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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Review: Maybelline BB Cream

I love wearing makeup when the occasion calls for it: Base, Foundation, Concealer, Eyeliner, Mascara, Eyebrows, Lipstick, Blush, Powder…I can go all in. I love how makeup gives me that boost of confidence whenever I feel that I need it. Most of the time, however, I am low-maintenance when it comes to the makeup department. It’s just lip gloss and powder for me sometimes. More often than not, I stick to plain lip balm and moisturizer.

If you think the packaging is different, it's because this is an old photo. :P

If there’s one beauty product that I find really useful when I’m on the low-maintenance mode it’s Maybelline BB Cream. I’ve read about BB creams online and how they help to lighten blemishes so I decided to try it. Maybelline is the most affordable and effective of all the BB creams I’ve found and I think that it’s worth the money.

I was originally after the BB cream because of the anti-blemish benefits but I was happy to find out that Maybelline’s BB cream also had moisturizers and sunscreen (SPF 26). Not only that, it covers my blemishes and is good as a makeup base. Actually, it’s even good on its own. When I don’t feel like putting on makeup I just put it on and some lip balm and I’m good to go. It’s like a lighter version of foundation. It does the job for me even without powder to set it because it looks matte when it dries.

The cool thing about the BB cream is that you don’t need that much to cover up. One small tube of Maybelline’s BB cream lasts me more than a couple of months even if I use it daily. It only takes a couple of drops to cover my face up with it.

It’s very effective as a moisturizer because it doesn’t feel too oily on my face the way some moisturizers do and it keeps my face hydrated. I like that it really does help lighten blemishes and pimple scars too. I had this nasty pimple scar on the bridge of my nose and it was only after using the BB cream for a couple of months that it actually faded.

Some people have commented that the BB cream from Maybelline has made their skin look grayed out and that it’s not good for their coloring. I guess it has to do with the fact that there are only two shades: Fresh and Natural. I’ve been using their Fresh shade and so far, so good.

One Maybelline BB Cream experience I’ve had was when I went on a trip last year where I had to go on an unexpected hike up a mountain. It was such a long hike and all I had on my face was the Maybelline BB cream as my sunblock/foundation. I was surprised that when I got up to the top even if I was all sweaty my face still looked good. It wasn’t oily at all! There was sweat, yes, but it still looked good! I was very happy!

I have tried other BB creams out there, even some from Korea but they haven’t matched up to Maybelline’s BB Cream in terms of price and results. I have also tried CC creams but I haven’t been happy with them. I’ve even tried a CC cream that stings my eyes when I sweat because it melts so fast and gets in my eyes. Not a good experience!

For now, with my budget and experience, I decided to stick to Maybelline because it still gives me the results that I want at an affordable price. Unless I can find something else that would serve me better, I’m sticking with what’s tried and tested.

I leave you with a Maybelline Commercial (of sorts) starring Gerald Anderson and (surprise!) me -- made through an online promo thing that Maybelline had for their BB cream a few years ago. Enjoy!

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