12.02.2014
1191
Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20
1.5 fl. oz. for $34
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Community Rating (9)
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Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

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.

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Ingredients

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.

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.

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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.