Never say never. It can turn around and bite you in the butt!
I am not a fan of BB creams for the many reasons I have set out in a previous post. But it doesn’t stop me trying new ones in the hope that perhaps there is one that might work without turning me into an oil slick, or making me look like a zombie or like I had a fake tan.
Interestingly, I might have found one that sort of works, in the form of the new Maybelline BB Cream. Actually its called the Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Instant Skin Perfecting Cream aka BB Cream – phew! Let’s just call it the Maybelline BB Cream k? 🙂
Now, I do not know enough about BB Creams to know if this is really one or not. I’ll just go by its name and the fact that it claims to address 8 skin concerns including skin brightening, evens out skin tone, covers imperfections, moisturizes skin and protects with SPF25 PA+++
If you’re interested in this one, I’ve got some comparison pictures below showing you if it does cover imperfections and even out skin tone as it claims 🙂
The texture is quite light, and my colour is Fresh which is a pretty light tone. I’d say that its quite neutral in skintone, which is very good. Most BB Creams I’ve tested tend to be too grey or too orange. This one, as you can see from the swatch is close to my natural skintone. Please don’t ask me why there is shimmer. There isn’t any shimmer in the cream itself. It might be some residual shimmer left on my hand that the camera picked up.
Fresh is pretty much my skin colour and blends in into nothing. It feels nice on the skin and I only use a dollop as you see in the picture. I apply it like how I apply my regular liquid foundation – if you’re lazy to click through, its by spreading it between my palms and then applying to my face.
The nice thing about this Maybelline BB Cream is that it leaves no white cast nor does it oxidise on my skin. So I don’t have that dreaded two toned look after a while. As to whether it turns oily, it does but very moderately. I don’t have oily skin to start with and if I use a mattifying primer or base, I do not see the oiliness. If I happen to use a sunscreen that turns oily (like the L’Oreal UV Perfect sunscreen) then I’m an oil slick anyway so its not quite attributable 100% to this BB Cream.
Now to address its claims. Does the Maybelline BB Cream even out skin tone, brighten skin and cover imperfections? Well, answer is yes and no.
As you can see from the collage, just on its own, the Maybelline BB cream does not quite cover my pigmentation although it does even out the skintone somewhat. Redness is reduced in the cheek area although my nose looks markedly reddish still.
After I pat over some loose powder (I used my fave Lavshuca loose powder) it looks a lot better doesn’t it? Using a light dusting of loose powder over the BB cream also helps it stay matte all day.
Pros: Light texture, Good colour match for my skintone, Helps even out skin tone, Affordable, No oxidisation or drastic oiliness
Cons: Unable to cover imperfections on its own, Does turn a little bit oily, Only comes in 1 shade which might be unsuitable for darker skinned ladies
So, like I said right at the top, I think I might have found a BB Cream that works well enough for me at an inexpensive pricetag and one I would feel comfortable repurchasing and telling you to try 🙂
Might you have tried this one? I believe its been out at the counters for a while now. Its quite a small tube but you only need very little so it can last a while. I also think it might be exclusive to Asia but if anyone in the West can confirm having seen this, it would be helpful! 🙂
The Maybelline BB Cream retails at RM22.90 at all Maybelline counters. It comes in only 1 shade.
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Cheaper than some of the Korean ones and no zombie look… interesting.
Cheaper than many Korean brands! I think that’s what I liked about it 😛 Oh and the fact the cream actually looked like normal skintone hehe… 🙂
I did!! I like this alot leh! Looks natural, and not to mention cheap too! 😀
YAY! It does look natural on doesn’t it? I was expecting the worst – maybe oil slick or oxidization – but I was pleasantly surprised 😀
your bare skin looks amazing! *jealous*
Haha the power of lighting! 😛 Thanks 🙂
I still have my Shills BB Cream to finish, though… wuwu… But I have oily skin to start with.. Haihz
Oh yes, sorry for neglecting your blog for so long, I just came back from my vacay with the family!
I’m not quite sure how this works on oily skin to be honest. It would be good to know should you decide to give it a shot. I remember you going away on holiday 😀 Did you have a good time?
Connie De Alwis says
ahhh it looks pretty decent! But it had to come in only one shade 🙁
Yup! Sadly not your shade 🙁
if it doesn’t oxidize at tht price, its quite good already!
Haha… actually at this price, I’d be surprised that it even worked!
It looks pretty good on your skin! And at such an affordable price I think many will try it. 🙂
Thanks! I think many already have and it seems to be ok for most or maybe we just aren’t that fussy since its not that expensive? 🙂
Tried this too. Agree with you that this can’t cover much of the imperfections. Anyways, the SPF is insufficient, hence, I will slap some SPF30++ onto my face before this 😛
Haha… definitely insufficient SPF! My skincare regiment includes SPF50 sunblock anyway so I am never fussed by the amount of SPF in moisturizer, foundation or now BB cream 😛
It has an astonishing amount of silicone (3 types of dimethicone) so I’m guessing this aint’ the BB cream for me.
Strangely it didn’t feel silicone-y which might be why I didn’t notice it but yeah for those sensitive to silicone, its probably best to stay away. Thanks for noting that!
cool! Will try this after I finish new load of BB creams. lol!
Haha… will they finish though? 😛
I like this – used it for the first time today – no oil spill, gives decent coverage and stays put with my Mineralize SkinFinish powder. 🙂
Yay for no oil spill! I was quite surprised at that too. I should try it with my MSF. I usually just pat over loose powder and go
Ditto; your bare skin looks really good on its own! 🙂 Actually I’ve been itching to try this BB cream too, hmmm I guess it would be good (and cheap!) for casual weekends when I don’t need my heavy duty Revlon Colorstay makeup 🙂
Thanks! 😀 Yes do give this a shot. Its light and doesn’t do much but covers enough so we don’t scare the rest of the world 😉 Do you know I’ve never used Revlon Colorstay? I know lots of people who like it. Perhaps I should give it a go.
I bought this Maybelline BB cream and I don’t like it, I prefer Skin Food Aloe Sun BB cream. In term of non-oxidizing and mattefying properties, Silkygirl Magic BB cream is much better compared to Maybelline BB Cream. Currently, I seldom use BB cream or foundation or concealer as my skin has improved a lot after I used Differin cream. I really recommend this cream to you.
That’s interesting Ivo. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Skin Food Aloe BB cream too but as a brand, Skin Food doesn’t quite interest me 😛 Oh and I tried to check out Silkygirl recently but the BB cream seems to have disappeared from the places I looked. I wonder why.
I bought this during my trip to Taiwan a few months ago.
The price is around the same (RM20+) but the amount is DOUBLE! (I don’t know why M’sia and Singapore are selling smaller size)
It’s more expensive here in Singapore with the same size selling in M’sia (around S$17).
I’m so happy that I grabbed it in Taiwan, hahahaha 😀
It is light and fresh as what you described. I have fairly good skin, so it works great on me as I dont need full coverage.
Ahh… trust the Taiwanese to be one step ahead and in a bigger size too! 😀 Thanks for sharing Fion. I didn’t realise its actually more expensive in Singapore! Still its a good price you got yours at and at double the size, it’ll last you quite a while eh? 😉
Indeed, there isn’t much bb cream in France except agnes B. BB cream and erborian.
Are tinted moisturizer equal BB cream ?
Some say that BB cream is just tinted moisturizer but others disagree as they say BB Cream has more skin beneficial ingredients. Its odd how BB Creams are so popular in Asia and among Asian brands when story has it that its actually from Germany! 🙂
since it’s cheap,i think it’s worth trying.
Yup that’s what most of us will think 🙂
I was seriously just about to whip out my notebook and write this down in my shopping list, until I saw “can a bit oily”. Phew! 😛
haha!! Yes it can be a tiny bit oily. Didn’t turn me into an oil slick unlike many others I’ve tried though.
Thanks for the review PB! I am so going to try this one. It is cheaper than the current BB Cream I am using. 🙂 I hope it will match my skin tone.
If you are medium toned, I think it will still be a decent fit. Do check the tester before buying so you don’t waste money 😉
i kinda like Missha’s BB cream and Laneige BB cream,if you would have a try =D
Just wonder if the maybelline bb cream is the same as the bb base? I got maybelline bb base because it has so many great reivews, yet for me..it’s so oily and provides no coverage…sigh