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 🙂