Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream is a new BB Cream formula that the brand launched with their Instaready Collection for Spring 2016.
I think Physicians Formula does a really nice, creamy foundation but the formulas tend to be very repetitive. However, Super BB InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream is surprisingly the exception to the rule.
One thing you can always count on with Physicians Formula foundation is the fact they brighten so well. They offer very good coverage with a sheerer, lightweight consistency that really brightens up duller skin.
Super BB InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream apparently contains dual-sphere particles that absorb oil but also add moisture to skin with a semi-matte finish that gets your complexion “selfie” ready. Apparently it contains InstaFilter Technology which is a blend that contains “mattifying and pore balancing spherical beads, color filter pigments and high-tech polymers that work together to instantly optimize light reflection, blur imperfections and visibly retexturize skin”. So basically, what I take away from this situation is the formula acts as an Instagram filter of sort for your skin!
I can get on board with that.
Interestingly enough this contains an SPF 30 where as typically Physicians Formula has a higher SPF of 50 at least.
The texture is pretty much like many of the cream foundations you’ve tried from the brand in the past. It’s very creamy, easy to blend, provides sheer to almost medium coverage, and a has a light, moist feel that sets to a semi-matte finish that doesn’t adhere to drier areas. I worried the matte finish would be an issue for my drier skin but I honestly didn’t even notice any issues with it. Unfortunately, it is limited to two shade selections of either Light or Light/Medium. I tend to fall into the Light range of Physicians Formula products in the Fall/Winter but as the sun starts getting strong I tan more easily even with SPF so I migrate to Light/Medium (swatched in this post) during the warmer months of Spring/Summer. The wear for me is around six hours with fading at hour six.
Unfortunately, this formula is a bit heavier for me compared to their other BB Creams and I also dislike how this oxidizes on my skin and goes very orange-y. As I mentioned above I typically enjoy how brightening Physicians Formula is but this formula just added unnecessarily dullness to my skin due to the fact it oxidizes almost instantly upon application. I kinda had a bit of an oompa loompa finish going on here which wasn’t pretty.
I wouldn’t say this blurred imperfections or created a smoother finish or even photographed well. It’s basically the same formula as any of Physicians Formula BB Creams available but with a matte finish, less SPF, and a formula that oxidizes rather badly.
Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream was unfortunately a disappointment for me. I just didn’t like it. It wore like a mask, looked like one, and didn’t perfect much of anything.
Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream is available now at drugstores or get it at Ulta.com.