April 19, 2012

BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream Review & Swatches

Most commonly asked question…

“What’s your favorite BB Cream?”

It’s tough to answer this because I tend to use a different one everyday since I have over 30 tubes in rotation ay any given time and I’m always testing new ones. That’s possibly obscene and slightly crazy but I’m just like every other girl or guy out there, I’m seeking flawless skin and BB Creams provide it.

One thing I will say is I go back again and again to a few particularly formulas I love one of which is BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream.

It tops my hit list.

This isn’t for everyone sadly and heck it isn’t for me since the shade runs a little light. I’m not an expert at MAC shades but I’d say you’re looking at NC20 or so here in terms of color. I THINK I’m a NC30 but I don’t use MAC Foundations nor have I bothered having a sit in to get a MAC artist to match me up for a shade.

The shade is a creamy beige with pinker undertones. I find it doesn’t adjust as well as I’d like and does leave behind a pasty finish if you aren’t careful with application. If it fits your tone, indulge, use as much as you want. If it doesn’t….I suggest mixing it with a LITTLE bit of your own foundation to darker it up a bit.

I personally use it as is but I use very little, just enough to ease dullness and brighten my skin up.

Now that I’ve bored you with those details….

Here’s why I love it.

It’s creamy, it’s hydrating, and it has incredible coverage. Redness, dullness, darkness…whatever your issue, it offers great coverage to achieve flawless skin. This is the benefit of using an Asian BB Cream, coverage! Unlike BB Creams here in the US this actually offers sheer to full coverage.

One of the things that I love about Jasmine Water BB Cream is it’s such a friendly product for my drier skin. This is very hydrating and always looks natural and flawless on my skin. It never accentuates dry patches and always offers coverage perfection. This may sound odd but it’ll lay on top of drier skin and not only moisturize the area through the wear but also conceal that dry patch so it looks like your skin is perfectly hydrated.

The other thing I like about it is it treats skin. Jasmine Extract seems to leave my drier skin beautifully hydrated through the entire wear and well after I removed the BB Cream plus it eases dullness in a major way.

Fine, my skin looks great with it on BUT…when I remove it…my dull skin will literally glow and look healthy and gorgeous. Of course, I have to use the BB Cream consecutively for several days before seeing these types of results but indeed that is exactly what it does. But having legendary dull skin I love how it gives the problem a real perk up.

It does whiten thanks to the addition of Arbutin but you have to use it daily and for a very long time to notice results in this area. Arbutin is the type of ingredient that works best over long term use.

It’s actually formulated for younger, drier skin. I fit the drier skin category but not the younger so don’t purchase if you’re wanting a super anti-aging BB Cream as this contains Adenosine only and nothing more in terms of anti-aging ingredients.

One thing to keep in mind, the titanium dioxide and Zinc Oxide does give a pasty effect but I find it eases within 10-20 seconds of application. This has a lower SPF level of 30 which is a little disappointing for a BB Cream.

Overall, for me, personally, I love BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream even though the shade isn’t a complete match. You can see me wearing it by clicking here (you’ll notice I’m a tad bit fairer than normal in that photo).

Its ability to make my duller skin look glowy and healthier after use is one of the key reasons I love it so much.

If you have drier skin and you’re looking for a BB Cream that whitens (over time, with patience), has minimal sun protection, offers very little anti-aging properties, and treats dullness, this is one for you. Coverage is can be sheer or fully buildable to hide any sort of issues on your skin plus it wears very lightweight without oxidizing or fading (you can get 5 to 8 hours of wear with proper application).

I like this one a lot however I won’t Muse Approve since the shade doesn’t adjust sadly. If it did, this would be perfection.

It’s available at Sasa.com

If you love it, I’d love to hear about it.

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Angela

    I’ve always heard good things about Jasmine Water BB but never got around to trying it. after reading your review I can’t not buy it now. i’m about NC20-25 so hopefully it will match!

  • Katie

    One problem that i’ve always had with asian BB creams is that I have no clue where to find them! It’s silly because I’m Japanese so you’d think i could figure it out by now :/ Anyway, where can i find bb creams?

  • Hai Dao L

    Thanks Muse for another great review!
    I recently found out I’m NW15 so I’m pretty sure this will match πŸ˜›

  • Chels

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. This was next on my to get list. I haven’t even read the review yet. But I’m excited.

    Okay, I’m going to read now!

  • Quinctia

    Does this smell a lot like jasmine? A pink-undertoned BB cream is tempting, but I can’t do jasmine scent. πŸ™

      • Quinctia

        Yay, maybe I’ll put it on my list to try then! I got my Skin79 after I got my first amount of spring sun in, so there’s a small chance it might be too dark for me in winter.

  • K

    what brand would u recommend if I have oily skin? Do you think skinfood (the oil controlling ones like peach sake bb cream and peach green tea bb cream) will work for me?

    • Barbara

      Skin79 Hot Orange works well for my oily skin (Hot Pink is a beigey pink that oxidizes to a neutral tone, but it’s a bit more moisturizing than orange). It was a yellow-beige tone so it’s pretty good at minimizing redness. It’s best for lighter skintones, though, kind of like the one Muse reviewed above. For reference, I’m B10 for Chanel, 1N1 Estee Lauder Invisible fluid, and 010 for Dior. Generally, I’m the lightest shade.

      • HapaGirl84

        I’ve found that both of those versions of Skinfood BB cream are a tad oily for my already-oily skin. K, I recommend TheFaceShop’s oil cut formulas instead. Those are much more lightweight compared to any of the Skinfood ones I’ve tried.

  • Nikki

    I have dry skin! This looks interesting!!! Thanks for the swatches!

  • Soph

    Have you tried BRTC gold caviar? It is darker than jasmine water and more moisturising… plus it’s SPF50! It’s my favorite πŸ™‚

  • Cait

    Ooh i need to try this one! lately i’ve been using the Skin 79 Vital Orange which i really like but it’s a touch too yellow for me and it doesn’t moisturize quite as well as I would like. This one looks perfect.

  • Ryou

    I think your MAC shade is between NW20-25, but I could be wrong. Their NC foundations are simply too yellow IMO.

      • christi

        U look like an nw25 to me, possibly nc25, it’s hard to tell ur undertone for sure w/out seeing u in person. I def don’t think ur an nc30 or NW 30 or nc/nw20 either.

  • Isara

    It’s also worth noting that it’s 20% off at Sasa.com right now!! πŸ™‚

  • Phyrra

    Yay! I have to admit, my skin has been dryer than usual, but I still end up with an oily t-zone at times. This sounds pretty awesome.

    And I agree, I don’t understand why the American companies seem to be marketing tinted moisturizers as bb creams, instead of, you know, bb creams.

    • Quinctia

      It is odd. There’s nothing wrong with tinted moisturizers, but it’d be just as annoying to buy a foundation and have it be a tinted moisturizer as it is to get a supposed bb cream that’s just a tinted moisturizer.

  • Lily

    I am using this right now and I think it fits a NC 15 – 20 (which is what I am). I really do like it but its SO small for $20.

    I ordered mine from Ebay and it felt half empty. I wasn’t sure if it was a product defect or is it suppose to be only filled half way.

    Other than that I really do like it. I agree with you on the coverage – because it’s thicker (than say Skin79’s BB) it’s also harder to apply. I put lotion on first and BRTC right after so everything goes on smoother.

    • the Muse

      odd mine is massive. be careful of your online seller lily, could be black market…!

    • blu3java

      was there a silver seal on the tube after you uncap it lily? and was there both a manufacture date and expiration date at the bottom of the box? those are things i look for if i buy a bb cream off of ebay. i always email the seller and ask them what the manufacture date is and if there’s a seal on it; if they don’t reply, i don’t buy from them. but i usually get my bb creams from gmarket or the few trusted sellers i’ve found on ebay.

      i’ve bought travel sizes of the missha bb creams before (straight from the missha site) and they weren’t completely full either. they fill the tube by weight, so if it hit the 35g mark (or whatever the advertised amount for the product is) when the tube is half filled, then that’s that. if you’re still scared, i would just get it from sasa or the brtc online store or any official stores. i rather pay more money for the real thing than damage my skin by using a fake one that’s cheaper.

  • Yuki

    Brtc is one of the more expensive ones. I have not tried them before because they are pricey compared to other brands. I’ve been a firm user of the skin food’s sun aloe bb cream for abt 4 years now and I have finally tried some other brand. I’ve tried the infamous skin79’s hot pink bb cream. Sadly my skin doesn’t agree with it as I had breakouts after removing it.. I’m currently trying The Face Shop Face It HD Perfect bb cream and am loving it! I have oily skin and it sits on my skin longer than the skin food’s. Very good coverage compared to the sun aloe which is very sheer.

    • the Muse

      yuki, the aloe bb from skinfood is a fav of mine as well! I have the Face Shop HD but haven’t tried it yet! I’ll have to open it up and start testing ;-D

    • Jes

      LOVE the Face it HD Perfect BB, though it’s def for lighter skin. Also like
      Nature Republic Photoshot 3D BB balm, for something on-the-go. The new a.c.care Bee’s Shield B.B Cream is really nice too.

      I need to find something for summer though. The Missha #23 colors are great for my inevitably sun-kissed skin, but the formulas are way to heavy for July :/

  • Frankie.N

    I’ve not tried a BB cream, though I’d love to!

    Sadly, I can’t say Ive seen any for sale other than the garnier one, which was far too dark.

    Im an NW15 normally in the spring/summer. But, hey! Maybe I’ll get a tan for once!

  • Leah

    I have combination very fair skin and this bb cream has been a godsend. It is similar in color and texture to Skin79 Gold Super+ though I think the Skin79 has a bit more coverage.
    It doesn’t cake, flake, or oxidize. I love it! I want all of the products in the Jasmine line.

  • Grace

    “This may sound odd but it’ll lay on top of drier skin and not only moisturize the area through the wear but also conceal that dry patch so it looks like your skin is perfectly hydrated.”

    Doesn’t sound odd to me at all, I know exactly what you mean! It sounds a lot like my Hada Labo BB Moist Cream spf30 and my old Hanskin Control Skin BB (discontinued I think)! I am definately planning to try this soon, because despite all the great reviews I have way too BB Creams and foundations right now to get any more πŸ™

    Thanks for the great review, Muse!

  • rima

    I heard it’s not good for acne prone skin cus it makes you break out, is that true? cus I’d love to try it, I’m still hesitating between this one and the Legere one

  • Alex

    I’m just venturing into the world of BB and stumbled upon your fabulous blog! Do you have any suggestions for combination skin? I’m NC15, oily, dry and have break outs/scarring, so I like a bit of coverage. I’m trying to break my ” wearing too much foundation” habit, so BBs sound perfect! Thanks so much!

    • Alanna

      I haven’t tried a TON of BB creams, but I recently got Holika Holika’s petit clearing BB and it matches really nicely to my very pale skin! It makes me look flawless and feels really light, I have incredibly oily skin though so a little bit tends to slide/wipe off during the day. A good primer helps that, but I am lazy and often in a hurry so I don’t always bother! Plus it’s cheap πŸ™‚

  • anna

    You’re my go-to expert on BB creams…I discovered them through your blog, and I can safely say I’m a convert. I rarely use conventional foundation anymore, as it just looks too heavy on the skin now that I know about BB creams! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one. Thanks for the helpful review.

    • the Muse

      fantastic anna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D I’m so happy to hear it ;-D my pleasure!

  • Sudeki

    I love brtc products, I have both jasmine and aqua rush bb creams, I prefer the aqua rush one as its easier to apply n feel most comfortable. After I tried this i don’t reach for my regular foundations anymore..