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For a BB cream with anti-aging benefits, try dr. brandt’s self-adjusting version with signature FLEXITONE®.

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The search for the perfect BB cream may well be over. This matte, oil-free balm delivers long-lasting, natural coverage, while eliminating shine and evening out skin texture and tone. It not only hides existing imperfections but also minimizes the production of sebum, lessening the chances that new ones pop up. And it has built-in SPF 30. In other words, this cream is so effective, you’ll be taking #nofilter selfies from here on out.

How it Works

SHINERASETM complex combines marine extract, which reduces the production of sebum, with a shine-eliminating mattifer. Micro-encapsulated water spheres, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and adenosine smooth and moisturize, while vitamin C brightens and evens skin tone. SPF 30 and natural mineral filters help prevent sun damage and hyperpigmentation. The BB cream comes in two shades: light to medium and medium to dark.

How to Use

Shake well. After moisturizing, apply a small amount with fingertips, blending outward for even coverage. Build coverage by dabbing on additional product once existing layer has dried.

Water (aqua), cetyl dimethicone, dimethicone, butyloctylsalicylate, trimethylsiloxysilicate, dimethicone peg-8 laurate, silica, styrene/acrylates copolymer, arachidyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, beeswax, algae extract, adenosine, hyaluronic acid, hexylresocinol, isohexadecane, butylene glycol, trisiloxane, polyhydroxystearic acid, peg-100 stearte, glyceryl stearate, ascorbic acid, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, arachidyl glucoside, behenyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, stearic acid, bisabolol, dipotassium glycerrhizate, ethylhexylglycerin, glycerin, hydroxyethyl acrylates/sodium acryloyldimehtyl taurate copolymer, peg-8, xanthan gum, polyaminopropyl biguanide, polymethyl methacrylate, alumina, potassium sorbate, tocopheryl acetate, bht, disodium edta, methicone, triethoxycaprylsilane, dimethicone crosspolymer, cyclopentasiloxane, phenoxyethanol, sorbitol, lecithin, oleic acid, methylisothazolinone, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499).

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The best discovery I've made on Birchbox so far!

I first received this as a sample with the dr. brandt "clean up nice" kit and I immediately purchased the full size. I have combination skin that tends to be a little more on the oily side so I've never had much luck with BB creams. They always have too little coverage and end up leaving my face really shiny. This one was different! It has the perfect amount of coverage while still looking natural and it keeps my face shine free pretty much all day when I use it with a primer, which is amazing because I've never been able to find a foundation or BB cream that could do that for me! I'm absolutely in love with this product!

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Nice smell nice coverage. Great product!!! Not what I expected.

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Don't Get It

Everyone has such great things to say about this product, which made me excited. This seeps right into my pores and looks horrible. I've tried it with a moisturizer first, no moisturizer, I even tried my Smashbox primer first and nothing works. Totally disappointed!

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Maybe this product would be awesome if they made more colors than light-medium... Your product doesn't help me. You should look into making a broader range of colors.

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Great foundation

Just give it a little shake before you apply and it goes on really evenly. I know other reviews complain it comes out a little separated but all you have to do is shake it a little before you squeeze it out of the tube. It's nice and lightweight and provides the SPF which is a huge plus. Overall a really nice BB cream. I have fair skin and the light shade blends really well.

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So far, so good.

First use of the product is promising. Light to medium shade is a good fit for my skin tone and it seems to cover well. Fingers crossed for a full day of wear!

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My go-to product

I've tried a TON of BB/CC/foundations for my fair skin and very oily t-zone and this is my favorite. I layer it over Smashbox's Photo Finish primer, with a dusting of powder over the top, and it lasts for hours. You do need to shake the bottle because it does separate, and there is initially a pretty strong smell, but it dissipates quickly. I love how you can layer it and it doesn't just float on top of my skin like other creams. The lighter shade is just light enough for my skin, although if you're very fair it will be too dark. It also doesn't exacerbate the flaky skin around my scalp like other products for oily skin.

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I've only tried the sample (enough to last a couple weeks), but I love it. I have always disliked the way foundation looks, but this lotion provides the perfect amount of coverage AND it looks good all day.

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Weird and goopy coming out of tube

The money I spent on this tube, you would expect the consistency to not be so watery. Even after I shook it up like I was supposed to, I am very disappointed in the quality of this. I don't feel like it gives quite the coverage I need or want. The upside is it does not create the shine many BBs do, so that is why I give it a 3 instead of a 2.

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I ALWAYS use sunscreen each day, but I love that this product is a 3 in 1. It hides small skin discolorations, and dark circles after not enough sleep, and also mattifies any oil buildup. I have fairly oily skin, and this just is a really pretty base to put on first thing in the morning. All I need to use on my skin after this product is a little powder and concealer on my trouble spots. I love this stuff and will be buying the full-size ASAP!

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