Julep’s new DD Creme and Concealer in Dark – Review & Swatches

Julep is now shipping their new addition to the beauty alphabet: DD Creme and Concealer. 
As a Julep Maven subscriber, I was able to try both the cream and concealer 
as part of my $19.99 monthly box. 

What it claims:

  • SPF 25 provides daily defense from the sun
  • Two patented anti-aging ingredients decrease the appearance of pores and fine lines
  • Hibiscus and olive extracts keep skin hydrated
  • Lightweight, buildable coverage with an ultra-smoothing finish
  • Comes in four shades—light, medium, medium-dark, and dark

Left: DD Creme Right: DD Concealer

How it performed:

I’d like to first address the issue some customers have had with the amount of product in these tubes. I agree that they do not at all seem full of product. Even more so for the concealer tube, which feels like it’s mostly full of air. I’m not sure if this is because its considered a sample. Admittedly, I was a bit doubtful about Julep giving us two full sized tubes ($36 and $32 respectively at full price) for $19.99, but I can’t confirm if those paying full price are getting more product. 

DD Creme and Concealer blended into the skin

I chose to order the Creme and Concealer in Dark, which turned out perfectly for me. I get really tired of BB and CC creams never having a color fit for my skin tone, so they get points for the beginning. Since there seemed to be barely anything in the concealer tube, I used it verrrry sparingly, but It turns out that you need very little of it anyway. It spreads easily and has a more matte finish compared to the cream itself. I could also wear it alone since the color and formula disappear into my skin seamlessly, using my fingertips to apply.

The same goes for the Creme, though it settles into more of a dewy finish. I was actually surprised how light the Creme felt on my skin, considering the first ingredient is Castor oil. My skin is combination and has not reached it’s peak Summer oiliness, so I’ve done fine with it so far, but I do find I’m more pleased throughout the day when I set it with a bit of tinted HD Powder (I use Mehron Celebre Pro powder). As with the concealer, I’ve also been applying the Creme with my fingertips, buffing it out with a finishing brush to make sure it’s all blended. It stays put pretty well and I’ve only had to blot once, maybe twice, per day. I’ll update if that changes in the hotter coming months. 

When I looked at the product initially, I thought it seemed a bit orange initially, but as it turns out it’s one of the closest matching colors I’ve tried. Overall I tend to buy cool toned shades most often. As a reference, my go-to daily foundation is Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturizer in Mocha. The coverage of the DD Creme seems light to (maybe) medium, but i don’t have any major blemishes I’m trying to cover. Just general skin tone smoothing.
The Verdict: 

As far as color goes, it’s as much as close of a match as I could wish for. Nearly perfect in that sense. For my combination skin, the finish is fine so far, though I prefer a little light powder on top to set it for the day. Note that I do like a slightly dewy finish for my skin in general. My skin felt hydrated throughout the day, which is a plus for dry skinned girls, but Castor oil is the first ingredient, which could be a problem for those with oily skin. I’m not sure if I’ll be replacing my beloved Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with the Julep DD Creme and concealer, but so far it looks like I’ll be enjoying it while I have it.

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