04.02.2015
60
Air Buffed BB Cream SPF 20
0.98 fl. oz. for $39
Expert Rating
Community Rating (5)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Air Buffed BB Cream SPF 20 stands apart from most BB creams because it's not packaged in a tube; instead, it's packaged in a compact with a twist-off cap. Its texture is similar to a cream-to-powder foundation, and it provides light to medium coverage.

The packaging is more cumbersome than convenient, with a bulky twist-off cap and built-in brush compartment. The tiny kabuki "buffing" brush affixed to the cap is more appropriately sized for use on eyelids than for applying makeup to the entire face. That said, this BB cream applies well, whether you use a brush (preferably full-size) or a sponge.

This product is best for those with normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. It provides mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection and, therefore, is great for sensitive skin and for use around the eyes. The shade selection is limited to options for light to medium-light skin tones, but the colors are neutral and sheer enough to work for fair to medium skin tones.

One other point: The formula is simplistic and doesn't contain any anti-aging or skin-lightening ingredients that the best BB creams do.

Pros:
  • Provides mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection when applied liberally.
  • Neutral shade selection (not too pink, not too yellow).
  • Ideal for sensitive skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Brush is too small to conveniently apply makeup to the entire face.
  • Ordinary formulation, which lacks the antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients that the best BB creams contain.
Community Reviews
Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (8.3%); Inactive Ingredients: Triethylhexanoin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Dextrin Palmitate, Mica, Iron Oxides, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Water, Silica, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract

Brand Overview

Too Faced At-A-Glance

Too Faced is the brainchild of Jerrod Blandino, who got his start in the cosmetics industry as a department store makeup artist in the '90s. According to brand lore, Blandino's clients sought him out for his lighthearted, playful approach to beauty, which led him to create his own line. Soon he teamed up with business partner Jeremy Johnson, and launched Too Faced. The brand caught on quickly, getting distribution in stores like Nordstorm and Sephora.

Too Faced's biggest hook is its emphasis on a feminine persona that seeks to make beauty seem fun. There are several food- and scent-themed palettes, and many products bear trendy or cheeky monikers. The brand offers some top-notch performers, including some great powder products and its top-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, though there are some mis-steps as well (see our individual reviews for more information).

Note: In November 2016, cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought Too Faced for $1.45 billion. Despite the fact that Estee Lauder sells products in China, where animal testing is in some cases required by law, Too Faced's founders say they maintain their commitment to no animal testing (and there are no plans so far to sell Too Faced products in China).

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

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.


Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!

See all reviews for this brand

Too Faced At-A-Glance

Too Faced is the brainchild of Jerrod Blandino, who got his start in the cosmetics industry as a department store makeup artist in the '90s. According to brand lore, Blandino's clients sought him out for his lighthearted, playful approach to beauty, which led him to create his own line. Soon he teamed up with business partner Jeremy Johnson, and launched Too Faced. The brand caught on quickly, getting distribution in stores like Nordstorm and Sephora.

Too Faced's biggest hook is its emphasis on a feminine persona that seeks to make beauty seem fun. There are several food- and scent-themed palettes, and many products bear trendy or cheeky monikers. The brand offers some top-notch performers, including some great powder products and its top-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, though there are some mis-steps as well (see our individual reviews for more information).

Note: In November 2016, cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought Too Faced for $1.45 billion. Despite the fact that Estee Lauder sells products in China, where animal testing is in some cases required by law, Too Faced's founders say they maintain their commitment to no animal testing (and there are no plans so far to sell Too Faced products in China).

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