Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

by Nupur on January 26, 2012 · 93 comments

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

So, the much anticipated Maybelline BB cream is here after all the ballyhoo/hype. Maybelline has definitely managed to pull ladies back to their counters by launching the BB cream here in India.  Those of you who are still not aware of what BB creams are, read following:

BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm, is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia.  Originally formulated in Germany it was initially used by dermatologists to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes.  BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities. Some are said to have skin whitening or brightening properties. Others are said to be anti-acne or anti-wrinkle, some are intended to even out skin tone, and yet others to lighten blemish scars. BB creams are sometimes used like a primer under foundation, and if tinted may supposedly replace foundation and some newer ones are advertised as having functions of primer, foundation, moisturizer, sun block, pore minimization and skin refining together, making them an economic skin care solution.
Brands on the market aside others include BRTC – Bio Remedies Therapeutic Cosmetic, Dr. Jart, Lioele, Skin Food,Etude, The Face Shop, Missha and SKIN79.

In recent years BB cream has gained a noticeable following for its skin-regenerating functions and is now also widely used in Asia to supposedly provide natural-looking skin coverage. It has been named “the secret of Korean actresses”,which gained it large exposure in Asian markets.

Here’s the  list of top 20 BB creams.

Product Description:
Provides 8 benefits in 1 step!

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

  • Instantly brightens: Brightens skin to one tone lighter.
  • Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++: Has a smooth, light and non-greasy texture.
  • Evens tone: Hides imperfections and 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.

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

Easy to use, dermatologist tested, won’t clog pores, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Expert Tip:

Just squeeze out a little BB Cream (in about the size of 50 paise coin), then apply it on your forehead, chin and cheeks.
Spread it all over your face with short, quick strokes.  Finally, you could also apply a little Kajal and Lip Balm for a great natural look.

Shades Available:  3

  • Nude.
  • Natural.
  • Radiance.

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

The shade card has been picked up from the official Maybelline India website.

While I had ordered for the Maybelline BB cream online, I did see it at a counter yesterday and thought of taking a swatch picture for your reference. The images are not really clear as I took them with my phone.

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

Price:

INR 199 for 18 ml.

Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream Review

Packaging:

Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream Review

The Maybelline Clear Glow BB cream comes in a simple, cute, light teal-coloured plastic tube with a steel finish pink cap. It has a narrow, nozzle tip for dispensing the cream. The tube is a small-sized one and very compact, making it great for travel or for carrying around in your bag.

Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream Review

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Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream Review

Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream Review

My Verdict on Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream:

Like most of you, I was excited when I learnt about the launch of Maybelline’s BB cream in India. I kept a close watch on all Maybelline counters and asked the SAs to call me as soon as the cream arrives on the counters. While surfing one online shopping website, I saw that this Maybelline cream was available there (even when it had not reached the counters, amazing isn’t it !!!).  So, the very inquisitive me couldn’t keep myself away from getting it online.

While I felt happiest that I got to use/try the cream before most of the girls, just two days back, I learnt that I have bought myself a wrong shade :headbang: When I ordered it online, I saw the shade 01 Nude.  I immediately thought 01 would obviously be the lightest shade of all. When I checked the Maybelline website two days ago, I saw that 01 Nude is the darkest shade out of the three. I checked the shades on the counter as well and I feel that I should have picked between Natural or Radiance for my skin tone. Anyway, I guess I should go ahead and tell you about the BB cream now.

The Maybelline Clearglow BB Cream is tinted like a foundation and has lotion-like consistency, neither too thick nor runny. It’s a lightweight, water-based cream and blends amazingly into the skin in no time, just like a moisturiser. For my combination skin, I used a moisturiser underneath this, but if you have extremely oily skin, you may miss out on the moisturiser.  For the entire face, I need a little less than a coin-sized quantity.

The cream has slight, pleasant, fruity fragrance which is not bothering to the senses and fades after a minute or so of application.  This cream evens out the complexion, provides light coverage and does brighten up the face instantly, without leaving any whitish cast.

I notice that it gives a slight, natural, healthy skin appearance to my face which stays for about 1-2 hours of application. If your skin does not need a lot of coverage, you can use this instead of a foundation, just like a tinted moisturiser. I liked the fact that even after 5 hours of application, my face didn’t get greasy and this even has SPF 21 (not bad!)

The shade is a bit dark for my skin tone and I can see that on my face on immediate application, but surprisingly, after 5-10 minutes, it adapts to my skin tone and does not look bad. However, I would definitely get myself the right shade soon as I quite like this cream for my routine makeup.

The shade selection of this cream is very limited and I feel they have been created keeping in mind only fair to medium skin tones. Even the darkest shade “Nude” is not very deeply tinted. I wish Maybelline comes up with more shades in this cream.

When I started using this cream, I had 2-3 breakouts on my face and noticed that this cream did not irritate/aggravate them. I don’t think it will give anyone any breakouts.

Overall, I give “thumbs up” to the new Maybelline Clearglow BB Cream.  It is definitely worth a try.

Pros of Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream:

  • Evens out the complexion.
  • Gives light coverage which is apt for routine/daily makeup.
  • Imparts a healthy glow to the face.
  • Brightens the face without leaving any whitish cast.
  • Contains SPF 21.
  • Does not make skin greasy or too oily even after hours of application (on my combination skin).
  • Has slight, pleasant, fruity fragrance.
  • Good packaging, great for travel.
  • Does not clog pores or cause breakouts.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Easily available across counters in India.

Cons of Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream:

  • Limited shade selection.
  • The quantity you get in one tube is a little less. It won’t last you more than 20-25 days when used daily.
  • Contains parabens.

IMBB Rating:
3.75 on 5 :-* :-* :-*

P.S.* I could not mention about the ingredients list but the package does mention it.  Also, this Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream is different from the regular version of Maybelline’s smooth minerals BB cream.

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Parita January 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

it seems quite similar to the ponds tinted moisturizer :methinks: from which website did you order? I have been searching for this online but didnt find on any site :thanks: for the honest review

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hi parita, Ponds Tm has slight amount of shimmer in it, and there is no shimmer at all in this one :)
Thanks a lot :)

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Supriya January 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi Nupur,

Very comprehensive review.

is this launched separately for India? I tried maybelline BB cream in malaysia but the shades were different.these shades look more apt…

I am using the garnier bb cream and it is quite ok.

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi supriya :) yea, even i think this has been specially Launched in India :)
Actually the original BB cream is primarily used by women in Asian Countries (like china, japan ) who have mostly fair skin tone.
Even these 3 shades in Maybelline Clear glow BB cream are apt for fair to medium skin tones only.
:)

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Ankita January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hi Nupur, very nice review..I always wondered what a BB cream actually is.. :chewnails :chewnails I think I will definetely try this out! :thanks: :thanks:

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Ankita January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

and yes, where did u order it from?

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Thanks Ankita :)
yes u shud give this a try :)

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jomol January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

Nupuri….I am going to order this :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

awesomm jomu :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Rati January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

Furr this is definitely not the BB cream, it’s the tinted moisturizer no? but so far it works well, i think it is anice option for everyday wear. I have tried the Maybelline BB cream in singapore but the shades were too light for me so I dint pick any.

Aww!! you pick up the right shade for yourself. Thankoo for the review. :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Supriya January 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi Rati,

I tried the maybelline BB cream in malaysia…so I think we would have tried the same ones…it was wayyy too light for me as well @NC 43 :(

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Rati, even i have doubt wether it has the same formula like a Blemish Balm cream, i think i ll mail the Maybelline PR and ask :victory2: :victory2:
haan wahan singapore mei toh bhot light shades honge BB cream mei, if u want u can try this one :)
haan m planning to pick Radiance shade today :)
thnkooo :puchhi:

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Rati January 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

will pick up one in summers. Abhi have loads to finish. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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Nupur January 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

wokaysss :yahoo: :yahoo:

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jomol January 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

Rati :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

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jomol January 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

Nupur, I have used the pond’s tinted moisturizer, but didn’t like it that much because it was a little drying on me…donno why :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: maybe this is good…

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

i dont like it myself jomol, becoj usmei chamili hi naa :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

chamkili i meant :P :P

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jomol January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

Yeh toh blemish balm nahin hai…..brightening hai…par phir bhi chalega :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

yaya :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Kimi January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

Awesomeee detailed review Nupuriiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thankiesssss Kimi :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Purbi January 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

Awesome review Nupur :thanks: I always wondered wats a BB cream. i am gonna def try this out .. though havent seen any at the counters yet :waiting:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

thanks so much purbi :)
this one is reaching all maybelline counters jaldi jaldi now :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Preiti January 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love the detailed review, Nupur!
Definitely gonna try this product out. :)

Much love
xx

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thanks a lot Preiti :) do try :) i hope u like it too :)

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Shivangi January 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Very nice review Nupur :) :yes: I picked this up in Nude cos’ when I went to the counter it seemed the most neutral shade. Also I tried this on my sis in law who is quite fair and it worked more like a highlighter/ tinted moisturizer on the T zone and cheek bones. Didn’t do much for my pores though :(
TC!

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks Shivangi :) right, i didnt see much diffrnc on the pores too :| :|

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Akshatha January 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

:thanks: Nupur.. :puchhi:
I was just waiting for someone to write a review on this..

I’ve never tried one b4.. I’ve no patience for makeup… :silly:
So wen i saw this, that a cream is enough to do so much things.. I thought i should get myself one.. :jog: :jog:
But couldn’t find it any of the Maybelline counters till now.. Am definitely giving it a try based on your review.. :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you Akshatha :)
I hope u like it too, when u try it :) :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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hana January 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

hmm wonder wht will it do 4 my skin…..i mite not find d rite shade ba def give it a go…….thanx nupur gr8 review :toothygrin: :))

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

u can try using it in place of a TM , hana :)
Thank you :)

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Renji Anooj January 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

@ Jomu….Nice review :yahoo: :yahoo: …from which site u ordererd…. :preen:

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tarry January 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

hi nufur……..

just got this one in Natural yesterday and today, reading ur review confirms me that i made the right choice… :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

HI everyone!! long time i came here…. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Great tarry O:) O:)

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kavita January 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

First time heard abt such cream very informative :specs: and nice review! :thanks: for sharing

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thanks Kavita :victory2:

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dimpi January 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi nupur…gr8 review…. :yes: ….but this is more like a tinted moisturiser…..rather than a bb cream….because from what I hav read most bb creams hav healing qualities….like for acne or for dry skin etc….but this one doesnt…..still a good buy considering it doesnt break out….BTW….can this be removed using a facewash or one needs a cleanser to remove this??? :)

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Dimpi :)
even m doubtful wether its the blemish balm bb cream :| :|
n ya It comes off easily with face wash :)

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aroma January 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

which shade would be appropriate for wheatish skin?

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm

ummm… i think nude… i think checking at the counter wud b the best option

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TA January 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Nice review Nupur, I’m gonna try it!!! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

great TA , thankuuuuuu :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Richa January 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

great review Nupur & a well awaited one….can’t wait to get my hands on this..I m not sure if it’ll suit my skin tone as I hve a dusky skin tone..

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thanks a lot Richa :) i think u shud check out the shade Nude :)

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Renji Anooj January 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

jomol….Can u check my email..It gave delivery message failed twice…I have sent 3 times now……..

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jomol January 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Renji…I think the mail box is full….please send it again today evening or tomorrow morning O:)

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Renji Anooj January 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I can see it in the IMBB drafts page..But its not my name as the author.. thts y I confirmed..

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Renji Anooj January 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Have sent the mail again…… :blush:

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Supriya January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hey Jomol,
u r back,….u were so quite from morning :methinks: were you celebrating republic day :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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shruti January 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

hey i dint knew about bb cream.. :| :| :nababana: :nababana: have never heard about them before thank you nupur :shying: :shying: :makeup: :-* …..and is it launched in india and will it be available in hyderabad? :waiting:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thanksyou shruti :)

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neha January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: nupur
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

nude is so yellowy
i like yellowy face stuff :preen: :preen: :preen: :preen:

:love: :love: :love: :love: :rose: :rose: :rose: thnks for the revu really

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Oh m glad neha u liked d review and found it useful :) O:) O:) O:)
haaan but u check at the counter first before buying, i think tujhe natural suit karega :) :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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jyo January 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

awesome review Nuu :yes: m in two minds for this actually….will chk at the counter n thn see if its good enough for me. O:) O:) O:)

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Jyo :) haan check first n buy :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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Jyotsna January 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

nice review Nupur!!!!! even i tried it at the counter.. none of them seem to match my dusky skin tone.. wish they launch more shades… O:) O:) O:)

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Jyotsna :)
oh dats bad they havent launched many shades :((

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ALIYAH January 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

which website did u order from
amazing review

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Aliyah

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nids January 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

gr8 revu nuu :yahoo: … but its almost like a TM :yes: … but yess spf 21 is definitely a plus point for it… :victory2:

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thanks nidzzzzzzz :) haan TM jaisa hi hai :)

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Sabrina January 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Very nice review, Fur Fur, I have the one I bought from Singapore, it’s very good and it gives a wonderful glow to the skin. I will try out this new one too soon.

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hi Sabrina :)
I so badly want to try the Bb creams from Etude house or skin food :(

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Visakhi January 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

i tried it at the counter, bt this one made my skin more oily :hypnotized: .. shades were pretty ok for me.. O:)

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Nupur January 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

ummm Visakhi, one thing cud be that wen u tried at the counter u already had some moisturiser/makeup on ur face and applying this on top of it cud have made ur face more oily. :| :| :| :|

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Noorie January 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

Nice review, Nupur di! :)
Seems like a wonderful product. :yes:

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Nupur January 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Noorie :)

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Pragnyadeepta January 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

I saw it at the store the other day and I was ITCHING to buy it :chewnails :chewnails ….but I told myself to wait for someone to review it on IMBB :pray: …and now that you have….I’m buying it!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
I’ll have to beg and grovel a bit…but I feel it’ll be worth it. :love: :preen: :makeup:

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Nupur January 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Oh great Pragny :) I hope u like it too :) :yahoo:

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Shami January 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

I will buy this for sure, mostly the products which i bought based on you review works for me perfectly, even i have combination skin, not sooo oily, same as yours, might be because of that it works for me i think so..
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: for your review..

Hope this product also will work for me :)

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Nupur January 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Oh thats gud to know Shami :) :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

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Aarthi January 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I checked this in H&G last night.. Since Neya was sleeping on my shoulders the SA blended it on my skin and I thought it is difficult to blend it [might be coz of the way the SA rubbed it :(] and also I felt the shades didn’t suit me :( so didn’t buy this :(

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Nupur January 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Ohhh :((

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Riti January 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Great review Nupur..Sums it up accurately ! I got mine too n they gave it to me in a cute cloth ag that said “I love bb” and 15% off :) :) Great deal :)

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Riti January 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

*bag

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jiya February 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

hi,m 22.i have combination skin.can i us dis cream at dis age?
n my complexion is in between fair n wheatish…sales girl suggested me radiance shade??is it ok??will it be too whity :struggle: ???
n will dis cream serve as foundation??

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Aarti March 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

is this ok for Dry skin +uneven skin tone?

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SwapYume April 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Praise the LORD!!! BB creams are finally in India~~ ABOUT TIME!!! GRRRRRR… although Maybelline isn’t my fav brand I really have no option here… and I ought to thank them for bringing this TOMBOY friendly product to its most needed consumers!!!

So I just ordered my first!! hope it all goes well, and your review is really helpful, thank you! Answers all my question. Now only practical application remains… If this BB creams works, I shall never have to use foundation again (kidding but seriously) :P and I don’t have to worry about my skin ageing from make up!! it does have anti-ageing properties right??

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Anushree September 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hello IMBB Team,
I am ordering this cream online and want to know that which shade should i buy. My skin tone is between fair to medium. And my skin is a lil bit oily, so could anyone suggest me what foundation will go with my skin tone and skin type. Kindly guide me on the same.

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