Drugstore Series: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse
In my previous entry, I mentioned about the arrival and sale of the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse at Watsons.
The mousse is housed in a metal can and comes with a nifty pump that helps to dispense the appropriate amount of product. Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase BB Mousse (which coincidentally had undergone a revamp this year).
Both products also contain SPF30/PA+++.
The oxidation rate for this product is awful, it oxidizes to a dark orange barely after 10 seconds. But somehow the product manages to eventually blend in with my skin colour without much rubbing in.
This is less than a fifth of a full pump and you can see that there is more than enough product for application on the entire face.
A drugstore look I did using the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, 5 hours of wear (in air-conditioned environment):
Face: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden
Cheeks: NYX Mosiac Powder – 01 Highlighter, Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
Eyes: ZA Impact Lash Mascara – Volume, Topshop Mousse Eyeshadow – Glint, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk (browbone highlight), Silky Girl Long-Wearing Eyeliner – 02 Black Brown
Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase (I have only tried it in pink) in terms of texture, blendability and application. I didn’t like the Shu because the pink tint was odd on me and it was way too drying. There is also a need to blend one area at a time because it dries fast. Do not attempt to work on multiple areas at one go because the result will be cakey and streaky.
The Maybelline one is drying too, since it dries down to a satiny-matte finish. As such I was able to skip setting powder altogether. Coverage is sheer to medium with buildable coverage. I wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin because even without the use of setting powder, the skin feels tight and dry as I was constantly exposed to air-conditioning. Oil control is fair, I started oiling on my T-zone about 3 hours later but that’s ok for me because I really like a bit of shine. If you have oily skin, you might like this better than I do. Also, it oxidizes rather quickly. You won’t be able to tell from the picture but in real life I looked half to one shade darker (and orangey).
I don’t hate this product but there is a need for me to “try to make it work” because of how drying it is. I love the texture though because it is so light and airy and feels like nothing on the skin. It should be better as a primer/base that you apply before your powder/liquid foundation even though the coverage is sufficient for me.