Hello all! Happy, Happy Friday!
I am excited to report that I have found a BB cream that’s less than $10 AND actually prevents my combination-oily skin from becoming a grease ball on long, hot summer days. Its the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream. Typically I prefer a more hydrating BB cream for casual days, but this product is perfect for when you need something light to light-medium coverage that will hold up through a full day because it dries down to a matte finish and is solidly transfer-resistant.
The BB Cream comes in a nice squeeze-y tube that makes it easy to get to the product. It also came foil-sealed on the inside so that I knew that no one had tampered with it which is always a plus! I bought the lightest shade available, 510, and found that it wasn’t that light (as you can see from the comparison swatches). At first, I was worried that it wouldn’t work, shade wise, but it actually blended quite well on my face. However, if you are more fair-skinned than I am this BB cream may not work without a white shade mixer (my go to is the Manic Panic one). On that note, the one significant downside to the BB cream that I found is that when not blended well, it does oxidize darker.
That brings me to application. This product is best applied to half the face at a time, and then blended in as it dries relatively quickly. I would typically apply and blend BB creams with clean fingertips, but I found that I got the best application result with a damp sponge (I used the Real Techniques, which is a great dupe for the Beauty Blender). Application in this method gave light coverage, evening out skin tone and redness without looking like there was “foundation” on my face. I was able to build it up to the lighter side of medium, though certainly not enough coverage to fully masque any zits or undereye circles without concealer. Within three minutes or so, it dried down to a totally transfer-resistant powder-like finish. Because of the finish that it dried down to, my powder blush, bronzer, and highlight blended easily over it without any patchiness.
So, I’ve been wearing the BB cream all week but wore it for the blog for a day of errands and then a night float shift at the hospital. Between the last photo above (12:39 PM) and the first photo check in I had driven across town to Sam’s club and Target in my “box-of- fire” (aka CRV without A/C in 90+ degree weather). The next two check-ins were through a standard night shift of everything from admissions from the Emergency Department, Rapid Response calls, to newborn physicals. The last picture was taken a little over 12 hours after application, no powder touch-up and no blotting sheets used. As you can see, it held up pretty darned well!
Here are my final thoughts on the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream
- Effective at controlling oil for 12-hours. I have combination skin, so I am not the oiliest but I usually have quite a bit of oil production in my T-zone that was well-controlled by this product. Also worth noting, it didn’t cake up around the perpetual dry patch between my eyebrows.
- Transfer-resistant finish. Hallelujah! This stuff didn’t rub off all over my white coat.
- Natural looking, light coverage. Doesn’t look like you are wearing a ton of (or any) makeup.
- Convenient packaging. Your girl likes a good squeeze-y tube.
- Shade selection. This product only comes in 6 very limited shades.
- Oxidation. If you don’t blend well, this product will oxidize on you. Be especially careful to blend around your hairline and your jawline!
- Minimal coverage. This is kind of a “duh” one, its a BB cream and American BB creams don’t typically provide much. But, if you want to cover any targeted imperfections you will need to go in with concealer.
I hope you guys found this helpful!
Happy weekend 🙂
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