Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream Review

I’ve tried my fair share of BB creams- especially when they first became popular. Skin 79 anyone? I never liked how thick the formulas were and the shade options… I hated the grey and pink tones. In recent years, BB creams have completely changed, and formulas and colors are better than ever. One that I decided to welcome into my collection is the Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream.

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What It Is

The Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream is a BB cream that contains SPF 40 PA++, skin-whitening properties, and offers wrinkle care and sebum control. This BB cream claims to conceal redness and pores without caking or leaving a grey cast.  There is only one shade and it comes in a plastic squeeze tube with 1.3 fl. oz. of product. It’s currently selling for $22 at Wishtrend or $27 on Amazon.

Ingredient Analysis


Ingredient List

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene glycol, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Betaine, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, Titanium dioxide, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, Zinc oxide, Yellow oxide of iron, Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Bentonite, Sodium chloride, Silica, Red oxide of iron, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Stearic acid, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Talc, Black oxide of iron, Tocopheryl acetate, Fragrance, Centella asiatica extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Portulaca oleracea extract, Piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, Illicium verum(anise) fruit extract, Citrus paradisi(grapefruit) fruit extract, Nelumbium speciosum flower extract, Paeonia suffruticosa root extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl glycol, Adenosine, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed extract, Hibiscus esculentus fruit extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Arctium lappa root extract, Hibiscus mutabilis flower extract, Corchorus olitorius leaf extract

This BB cream contains both physical (Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide) and chemical sunscreens (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, BisEthylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazin).  If you are pregnant or breast feeding, I would steer clear of this as Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, otherwise known as Octinoxate, contains higher toxicity levels and has been found in breast milk (read here).

It’s unfortunate that Octinoxate is in this BB cream because it does contain some nice ingredients such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine, Aloe Vera Extract, and Centella Asiatica Extract. The combination of ingredients make for a real smooth, lightweight, easy to apply BB cream so if they could either remove or find a safer alternative for Octinoxate, I would make this my must have bb cream! No other significantly harmful ingredients found.

This BB cream is cruelty-free, vegan friendly, and free of ethanol, parabens, silicon, steroids, and artificial coloring. It claims to be pH 6.6 ± 1.0.


This is the lightest, non-greasy, most comfortable BB cream I have ever tried. It applies like a dream and is my go-to when I need to get ready fast. Think of your most favorite moisturizer that applies super smooth, absorbs quickly, feels refreshing, and that is the Klairs BB cream. There is added fragrance, but it did not irritate my skin. It smells light, fresh, and clean.

Coverage is medium and it dries down to a very natural, slightly dewy finish. I noticed the color leaned a little grey/pink straight out the tube, but it ended up matching me almost perfectly after giving it some time to set in. If you have light skin tone like mine, it should work for you too. This formula doesn’t cling to dry patches, it applies so smooth, and conceals pores quite well. It’s perfect for days you need a little more coverage, but don’t want to use foundation.

I wore it for a full day without primer and set it with Kat Von D’s Lock It powder.  After 4 hours of wear is when I noticed some oil breaking through around my cheeks and nose. Coverage also started to fade at the edges and tip of my nose, but everywhere else still looked great! Around the 7-8 hour mark is when I realized the coverage on my nose and chin was completely gone. I was really greasy and noticed some settling in the fine lines around my eyes, but my blush and contour still survived. Not bad!


I really like the Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream! Despite the questionable sunscreen ingredient, I still like to use it since I’m not a mom, but I will not repurchase it until the formula gets updated. I really hope Klairs can do something about that since this really is one of the best BB creams I’ve tried!


★★★ ½ out of 5

Pros: Light, Easy to blend, Good coverage

Cons: No color options, Contains toxic sunscreen ingredient

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