.
(By the way, if you're curious about the hype surrounding BB creams/Beauty Balms and what they're really supposed to do, check out our article here.)
- Buildable medium-to-full coverage.
- Holds up well throughout the day.
- Broad spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit.
- Contains some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Matte finish is ideal for normal to combination or oily skin.
- Packaging is somewhat flawed.
- Not "ultramoisturizing" as claimed.
- Limited shade range.