Review: DHC BB Cream Foundation

DHC BB Cream

If you know me at all, you know I love discovering a new BB cream. You also probably know I love DHC, a Japanese company specializing in beauty, skincare and, interestingly enough, fine foods. I’ve long been a fan of DHC’s cleansing oils, but their BB cream has been screaming my name.

DHC BB Cream Box

Angela from DHC was kind enough to send me a few super-awesome products to try out, including my coveted BB cream. Besides the BB cream, she also sent me DHC BB Mineral Powder, Eyelash Tonic, and Retino A Essence. I am so beyond excited to get to use all of these, so stay tuned for reviews!

DHC BB Cream Box

I’m still on a gold kick lately, so obviously I’m entranced by this packaging.

I love Gold | Goldmember

This is the only part of that movie I remember, to be honest. Anyway, shiny box aside, let’s take a peek at the product itself. Oh, wait, more gold.

DHC BB Cream

The facts:

UV Protection: SPF 20
Medium coverage
Available in three shades: Ocher 01, Ocher 02, and Ocher 03

From DHC:

Element of style. DHC BB Cream is an all-in-one makeup wonder. It hydrates, primes, covers, protects with broad-spectrum SPF 20 and fights fine lines. Beauty balms are the skin-perfecting rage, serving as a cream foundation, tinted just enough to naturally conceal, prime and enliven. What sets DHC BB Cream apart is our use of natural element germanium to revitalize skin and fight visible signs of aging. Plus, it has superior blendability. A small amount goes a long way to create a dewy, flawless complexion.


Active ingredients: titanium dioxide, 2.5%; zinc oxide, 4.75%
Inactive ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane, isotridecyl isononanoate, phenyl trimethicone, butylene glycol, PEG-10 dimethicone, diglycerin, talc, disteardimonium hectorite, pentylene glycol, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, zinc stearate, PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, silica, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum distearate, dimethicone/vinyel dimethicone crosspolymer, magnesium sulfate, phenoxyethanol, hydrogen dimethicone, xanthan gum, dimethicone/methicone copolymer, methicone, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, repagermanium, tocopherol, sodium hydroxide, phytostearyl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, hydrolyzed elastin, dipropylene glycol, perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, sodium bicarbonate, quercus suber bark extract, xanthan gum crosspolymer, aluminum chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, soluble collagen, ethylhexylglycerin, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica

DHC BB Cream Swatch

My fear with new BB creams is that they’ll be too yellow for my skin. I admit, when I first swatched this, I was a little worried. However, it blends in really nicely with my skin and doesn’t make me look jaundiced. Thank goodness.


I asked for Natural Ocher 01, the lightest of three available shades. I’m pale as hell and it works out just fine. This BB cream is almost completely scentless, save for a hint of eau de SPF. I definitely recommend it for people who dislike heavily-scented BB creams, which seem to be most of them.

DHC BB Cream Before and After

First things first, the coverage is sublime. The California sun has really done a number on the tone of my skin, which is currently blotchy, textured and sad. It’s hard for me to find a BB cream with decent coverage that doesn’t feel suffocating, but this comes close! I can feel it on my skin, but it doesn’t feel heavy. It oxidizes nicely, and although it’s a thicker BB cream, it easily blends into my skin. Let me rave about the coverage again. It took away all of my redness and made my skin look so much smoother. I used the DHC BB Mineral Powder after this (not pictured since it’ll have its own review) and it was heavenly. Without a powder, the DHC BB Cream is fairly matte, which I like. No ‘dewy’ look for me, thank you very much.


Does it last?

The BB Cream itself will pretty much stay put all day. However, the oil control leaves something to be desired. I can’t complain too much though, because my skin is totally insane. On a normal person there probably wouldn’t be any issues. For me, I got oily about an hour afterward, but nothing a quick powder dusting couldn’t fix. I blame the California weather. It’s hard to adjust to different climates, and usually my skin suffers before bucking up and dealing with it. Cross your fingers this happens soon.

Anyway, aside from my face melting off every day, I am really digging this BB cream. I do wish it had more oil control, but the coverage is awesome without feeling gross. And at the end of the day, sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for.

Pros: Great coverage, evens skin tone, matte finish (for awhile!).
Cons: Mediocre oil control, a little on the expensive side at $45 USD.

Final Verdict: I really like this BB cream! I feel like I don’t say that a lot. My skin is really picky. But this one just… works with me. And I like it. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can get yours at DHC.


  1. Oh I love BB cream – you can notice such a difference in your images. The coverage is awesome! Will look to see if I can get some of the DHC cream over in the UK!
    Sim@ x

  2. I’ve never seen such BB cream that offers broad spectrum SPF! Thanks for the review.

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  3. wow, the before & after is very impressive!! Thanks so much for linking up to Makeup Monday! (I Pinned your post!)


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