Hey BB!: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Review and Swatches

Blemish balms, or BB creams, have been all the rage in Asia for the past few years. And in the last few months, it seems like almost every makeup brand in the United States has jumped to offer their take on the BB craze.

In contrast to the thick Asian blemish balms that inspired their creation, American BB creams are intended to provide the perfect combination of light coverage, sun protection, and skin-beneficial ingredients like antioxidants. I decided to try Too Faced's Tinted Beauty Balm ($32 for 1.5 oz) to see if BB creams were right for me.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm claims to tint, prime, nourish, prevent and protect skin all in one step. I evaluated each of these claims to see whether the product was able to back them up.

Tint: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm meets this criteria well. The coverage is definitely sheer, but the balm still imparts enough tint to even out skin tone and provide coverage. In addition, Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm has a luminous finish that leaves your skin satin-y and glowing!

Prime: I am not sure in what way Too Faced Beauty Balm primes skin. I think the product would work well layered under foundation for more coverage, but I don't know if that is "priming" per se. The balm does contain silicones, so it will fill in pores and leave skin smooth.

Nourish: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm definitely meets this criteria. It contains a heap of plant and vitamin-based antioxidants such as ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and camellia leaf extracts. The balm also contains oil-free moisturizing ingredients.

Prevent: The product contains retinyl palmitate, a fabulous inclusion due to the proven wrinkle-fighting properties of ingredients in the retinol family. The antioxidants in Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm are also effective at reducing acne and preventing signs of aging.

Protect: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm includes gentle, broad-spectrum sunscreen protection in the form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

It seems to me that Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm has the ingredients to back up its claims pretty darn well! But how does the product perform?

My Experience

I have used Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm every day since I bought it.  Although Vanilla Glow looks like it won't match my skin, it blends in perfectly while still providing enough light coverage.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow

Because it has a satin finish, I get oily after wearing Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm on its own for a few hours. To cut down the shine, I layer Too Faced Primed and Poreless underneath to keep my skin matte for longer.

My favorite aspect of this product is the luminescence that it gives my skin.  It's subtle, but I definitely look more radiant and glowing once I put it on.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow Blended
(Note the slight shimmer up the length of my hand)

I am also happy to report that this product does NOT break me out.  My skin is pretty sensitive, and face makeup often leaves me with more zits to cover than if I just went bare.  Thankfully, Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is actually good for skin - I think my face looks better when I wash it off than when I put it on in the morning!

Bottom Line: Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is a great option if you want to try a BB cream. It includes smart, skin-beneficial ingredients while simultaneously providing sheer, pretty coverage. I know I'm a fan!


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