Unless you have been living under a rock, or are a creature belonging to the male species you would have heard about the Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream or Maybelline BB Cream in India. Ofcourse, if you are like my mom you would just think that BB cream is the newest version of Blackberry, but since she also thinks that Smurfs are cute blue sardars, we wil treat her as an exception . So i did a bit of a test run with this BB Cream and i have quite a bit to say on it!
So what are BB CReams? Essentially BB Creams or Blemish Balm Creams are a Korean Concept, they are supposed to be multi use products combining moisturization, anti ageing, concealing, mattifying, as well as giving you all the benefits of sunblock and a tinted moisturizer. Maybelline BB Cream is not really a true BB Cream in the Korean sense, but lets judge it on its own merit of what it delivers…
Shades Available: Nude, Radiance & Natural
Consistency & Application: Once you get over the cuteness of the packaging (metallic pink cap with a teal blue body= adorable), there are a ton of really unique things about this. First of all, i use the shade Nude which is apparently the darkest shade, but its a really good shade match for my medium skin, which makes me wonder what shade the very dusky girls would wear. The consistency is slightly thicker than other tinted moisturizers i have tried and definitely thicker than my favourite Ponds Tinted Moisturizer. It also takes a little while to blend out, because its not exactly runny and liquidy so you need to work those fingers, or atleast i needed to.
Initial Thoughts:When i first wore the Maybelline BB Cream i thought- Oh my god, my skin looks so matte and white. Eeeks i look like Casper the friendly Ghost!!!. But apparently thats normal because the cream actually takes a while to sink in and get absorbed into the skin . This settles down in about fifteen minutes, the matte and white effects goes away and the Maybelline BB Cream actually delivers some hydration and dewy finish on the cheeks. It also provides pretty decent coverage- not like that of a foundation , but perfect for everyday wear- you can definitely see that your skin is more even with all your splotchiness and discoloration sort of hidden, and with a glowy finish.
Finish & Wear: The BB cream lasts me an entire work day of about 8 hours and makes sure my skin looks dewy throughout. I love the fact that it has an SPF, and yet still manages to photograph pretty well so thumbs up for that. However, do remember i have normal-dry skin, i honestly do not know how much this would work for those with oily skin because at the end of 4 hours of wear i can see a bit of shine on my nose and forehead. I am actually okay with that, but if you have naturally oily skin, that shine might get out of control * like shiny disco ball*! Another thing to note is that it does not work on extreme dry areas of flaky skin either- like areas around my forehead where my skin is very flaky i need to moisturize before putting this on or it exaggerates those areas as well with the flakiness looking pretty bad.
Maybelline created a really tiny bottle but you dont need a lot of this, infact i suggest you experiment with the quantity you need because you get vastly different results, and i would probably repurchase this.
The Good about the Maybelline BB Cream then:
- Nice Glowy Finish
- Good Coverage for a Tinted Moisturizer- evens out the skin tone
- Wears long
- Good Shade Match
- Very Convenient Nozzle Packaging
The Not so Good:
- Might get too shiny for oily skin
- Does not work on extreme areas of flaky skin
- Needs a bit of work blending
Overall Verdict :3.5/5 or B+
Product:3.5/5, Coverage: 4/5, Texture: 3/5, Longevity:3.5/5, Packaging & Value:4/5
Price: Rs 199 for 18 ml
Will I Repurchase: Yes
Recommendation: I quite liked the Maybelline BB Cream.Its a slightly thick liquid which takes some time to blend and settle into the skin (you need to be patient)-It provides decent coverage for everyday wear and a lovely glowy, dewy finish which i really like.. Im not sure how this would fare with oily skin, because after about 5hours it might get a bit too shiny if you are an oil producing factory yourself, specially in summer months( From the comments below the oily skinned girls have said its fine with a compact on top) .Also while it does hydrate my skin to a slight degree, some areas of extreme dryness remain flaky and dry . Its not a wonder must-have product, but for the price i think its definitely worth looking into.
*Product sent by Maybelline India. Honest Review.