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Maybelline BB Cream

I made my first purchase of Maybelline BB Cream for Php 249.00 at Watsons in Greenbelt, Makati.  I was beginning to wonder when a major western brand would step up to the plate and conjure up their own version of trendy Asian products catering specifically to the region’s market, and then Maybelline did just that.  From what I’ve read, this BB cream hit the market some time late last year.  I’d like to take a pause to fill in those who’ve never heard about BB cream.  It is a multi-purpose wonder (because you wonder what it is? hahaha!) that gained popularity mainly in Korea and there are so many brands available.  When I bought this Maybelline product it came boxed like this.


The origin of BB cream is said to be in Germany where doctors created the cream to simultaneously work as a treatment and cover-up for patients who’d undergone laser surgery.  The abbreviation “BB” properly stands for “Blemish Balm”.  The cream has the following properties: coverage like that of a foundation or tinted moisturizer, vitamins or ingredients that prevent or fight breakouts, moisturization, sun protection, and now in some special variants whitening and anti-aging properties.  The popularity of the product surged in Asia, Korea specifically, where female celebrities, especially those starring in Korean soaps / Koreanovelas on television continue to aggressively endorse various brands of BB creams in the Asian market.  These women are noted for their flawless pale complexion and give credit to whatever BB cream it is that they use.  The first brand to release BB creams in Korea was Skin79 and they were a major hit, just look at how many variants they have now, they even have brands for guys.:

So back to my review.  We’re going to look at my purchase of Maybelline’s 8 in 1 BB cream, analyze how it performs on my skin and catch some fish thoughts that came swimming by in the process.  So see me earlier this morning when I woke up?  This is how I look every morning at the age of 27.

I reached for my Maybelline BB cream to test the product in morning light.

I squeezed out a tiny drop as instructed.

Then right after seeing the color, I realized I disagreed with something instantly.  Tsk tsk.

It is very fair to say that most if not all BB creams are really for women with fair skin, because naturally, those girls in Korea are pretty pale!  There are usually only 2 shades available among the other brands if not only 1 shade, but it hardly means that that 1 shade is meant to suit everybody, I mean as you can see below, it doesn’t blend super invisibly into the skin…this only works well for me because I’m really pale.  So, I’m a bit peeved that they had to put “One Shade Fits All” on the box.  As you can see below a cream this pale would only make someone with a deeper skin shade look ghastly ghostly.  The texture is cool and creamy, no wateriness thank goodness, and dries to a soft matte finish.  I liked that about this.

In front of the same window (but admittedly with concealer on my eyebags, just needed to help it a bit).  I do look more awake after having washed my face and applying Maybelline’s BB cream.  You still see some of my sun spots.  I’ve  found that this BB cream is an amazingly cheap dupe for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude (a pale shade, my ideal LM shade is Sand).   It covers similarly and feels matte to the touch.  It gives a bit of fresh luminosity to the skin and doesn’t give me rashes or any bad reaction.  There is a bit of sheen and in this next proper front photo I powdered myself lightly with translucent setting powder to further mattify my face, a very subtle difference.  I like 🙂

and then if you want to see how it looks in the evening under artificial light, I did try it on the night before.  See the photo below.  Overall, I think it performs like a good value tinted moisturizer with 8 benefits for the skin including SPF 26(some minerals and iron oxides included).  It is part of Maybelline’s Clear Smooth Minerals line.  However, I do not think that this would work for deeper skin shades, otherwise I think it’s a pretty good buy and can help give you a pretty, fresh day look in seconds.  Here’s what it looks like under artificial light and the lipcolor I have on is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Toffee Cream.

  • Pika

    I’ve found that this BB cream is an amazingly cheap dupe for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude (a pale shade, my ideal LM shade is Sand) –THANK GOD FOR THIS INFO! I don’t have to burn my wallet for LM Tinted Moisturizer again! Whoo! Thanks Julia!!! 🙂

  • great!

  • Pika

    Finally got my BB Cream. Wore it yesterday and today. Let’s see. Hopefully in 2 weeks I can give a thorough feedback 🙂 Thanks again Julia! 🙂

  • Mandy

    Hello, can you please provide a list of the ingredients? That would be great!

  • blossom

    u r truly pretty! 🙂 nice na din kasi ang skin mo. no need to put na nga cream or foundation eh. kahit na powder ok na sayo 🙂 eh ako? haaayyy.. do u think pwede rin to sa pregnant women like me?

  • Bless My Bag

    @blossom. I personally believe it should depend on what the shade of your skin is. If it is a good match with Maybelline’s BB cream then by all means why not? I was not too happy with the recent tutorial that Maybelline Philippines released. They have a really engaging makeup video guru named Joelle who speaks very well but when she applied this BB cream on herself it looked a bit too ashy/pale on her because she’s a bit “morena”. Applying the right base is all about proper color matching and knowing what skin type you are (normal, oily, dry or combination).

    This BB cream comes in only one shade and it’s very pale and leans towards cool toned skins.

  • wow! nice!!!

  • Pat

    i think for darker skintone you can just mix this bb cream with your own foundation so at least it won’t look so pale on morena skin 🙂

  • I know this entry is pretty old but when I went to Watsons a few days ago, I saw that they already have another shade. They didn’t have testers but based on the color on the box, the new one is supposed to be more yellow.

  • lei

    The cool tone of this BB cream made it a no-no for most pinays since most of us have a warm skin tone. Cool tone gives a grey cast. Try face shop bb creams. More suited for our skin tone. 🙂

  • I’ll be featuring a better BB cream in a few days 🙂

  • ella

    im loving maybelline’s bb cream..but just found out that avon released a new line of bbcream…simply pretty bbcream intro price is 159php. pls make a review of that too..thanks

  • Julia Arenas, the FA Rep to the UP Diliman USC 2002-2003! Hope you still remember me 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised to see your blog! Was looking for reviews of Maybelline products for my marketing subject (taking up my masters now). I do use BB Cream, but mostly from Face Shop. Now I’m tempted to check out Maybelline’s version 🙂 I love your blog! God bless you more! 🙂

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