Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream Review, Swatches, Photos

Finally, a real BB Cream!

I’ve been testing a lot of BB creams lately, but they’ve been more like tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. There’s nothing wrong with that—but when you’re looking for a BB cream, you really expect just that—a BB cream. Well, good news. I found one! Amarté was created in Korea and based in part on centuries old philosophies. Developed at a Bio Regional Innovation Center using leading science, the formula was discovered by American dermatologist, Dr. Kraffert, and introduced to the West.

amarte natural finish BB Cream

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream in Light Tint

Which leads me to introduce you to my new obsession, the Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream. The line is just getting its big break here in the U.S., so I expect to see more from them in the future; I also hear their skincare is phenomenal because it’s based on eastern philosophies, with American technologies to back it. 

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream pump — one pump is all you need!

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream

In terms of texture, Amarté is fantastic. It’s creamy and has just the right viscosity to blend easily and cover imperfections, without looking too thick or heavy. Ingredient-wise, it contains some notables; argan oil, shea butter, allantoin to soothe, macadamia seed oil, aloe, and peptides—in addition to a titanium dioxide-based SPF 36. It hydrates my skin enough that I can skip a morning moisturizer, but it doesn’t leave me looking like an oil slick either.

For fragrance, it has a slight citrus and sunscreen-like scent, but I find it dissipates rather quickly. I am honestly impressed by Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream, and I rank it very highly! I’m usually an NW20, but the Light Tint is a perfect match for me once it’s all blended. But don’t worry! If you’re a little darker than I am, it also comes in Natural Tint which is darker.


amarte swatches

Light Tint


before, after — absolutely no retouching or concealer

Bottom Line…

This BB cream is the REAL deal. Perfect texture, buildable coverage, moisture, protection, and skincare benefits. I think I just found my new fave!

Price & Availability…

$80 (at original press time), — edited to add 10/2013 — price is now significantly lower at $49 (Thanks to the savvy reader who left a comment to let me know!)

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  • Celine Anne

    This stuff must be good, because I actually said “wow” when I looked at the before/after photo. I do have a BB cream, but compared to this one mine wouldn’t be the “real deal” BB cream. I wish I had spent a little more time trying different ones out before I bought one. At the time though, BB creams were just new coming out and I felt the pressure lol

  • chelsea

    That looked really good until I saw the price. Ugh.

  • Beauty on a College Budget

    I would SO get this, if it was about $60 cheaper! Woah, but at least it works!

  • suzanne sicuranza

    With that price tag I’ll stick with my Dr. Jart!

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  • Amber

    Not a bad choice! Dr. J makes several that I love!

  • Amber

    I know what you mean. BB Creams can be kind of pricey!

  • Amber

    I could totally see where $80 could be a bit of a stretch, especially on a college budget! I recommend Dr. Jart too, the pricing is a little lower in that line but still fantastic BB creams. Check Sephora!

  • Amber

    It seems like the more “authentic” the BB cream, the higher the price–doesn’t it?

  • Beauty Huile

    Thank you Amber for this review! Loving the Natural tint for my NC40 tone. A teensy tad bit light, but much better than an ashy finish! Loving the seamless look!

  • Amber

    I’m SOOOO glad it was helpful! I know with the oils it was right up your alley :)

  • chloe

    It doesn’t cost $80.00, it costs $49.00 from their web site.

  • Amber

    Thank you for your comment. At the time of posting–it was $80 according to the press materials I had access to. It’s great to see the price went down. Thanks for the update.

  • Amber

    I wish they had more US locations, but it looks like they are only selling at a physical location in New York. I hope that changes because it’s a lovely product. Maybe send them an email or call to see if they have others that just aren’t listed on their website? Hope that helps!