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BB Cream: Get a Bright Glow On Your Face Without Using Too Much Makeup

Updated on April 28, 2014

The Maybelline BB Cream - I've Got Two!

Maybelline BB Cream (Radiance)
Maybelline BB Cream (Radiance)

Tired of using too much makeup?

I wish someone had told me about BB creams earlier, especially the Maybelline BB cream. This is going to be a totally unbiased review about the BB cream. The name "BB cream" here stands for Bright Benefit cream. The term originated in Korea and Japan and over there it stands for Blemish Balm. BB creams are a rage in Korea and Japan and rightfully so. The cream seems to instantly light up the face and gives you a fresh, clean look as opposed to the made up look that you get when you use too much cosmetics. It's very light and all you need is some loose powder to give that brilliant finish. Trust me you will love it!

BB Creams: An all in one product

  • Moisturizing cream (tinted)
  • Anti ageing properties
  • Conceals flaws
  • Mattifying effect
  • Protects you from the Sun (SPF included)

Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream

The one I am using in India is a little different from the one you get elsewhere. I have seen different Maybelline BB cream versions especially one named 'Dream Fresh' in a bigger package. The one I'm using comes in a small teal colored tube but lasts long enough for me because I work from home and I use it only when I step outside. If you are in India and you plan on wearing it everyday (which I recommend so that it gives you that glowing natural fresh look) then you might want to purchase several packs of these. This is to avoid having to repurchase them at regular intervals. All you will need is a small coin sized amount of this cream to make you look flawless (well almost!).

Whether it is for this version (available in India) or the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream available abroad -- the reviews they seem to be getting are awesome. Everyone seems to be raving about how their skin appears brighter after application and how it helps in hiding their flaws. This cream also makes a great base for your foundation, so it acts like a multipurpose cream.

Before and After - No Photoshop - Only Camera Flash

A swatch of BB cream
A swatch of BB cream
After blending in the cream
After blending in the cream

My Thoughts: Maybelline BB Clear Glow BB Cream - A Review

Initially when you wear the BB cream you might feel that your face appears a bit too white but this is only during the first few minutes of application. After some time, your skin soaks up the moisturizer and it appears more natural, fresh and dewy. I usually like to top it off with some loose powder to get a more clean look.

I use this whenever I head out and it lasts for more than a good 6-7 hours for me. Of course, results vary based on skin type. I have normal skin type and this is how it works for me.

If you dread how your face looks after being photographed because of foundation, then this Maybelline BB cream is a good alternative. I have been quite impressed by the glow (not the 'ghostly' one) that came across on my face when photographed after using this cream. This forms a good reason why I haven't reverted back to foundations after that. I want to look good in pictures and my friends are always ready with their camera at any time of the day! I don't want to look like a scary, pale faced creature when our precious moments together are being captured.

The Pro and Con

Well I guess I already discussed the pros. I like how it acts as a multipurpose cream, and I love how I have to dab just a bit of this cream, put my kajal and a bit of lip balm and I am all set to step out of the house in 5 minutes!

The con I have noticed is when parts of my skin get too dry (those bad days!) then I couldn't really use the BB cream without making those parts look drier or flakier. But this was resolved by using a moisturizing cream first.

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      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      Yeah do try and let me know if it works for you!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This sounds great, I will have to try it out, my face is so patchy sometimes, so this is a must, thanks!

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      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      Hey Mama Kim! We don't get many options here in India when it comes to BB creams, but this one I really do like. The other ones listed here are bestselling ones and seem more popular. You might want to check them out if you are planning on getting a BB cream (in case its available to you at your place).

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I've been wanting to switch over to a BB cream for quite some time now. I had no idea Maybelline made one ^_^ Now I just have to make the switch! Thank you ^_^