During my recent holiday trip to Tokyo, I was very surprised to find a small collection of Physician’s Formula products sitting in the shelf (they are not the easily accessible brands in Asia), and one of them is the Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream with SPF 20 (aka. BB Cream), something I have been curious to try for a while. So I picked it up, and have been putting it to the test in the past few weeks. And I have to say, I’m impressed.
It comes in a squeezy tube, quite a basic and simple package, nothing fancy, but is very travel friendly. I have the shade Light, which is the lighter shade of the range. That’s the thing, this product only comes in two shades, light and light/medium, which is an extremely limited shade selection, anyone with medium to dark skin tone is probably not going to find a great match.
It has a pretty thick consistency for a BB cream – I would even say probably the thickest I have ever tried, so I like to warm the product up with my fingertips, dotted to the skin and then use really blend it into the skin with fingers, which I find to be the method that gives me the most natural and even finish. On most days when I’m in the rush in the morning, which is basically almost every morning, I also use it as an under eye concealer. It doesn’t hide my dark cycles, but it does even out the skin tone and gives me more of a fresh look, which is all I’m asking for – I don’t mind the dark cycles show through, it’s just the reality of life right?
Because it has a thicker consistency than other BB creams I have tried, initially, I thought it would bunch up on the skin and being difficult to blend. But I was wrong (and I’m very happy to be proven wrong in this case), the product spreads out evenly, and blends effortlessly into the skin, leaves a light, breathable, natural and a slight radiant finish. It makes a perfect base for a natural day-to-day makeup. The BB cream also comes with SPF 20, but I would still suggest wearing a separate sunscreen underneath, as you would not apply enough of it to get the actual SPF 20 for your skin.
I can get a light to medium coverage from this product (it’s quite buildable if you want a bit more coverage), it evens out skin tone, minimize the look of pores, and blurs the imperfections. But it doesn’t cover redness (at least not completely), so if you are looking for a flawless look, this is not going to work for you. The lasting powder is great too, I can get about 8 hours of wear time without noticeable fading. My face does get a bit shiny/glowy towards the end of the day, but nothing like an oil slick. I do have normal to slightly dry skin though, so I’m not sure how well it will last on someone with oily skin. One thing to notice though, I find it not to be very forgiving on dry patches. When I tried the BB cream in Tokyo as my skin was significantly drier than usual (it always happen to me when I travel), I noticed it would accentuate the dry areas around the bridge of my nose and mouth. But when my skin restored its hydration level after the trip, the problem never appeared again.
Below is me wearing a dime size of the BB cream with no concealer. You can definitely still see the imperfection peeking through, but I love how natural it looks -I’m all about the your-skin-but-better base.
A close up.
I purchased the BB cream with the intention to just use it as a weekend base, but ended up reaching for it on daily basis. I haven’t touched some of my high end base products since I started using this BB cream, mainly because it takes merely a minute to complete the base and just feels so comfortable to wear throughout the day – it’s so comfortable that I don’t even feel it’s there most of the times. And not to mention, it’s very reasonably priced.
If you are interested to give it a try, but are in a country where Physician’s Formula is not easy to locate, I find iHerb has it (and the price is much better than Japan) and ships internationally.