Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream Review

If you have been following my blog, you will know I’m a huge fan of Skin Food BB creams. Who knew two years after I discovered this magical product, a sample of its American equivalent, Dr Denese SPF30 Defense Day Cream, made its way to my door?

Before I jump right into the review, let us look at what the Dr Denese SPF30 Defense Day Cream is all about:

• Intensely hydrates the skin with a blend of oil-free moisturizers, antioxidants and zinc-oxide
• Naturally tinted with self-adjusting melanin technology to provide instant, sheer coverage that’s flawless, hydrated and even
• Provides SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to help prevent wrinkles, lines, and age spots
• A triple threat: your moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen all in one!

Sounds just like your typical BB cream doesn’t it? Now let’s take a closer look at the product:

While most BB creams have a liquid, creamy texture, the SPF 30 Defense Day Cream feels buttery and fluffy. On my dehydrated combo skin, I don’t find it to be very moisturizing but it does go on very smoothly without accentuating dry patches. It also gets absorbed into the skin easily and feels so light you can’t even tell you are wearing makeup.



Although there is only one shade available (a medium beige color), it contains Melanin, the inherent color pigment of the skin so it will self-adjust to match any skin color. I tried using this on both my face and the back of my hand, and guess what, it does seem to match both areas completely. Color-wise, I actually prefer this over BB creams since BB creams tend to run really light and can create a “whiter” face in pictures.


As for coverage, the SPF 30 Defense Day Cream is definitely on the sheer side, just like BB creams. It evens out the skin but will not cover everything completely. The finish is very natural, velvety and slightly more matte compared to BB creams.


Can you even tell I have it on?

Overall, I really like the product. It evens out my skin nicely and is so easy to use! Plus it makes wearing sunscreen *so* painless! Loves loves loves!

The Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream is available at www.drdenese.com at $49 for a 6oz jar or $34 for a 1.5oz tube.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

7 COMMENTS

  1. oh i love it will adjust to ur skin colour, yes i love bb cream too, but it’s too white for my skin :(
    love to give it a try, wonder when it will come to australia

  2. I would be interested in getting this if I could find it. I would like to try BB Creams too but I am unsure of the colour choices since there are only 2 colours. Phyllis, I am a NC37 would the BB Cream in 02 be too light for me? Or would it make zero difference since the BB creams are very sheer?

  3. Dr. Denese ships all over the world.

    “International Customers, Spas and Distributors please contact our customer service at 1-866-642-3754.” -drdenese.com

  4. Amy,

    If you are referring to the Skin Food BB creams, then yes, #2 would be too light for you. I’m a NC30 and the color is just right for me.

  5. Hey Phyllis, how long do you think the 1.5 oz will last? If you use it at least 3-4x a week? I’m looking to buy this, but I’m not sure depending on how quickly I’d go through it.

    ~~ Thanks!

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