Yes, you read it right. Dermedex came out with a DD cream, and it says Designer’s Dream The New BB Cream (with SPF45 PA+++). I’m sorry, but the name just cracked me up. But, like I said before in this BB cream post, what’s in a name? If the product is good, I can overlook the corniness that makes me snort.
Dermedex is a brand based in Singapore and Malaysia, and you can find their products in beauty salons instead of malls. While their salons are here, their skincare products originate from France, Korea and New Zealand. I myself am new to this brand, but when I hear they carry a DD cream, I couldn’t resist. This DD cream claims to have 7 functions: foundation, concealer, whitening, sun protection, moisturizer, anti blemish, free radical shield. There is only one shade available and it’s supposed to adjust to your natural skin tone. I always believed the shade adjuster only works to a certain degree, if at all, and you can see from the swatch below that it has a tint of grey.
The texture of this DD cream is very similar to the traditional Korean BB creams, and even the shade is similar to my Skin79 BB cream. The texture is thicker than what I like, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It dries to a semi matte finish and on my normal combination skin, I oil up by the 4th hour if I didn’t powder over it. It does a good job at evening out my skin tone, and it does cover some minor blemishes. I did a half face comparison below so you can see how it works.
While I think it works fine, I believe it only suits those with fair to medium skin. Those with very fair or dark skin tone might not be able to wear this due to its one shade fits all concept. A friend of mine with darker skin tone tried it on and it did look ashy on her. For reference, I’m about MAC NC20 (MAC seems to be a widely used reference, so I’ll just stick with that).
In my humble opinion, I think this works just like a BB cream, call it what you may. There might be more skincare benefits in this, but the skeptic in me says there’s no way I could verify. However, I do like the higher SPF which is needed in our tropical weather.
The asking price is USD48 and I think it’s a little pricey, and even at par with higher end brands like Bobbi Brown’s base products. I expressed my view on these alphabet creams before, so I won’t repeat myself. Have you seen other DD creams around?