Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer is a newly launched concealer for Spring 2013 in the new Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Collection.
I think it’s great seeing Physicians Formula tackle the BB Cream realms because they’ve always offered VERY pigmented options in terms of foundation and concealer products. I think pigment is definitely an issue that American BB Creams are having a hard time tackling as many of the BB Creams launched here on our shores are very sheer.
Although I’m not fond of the over use of the words “BB Cream” I can’t deny that Korea does have its fair share of “BB” in product titles as well even though they aren’t BB Creams. So this Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer, I guess I can forgive the term being so loosely used.
Physicians Formula calls it the 1st ever blemish balm concealer to aid in concealing dark circles, puffiness, imperfections, blemishes, redness, and more.
Super BB Concealer was created for targeted application and was designed to complement the Super BB Cream & Powder in this collection. Since many BB Creams in Asia are used as both a concealer and a foundation/base product this leads me to believe that perhaps Physicians Formula new BB Cream will indeed be pigmented enough to perform both functions as well because honestly the Beauty Balm Concealer does run on the sheerer side so you might need the extra coverage from the BB Cream.
I was surprised when I tried this for two reasons. One the lack of pigment and two the hydrating texture. Physicians Formula comes out with some crazy full coverage concealers that I’ve tried and loved in the past however, most are terribly dry.
In the case of their new Beauty Balm Concealer they went with a different approach. This is sheerer with a more hydrating formula. Go figure. The texture is a thinner almost runny consistency which glides under eyes (or on face) and leaves behind a very hydrating finish. It doesn’t crease into fine lines and has a dry skin loving formula that should appeal to those with maturer under eye areas that tend to be drier or finely lined.
Possibly the nicest part about the Beauty Balm Concealer is the fact it contains SPF 30. I think I sorely lack protecting my under eyes from sun damage. I apply SPF 50 or higher daily all over my face but under my eyes can definitely use a little sun protection as well.
I haven’t yet used this with the Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Cream as of yet so I’m unsure if they’ll work well together…perhaps that will conceal more of my issues for me that need covering.
In this case, it did brighten my eyes up a bit but I felt like I needed more coverage. Dark circles were still visible as well as puffiness and lines. If I get my full 8 hours sleep in this will make an excellent concealer however if I’m working on six I need a hell of a lot more coverage.
If you prefer more lighter, natural coverage and really don’t have a ton to conceal this might work for you however, those with really hard to conceal problems such as blemishes, acne, dark circles, etc…well, this will brighten up those areas and blur some of those issues but those problems will still show through with the sheerer coverage this provides. I did feel the need for a touch up at around hour four so this doesn’t quite last all day sadly.
Another grave problem is the color selection. Like most Physicians Formula products it comes in two shade selections. Light/Medium and Medium/Deep are the two shades you can choose. Honestly, if you’re fair or pale even the Light/Medium won’t work for you.
Light/Medium is a more yellow based which will be excellent to diffuse darker circles. Medium/Deep isn’t even that dark a shade and should work on medium to medium fair skin types. Both shades ended up working fine on me so I could get away with either. I’d say the color range work work for a MAC NC 25-40…don’t quote me though as I really don’t know MAC shades all that well.
The concealer comes in a click pen with a brush applicator. I find concealers like this very handy but some aren’t keen due to the tip being un-washable….if it really bothers you just wipe it down with a makeup wipe after each use. It contains 0.14 oz of product which is very generous for the $12.95 price tag.
Overall, it isn’t the best concealer I’ve ever tried in my life nor is it the worst. If you can get it on sale I’d suggest trying it out. It’s fitting for those who don’t need or desire a full coverage concealer. It provides natural sheerer coverage that will ease certain issues but not conceal major problems. I could possibly get away with coverage like this with a little more sleep but hey, who has time for sleep? Guess I’ll have to stick to something with more pigment! My personal recommendation is wait for a sale at CVS and proceed to buy it at that time to try out.
It’s available now at drugstores.