I still vividly remember the first time that I purchased a BB Cream from Maybelline. It’s from their Clear Smooth Minerals line. It was the hype of BB Creams then, and Maybelline’s releasing such came a huge following. I had a BB Cream experience prior to that and it was from a Korean brand. From there I was kind of have this comparison between the two. Though the original doesn’t really impress me (has transfers, sticky feeling, oily complexion) I’m hoping that in Maybelline’s case it would be different. What made me still remember the product 11 years later is because I ended up ditching it. Really breaks my heart because I’m a person who as much as possible would still look for a way to make this product of other possible use. My concerns were not addressed properly which is the oily t-zone, coverage, sticky feel, transfer, and worst had breakouts. I find it too heavy. I tried using a finishing veil but thus just gave me a cakey look. That’s a very sad experience that hinders me to purchase even in any brand, again. I have a combination oily skin so I think having a harmonious relationship with BB Creams is a far fetched dream. Fast forward to now, my mother handed me a sample from Maybelline, it’s The New Clear Smooth All in One Shine-Free BB Cream. Okay my doubts lead me to this product sitting in my drawer for two months until yesterday. I’m thinking since it’s going to be cold (at least) because of the rainy season, why not give it a shot. Maybe it’s a reformulated one? Still, I’m holding tight to my high hopes and keep them guarded on this one.
On the leaflet it has a tagline that says,
Meet the New Generation BB Cream.
THE DO-IT-ALL, THROUGH IT ALL, ALL IN ONE SUPER BB
Lightweight Mattifying Formula For a flawless finish that beats the heat.
- All day shine-control
- UV protection
- All day shine control- unfortunately it didn’t hold up for 8 hours. My combination oily skin had it only half of the day.
- UV protection – with SPF 21 PA+++ . We should take note that SPF’s doesn’t suffice but we have to rely on the PA+++ more because it protects the skin from the UVA rays which causes a long term skin damage and ages the skin.
- Hydrates – for a dry skin, because it’s a moisturizer/foundation/sunscreen hybrid, I believe it will do it’s part.
- Brightens – gives your skin a natural looking glow.
- Conceals – gives a light to medium coverage
- Refines – though it registers a smooth finish on pictures, my nose area which is a little dry is still evident and a little patchy
- Smoothens – no settling in your fine lines
- Evens – covers the redness around my nose area
Not bad for a 5/8. Though it claims that it won’t make your skin look oily and feel sticky, on an combination oily skin’s perspective, this is a fail. I believe this still would suit best for dry skin.
Pros for combination oily skin
- good UV protection
- doesn’t settle on fine lines
- evens out your skin tone
- no streaks/has flawless look
- has light to medium coverage
- dewy finish on a combination oily skin which would look good on a dry skin
Cons for combination oily skin
- Can’t stand a day without being oily
- can’t cover dry area around my nose
- has a faint alcohol smell
- though it blurs away prominent pores upon application but once the face oils up, pores become visible
- it gives a dewy finish which tends an oily skin to look shiny
- not a matte finish even
- has a little sticky feel