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Drugstore Series: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream

As promised, here’s a quick and short write up on the latest Maybelline’s BB Cream that had arrived on our shores. If you are regular readers of my blog, you will know that I thoroughly enjoyed using the Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream SPF 26 and it’s a staple in my makeup routines for school and days which only require me to wear light makeup. I am very excited to share my thoughts on the newest Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream that boasts of SPF50 and other rich minerals such as Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Sodium, Titanium and 3 other Iron Oxides. As with the regular range of BB creams, there are 2 shades for consumers to choose from and I picked the lighter shade in 01 Fresh:

It comes housed in a turquoise plastic squeeze tube bottle with a nozzle tip and white plastic cap. I really love the convenience of the nozzle – it allows just the right amount of product to be dispensed without making a mess everywhere else.

comparison swatches

freshly applied


Face: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream, ZA Skin Beauty 2-Way Foundation #21, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden

Eyes: UDPP, Paul & Joe Eye Gloss N #05, Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes – 10 Dark Chocolate, Clinique High Impact Mascara

Cheeks: Jill Stuart Mix Compact Blush #09 Little Bouquet

Lips: Maybelline Baby Lips

My Thoughts:

The texture of the UV White BB Cream feels more watery and easily blendable as compared to the regular Clear Smooth BB Cream. It also imparts a very lovely satin finish with the slightest bit of dewiness unlike the Clear Smooth BB Cream which is mostly just matte. The coverage for this is also much sheerer and does not cover up much flaws at all as can be seen from the obvious freckles and redness on my cheek. I love the glowy finish and the less-than-perfect coverage – it reminds me a lot of how I want a good tinted moisturizer to be. With that said, this makes a great BB cream to use under your liquid foundation as a primer because it’s so lightweight and it’s a great alternative to 2way cakes or liquid foundations on days when you are comfortable with just minimal coverage.  Wear time is not too bad as I noticed signs of wear around 6 hours or so but that’s not something a little powder wouldn’t fix. This high SPF is also a bonus. Definitely will repurchase when I run out!




Buy-2-get-1-free with Maybelline/Garnier!

Spotted the following promotions at Watsons:

Garnier & Maybelline were having some sort of buy-2-get-1-free promotion whereby the product with the lowest value will be free! This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on necessities and try out other new stuff.

These are what I ended up with:

Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream 

Eyestudio Eye Color Palette – 03 Gray Pink

I had been wanting to try this new Clear Smooth BB White Cream which boasts of a high SPF50 and comes with whitening properties. I had thoroughly enjoyed using the previous Clear Smooth BB Cream but absolutely hated the Mineral BB Mousse so I definitely have to try this new one out! The other items include the Eyestudio quad in 03 Gray Pink and the highly raved Falsies mascara in Black. All three products are Made in China. I will be doing a full review on these items very soon!

Thank you for reading and have a good week!

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.

CLEO Maybelline Special

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+++.

freshly pumped out 

after 10 seconds

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

My thoughts:

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.



Watsons Sightings: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse + CandyDoll Base MU

Spotted these at my neighbourhood Watsons:

Candy Doll New Base Items:

Liquid Foundation comes in two shades – #01 and #02 – $41.90 each

Makeup Base – $37.90 each

Powder Foundation – $40.90 each

There were no testers available for the liquid foundations, only the MU Base. The MU base is a little too shimmery for my liking and blends clear (under store lights that is). I feel that the entire base makeup range is rather expensive for the quality and packaging isn’t super attractive either. No temptation to buy and try them out.

I also spotted the NEW Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse in the store:

This is quite exciting for me because I spotted this in the latest issue of CLEO and I have been waiting for it. The issue mentioned this will be out in November so it was a pleasant surprise to see this on our shelves so soon.

Comes in only one shade, no tester available yet 😦

This BB Mousse is made in Japan (whereas the Mineral BB Cream is Made in China) so at least quality is assured. Packaging is in Japanese too with English translations of the ingredients list. I cannot wait to try this out because it looks really promising from all the reviews I had read on TW blogs.

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?

swatch: #01 Fresh

taken with flash

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.

5 hours of wear

As you can see, I’m starting to oil a teeny bit on my forehead and nose but it’s nothing serious.

10 hours of wear

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.

My thoughts:

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.

Best for:

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)