Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream Sample

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My sister and I received 1ml sample sachets of Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream after we requested for one through this app on their facebook page.

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Blurbs on the sachet reads:  8 in 1 Skin Transformer. Our revolutionary skin perfecting cream instantly improves and perfects your skin:

  • Brightens instantly
  • Evens tone
  • Smoothes skin
  • Refines and minimizes pores
  • Clears skin
  • Conceals imperfections
  • Moisturizes 24h
  • Protects with spf26 / PA+++

Made in China.

Ingredients: aqua/water, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, glycerin, isotridecyl isononanoate, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, disteardimonium hecorite, dimethicone/polyglycerin-3 crosspolymer, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, disodium stearoyl glutamate, chlorphenesin, disodium EDTA, acrylates copolymer, propylparaben, tocopherol, aluminium hydroxide, ascorbyl palmitate, peg-9 ethylparaben, zinc gluconate, magnesium aspartate, isobutylparaben, butylparaben, copper gluconate (+/- may contain, C1 77891 / titanium dioxide, C1 77491, C177499, C1 77492 / iron oxides]. (F.I.L. D34334/1)

I like that it has spf and promises 24h moisturized skin. However I’m not clear on how it will deliver on its first six   promises.  Will it  smoothen, brighten, and clear my skin, refine and minimize its pores, even my skin tone, and conceal imperfections by means of coverage the way foundation does or by improving skin from within the way bb creams are expected to? A 1ml sample may be enough to determine if it’s the former but not the latter.

Accompanying the sample were flyers which talks more on Maybelline’s Baby Lips and Blemish Balms: Maybelline 8-in-1 Clear Smooth BB’s 8 healthy benefits give you perfectly flawless skin in an instant. Clinically proven. No oil. No fragrance. No pore clogging. Even suitable for sensitive skin. Dermatologist tested.

Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream is  meant for normal/ dry skin. It covers like foundation but doesn’t cake, protects like sunblock but isn’t sticky, and moisturizes like skincare (sic) without being oily. In Fresh and Natural.

The 1 ml sample seemed so small an amount that I though it would be of one use only. However that small amount went a long way. I was never one to apply a thick amount of stuff on my face anyway so the sample was good for four uses. The flyer says it’s fragrance free but it still has this smell, though it’s hardly noticeable and not at all awful. My skin didn’t flare up while using this and after I’ve emptied up the sachet. No case of the itchies too.

It is runny, not sticky and does not immediately dry upon skin contact so it’s easy to spread. It’s lightweight and my face does not feel sticky or greasy once I’ve applied it. The 01 Fresh shade blends well into my skin tone. I like that it does not cake, clump, settle on pores or emphasize lines. It leaves no white cast, shimmers or glitters. With some liquid foundation and tinted moisturizers, I’ve noticed white head debris sticking out of my pores after application. Saw none with this bb cream. It does minimizes the appearance of my pores resulting in smooth-looking skin.

While it was able to even up my skin tone and cover redness, it is unable to conceal most of my skin’s blemishes: pimple scars and dark spots left behind by pimples. Oil control leaves a lot to be desired. I have combination skin and by lunch time my face would oil up and become shiny.

Other Maybelline Clear Smooth BB products include:

  • BB Stick for oily skin.  The first bb stick with 12 hour anti-shine powder  finish! With its silky smooth application, it gives you a shine free powder finish every time. In Fresh and Radiance.
  • BB White offers sun protection SPF 50. Conceals and protects. The ultimate sun protection for brighter skin in just one step. In Fresh and Natural.

Maybelline Clear Smooth Blemish Balms are P50 off in stores until December 29,  2013. I might be getting the BB Stick just to see if this is the reincarnation of Express Make-up Fond De Tint 3 in 1. They also have this BB Top Model search where winners get a modeling contract.  Deets are on this app. For more on alphabet creams, visit this article on the Inquirer. For more on BB Creams, visit this post by Animetric. She has tried a lot of  bb creams so you might want to head on over to her blog to see her reviews on those. Meanwhile, click here for Maybelline Philippine’s facebook page.

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