BB Creams / Drugstore Series: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream SPF 26/PA+++ #01 Fresh
Have been truly busy!
But I have recently bought and tried the Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream after reading a lot about it on forums and blogs. It was going for $2-$3 off at Watsons so no harm picking up a tube to try, right?
It came housed in an attractive (by drugstore standards) sturdy cardboard package.
It also boasts of containing 8 healthy minerals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, sodium, titanium and 3 iron oxides and helps with hydration, skin elasticity etc etc.
What’s a BB cream if it doesn’t claim to do all that?
The product comes in a nifty little 18ml tube. 18ml, seriously?
I was really quite impressed when I first swatched the tester tube at the back of my hand, which prompted me to buy the tube home. The back of my hand looked and felt even-toned and I could barely see any lines.
As you can see, I’m starting to oil a teeny bit on my forehead and nose but it’s nothing serious.
I did not do any touch ups along the way just to see how long this BB cream could stay on. If you take a closer look (click on the images), the BB cream is wearing off on areas around my nose and upper lip where I am usually more susceptible to perspiration. It also started to look slightly patchy around my eye areas.
Nonetheless, it seems to give me a nice glowy sheen without looking greasy.
This is a good BB cream for the price as I think that the oil control is good enough. It is not as dewy or glowy as moisturizing BB creams but it does give a semi matte finish after applying. The #01 Fresh shade also matches my skin tone perfectly but I think it’d be too dark for those lighter than MAC NC20. I am also very surprised by how long-lasting this is and how natural this looked on my face.
People with dry/normal skins who like sheer coverage foundations. This does not have fantastic coverage but it does a good enough job of evening out skin tone. Coverage may be buildable but I wouldn’t bet on it. Fantastic colour match too. Doesn’t leave a white/grey cast at all upon application which was rather surprising.
Not good for:
People who dislike sheer finishes. This gives sheer to medium (at most) coverage. Not good if you have a lot to conceal. You can always top up with 2way cake foundation or liquid foundation but I personally find that too heavy for daily use. I personally think this degree of coverage is sufficient for school.
Would I repurchase?
In my opinion, this is a good staple to own but I’m always in search of new things to try so no, I probably will not repurchase once this runs out.
$13.90/18ml (RP: $16.90)