Another one of my first encounters with BB cream, The BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream as recommend to me by someone I met at a foreigner meet-up a while back. It was her holy grail product and I’m always on the lookout for new things to try. I really like to try things that other people have used, I know things work differently for everyone but I just like to have that recommendation.
I got mine off Gmarket but I have since seen this brand in Olive Young. It’s good if you can find it in-store so that you can actually try it out before you buy it. I buy so much stuff blind and just hope for the best, most of the time it works out but it does mean you get some things that are just not the right color for your skin.
On the tube it says ‘This is a triple function BB Cream with whitening, wrinkle care and water replenishment functions.’ It’s another one with whitening but a few years ago it was really hard to find any that did not have it in. You would have to use it everyday, all the time for it to have any effect and I don’t wear makeup everyday so I’ve not had any issues.
The packaging is nice and stylish, it comes in a flat lavender colored tube with a silver screw top lid. It has 35g of product so it’s not particularly big. It does last for a while as you don’t need to use a lot of product in each application. It’s also SPF30 which is good. Most BB creams have an SPF, it’s nice not to have to worry about applying any other products.
One of the downsides is that there is only one shade of this particular BB cream, it’s called ‘Natural Beige’. And to be honest it’s a little on the pale side for me. You can do some things to fix this, like mix it with another foundation or BB cream or use a powder or bronzer to bring the color back once you have applied it.
The color is a pale beige with slight pink/peach undertones. If you have paler European skin tone and have not been able to find a Korean BB cream light enough then this one might be worth trying.
It’s quite creamy and has a light to medium coverage, for me I feel it covers more than most BB Creams but it’s still a BB cream so it is always going to be more sheer than foundation. I do find that this one is the closest to foundation in texture that I have used. Because of this thicker consistency it is not one of my favourites, I prefer a lighter product. I also feel like if you apply too much it starts to get a little cakey and does not look so good, so although it’s buildable you have to be careful.
When applying it you have to move fast as it does dry quite quickly. It’s best to add the product to one section, blend and then move on to a new section. Because of the consistency I mentioned above it takes a bit of work to blend it out. This is another BB Cream where I find that my fingers work best for application. The end result is not quite dewy but not matte either, it’s kind of in-between.
One of the good things about it is that it’s nice BB for dry skin because of it’s moisturizing properties. It has Jasmine Water in it (hence the name) and things like Green Tea Plant and Sweet Almond Oil which are to help with adding and retaining moisture.
I have an oily T-Zone most of the time and as per usual this does not sit well on my nose. I’ve mentioned the issues I have with my nose before, I just can’t get anything to look good on it. This one really looks patchy almost as soon as I apply it so I always have to go back and add more of the cream to cover it.
Overall it does last quite well, about 4-5 hours nicely, then it can start to fade but it’s a little longer if you set it with a powder. It can tend to settle into lines and pores after a few hours of wear. Also as I mentioned, for me it does not last on my nose. I always have to take my compact so I can touch up but I have this problem with most BB Creams so it’s not an exclusive issue.
Some people have said it does not have a scent but it definitely does. It has jasmine water in it, but I find it’s kind of a weird scent like the floral is trying to cover up the chemical smell of the formula. It’s not overpowering or anything and it does go away but it’s not exactly good either and it’s one of the things that make it not so appealing to me. As with most things, everyone is different and some people love the smell.
This is definitely not one of my favourites, I don’t like the texture of it and it’s a little pale for my skin tone. I know that’s not it’s fault but it does contribute to my overall feelings for this BB Cream. I do know some people who really like it, I think if you have dry, pale skin it could work much better for you than it has for me. I’m giving this one a 5.5/10