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.