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Friday, 16 May 2014

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream


  In last month's Love Lula beauty box I received a sample of Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. I was curious to see how it would compare to Ren's BB Cream.

 Jane Iredale describe their BB cream as one that offers broad spectrum SPF 25, UVA PA++. It claims to combine concealer, foundation, sunscreen and moisturiser and so is able to cover blemishes, minimise pores and wrinkles, leaving the skin brighter and smoother. It uses natural minerals and botanicals and adjusts to your skin tone. The BB Cream comes in 6 shades (mine was BB5 Light-Medium skin) and lists all the ingredients on the website.
As you can see from the photo it wasn't an exact match for my skin tone, but after application it did look a closer match than the swatch does. In terms of texture, this is more like a liquid foundation. It feels heavier and stiffer than other BB creams I have tried. Jane Iredale suggest applying small dots of Glow time to areas of the face and then blending out. I found it difficult to apply like this, and struggled to get it to blend very well. I had much better look warming it a little on the back of my hand before applying. This helped to get a better finish and reduced the feeling of it pulling on my skin.
For my dry skin, I still need to apply a moisturiser underneath this. I also felt that it settled in the fine lines around my eyes, so I am not convinced that it lives up to it's claim to disguise wrinkles. Overall I felt it evened out my skin tone nicely, improved the appearance of my dark under eye circles, and lasted for most of the day.
Glow Time is priced at £39.95 for 50mls, and so falls into the luxury price bracket. I can't justify spending that amount on the full size product as I just don't wear BB creams or foundation regularly enough. In all honestly I still prefer Ren's BB cream, as it is a better match for my skin and is much easier to apply and blend. I also like being able to buy the sample sizes as it is much less wasteful for me (not to mention cheaper). I suspect that the BB1 (fair) would have been a better match for my skin tone, but I think I would still have the same overall opinion.


  1. Sounds quite nice, but like you said probably not justified for the price. I have Ren's BB cream too and really like it :) x

  2. I will be sticking to Ren too x

  3. Pity it didn't work out but that's the great thing with beauty boxes isn't it, they allow you to try products out before commiting to big expense. I love the all inclusive alphabet creams but like you still use a moisturiser underneath. Lovely post. Tracey

  4. Exactly, it's a great way of trying something without paying out a fortune.