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Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream Review and Swatches

So today I’ve got the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream for you to check out. I’ve used this BB Cream on and off for a few months now because I couldn’t decide if I liked it or I hated it. It actually varies radically by what daytime moisturizer with SPF I use. I don’t like it with LaVanila the Healthy Face SPF 40. I really like it with Supergoop SPF 50.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream Review and Swatches

The Website Claims:
Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin. Our mineral-based formula nourishes your complexion and helps protect skin from UV and free radical damage. Contains a broad spectrum SPF 25 UVA PA++ that is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Available in 6 shades: BB1 (Fair), BB3 (Light), BB5 (Light to Medium), BB7 (Medium), BB9 (Medium-Dark to Dark), BB11 (Very Dark)

  • Grapefruit Extract promotes luminosity and skin radiance, minimizes appearance of pores and wrinkles, and may help to fade uneven pigmentation.
  • Apple Extract is a skin-smoothing antioxidant that exfoliates, refines and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil is rich in moisturizing vitamin E.
  • Aloe Leaf Juice soothes and calms the skin.
  • Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested.
  • Vegan and Cruelty-Free
  • SPF 25

Tips for Application from Jane Iredale’s Site:

  • Put 4 dots the size of a “BB” (no pun intended!) on your hand. Use the fingers to apply one to each cheek, forehead, center of face. Blend out as applying to each area of the face.
  •  May also be applied with a Flocked Sponge or Blending Brush.
  •  May also be used under the eyes as a concealer.

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 20% Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Lecithin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

$48 for 1.7 oz. Available for purchase from and several other online sites. Also, my salon, Cameo, carries it.

Does it live up to its claims?
Well I think it’s got very nice coverage. For me, it’s full coverage. It does cover up blemishes and minimizes pores. I think it does a good job giving the appearance of smooth skin and a brightened face. I don’t know that I can say it disguises wrinkles. With LaVanila moisturizer with spf, after a few hours it would actually separate on my face and look blotchy and weird. When I used it underneath the Supergoop it was better.

I tried applying it with my hands and hated the results. When I tried with Abbamart’s Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush, I had much better results and it looked great! However, it only seems to wear for 4 to 6 hours on me and then it needs a touch up. This is what really disappointed me about the foundation, aside from the separating.

BB1 is a great match for my skintone, however I think that with its limited color palette (only 6 shades) you might have trouble finding your perfect match.

Would I purchase again?
Maybe. I honestly feel like for $48 bucks it should last more than 4 to 6 hours on me. Additionally, I am not happy with the SPF 25 rating. As you know, I prefer to wear SPF 40 or higher, so that also is a mark against it in my book. And of course, I don’t like it when foundation separates.

However, I do like that it’s full coverage. I like that it has good ingredients for the skin, including apple extract, grapefruit extract and aloe and it is soothing. I also love that it’s a good color match. It really does make my skin appear luminous. I think it’s the best American BB Cream that I’ve tried.

3.5 stars

What do you think of the Jane Iredale Glowtime BB Cream?

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.



  • So glad I found this “flashback” post it popped up on my screen as a suggestion 🙂 I’ve been very curious about this product so it is interesting to see their review. I wonder if they’ve upped the SPF, I think they have since then and now it IS SCF approved like most of their products which appeals to me. But I’m like you, it’s just not reliable enough for me to use without a legit sunscreen under. That separation issue used to happen to me too with any BB or liquid, so doesn’t sound like it would be worth spending $48 for me either at this time. Thanks for the helpful review!

    • Speaking of Jane Iredale, what I DO really like that is worth the money is their Powder Me Dry, sunscreen powder. It’s about $65 but worth it for me because I can wear it, for example, over COVER FX Pressed Mineral and it doesn’t interfere at all. I like that when I want to look really polished and I don’t want to worry about sunscreen interference. Or I can feel comfortable wearing it on it’s own if i’m not going to be sweating, just going to church or to a doctor’s appointment etc, although it IS SCF approved for daily use, meaning you should be able to trust it to be 40min sweatproof. The best is that it doesn’t irritate my skin. Right now I am using Cerave Oil Free SPF 50 on my face, but it can leave a white cast because of the zinc and it’s still a little heavy for my skin. Do you have a favorite sunscreen to wear under makeup? I may try Paula’s Choice Hydralight. That would be my request for an upcoming post! 🙂 @phyrra

  • I’ve been curious about this one, but since it doesn’t last I will pass! Thanks so much for the review!

  • Thanks for reviewing this.  I was thinking about trying it, but if it doesn’t last well, it doesn’t seem worth the price.

  • Thanks for reviewing this 🙂 I do like the look of it but I was looking for something that would last a little longer, so for me this wouldn’t be worth the money.

  • It looks like a really good match for you, and it provides nice coverage. Too bad it’s so picky about moisturizers. I think for $48 I’ll pass.

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