I have been neck-deep in Sephora VIB sale recommendations, which is hilarious because I am so far from VIB status and I’m even debating about skipping on the insider sale just because I’ve spent a lot of money this month. Maybe. We’ll see.
But anyways, I’ve been trying out this Julep 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with turmeric. It really caught my eye the first time I saw it, and even though I’m usually skeptical of a product that does too many things, I just really wanted to see how this would turn out!
Julep 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric Review
It’s called the 5-in-1 because it’s meant to conceal (dark circles, acne, hyperpigmentation and smile lines), correct (neutralize redness and inflammation), illuminate (bring out high points of face), blur (with soft focus powders to diffuse the look of fine lines and imperfections) and brighten (long term with turmeric).
The turmeric was a big selling point for me, because I’ve heard it’s such a standout ingredient not only for your skin, but your body as well, both internally and externally.
The main ingredients are turmeric extract, which provides long-term brightening benefits and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Camellia Seed Oil contains skin-calming properties and provides nourishing and moisturizing benefits. As this is a Korean brand, it’s no surprise that this is sourced from Jeju Island, South Korea. Soft-Focus Powders blur the look of fine lines & imperfections while creating a smooth, demi-matte finish that’s never flat.
It looks pretty standard and there’s nothing special about it, but it doesn’t feel cheap. I was actually surprised the first time I picked it up, how heavy it was. It’s a sponge applicator, and from the picture, I thought it was going to be a flat angled sponge, but it’s actually rounded all over. It took SO. MANY. clicks to get the product out, which I wasn’t a fan of, but ever since then it’s been fine, and every time I only need a few clicks or so to get the right amount of product.
A little goes a long way—if you’re using it as a concealer, or spot corrector. You can use this as a foundation, but personally I don’t. The applicator is way too small, and I feel like you’d have to use a ton of product each time, because you’re twisting to get product out on a small sponge.
Performance wise, the first thing I noticed was that it feels bit drier than your typical concealer. I’m used to more wet formulas, which I think are pretty standard, so this was different. As such, I found it easiest to blend with my fingers than any brush. A damp Beauty Blender was okay, but I preferred using my fingers. It is a natural, demi-matte finish, and maybe that’s why it blends best with your fingers.
If you have dry skin, you might still be able to get away with using this, though you’ll probably want to stick to your creamier formulas. While this isn’t overly dry or necessarily hard to work with, it just means you need to make sure to have a hydrated base to work on. With the price point the same as something like the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, that may be one you want to opt for instead.
It gives medium to full coverage, but I still think it would be perfect for that no makeup makeup look, to use this instead of foundation to add coverage where needed.
I have the shade Buff, which is perfect for me. I’m very happy about that because my last two concealers were either too dark or too light.
Although this didn’t feel like an illuminator to me (I think you’d have to get a shade lighter) and I haven’t been using it long enough to say whether it’s a long term brightening solution (although it did brighten my under eyes when I had it on), I really enjoy using it as a concealer. It’s very compact, easy to apply, and the shade is just right.
Have you tried the Julep 5-in-1 Skin Perfector, or anything from Julep? Let me know in the comments below!