Friday, March 9, 2012

Maybelline BB Cream - Review & Comparison with Ponds TM

Some of you may remember my sister Simran contributing reviews around two years ago. Well then she got busy with studies. After a long time, she has sent in a review. :-)

It claims:
This is my tube in 01 Nude, Simran uses Radiance
           PROVIDES 8 BENEFITS IN 1 STEP!
·         Instantly brightens : Brightens skin to one tone lighter.
·         Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++ : Has a smooth, light & non-greasy texture.
·         Evens tone : Hides imperfections & corrects uneven skin tone.
·         Hydrates : Moisturises all day(8 hours).
·         Conceals : Perfectly conceals flaws, blemishes & redness.
·         Smoothes : Instantly makes skin softer & smoother.
·         Mattifies : Controls shine all day.
·         Freshens : Resists sweat & sebum for 5 hours.
                        EASY TO USE
                        DERMATOLOGIST TESTED
                        WONT CLOG PORES
                        SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES INCLUDING SENSITIVE SKIN
Shades:
  • Nude - 01
  • Radiance
  • Natural
Price: Rs. 199 for 18 ml (I got it on a 15% discount in Lifestyle for Rs. 169)

How-to-use: Apply daily on skin and neck

BB Creams:
Time for a little background on Blemish Balm creams:
The formula is reported to have come from Germany where dermatologists use it for healing laser skin surgery. Famous South Korean actresses then began using it for beauty purposes and subsequently its popularity spread like wildfire. Referred to as the secret of Korean actresses, the hallyuhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=cynthinsid-20&l=as2&o=1&a=9622098924 (wave) of Korean cosmetics in Asia started in 2005 with the launch of the BB Cream. Dermatologists initially used it to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and regenerate their highly sensitive skin while also providing good coverage for post-laser scars and redness. The Korean cosmetic industry soon launched a non medical version of the cream, starting the cult it has now become.

The trend that started in Korea first spread to Japan then to South East Asia and has now quickly made its way to Europe and the USA.  Garnier, MAC and Clinique have already launched their own versions.
In short, BB creams are a all-in-one mesh of beauty products, serving as a moisturizer, foundation, concealer and sunscreen.

Review:
I was a little confused as to why Maybelline was calling this as a BB cream, since the BB here actually stands for Bright Benefit as opposed to the conventional nomenclature of BB i.e. Blemish Balm.  But I think it is because their BB cream also claims to be an all-purpose product and smoothen out and brighten the skin.

When I first saw it I thought it was an off-product of a tinted moisturizer, and frankly I still feel its no different. I use Ponds Anti-Ageing Tinted Moisturizer and so comparison was inevitable. 

  • The Maybelline BB Cream provides much lighter coverage than Ponds. 
  • The concealing power is quite low, although it does help in evening out the skin, and thus brightening it. 
  • The moisturizing capacity is also low, I have to use a separate moisturizer underneath, but do keep in mind that I’m in Ahmedabad which has low humidity, lower temperatures and so there is a need for a stronger moisturizer here anyways. It is something that can be used daily, and will serve well for routine events.
  • I had been told by the SA that a week’s use would lighten my skin tone (:P), I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and no such thing has happened. I bought this in Radiance, which is the lightest shade of all.
  • Also the tag of ‘Clearglow’ had me hoping this would give me the dewy look that Ponds did not, alas that was not the case.


Will I re-purchase?
I think not. Ponds tinted moisturizer does all the things that the Maybelline BB cream does much better. 


It is a stronger base and foundation, and gives me better coverage and glow. 


Also Ponds is priced relatively lower (Rs. 215 for a 30 ml tube), but then it has a lower SPF of 15 and is not supposed to a skin lightening agent either. 


The Maybelline BB cream is a nice product as a stand-alone, however in comparison to other tinted moisturizers available it fails to make an impression.

Have you tried any BB creams? Do share your experience!!

29 comments:

  1. I agree...the comparison does kick in. For me as well its Ponds TM all the way. Also I found Maybelline BB cream lil thick in consistency and not that easy to blend...have to use moisturizer beneath it!

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    1. same here Prachi..even i hav to use a moisturizer underneath!! it is thicker than Ponds..

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  2. Havn't used Ponds tinted moisturiser so can't compare but this bb cream does nothing for me.When I apply it my skin turns ashy.heard other girls saying the same thing.bought specially so I could skip some steps in hurry to get to work but really can't use it.Plus it has a heavy duty feel, like ur face is packed on.

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    1. hey anna maybe u cld try diluting the cream with a little moisturizer..maybe tht cld work...

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  3. i so agree....it may be a good product but if u have used Ponds TM then the comparisons are sure to follow...and inevitably TM will win...the only pro maybeline BB has over it is SPF 21...nothing else!!!

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    1. That is exactly what i felt Janis!! MB BB has only the spf advantage..

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  4. I was so excited about the BB Cream. But having gone through all the reviews and some unanimous opinions i decided to give this a miss

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    1. it was hyped up so much..i was expecting a lot from this too :(

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  5. I was so enamored with the idea of Korean BB creams that last year when I visited Bangkok I went on a swatch fest of all the Korean BB creams and also tried out this one.. and I think one from Garnier as well..honestly found these BB creams to be over hyped, they turn ashy and the promised dewy glow was nowhere in sight.. i tried these Maybelline ones out,honestly the shades don't suit duskier skin tones... total skip for me :(

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    1. That's too bad..am too looking for something that will give me that magical dewy skin effect..

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  6. Has Ponds TM been discontinued? Its always out of stock everywhere

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    1. Even I can't find it anywhere :(
      it has been discontinued :(

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  7. I like both actually...for me, Maybelline actually gives more coverage...but yea..with Ponds I find it keeps the oiliness at bay for much much longr! :) :) btw, i heard some time back that Ponds ic discontinuing the TM...any idea if its true?

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    1. Ponds TM is no longer available ANYWHERE!!! :(
      shame.. :(

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  8. Haaawwwwwww! Ponds is getting DCed!! But why? why? what will I use as base now? :( :( *must stock up*

    I actually found this to be decent, it is not as good as Body shop BB cream, but then that is a lot more expensive.

    The thing is that the color I have, Nude - 01, matches me quite perfectly. But I have to use a lot of this to get a nice even base on my face. I find that while a small pea size of Ponds TM is good for my entire face, in this case I need to use 3-4 times that amount to get the same coverage. Plus this gives a matt look & I don't really like that :)

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    1. I hope they bring it back soon..the way we v bin chatting bout it on twitter they damn well bring it bak!! ;)

      Ows the bs bb cream? It's really gud?

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    2. actually...a lotttt more of BB s needed..i want my Ponds TM back!!

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  9. great one! and thank you soo much for the comparison! i've nevr used the pond's tm coz i thought it'd be oily for my acne prone skin and wondered about this BB. i'll only get it for maybe a one time experience and leave it at that! :)

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    1. thanks :))
      let me now how u liked it!!!

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  10. Da product seems nice would love to give it a try :)

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    1. do let me know abt ur experience!! :)

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  11. hi...i wanted to try a good indian brand of blemish balm which has healing properties as well as moisturization and spf ..
    can anyone help me with a good brand easily available here?
    maybelline bb cream is a bright benefit cream , nothing like a bkemish balm..

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  12. does the vedic line tinted moisturizer work well?? can't find ponds ariund any place where i live..plzzzz need some other suggestion asap....thx!!

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  13. wanted to know if the vedic line tinted moisturizer works well...can't find ponds in my proximity..need to buy a TM asap...suggestions please

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  14. BB Cream is deffinitely ashy if applied all over face..As the name suggests its a blemish balm and to be applied in problem or darker areas like under eye or T zones but very little..Even Lisa Elridge suggests not to use foundation all over face...

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  15. The Maybelline BB Cream is an absolute failure. I actually use Korean BB Creams (from Etude House, The Face Shop, etc) and I can honestly say that the Maybelline version does not compare to the real thing. Though the coverage could use some work, I think it is perfect to get that 'no makeup' look some people look for. It leaves my skin dewy and refreshed. What I love about it is that it actually does what it's supposed to. It lightened my face (not dramatically, but enough) and it did brighten my complexion. I didn't break out or anything unlike when I've used makeup in the past. It also helped moisturize my skin. A little goes a long way with BB Cream and I guess that's what I love about it. It's also not as fussy as say a full blown foundation ritual and honestly, who has the time nowadays? I guess it just depends on your skin if it'll work on you. But if you really want to try it, I suggest going with BB Creams from Korean brands. I don't think the Maybelline one would do the real deal justice.

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  16. The Maybelline BB Cream is an absolute failure. I actually use Korean BB Creams (from Etude House, The Face Shop, etc) and I can honestly say that the Maybelline version does not compare to the real thing. Though the coverage could use some work, I think it is perfect to get that 'no makeup' look some people look for. It leaves my skin dewy and refreshed. What I love about it is that it actually does what it's supposed to. It lightened my face (not dramatically, but enough) and it did brighten my complexion. I didn't break out or anything unlike when I've used makeup in the past. It also helped moisturize my skin. A little goes a long way with BB Cream and I guess that's what I love about it. It's also not as fussy as say a full blown foundation ritual and honestly, who has the time nowadays? I guess it just depends on your skin if it'll work on you. But if you really want to try it, I suggest going with BB Creams from Korean brands. I don't think the Maybelline one would do the real deal justice.

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