Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream Review, Swatches
How is your V-day coming along? Mine is going terrific! I’m having a time of my life sitting in front of my laptop while my mom watches the K-serials. Oh well…I hope at least you guys are enjoying. My V-day plans are shifted to the weekend..so let me just not crib and present to you the Maybelline BB Cream. My first reaction when I heard of this cream was “Finally”. No seriously, you can’t imagine the heigts I went to get hold of those Korean BB creams. While those are Blemish Balms, Maybelline calls this one as a Brightening Balm.
Maybelline Claims: Provides 8 benefits in 1 step! Instantly brightens, Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++, Evens tone, Hydrates, Conceals, Smoothes, Mattifies, Freshens. Dermatologist Tested. Wont clog pores. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
First of all, let me clear the confusion over the shades. The 3 shades (nude, radiance and natural) are in the descending order, so the first one (01 Nude) is the darkest and 03 Natural is the lightest. I’m using Nude and it suits my medium nc37 skin really well. I like the colour since this one has a lot of yellow in it as opposed to the grey and pink tones which generally the korean BB creams have. So the colours are very suitable for the Indian skin tones. Once you put in on, there is a slight white cast but after some 10minutes the BB cream oxidizes to adjust to your natural colour.
The texture is thick like how BB creams are supposed to be and you need to work up your fingers to blend it out. You can use a brush too, but fingers do it just fine for me. It takes a while to spread so you need to blend it more. The coverage is light like the tinted moisturisers
so it will not cover those blemishes and dark circles. But it evens out the skin and covers up the redness. So, its more like an on-the-go thing.
The oil test:
I have an oily T zone so its important it passes this test. The cream is not highly moisturising and I moisturise my face well before wearing it. But I did notice the shine on my nose after a few hours. But since the weather is pretty nice nowadays, I can make it work. But in the harsh summers, you would definitely need to touch up with some loose powder or compact. And of course, the rules in the summers change so you won’t probably need a separate moisturiser then. So you can say the finish is dewy and not matte.
Tip: Moisturise your cheeks and forehead and leave out the chin and nose. Then wear the BB cream.
Ummm the size of the bottle…is well very tiny! But at this price, we cannot really complain!
Maybelline v/s Korean BB Creams
The most important area of concern is the shade match. If the colour is off, you cannot do anything with it no matter how much it conceals and hydrates. I’ve a couple of those korean BB creams
which generally come in 1 shade with mostly grey and pink undertones meant only for paler girls. The maybelline BB cream has got 3 shades with a lot of yellow in it which makes it suitable for us Indians, thankfully.
Price: Rs. 199 ($4) for 18ml
So is it for you?
Yes if you are looking for an everyday wear kind of a product which evens out your tone and hides the minor blemishes and redness. It takes a while to blend and adjust to your skin colour so you need to be patient. If you have been going gaga over the BB creams trend, then you need to have a look. It is infact better in terms of shade match and coverage from some of the Korean BB creams I’ve tried. And well…maybelline has done it again.
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