Friday, December 10, 2010

AMW Reviews: "Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream"

I have so many requests on the new Maybelline BB Cream.  To be honest, I have it in my stash for quite some time, well, gazillion years to be exact,  but I just cannot put it to test.  Why?   Well, the shade just doesn't seem right on me! After constant requests from dear readers, I've finally used this and found ways to really use this outside the comfort of my home!  

"Malakas kayo sa akin!" (Indirect translation: You guys are super important to me and I'll try to do my best in helping you guys out) <--- hmm, that seems way longer than expected!  *lol*

Finally, my thoughts on one of the most inexpensive BB Cream to date....

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals 
Instant Skin Perfecting BB Cream

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream says ---
The Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB cream moisturizes, protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB with its SPF26 PA++ sun protection. It has an oil-free formula and relies on 8 minerals to rejuvenate the skin.

AMW says ---
  • Simple yet effective packaging!  Best BB cream packaging is the squeezy-type tube as you can squeeze out product until the last drop!
  • No weird smell.
  • Very inexpensive!
  • Gives light to medium coverage
  • Great in covering redness or skin discoloration.
  • Gives a slight "Brightening" effect.
  • Controls the oil especially on the sides of my nose!
  • For matte lovers out there, this BB cream gives a nice matte finish!
  • Lacks the range of shades we all want.
  • A bit watery in texture which makes it a bit messy if you accidentally squeezed a lot!
  • Does not have as many functions as other BB creams in the market but what the heck? This is super inexpensive!
  • Not moisturizing enough especially for dryer skin individuals like myself. (click photo to enlarge to see dry spots, note that I did not moisturize just for the sake of review)
  • Will create "white cast" on photos if applied too much! (so be very careful!)
  • Not readily available for our non-Asian countries friends!
For someone who wants to try BB cream minus the hefty price and to some, the long wait of online shopping, this is a good product to start with.  A good BB Cream if you are looking for light coverage and covers facial redness!  I find this works best on Normal and Oily skin!  Dry skin like myself can still use this but it pays to moisturize the skin first prior to BB cream application!

  • Separate moisturizer is needed prior to this BB cream application if your skin tends to get dry.
  • If you think Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB cream works for you but only the shade is not right for you, I suggest you practice on piling up a thin layer onto face and layer with a powder foundation to "correct" the shade. (Use lighter foundation if the BB cream is too dark on you, use darker foundation if the BB cream is too light on you)
  • Carefully squeeze a tiny amount of product to start with.
  • Use clean fingers and warm up the BB cream on your hand before you apply it on your face.
  • You can choose to use a stippling brush if you don't want to over apply!
  • Do not panic if you look grayish right after application, wait a couple of minutes by doing other stuffs (ex. drying your hair, washing your butt..LOL)  and come right back and apply your preferred liquid/cream/powder foundation! (Photo below shown the BB cream blending much better to my skin color).
  • Cleanse your face at the end of the day with a good makeup remover because this can stay onto your skin!
Will I repurchase?
I find it a bit too tedious for me to always try to match the shade on my skin with a foundation!  I would recommend this to other people though!

To whom do I recommend this to?
For people with normal to oily skin!  Of course, if your skin color fits the BB cream shade, lucky you!

Where to purchase and how much?
At local Maybelline counters for Php299.00 (approx $6.95)

The amount of Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream 
I've used for my entire face

Before and After photo applying nothing but Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream.  As seen on photos below, it evens out my skin tone and creates a very matte finish.  It looks a bit lighter in person but I have ways to darken the shade of the BB cream.

I dusted my whole face with MAC Mineralized SkinFinish Natural in Dark, using very light hand strokes!  Be careful to even out the whole face!

I want to make myself look a bit more 3-dimensional in this photo, using the same MAC's Mineralized SkinFinish Natural in Dark, I used it as blush for a nicer cheekbones!

*Note: Sorry for the very tired look on photos above, did this after a long day at work! :)

I hope my review is still useful, I know a lot of you have purchased this, do let me know how much you like/dislike this!
By the way, Maybelline have their year end 30% sale!  I am not sure if this BB Cream is included, but do check out the counters and see if you can score great deals!

Happy Shopping!
Keep smilin'

Stay happy!


  1. Good Morning Ms. Nikki! :) I was almost jumping for joy when I saw how cheap it is (months ago), but drugstore MU always make me breakout so I think I would have to skip this, sayang. :P Great review BTW! :)

  2. THanks for the review! This isn't available here but that's okay as I think there are better ones =)

  3. so true about a start up bb cream if you just wanna try it out. as with any maybelline product, this one hardly lasted on my combination oily skin.
    LOL you can see my not so happy disposition on this product as it's so tiny and for that price and it's only available in Asia so i get loads of questions where to get it LOL.
    thanks for sharing this sis. though on me the shade match is just right, it's just too watery to be a 'real' bb cream, IMHO LMAO

  4. Hi Nikki, what's the best for you among the BB creams you've tried?

  5. JK, if a certain product always breaks you out, good decision to steer clear na :)

    Lisa, yes, agree! There are far better ones where you stay! :)

  6. Marge, it's ok, I would understand how other people wouldn't like this! And you're right, the watery texture doesn't feel like BB Cream! But thank goodness they came up with one because I remember searching high and low way back when I first heard about BB Creams! At least people get the "Feel" of using BB Creams! I hope it doesn't break them out though!

    Dea, for my skin condition (Dry and Normal combination), I'd say Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream, love it so much I hoarded when I was in Korea! :) For the oily skin people, I would say Le'gere is NOT bad!

  7. I absolutely love this BB cream but IT GIVES ME PIMPLES!

  8. I kinda love this one!! :D So sorry to hear that not moisturizing enough for you!! But yeah, I wish it came in more shades!!

  9. Of all the BB creams I've reviewed, this is the one that I like in terms of application. The best one in my arsenal needs a foundation brush pa.

  10. it looks good in you,sis!

    i guess you just need to moisturize first...

    i think this is the cheapest bb cream that is locally available,right?

  11. Thanks for the review, Nikki. Not a bad product, but yes, a bit watery. I think the higher price of other BB creams are worth it padin no? =)

  12. it didnt work on my oily tzone Ms. Nikki.. but surprisingly, it worked with my beau (Mr.TBG).. weird noh? =D will make a review about this soon based on beau's experience.. ;)

  13. yeh hopefully it doesn't break anyone else out. when i made that vid, i've only been using it a week, and isn't it classic, that as soon as i upload it my black heads started to erupt, lmao.
    so i stopped using this, unless i know i won't be gone out too long and can remove it fr my face right away.

  14. thanks for the review Nikki! Ito gamit ng friend and Sis in law ko and they really love this BB cream! Ako naman, i find the coverage sheer for my taste, I prefer Missha and Dr. Jart =)

  15. Thanks for this, very useful! Is there a local store that sells the Skin79 brand? Thanks!

  16. You're right. It's good but it will not work well for those who has dry skin. I have also read on the packaging that it has parabens on it.

  17. hi:)
    i would like to ask if it's ok to use the maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Face Powder or the foundation after applying the bb cream.
    and san po dalawa ang ok po gamitin, poder or foundation?
    im still a student kasi, i want to look lang na parang natural lang ang dating..
    thank you:)

  18. Anonymous, I am so sorryt his gives you the pimples! Must be an ingredient that does not work for you!

    Jenn, It's ok, I can always use a good moisturizer prior to using this BB cream!

    Skysenshi, that's great! and the fact that this is very inexpensive!

  19. Thia, thanks!yup, I do use moisturizer prior to using this, siyempre tested it with and without moisturizer :)

    Pammy, thanks!

    Dang, agree! Well I use the BB Cream that really covers the moisture department!

  20. ✿Mitchelli✿, oohh I'm glad it worked for your Beau at least its not a waste of product!

    Marge, oh no..hahaha well the product does deserve time to use! I've used it for a couple of times and thank goodness, no breakouts!

    Khymm, oh Haven't tried dr. Jart, Missha doesn't work for me, well only ONE variant that i tried :)

  21. Clarice, I have the Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream that I purchase in Korea because I was hoarding, if you want to try that variant, I can sell it to you in the price that I got in Korea :)

    Vie, yes, I agree some people have allergies to Parabens! So we all have to be careful

    Charmaigne Grace!hi dear, well, it depends, if you don't need much coverage after BB cream then the powder is ok, if you need a bit of coverage and oil control, purchase the powder foundation, if you don't like it to be too thick, use a brush a fluffy brush in application! hope this helps :)

  22. I love this BB cream. Even though I'm still a virgin when it comes to make-up, I've tried this one and it's not so bad. It's a plus that it doesn't cause any skin reactions (especially for my case because I have both oily AND sensitive skin). I also love that it stays on for a long time until you wash it off. I don't mind its brightening effect and the one shade it has is ok since its close to my skin tone. I just really love that it's gentle on skin and does not feel "heavy" when worn. I just pat on face powder for a more polished look. The nicest thing about this is that it's super inexpensive. Thank God for Maybelline

  23. Another good thing about this product is that it is very effective for me as a primer for eyeshadows :)


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