Another day, another BB cream. Yes, I know there’s a new alphabet cream in town going by CC, but blame it on these words – “Japan Exclusive”. Yes, as soon as I read that, I whipped out my Hong Kong dorrahs ($99 to be precise) for the Maybelline Pure BB Mineral BB Watergel. You see, I am under the impression that everything from Japan is AMAZING – e.g. ramen noodles, sushi, sashimi – oh wait, that’s just food. Okay, um, my fave beauty gadget Hitachi Hada Crie and I also like Liese Bubble Hair Color Dyes. So I assumed that I would love this BB Watergel… (but be warned, you should never assume because you make an ASS of out of U and ME)
There was only one shade available at the beauty stand and that was in shade #01. As you can see from the swatch, it looks pretty good on yellow-based Asians like me. The texture is not as thick as typical Asian BB Creams but definitely not as runny as the Western BB Creams and it has a quick wet-to-dry time.
It is an “8-in-1 Skin Transformer” with SPF 35 but that’s all I could read and understand from the packaging. Unless my eyes can start translating Japanese characters overnight, I can give you no more factual information about the Maybelline BB Watergel.
Everything appeared to be going pretty well for this BB, but…
Sadly, Maybelline BB Watergel underwhelmed me.
I nearly rubbed my face raw trying to blend this on my dry skin. And once blended, it didn’t look good and highlighted all my flaws – especially the flaky bits around my forehead, nose and chin – pretty much my entire face! I persisted and tried numerous things like using my fingers, beauty sponge and even used it on top of layers of face primer – this worked better but still didn’t do my skin any favours
However, do not let my review put you off this Maybelline BB Watergel because the lovely Plue from PinkyPlue who has oily skin likes it. She said and I quote “It looks okay on me though coverage is really sheer and I have oily skin. But it does cover a wee bit of redness and some really light marks.”
Maybe I wasn’t born for this Maybelline BB Watergel? Maybe it’s Maybelline? LOL, see what I did there. Okay, it wasn’t that funny. I’ll go back to my hiding place now
As luck would have it, I have arranged a BB Cream swap with LeGeeque from Geek Chic so I get an Etude House BB Cream and she gets this. Will report back with results