Monday, April 26, 2010

Product Review: Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Instant Skin Perfecting Cream BB Cream SPF 26 PA+++

ps: Masking Mondays takes a break this week. I left my brains in Bangkok and actually OVERWRITTEN the upcoming review with something else, so this'll have to stand in until next Monday!! T_T So sorry about that!

At a Glance:
Price: 199 baht (approx. RM20.73 / US$5.76)
Weight: 18ml
Made in: China
Likes: Looks really natural, didn't make my face shiny, gives a nice glow, decent SPF coverage! :D
Gripes: Not available in Malaysia, comes only in one shade.
Repurchase: Yes!
Jenn's Rating: 4.5 Stars! Me really likey!! :D


Product Description

Our Instant Skin Perfecting Cream is a perfect blend of 8 mineral ingredients.

The unique earth color shade instantly improves and perfects your skin:

  • Brightens skin: visible whitening effect
  • Covers imperfections: reduces the appearance of pores, skin redness disappears
  • Moisturizes + Protects: All day hydration + helps to protect skin from UV rays and free radicals

Actual Product Pic:

Pigmentation & Color:

Like many BB creams in the market, this only comes in one fair shade. It suits my NC20 skin perfectly though it may look ghastly white freshly applied. Give it a few minutes and watch the cream magically blends into your skin color!! Haha!! :D I'm quite impressed with the coverage of this - it managed to cover my pimples, and did wonderfully even out my ruddy face:

Pimples on my forehead begone! No pink cheeks as well!! Me likey! :D

Texture & Scent:
This BB cream spreads quite well so its a joy to apply! I like how it isnt very thick as well! :D This has a light plasticky chemical smell which disappears quickly.


This BB cream comes in a tube with a screw off cap! I love how tiny the dispensing hole is:

I also like that it comes with a safety "seal":

Time Test:
This BB cream stayed put for almost 8 hours without making my face shiny! :D

Price & Availability:
This BB Cream is priced at 199 baht, and should be available at all Maybelline displayers in Bangkok.

This is perfect for everday use since it looks so natural! :D

My $0.02:

This is the second BB Cream i've ever used! I bought this at a whim in Bangkok because its so cheap and i've heard wonderful things about this baby! :D

And i'm so glad i tried this one out! :D For one, it looks really really natural on my skin (more so than the one from The Face Shop i reviewed some time ago)! It didn't make my skin greasy or anything too! I'm loving the natural glow i get from this one!! :D

It also lasts pretty long (although it did fade a little towards the end of the day)! I removed this after 12 hours and this is still there! Most foundations would have disappeared on me by then! Amazing!! :D

This is me after 7.5 hours (with some household chores in between!):

Nice and matte still, although the coverage faded a little. Hello pink cheeks once again! :D

All in all methinks that this is an amazing product at a really affordable price. Maybelline Malaysia, if you're reading this, please bring it in already - i'm sure it'll sell like hot cakes! :D

Photo credit: Product picture from


  1. wow meybelline makes bb cream?? i wish they had that in the states! thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow..This product definitely look promising!! But it's too fair for me. :"(

  3. Oh maybelline, please bring this to north america!! It has amazing coverage, I'm impressed!


  4. :O this looks good. i wish they sold this in the UK too
    nice review :]

  5. Great review. I think your photos really did show a huge difference. I'm so tempted to get this now. I'm not really on the fair side and I tan really easily so I'm still hesitating investing in a more expensive bb cream. This sounds really promising and easy on the pocket.

    Thanx for sharing!

  6. I have a feeling our stash collection looks almost similar (minus the MAC items of yours) lol I also own this and is using this ! I'm glad this works for yoU!!!!

  7. thanks for the review! i wanna try this.. =)

  8. lilluna5416: Yup! Looks like Maybelline has hopped onto the BB Cream bandwagon as well!! :D

    You're most welcome! :D

  9. Slowbrogal: yeah, BB Cream makers ought to remedy that already!! We girls don't exactly come in one similar shade you know!! lol!! :D

  10. Roxy: Please make this available worldwide!! We don't have this here too!! :(

  11. TINGkabelle CHAN ♥: I wish they have it here too!! :(

  12. Jo: You're most welcome!! Yeah this is a great product, and cheap too!! I hope you manage to find one that suits you!! :D

  13. Nikki: No way!! You definitely have more stuff than i do!! hahaha!! :D

    How do you like this one? :D

  14. Khymm: You're welcome!! You should!! Please lemme know how you find it if you do!! :D

  15. it really looks promising on u! now so many brands also have their own BB cream

  16. yeah!! But out of that so many brands, only a few are available locally!! :(

    Hopefully more will be available here soon!! :D

  17. Hmmm, for some reason, it's not selling very well here... ... I think we have too many BB Creams, and after so many, nobody wanted to take the plunge with a brand that does not normally produces BB Creams.

    Thanks for the review! =)

  18. yes maybelline malaysia
    if you are listening
    please bring this in and dont hike the price up
    adding a darker shade would be excellent too!

    i want thisss
    anyone going to bangkok soon?

  19. Jyoan: icic!! What a pity!! Cuz i think this will really sell like hot cakes over here!! haha!! :D

    You're welcome! :D

  20. LyNn: yeah!! In fact i think most brands should add more shades to their BB cream lines!!

  21. haha, right now I am more tempted by Skin79 that's just been launched in Watsons! Have heard so much raves about that, probably on par with BRTC, but was so lazy to source it from online.

    But I must say a couple of local magazines also published reviews that Maybelline is good. And one other one from Nature Republic (the shop by Korean artiste Rain) is also about the same as this.

    In any case, I can see the difference in your before and after pics! Tempting. =)

    I think Maybelline would make it big if they introduce this to Western markets. hahaha.

  22. icic!! I've been sorely tempted by Skin79 in the past too, since i've read so many raves about this product. But Watsons is selling it at a cut throat price over here. So i'll pass...

    Yeah, i think that this product will be big in alot of markets! :D

  23. We hear you Jenn! It's nice of you to post such a good review for us.

    Thanks for your support. :)

    -Maybelline Ny, Malaysia.

  24. i saw this in watson;s already, gonna get one for myself and try it out

  25. hmm..yea..i also saw it at ampang park's guardian yesterday..but then..i got mine in indonesia..and it only costs me Rp 25,000 (around RM 10) in normal price as in no discount..

  26. yeay! so it is available in malaysia now??*relief relief* nak raya wif maybeline BB!~ *yeeaay!*

  27. Reply to da
    Yes it is available in Malaysia. I just bought it in Watsons just now. In fact they are having a promotion for it. Faster go buy it! :)


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